Monday, April 10, 2017

4/10/17 Report - Religious Metal Detector Finds and Easter Traditions. A Letter From 1564 Fort Caroline

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Gold Metal Detector Find From The Beach Near The Nieves Wreck Site.

The figure shown above is about two inches high and was undoubtedly at one time attached to a cross.  It is truly old.  Both the method of manufacture and type of gold show that.  So does the style, wear and encrustation.  It is definitely centuries old.

It isn't a new find, and I posted it before but thought it was particularly appropriate for today's post.  

If you've been detecting the Treasure Coast very long or just reading this blog, you are aware of how many religious artifacts have been found on the shipwreck sites and beaches and how common religious symbols are on many finds.  You will find a cross prominently displayed on many treasure coins, and religious medallions are also common metal detector finds.  

The most important Christian season has begun.  You might think it would be Christmas by the way we celebrate today, but it is actually Easter. Yesterday, of course, was Palm Sunday. And Easter is next Sunday.

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring equinox.  You might have noticed the bright moon lately.

Easter isn't a new celebration at all.  Maybe it has changed some over the centuries, but it has been celebrated for many centuries, including the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Even the Easter bunny and Easter eggs, which might seem to have no religious significance stem from ancient practises and meanings and still carry religious significance for some even if the same symbols carried different meanings at different times and places.  Ancient pagan beliefs and symbols related to fertility carry the meaning of redemption and rebirth for many today.

Spain is one place where Easter is celebrated with much fanfare.  I'm sure that the celebrations have changed over the centuries, but much has remained the same too.

In Spain Semana Santa (Holy Week) is the most important celebration.  

Here, the most important Catholic holiday is commemorated with a week full of color, art, religious fervor, and extravagant processions. The most spectacular events take place in Malaga and Seville, where the streets are taken over by flamboyant parades and intricate religious displays depicting biblical scenes.

Like everywhere in Spain, the festivities begin on Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) and last until Easter Monday (Lunes de Pascua), with the most dramatic and passionate parades held on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday...

Although Easter celebrations in Malaga are of huge proportions, it’s the Seville Semana Santa that has crossed the boundaries becoming a world-famous event. During the Holy Week, the gorgeous Andalusian capital comes to life with thousands of pilgrims that gather here from all corners of the world to witness the city’s extravagant pasos.

See for more.

Like many of our Christmas traditions, our Easter traditions were heavily influenced by German settlers.  That includes the Easter Bunny (Osterhase). According to the tradition, children would build brightly colored nests, often out of caps and bonnets, in secluded areas of their homes.  The “Oster Hase” would, if the children had been good, lay brightly colored eggs in the nest.  As the tradition spread, the nest has become the manufactured, modern Easter basket, and the placing of the nest in a secluded area has become the tradition of hiding baskets.

The same things we are acknowledging, remembering and celebrating this year have been celebrated for centuries and centuries.  We have a lot in common with our ancestors and the early settlers and explorers.  It is hard to imagine the same things being celebrated hundreds of years ago, but as much as things have changed, some things remain the same.  At the core and root of it all is something human and something Divine that transcends space and time.


Here is a letter written by a young French man from Fort Caroline in 1564.


I didn't post yesterday because I've been researching something and lost my sources.  I'll get back to it when I find them again.

It seems a lot of the snowbirds have gone home.  The beaches haven't been as busy lately.

The surf will be around three to five feet this week.

Happy hunting,