Thursday, May 25, 2017

5/25/17 Report - Various Types of Finds and Objects. A Quick Video Tip For Target Recovery.

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Great Diamond Ring Metal Detector Find.
Find and photo by SuperRick.
Great find Rick!  Thanks for sharing.


50,000 frozen Alaskan artifacts were saved.   Some were very unusual exceptionally nice.  Here is a brief excerpt from a BBC News article.

He [ Frank Knecht ] said: "The unique conditions in this arctic region mean artefacts have retained an unbelievable level of detail.

"We have uncovered grass baskets and mats made when Shakespeare walked the earth but when we take them out of the ground the grass weaving still retains a trace of its green colour and we have been amazed by the variety and intricacy of the woven patterns."

One Beautifully Preserved Wood and Ivory Artifact.
Source: See BBC link below.
Here is the link.


These very old fossil finds were made earlier this week.

Fossil Finds From This Week.
The above fossil finds were discovered in shell piles this week.  They aren't the biggest or best Treasure Coast fossils, but they certainly are old.

Included are three turtle skutes and one pad.

As you can see, they are all fairly small.


Now for something really ugly that sold for over  $110 million.

One Very Ugly But Very Valuable Painting.
Source: See The Beat link above.
Certainly ugly, but very valuable.  There is no accounting for the tastes of some people.   It can be difficult to estimate the value of some collectibles.


In a recent post I mentioned how I watched YouTube videos and counted the seconds it took to recover targets.  Here is a tip that might help you recover targets more quickly.  I use it, but it will only be helpful if you detect and pick up any small iron targets.  If you discriminate iron or don't detect in junky places, it won't help you much.

I sometimes use a magnet with a long handle, mostly when detecting old house sites or something like that.  When you have an small iron target, like maybe a nail or some other piece of rusted iron, just use the magnet to pick it up.  Don't spend time pinpointing or trying to dig it up until you've used the magnet.  Chances are that in a high percentage of the situation, especially if the soil is mostly sand, the magnet will pick up the nail or whatever in no time at all.  A lot of iron junk will be near the surface, but you can even work the magnet down into the sand a little ways, and you will hear the target click onto the magnet.  The video shows one example of when the target was very near the surface and another time when the target was down an inch or so.

Here is the link to the short little video illustration.

This is just one more tool that you might find handy at times.  I think I got the one shown at Tractor Supply for just a few dollars.  You can also purchase magnet rakes like those used by roofers to clean up after a job.  They can be used before detecting just to get some of the junk out of the way.  I call it "site preparation."

Of course you can discriminate out iron, but it is often better to remove it for a variety of reasons.  For one thing, it can mask good targets.  And there might be iron targets that actually help you understand a site and other iron targets that might be desirable relics.

I once posted a description of a multiple stage detecting strategy for old sites.


Yesterday was windy.  Even the wind of an isolated thunder storms can cut a beach a little if it hits at the right time and way.  It won't be huge though, but it can make a difference.

Don't expect any big changes to the beach for at least a few days though.  The surf will be small. There will be some decent tides though.

Happy hunting,