Archive | March, 2013

Update on the Forrest Fenn Treasure

12 Mar

A woman was rescued over the weekend after becoming lost in the New Mexico mountains while searching for the Forrest Fenn treasure:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/03/texas-woman-rescued-after-botched-treasure-hunt/

FLO Notes on the Southend-on-Sea Finds

11 Mar

I corresponded today with Katie Marsden, FLO for Essex, regarding the objects Kurt and Kat unearthed from the beach in Southend on Sunday. Of the apparently leaden sphere, she writes ‘it is possible that it is a musket ball, although there is something curious about it. As you say, the metal is reddish which along with the patch of green material visible on the image, indicates that it possibly includes copper alloy rather than purely lead. This would make it very unusual for a musket ball and makes me suspect it might have had another purpose’.

Of the object K&K call the ‘silver purse’, apparently a chunk of burnished lead, Katie writes:  ‘the material is difficult to judge from the image although it does look too shiny to be historic lead or to have been buried for any length of time’.

Finally, referring to the Gato Rojo, Katie notes that ‘this looks as if it could be a glassy material. Does that fit with the object in the flesh so to speak? If it is metal it could be casting waste from a crucible but is tricky to ID from an image. If you […] would like me to take a look at these objects in more detail, I am based in Colchester although if more convenient, I am able to make appointments to see finders at some of the local Essex museums’.

 

Email from a Fan of EoW

11 Mar

I received this email the other day from a fan in Poland:

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El Gato Rojo

11 Mar

El Gato Rojo

Can anyone identify this burgundy metal? I’m wondering if it’s a lead alloy of some sort.

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Ready to Detect

10 Mar

Kat, Ready to Detect

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Southend-on-Sea

10 Mar

K&K dig for a deep target in their first beach outing with the new Ace 250.

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The Newest Detector in the Badger Sett

10 Mar

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K&K double down with the Garrett Ace 250.

Communicability: Kat and Kurt in Southend-on-Sea

10 Mar

I’ve been away from the hunt for several days, working on the thesis and delivering a paper in Northern Ireland. But that doesn’t mean the whole sett has been silent. K & K bought a Garrett Ace 250 detector, along with wellies and digging equipment. Today they took their new family member to the beach at Southend-on-Sea. Despite hail, snow, and difficult digging conditions, they managed to pull some interesting lead and steel (?) objects from the sand. These may include a lead musket ball, below. And is that a new gato, perhaps? Stay tuned to see whether el Gato Rojo is as powerful a good luck omen as the original Gato has been…

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Ten-Minute Hunt Near My House

5 Mar

Ten-Minute Hunt Near My House

I am writing a paper, but the call of the wild proved too strong in this sunshine. The CS3MX immediately found targets: a screw; a bicycle inner tube valve, a pull tab, and a rusted old pocket knife.

Happy Hunting!

Notes on the Stagsden Fossilized Tooth

4 Mar

In response to my enquiry, I received the following from Paul Jeffery, Assistant Curator of Geological Collections at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History:

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‘Your find appears from the photograph to be a partial premolar of a horse (Equus sp.).  It’s very difficult to give a likely age for a find such as this without either detailed contextual information, or radiocarbon dating, as they are present in many interglacial deposits from around 100,000kA right-up until the start of the Neolithic, and then are even more common in younger archaeological contexts.  The appearance of the tooth depends more on the kind of material it’s buried in than its antiquity, so is no guide to age. 

The balance of probability is that your find is 100s rather than 1000s of years old’.

This means, among other things, that Kat is holding the tooth upside down :).