Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Winner Finds of the Month September 2017


Congratulations to Deep Search Member Steve Bacho on this great find.
The diamonds are not real but the gold is.





Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thomas Edison Home Site, Archaeological Dig and Public Tours

Join the (ASNJ, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, and the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park) as we search for Edison's home near the corner of Christie Street and Monmouth Avenue in Menlo Park, Edison Township on September 23 and 24 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Archaeologists will be searching for the house foundation and artifacts associated with Thomas Edison and his family. This is a public archaeology open house event. The public is welcome to join us on guided tours of the archaeological site, look at artifacts while they are being uncovered, learn the history of Thomas Edison's Menlo Park lab, and visit the Thomas Edison Memorial Tower and the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. Society member volunteers will be needed for this event. Room permitting, members of the public may have the chance to help archaeologists look through sifting screenings for artifacts. For more information visit our sign up sheet and Society Member Volunteer's Needed page. For additional information on this event, please visit the Menlo Park Museum events page. In addition to working on the excavation, ASNJ will also be selling t-shirts (as supplies last) and society memberships.  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Empire State Metal Detector Assn.


ANNUAL CLUB HUNT AND PICNIC
September 09, 2017
Berne Town Park
1883 Helderberg Trail (Rt. 443)
Berne, NY 12023

More Info Empire State Hunt Site https://www.esmdaclub.com/club-hunt


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Myrtle Beach treasure hunters still want city permission to dig in the sand; state approves permits


Treasure hunters turned down by Myrtle Beach City Council after asking for permission to dig in the sand for gold and silver haven't given up on their quest.
Council rejected the proposal under an ordinance that allows recreational beach digging if the holes are filled back-in — but not the sort of excavation the men want to do.
Robert Thomason of Spruce Pine, N.C., and Wayne Gaither of North Myrtle Beach hope the council will make an exception for them the second time around.
"There ought to be a way to get a variance," Thomason said.
He hopes the public will support their project, which has state approval. 
A portion of any emeralds, gold or silver found in the dig would go to the Horry County Museum, he said.
Thomason said the location is thought to contain valuables from the shipwreck of a Spanish galleon.
He said the dig would take about two days and happen in the winter.
"It would be a wonderful thing to promote tourism," he said. "Key West would not be the only place on earth known for its wonderful treasure."
Thomason said he is confident that his intuition and a technique called dowsing have led him to the right place for the treasure.

Wikipedia
Dowsing is a type of divination employed in attempts to locate ground water, buried metals or ores, gemstones, oil, gravesites,[1]and many other objects and materials without the use of scientific apparatus. Dowsing is considered a pseudoscience, and there is no scientific evidence that it is any more effective than random chance.[2][3]
Dowsing is also known as divining (especially in reference to interpretation of results),[4] doodlebugging[5](particularly in the United States, in searching for petroleum[6]) or (when searching specifically for water) water finding, water witching (in the United States) or water dowsing.
A Y- or L-shaped twig or rod, called a dowsing rod, divining rod (Latin: virgula divina or baculus divinatorius), a "vining rod" or witching rod is sometimes used during dowsing, although some dowsers use other equipment or no equipment at all.
Dowsing appears to have arisen in the context of Renaissance magic in Germany, and it remains popular among believers in Forteana or radiesthesia.[7]
The motion of dowsing rods is nowadays generally attributed to the ideomotor effect

Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools — usually copper sticks or wooden "divining rods" that resemble large wishbones — and what they describe as a natural energy to find water or minerals hidden deep underground, according to The Associated Press.
The council was concerned about disturbing the beach and who would own treasure found on public land, Councilman Randall Wallace said.
But he was intrigued by the idea.
"I'd be open to listening to them again," he said.
The state Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management issued a permit to Thomason to dig at least seven exploration pits in a designated area of the beach that is beyond the mean high waterline. Digging would be done by hand and backhoe.
But the treasure hunters still need city approval.
The state OK'd the beachfront dig from 3rd Avenue South to near 1st Avenue North and from 6th Avenue North to 12th Avenue North. The exploration pits would be up to 4 feet wide and 12 feet long and up to 10 feet deep, according to a copy of the state permit.
It stipulates that the work must happen outside of turtle nesting season, uncovered holes could not be left on the beach at night, and the beach must be returned to pre-project conditions immediately upon completion of the work.
The State Historic Preservation Office and the S.C. Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology must be notified of historic, cultural or archaeological finds, the permit says.
Archaeological finds consist of items 50 years or older that were made or used by man, including arrowheads, ceramic shards, bricks, worked wood, bone and stone, metal and glass objects and human skeletal remains. 
In addition, Thomason and Gaither must comply with local and federal ordinances.
Dr. Michael Trinkley of the Chicora Foundation said dowsing is not considered a scientific method because it is not replicable.
"You can’t have three people get the same results," he said.
The foundation, based in Columbia, is a nonprofit heritage preservation organization that does archaeological and historical research in the Southeast.
Hundreds of people in South Carolina go treasure hunting using metal detectors but they must have a landowner's permission, Trinkley said.
Otherwise, trespassers may face a fine and jail time, said state archaeologist Jonathan Leader.
A three-time violator can be charged with a felony, he said.
He suggested metal detector enthusiasts work with archaeologists to avoid disturbing the historical record.
"Excited is good. Trained is better," he said.
Archaeologists use field notes, records, photos and other things to develop a story around an artifact. That sort of thing is lost when people just in it for the money dig for relics, Trinkley said.
"It's a minority but unfortunately a few people can do a tremendous amount of damage," he said.

Winner July 2017 Find of the Month - an 1832 Nova Scotia Half Cent found by Matt Kroeper.