Treasure Coast Archaeological Society
Sebastian, Florida  Indian River County

 TCAS Monthly Meeting Notes

June  2012



Minutes of the  
Treasure Coast Archeological Society Meeting
June 6, 2012
The next meeting is on Wednesday,  August 1, 2012


The  meeting was called to order at 7:50 P.M. by Richard Hart, Sr., President of TCAS. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Skip Watson.

The minutes can be read on the club website, They are also emailed to members with email addresses on file on the last Wednesday of the month.


There will be no TCAS meeting in July because Wednesday is July 4th.
Have a Happy and Save Independence Day (and find lots of "treasures").
28 Members present and 1 guest present.


Need nominations for the TCAS Donation from out Benefit Hunt. Support the Troops (money for postage), Candlelighters of Brevard and Nana House were talked about. Local charities are preferred so the donated founds stay within the counties of Brevard and Indian River.


Minelab and Kellyco sponsored a National Metal Detecting Day. The Central Florida Metal Detecting Club sponsored a hunt prior to the activities at Kellyco. Fourteen TCAS members were at the hunt with Mitch King, TCAS VP taking the most prized from TCAS members.
The day at Kellyco was interesting (at least for me). The tour of the warehouse was impressive as some items were stacked up to the top of the 26 foot ceiling! They are also expanding their call center and opening up a new repair area.
Lunch was served by Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ. There was lots to eat and drink.
Minelab backpacks and several detectors were given away. One winner of a Minelab detector (sorry I cannot recall the model name) was won by a member of the Central Florida Metal Detecting Club, who in turn has donated it to the club and is being raffled off at their December meeting/Christmas Party. The retail price of this detector is about $1,800!
The Central Florida Metal Detecting Club also invited TCAS members to their June 8th meeting as Florida Senator Alan Hays was speaking at the meeting about the State Bill that would have affected our hobby.
Several TCAS members were at this meeting. Senator Hays's discussion was interesting. He said that the Lake County Water Authority can to him because someone was defacing property, leaving holes and equipment and generally creating a mess. He did not want to restrict our hobby and he seemed impressed by the amount of "trash" and other items that was found!  Senator Hays did pull his bill after the up roar and he did explain that the bill did get out of control as no one working of the bill was a metal detectorist!
If you have any suggestions for him or your state Representative / Senator, send an email, letter or make a phone call to them.
You can find more on this and your State Representative / Senator on this website
Tom Dankoski was the guest speaker.
When hunting on the beach jewelry is what is being looked for, not coins, with an approximate ratio of one good find in four hundred in dry sand and Mother Nature being about 95% of the factors in finding items.
The best times to go beach hunting are during a full moon or no moon because the tides are at there largest swing.
Tom talked about the "Density" of the sand. Items will sink until they are neutral with the weight of the item and the density of the sand. Rings will sink in the sand while coins or other broader/flat items will tumble along the beach.
If 99% of your finds are zinc pennies, move! If you are finding quarters, dimes, nickels and copper pennies, you are getting closer.
As we know the best time to go hunting on the beach is when there is a storm that causes erosion. Erosion can remove significant amounts of sand creating a "cliff" or wall. If you hunt the beach with this cliff or wall, be very careful of the tides and waves. With a cliff or wall that you have to climb up and the fast moving tides and waves, this can be a very dangerous situation! Remember that just as fast as a storm can remove sand from the beach, it will not take long for the sand to be replaced. So do not delay hunting a beach that has significant erosion. With beach slopes you can hunt from 1/4 or 1/3 the way up to the towel line down to the wet sand.
If you find coins with green or black corrosion, stick around. These coins have been around for a long time.
Tom also told us a story of how he found a class ring, and then the owner of the ring. The owner was 74 years old and new actually where he lost his ring, 53 years previously in New Smyrna Beach. Tom found it where the owner stated he lost it.
Keep your June and July finds separate so both can be voted on for find of the month. Yes we will vote on June, clear the table and then vote for the July finds at our August 1st meeting.
Find Winners:
Ring:     Bob Grubb                                          Group Coins: Skip Watson  
Jewelry: Bob Grubb                                          Artifacts:  
Single Coins: Skip Watson                                Fossils:
Find of the Month: Skip Watson
Drawing Winners:
50/50:  $26/13 Doug Wilsnack                         Badge: Skip Watson
T-Shirt: Donna Rothery                                     Hat: Dale Thesenvitz
Phil Hillrich donated two Minelab bags from the Minelab/ Kellyco event. Each bag had a Minelab hat that if purchased from Kellyco cost $30.00. The winners were: Neil Normando and Cindy Watson.
Coffee will be brought by: Kira Thesenvitz
Doughnuts will be brought by: Marty Hufnagel
Cooler with drinks will be brought by the 50/50 winner: Larry King volunteered to bring the drinks. Thanks Larry.
The meeting adjourned at: 9:33 P.M.
Respectfully Submitted,
Dale T. Thesenvitz
TCAS Secretary







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