Archives for March, 2012

Treasure From Russian Revolution Found In St. Petersburg Mansion

A hoard of treasure consisting of jewelry and silver services bearing the names & crests of Russian nobility has been found hidden in Russian mansion. Such treasures have been hidden in almost every war, civil unrest, or armed rebellion throughout history. When families are dispersed, and the only person knowing the secrets is imprisoned, killed […]

Hoard of Italian Renaissance Silver Coins found on Greek Island

A hoard of fifty something Venetian, 14th century, silver coins in a small pot has been found by construction workers at Sagri on Naxos. Naxos was one of the Greek islands ruled by Venice from the 15th century to the early 18th century and the largest island (429 km2 (166 sq mi)) in the Cyclades island group in the Aegean. It was […]

What’s Next? Banning Toilet Paper?

Sorry folks, I’m not just about shipwrecks, archaeology and sunken treasure. Part of me is dedicated to saving baby rabbits and toilet paper. MISGUIDED EFFORTS? We all want to save the rain forests, in part because they are distant and exotic (and have many still-to-be-discovered plants and animals). But, part of the effort to save […]

Hunley Commission & the South Carolina Constitution

The wreck of the Civil War submarine Hunley (which I found in 1970 and donated to the State in 1995) has been described by government officials as the greatest underwater archaeological discovery of the twentieth century. As such, it is clearly worth being preserved. But at what costs? Numerous articles in South Carolina papers have put […]

Senator McConnell’s Change in Political Office Bodes Well for Hunley

I just learned that on March 12, 2012, Senator Glenn McConnell became the new Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. That was actually a major step down in power for the senator who was head of the South Carolina senate and arguably the most powerful man in South Carolina. The change in job & title was not […]