Treasure-hunters unearth meteorite

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 03:43 PM.

 Although there is no mention in local Indian mythology of objects falling from the sky, Lazarus said the oral history of Central and South Florida Indian cultures contains references to "people going to the heavens and sending things back down."     As for Povenmire's theory that the meteorite was a trade item, Lazarus said local Indians had an active exchange with tribes as far north as the Great Lakes .

 Copper and other metal objects from that region have been found among local midden sites, and Gulf Coast shells frequently are found among Great Lakes artifacts.

 Povenmire, author of a book titled "Fireballs, Meteors and Meteorites," said the Grayton Beach Meteorite is the second largest ever found in Florida and the third largest recovered in the Southeast.

 The largest meteorite found in the Southeast was a 92.4-pounder unearthed at Bonita Springs , Fla. , in 1932. The second largest was a 64-pounder discovered in Ider, Ala. , in 1957.

 Gibson and Green say they hope to eventually place the meteorite on display in a museum, either a local one or a larger institution elsewhere.

 They already have been approached by a collector who wanted to buy the meteorite, but the weekend treasure-hunters say they are reluctant to part with their once-in-a-lifetime find.

   



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