Once you've done a couple of searches for these they start cluttering up your feed. 

Every day, somewhere, someone, is digging up something of inestimable value.

In Yorkshire, 2019, a couple renovating their kitchen discovered beneath the floorboards the Ellerby Area Hoard, 266 silver & gold coins valued at close to $1, 000, 000. 

Which, I'm guessing, paid for their renovations...

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellerby_Area_Hoard

It's by-and-largely Australia that fills up my news feed with stories of preposterously large nuggets, and so it's good to hear that there's still a few good sized ones being found on this continent:

Link: The Boot of Cortez, the largest nugget (still in existence) - 389.4 Troy Oz,  found in the North Western Hemisphere, just a few scant miles south of the US US/Mexican border.

There are, upon searching, a surprising number of others that have been found, ranging from California to Nevada and all the way up...

The problem with Canada, of course, is glaciation, which leaves many of the best finds buried under hundreds of meters of overburden.

But the deserts of California, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico are a good training ground before heading to Australia. 

In the vein of artefacts, a rather older and much more impressive handaxe from Britain, estimated to be between 500, 000 to 300, 000 years old.

Note that it almost seems that the shell was an intentional detail...

Read more here: https://stonetoolsmuseum.com/artefact/europe/handaxe-3/1878/

The whole museum is a trove of fascinating tools & artefacts, and it's a bonus that you can rotate the models in 3D.

I need my own neolithic handaxe with a shell inset...

Early to work, the weather, well, fall - leaves turning, the lake a deep glittering blue, comb the beach for flints and new finds.

Odd rocks and a few worked bits of flint - bottom right of center, a serrated edge, micro-blade, upper right 2 heavily worked bits of flint.

I'm joined by a mallard who's clearly interested in what ever it is I'm doing...

Helping me to look. Having taken the picture I zoom in and see loads more rocks of interest, it helps that the camera doesn't capture the waves, it's still, and so I can take my leisure looking through the photos.


Next day, early again, more flints, looking beneath the waves:

Jasper, flints, and one big scraper or hand axe that perfectly fits the hand, clearly - chipped into a tool. 

Not a pretty piece, but substantive.