Metal detectorist finds rare treasures under sands

Published by  St. Augustine, written by Sheldon Gardner, Sunday January 8th 2012.

Bob Spratley has a lot of secrets.

He knows where to find 20 shipwrecks aroundSt. Augustine, he can find gold and silver buried beneath the sands of local beaches, and he discovered one of the sites of the nation’s most notorious slaughters.

“He found theMatanzassite, the massacre site,” said John Powell, living history interpreter at the Fountain of Youth. “Bob is beyond a metal detectorist. Bob is touched by God.”

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