FOUND: 300-year-old Pyx

Another interesting discovery this week.


An example of a pyx. © BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons.


via Reuters:

A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday.

Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 during a hurricane off central Florida’s east coast.

After the discovery last month, a team of Spanish historians realized the piece fit together with another artifact recovered 25 years ago. It formed an accessory called a pyx, worn on a chain around a high priest’s neck to carry the communion host. The dollar value is uncertain.

“It’s priceless, unique, one of a kind,” said Brent Brisben, operations manager for 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, which owns rights to the wreckage, located in 15-foot (4.5-meter) deep Atlantic Ocean waters.

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8 Comments on "FOUND: 300-year-old Pyx"

  1. Despicable Yeti | Jul 31, 2014 at 10:51 am |


  2. If only, when the pieces were fitted together, the act of doing so had summoned Fulgorr, Dark Lord of Nef. Or opened a portal to an alternate dimension. Or they combined to become some kind of weapon of ancient power…

    Real life, eh? It never quite measures up to expectations primed by a lifetime of adventure novels / movies / games.

    • Echar Lailoken | Jul 31, 2014 at 8:33 pm |

      Or it releases the demon that created the spanish inquisition and the Albigensian inquisition before that.

      • Ooh, I like where you’ve taken this. Much more thematically appropriate.

        • Echar Lailoken | Jul 31, 2014 at 8:54 pm |

          The literalists will think it’s the end of days, but those in the know will rise from whatever challeges they face to rid the world of the demon and bring spiritual ascension for those who are prepared.

          Some of those in the know will be unexpected/anti heroes. One a burn out, long disillusioned by the world and spirituality. Another an ex con who served his time for murder. Another an excommunicated catholic monk. Another A lesbian in her mid 40s, one time Unitarian.


          • InfvoCuernos | Aug 1, 2014 at 1:07 am |

            Don’t forget the comic relief- maybe have a bungling old man or an obnoxious kid that somehow figures out all the clues. Also, I feel like if you add a hot bisexual woman warrior, you will add a lot of sexual tension between the ex-con and the lesbian. Oh wait, I just made this idea suck like every other sci-fi concept for the last 20 years. Nevermind.

          • Echar Lailoken | Aug 1, 2014 at 3:42 am |

            The idea I am bouncing off of is any marginal person/misfit that has found some gnosis. People who are kind of like modern day pirates or gypsies or something. Maybe truck driver or taxi driver will do. Hell, throw in a door to door vacuum salesman who started out wanting to make money, but is really just doing it to clean peoples carpets. No rock stars, that’s been beat to death.

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