Why Treasure in Rivers is so HARD TO FIND! ExpeditionHistory.org

SUMMER 1971, temperatures reaching the 100s. It was a time of joy and fantastic adventure. I was seven years old and my cousin Aubrey was ten. To me, Aubrey was a god, and on this day he proved it.  You know Aubrey as BEAST on our ExpeditionHistory.org TreasureForce Alpha Team. 
Dirty Harry was the movie character every guy wanted to be as cool as, and The Omega Man with Charleton Heston was what was scaring the audiences in the theaters — that is, of course, unless you were a little on the odd side and A Clockwork Orange was your type of flick. Donny Osmond was crooning “Go Way Little Girls,” and Three Dog Night had the catchy hit “Joy To The World”. Gunsmoke with Matt Dillon was the Cowboys and Indians we played, and Mannix and The F.B.I. taught us how to be problem solvers; but most importantly, everything we did was “All In The Family”. It was 1971 and the 70s were cool. But Texas was hot.

That above is the opening in one of my books which tells the story of how Treasure and Treasure Hunting got INTO the blood of Beast and myself over 43 years ago!  I say INTO our blood, because once you get a taste of the thrill or the hunt, it tends to infect every cell in your body and stays with you for life; even worse – it is contagious and you can infect everyone around you.

The telling of the story above, goes on to share how Beast found a safe from a bank robbery which had been tossed in the river and when he found it on the bottom then popped opened – money bags came floating to the top of the water.  You never saw so many people hop into the river so fast, as when money bags came floating to the surface (you can read the full story in several of our books, and I will post it online in a separate article as well).    It was a wonderful way to grow up as a kid.  On the Spanish Gold Road where Conquistadors and Explorers would transport treasure, right in the middle of Apache and Comanche Indian Territory, flowing with clear spring fed rivers, and where old families (our family tree there since the very early 1800′s) abutted with the wealthy and famous (Humphrey Bogart’s place abutted to our family ranch – and years later through marriage Humphrey Bogart would become my son’s Great Uncle – talk about full circle).

We were the perfect combination of country kids and city kids and WE LIVE the GOONIES adventure first hand.  This first picture is the EXACT spot where Beast swung off the rope swing into the river and discovered the bank loot!

where it all began


another view of the river

Every kid dreams of finding treasure, BUT we did and it changed our lives.  But funny things about rivers and trying to intentionally find treasures in rivers is that RIVERS MOVE.  Some people do not know that, but rivers move and when hunting for treasure you just study the river, its base composition and it migration over time.

For example, here is a picture of the Arkansas River just outside Little Rock.  This photo was recently taken from outer space, but look how far the river has actually moved over time (you can see it various ancient paths):

River Migrations

Looking at these images one can see where the river was MILES, yes miles, away from where it is today.  So, if you were looking for a Civil War Steamboat from the late 1800′s where exactly would you begin to look?  Complex I know!  And that is exactly why River Treasures are one of the MOST DIFFICULT TO LOCATE.

Twisty, turny lakes near Little Rock, Ark., show where the mighty Arkansas River once traveled. These meander lakes, as they’re called, are the subject of a new astronaut photograph.

An astronaut on the International Space Station snapped the new picture from 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface on Feb. 21, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory, which just released the photo. The image shows the curving neighborhood streets of Little Rock on the lower left, bounded by Interstate 40. The greenish Arkansas River of today is in the lower right corner of the photograph.

The rest of the image shows where the river flowed in the past. Little Rock is on the edge of the Mississippi River Flood Plain, a flat region smoothed by years of sediment deposits from the river. Here, the Arkansas was long free to meander, picking the easiest route down toward the Mississippi River. This route shifted with the sediments; when one path became blocked, the river simply changed course, leaving behind orphaned segments that became meander lakes.  Finer dark lines that look like scour surfaces in the curves of these lakes are the remnants of ancient riverbanks, the Earth Observatory reports.

Now you can see why rivers are so hard to work.  Now granted both the Mississippi and the Arkansas River (and many others) are sandy bottomed rivers and those move easy, but on the other hand rock bottomed rivers – those that run down to and through bedrock- tend to move less and can stay in the same location for a thousand years.

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Keep this in mind – look at the Grand Canyon and you can see just how powerful a rivers cutting action can be.  Moral of the story, rivers move and you must use satellite imagery to try to gauge where the river “was” at the time of the “treasure” creating event.  Most Civil War gold, lost in rivers, now set miles in land in some farmers field. To prove it read the following story and learn just what it takes to find the old path of the river and the things it may hide.

SteamBoat found in Cotton Field





6000 year old Treasure Hoard Found – Artifacts Revealed! TreasureForce.com ExpeditionHistory.org

Seems like every month there is a new announcement of an ancient treasure being rediscovered and this just goes to show that fabulous fortunes in Hidden Hoards are still out there.  This one is especially exciting with over 400 individual artifacts found, including an amazing Crown.



The world’s oldest crown, which was famously discovered in 1961 as part of the Nahal Mishar Hoard, along with numerous other treasured artefacts, are to be revealed in New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as part of the ‘Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel’ exhibit.

The ancient crown dates back to the Copper Age between 4000–3500 BC, and is just one out of more than 400 artefacts that were recovered in a cave in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea more than half a century ago. The crown is shaped like a thick ring and features vultures and doors protruding from the top. It is believed that it played a part in burial ceremonies for people of importance at the time.

New York University writes: “An object of enormous power and prestige, the blackened, raggedly cast copper crown from the Nahal Mishmar Hoard greets the visitor to Masters of Fire. The enigmatic protuberances along its rim of vultures and building façades with squarish apertures, and its cylindrical shape, suggest links to the burial practices of the time.”

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The world’s oldest crown, which was famously discovered in 1961 as part of the Nahal Mishar Hoard, along with numerous other treasured artefacts, are to be revealed in New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as part of the ‘Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel’ exhibit.

The ancient crown dates back to the Copper Age between 4000–3500 BC, and is just one out of more than 400 artefacts that were recovered in a cave in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea more than half a century ago.  The crown is shaped like a thick ring and features vultures and doors protruding from the top. It is believed that it played a part in burial ceremonies for people of importance at the time.

New York University writes: “An object of enormous power and prestige, the blackened, raggedly cast copper crown from the Nahal Mishmar Hoard greets the visitor to Masters of Fire. The enigmatic protuberances along its rim of vultures and building façades with squarish apertures, and its cylindrical shape, suggest links to the burial practices of the time.”

- See more at: http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/6000-year-old-crown-found-dead-sea-cave-revealed-001436#sthash.fNjUjAgz.dpuf

20 something Mummy bears out of this world Rock Star Tattoo – oldest ever found. You won’t believe “who” the tattoo is! ExpeditionHistory.org

1,300 year-old mummy and her intimate tattoo

Hospital scans help British Museum discover the secrets Egyptians took to their grave, including one woman’s intimate tattoo

Ever since time immemorial tattoos have been part of mankind history, however in recent times tattoos seem to have become more present and “in our face” so to speak.  Remember when it was cool to tat the name of your love or lover on your arm? How about Sailors and MOM on their forearm? “Tramp stamps” on the lower back?  Well seems even Ancients as far back as 1300 years ago, would tattoo their “loves” on their body.  However, one “20 something” that died 1300 years ago and then became mummified has caused quite the stir.  Why? 

You won’t believe the ancient out of this world – rock star she has tattooed on an intimate place on her body.

Here is the tattoo and the full story begins below:


Wrapped in bandages and caricatured as figures of terror in Hollywood movies, Egypt’s mummies have long captivated and bewildered scientists and children alike.

Now a new exhibition at the British Museum will disclose the human side of the mummies of the Nile.

Eight have been – scientifically speaking – stripped bare revealing secrets taken to the grave thousands of years ago.

Subjecting the corpses to the most advanced scientific techniques, including sending the mummies to hospitals around London for CAT scans – the museum’s Egyptologists have been able to build up the most detailed picture yet of what lies beneath the sarcophagi and bandage-wrapped bodies.

The exhibition called Ancient Lives: New Discoveries, which opens in May, will show mummies in a new – and often ordinary – light.


The exhibition is likely to be one of the most successful ever staged by the British Museum and follows in a fine tradition of blockbuster displays based on archaeological finds from ancient Egypt. The Treasures of Tutankhamun, staged at the museum in 1972, attracted more than 1.6 million visitors.

The new exhibition looks at those living along the ancient Nile from royalty to more ordinary inhabitants.

Mummification, the curators are keen to point out, was not the sole preserve (pardon the pun) of pharaohs. Curators have deliberately chosen mummies from different eras and different backgrounds to cast them in a new light.

The oldest of the mummies to undergo scientific testing is more than 5,500 years old and dates back to 3,500 BC. The most recent example is a female aged between 20 and 35, who lived about 1,300 years ago.



Metal Detector Find Worth $10k to Collectors. TreasureForce.com

Swinging Coils is the past time of millions of Americans.  It is not only increasing ones health by getting them outdoors and active, but it can also increase ones wealth.  Financial Wealth, Wealth of Knowledge and help one forge a Wealth of New Friends.

One of the best ways to learn how to detect and to get the inside secrets one learns with time and practice, is to join a metal detecting club.  Yes, you can now watch a wealth of Metal Detecting shows on TV and they have helped boost participation in the hobby over 63% in the last few years.

Below, I have listed various Metal Detecting Clubs you may want to check out on a State by State Basis.  Just to give you an idea of how profitable and satisfying it can be, here are some photos of a little known device called a “Pocket Sun Dial”, find one of these trinkets and you may be as much as $10,000 wealthier!  As always, obey all State laws, fill all your holes back if you dig, and leave the environment as you found it – IF NOT even a little better!

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US Artifacts Recovery Associationwww.angelfire.com/nc/usaa/index.html
Goal is to preserve historical artifacts, while rewarding those taking part in the recovery.

World Wide Association of Treasure Seekerswww.wwats.org
The Focus of WWATS is to be an information center, providing special training as necessary to understand our relationships with, and to openly approach, our government agencies, seeking ways our hobby can co-exist within the rules and regulations used to govern public lands today. WWATS shall be a proactive organization, not a reactive one.


Cullman, AL – DRRT, Dixieland Research and Recovery Team, Cullman, AL… new club… contact Tim Cummings, Email: awards@hiwaay.net or
uniformcenter@bellsouth.net Cell: 256-962-1577
Gadsden, AL – Southeast Treasure Hunters Club, Gadsden, AL 35901 – www.southeasttreasurehunters.com
Mobile, AL – South Alabama Historical Research & Recovery Assn www.sahrara.com
New Market, AL – Rocket City Relic Hunters, New Market, AL 256-379-3488 Contact: Rodney Powell (defunct? See this thread )
Odenville, AL – Warrior Basin Treasure Hunters Association, Odenville, AL 35120 – wbtha.com
Pratt, AL – Central Alabama Artifacts Society, Pratt, AL 205-365-1115


Alaska Treasure Seekers www.akmining.com/mine/seekers.htm


Apache Junction, AZ – Superstition Mountain Treasure Hunters Club, Apache Junction, AZ – www.smth-gold.com
Benson, AZ – Huachuca Prospectors Association, Joe Stroup, 1110 So. Hwy 80, # 9, Benson, AZ 85602, 520 457-3458, members.tripod.com/phred01
Bullhead City, AZ – Colorado River Valley Metal Detector & Archaeological Club, Contact: Gloria Sodeman, 2000 E Ramar Rd #556 Bullhead City, AZ 86442
Bullhead City, AZ – Colorado River Treasure Seekers Inc, Judy Fuller, 1637 Tale Rd. Bullhead City, AZ 86442, azsunbird36@yahoo.com
Lake Havasu City, Ar – Havasu Gold Seekers Club, www.havasugoldseekers.com
Mohave Valley, AZ – Colorado River Valley Treasure Seekers Contact: Jim Allen, 7170 Harquahala Dr. Mohave Valley, AZ 86440 928-768-1938 fisher7@frontiernet.net
Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Association of Gold Prospectors, Inc., Phoenix, AZ 85069 – www.arizonagoldprospectors.org
Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Treasures Unlimited, Inc. Phoenix AZ 85253. members.cox.net/atu/
Phoenix, AZ – Road Runner Prospectors Club, www.roadrunnergold.com
Quartzsite, Ar – Quartzite Metal Detecting Club, www.quartzsitemetaldetectingclub.com/
Safford, AZ – Gila Valley Treasure Hunters, Richard Wright – Sec/Treas., 608 S 11th Ave, Safford, AZ. 85546 – Gandaff1@msn.com
Tempe, AZ – Arizona Treasures Unlimited, Tempe, AZ 85281 www.aztreasures.org
Tucson, AZ – Desert Gold Diggers, Inc, Tucson, AZ 85705-1135 – www.desert-gold-diggers.org
Yuma, AZ – South West Treasure Hunters Club, Bob Haynie, 13592 E. 46th Drive, Yuma, AZ 85367


Genoa, AR – Tri-States Historical Recovery Club Ed Garner, P.O. Box 8 Genoa, AR 71840 (870) 774-1230 Edstreasure@aol.com
Hot Springs, AR – Central Arkansas Treasure Seekers, (defunct?)
Siloam Springs AR – Arkoma Coin and Relic Club of Siloam Springs AR 72761 (defunct? See this thread )
Ward, AR – Arkansas Treasure Hunters Club, Ward, AR 72176 http://www.arkansastreasurehuntersclub.com/


Carson CA – West Coast Prospectors & Treasure Hunters Association, Carson CA 90745 www.westcoasters.org
Clovis, CA – San Joaquin Valley Treasure Hunters Club, Clovis, CA 93612 www.sjvtreasurehunters.org/index.htm
Concord, CA – Mount Diablo Metal Detecting Club, Concord, CA P.O. box 273215 Zip94527 silverno7@aol.com
Downey, Ca – The Prospector’s Club of So. California – prospectorsclub.org
Hesperia, CA – Victor Valley Treasure Hunters – Victor Valley Hesperia, CA 92345 sififly@yahoo.com
Lancaster, CA – Antelope Valley Treasure Hunters, – http://mysite.verizon.net/res8ddr8/a…ety/index.html
Marysville CA – Sacramento Valley Detecting Buffs, Marysville CA 95901 – www.sacramentovalleydetectingbuffs.com
Modesto, CA – Mid Valley Treasure Hunters http://midvalleytreasurehunters.com
Nuggetdigger Detecting and Prospecting Club/Forum – www.nuggetdigger.com
Oxnard, CA – Ventura County Gold Coast Treasure Hunters, Oxnard, CA 93035 – contact Steve at gctreasurehunters@yahoo.com or visit http://www.gctreasurehunters.com”;
Paradise, CA – Paradise Ridge Diggers, Fred Gardner, 307 Rose Lane Paradise, CA 95969 530-872-4082 jessemax@sbcglobal.net
Riverside, CA – Riverside Treasure Hunters Club, Riverside, CA www.riversidetreasurehunters.com/home/
San Diego CA – Coinshooters of San Diego, San Diego CA 92017 www.sdcoinshooters.com
San Joaquin, CA – San Joaquin Treasure Hunters, www.sjvtreasurehunters.org/Contact_Info.htm
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406 Central Coast Treasure Hunters www.cctha.org
Santa Clara Valley, CA – Treasure Hunters Society of Santa Clara Valley http://members.tripod.com/~WaipahuHa…rehunters.html
Simi Valley CA – Gold Coast Treasure Hunters, Simi Valley CA 93063 www.gctreasurehunters.com
Yreka, CA – Siskiyou County Relic and Recovery Club meets 1st Thurs. monthly, 7 p.m., Denny’s Restaurant, Yreka; 435-2461


Colorado Springs, CO – Pikes Peak Adventure League, Contact: Bob DeWitt, PO Box 7033. Colorado Springs, CO 80933 (719) 473-0330 ppal@dewittenterprises.com
Denver, CO – Eureka Treasure Hunters Club Denver, CO www.eurekathc.com
Durango, CO – Durango Diggers Club www.geocities.com/durangodiggers
Golden, CO – Foothills Prospectors Club, – foothillsprospectors.com
Loveland, CO – Rocky Mountain Prospectors & Treasure Hunters Club, www.rmpth.com
Montrose, CO – Uncompahgre Treasure Club. Phone number: 970-249-3156. Address: P.O. Box 927. Montrose, Co 81402 – uncompaghretreasureclub.com/newsletter.aspx


Hartford CT – Yankee Territory Coinshooters 06042 www.yankeeterritorycoinshooters.com
North Haven CT – Nutmeg Treasure Hunters Club North Haven, CT www.nutmegtreasurehunters.com

Oxford, CT – National Metal Detecting League www.nationalmetaldetectingleague.com/index.htm
Stamford CT – Nor’easters Stamford CT 06906 www.noreasters.net


Blades, DE – Team Delaware, Tex Kinsey, 15 East Fourth St Blades, DE 19973, texkinsey@aol.com
Frankford, DE – Mason Dixon Treasure Club Barry Betts Rt. 1 Box 83 Frankford, DE 19945
Newark, DE – First State Search & Recovery Club Newark, DE (302) 738-5277


Bradenton, FL – Manatee Search & Recovery Club, Gary Miller, 649 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34207
Chuluota, FL – Florida Marine Historical and Archeological Society Chuluota FL 32766 ronwag1@msn.com or Steve Davenport, PO Box 991, Maitland, FL 32751
Dania, FL – South Florida Treasure Hunters Club, Michael Bethan, PO Box 263 Dania, FL 33004 soflatreasurehunters.tripod.com/index.htm
Fort Meyers, FL – Southwest Florida Treasure Hunter’s Association, N. Fort Meyers, FL (813)656-3532
Jacksonville, FL – Historical Recovery Association of North Florida – www.jaxtreasures.org/ or home.comcast.net/~youndd/
Lakeland, FL – Imperial Treasure Hunter, Andrew Johnson, 1903 Clubhouse Rd, Lakeland, FL 33813
Lake Worth, FL – Gold Coast Treasure Club geocities.com/gctreasureclub/index.html
Largo, FL – Suncoast Research & Recovery Club, Largo, FL www.srarc.com email: contact@srarc.com Contact: Wally Swartz
Miami, FL – Treasure Trove Chapter, Alan Davis, PO Box 835161, Miami, FL 33283, 305-562-0137
Morriston, Fl – Mid Florida Historical Research & Recovery Association Morriston, Fl 32668 www.mfhrra.com
Naples, FL – Tropic Treasure Hunters & Recovery Club, Ron Lord, 2102 Alamanda Dr. #203 Naples, FL 34102
New Port Richey, FL – Weeki Wachee Metal Detecting Club, Donald, Margaret & Erik Bing, 3537 Glenburn Ct. New Port Richey, FL 34655 rpdilley@earthlink.net
Ormond Beach, FL – Dig & Find Coinshooters and Historical Club, Mark Estes, 1186 Oceanshore Blvd., # 157 Ormond Bch., FL 32176
Palm City, FL – Treasure Coast Metal Detecting Club, Scott Hewitt, 3043 SW Summer Ave. Palm City, FL 34990 561-286-9412
Panama City, FL – Panhandle Research And Recovery, Jay Easkold, P.O. Box 15384 Panama City, FL 32406
Pensacola, FL – Pensacola Historical & Treasure Hunters Association, Rosemary Sanders 914 N. 63rd Ave. Pensacola, FL 32506 (904)456-6182
Sanford, FL – Central Florida Metal Detecting Club Sanford, FL www.thecfmdc.com
Sebastian, FL – Treasure Coast Archaeological Society Sebastian, FL www.tcas.us
Tampa Club West State Arch. Soc. http://sites.google.com/site/wsasinc/ Philip Myers contact: philip@myersdepot.com
Tarpon Springs, FL – Cachehunters999 George Kotsidis, P.O. 267. Tarpon Springs, FL 34688 727-944-2206


Hampton, GA – Georgia Historical Artifacts & Research Group, Joel Logan, 18 Mallie Court Hampton, GA 30228
Lafayette, GA – NW Georgia Recovery Club – Lafayette, GA 30728 (706)638-8930
Lawrenceville, GA – Stone Mountain Treasure Hunters, Lawrenceville, GA 30044, Contact Doug Sortino at d_sortino@hotmail.com or call 404-933-3602
Marietta, GA – Georgia Research and Recovery Club, Ed Travis, 1731 Cunningham Rd. Marietta, GA 30060
Marietta, GA – North Georgia Relic Hunters Association – www.ngrha.com
Ringgold, GA – Dixie Relic Recovery Club, Ringgold, GA – www.dixierelic.com
Savannah, GA – Coastal Empire History Hunters Association, Savannah, GA 31324 – cehha.homestead.com/CEHHA.html


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Boise, ID – Boise Basin Search & Recovery Club, www.diggin4treasure.org/
Boise, ID – Idaho Gold Prospectors Association www.idahogoldprospectors.org/
Boise, ID – Wampum Hunter Club, Boise, ID wampumhut.com
Rathdrum, ID – Northwest Gold Prospector’s Association, www.icehouse.net/blowe/nwgold.html


Beecher IL – Will County Historical Research and Recovery Assoc. Beecher IL 60401 www.wchrra.org
Bloomington, IL – McLean County Nuggettiers Metal Detecting Club, Kathy Meeks (309) 662-9578 Bloomington, IL 61704 roberte.meeks@verizon.net
Carbondale, IL – Southern Illinois Treasure Hunters, Carbondale, IL, Bruce Rowland (Pres) camb63@yahoo.com
Champaign IL – Sage City Relic Hunters Champaign IL 61821 sagecityhunters.00server.com
Chicago, IL – Chicagoland Searchers, Sara Seibs, 6355 S. Long Ave. Chicago, IL 60638
Chicago IL – Hidden History League (School club) Chicago IL 60632
Chicago IL – Midwest Historical Research Society Chicago IL www.mhrsdetecting.com
Crystal Lake IL – Great Lakes Historical Recovery Crystal Lake IL 60014 www.glhr.com
Davenport, IA – Illinois and Iowa Treasure Hunters Club, Davenport, IA 52806 www.iandithers.com
Lynn Center, IL – Great American Treasure Hunting Association, 1477 337th Street, Lynn Center, IL 61262 Dan Breitenstein, President luckydan@luckydan.com
Princeville IL – Peoria Area Treasure Hunters Princeville IL 61559 wizard@mchsi.com
Vernon Hills, IL – Lake County Historical Research & Recovery, Jim Curren, 214 Bryand Place Vernon Hills, IL 60061 jimboc@aol.com
Springfield, IL – Land of Lincoln Metal Detectors Club, Charles Terry, 325 S. Glenwood Springfield, IL 62704
Springfield/Woodbridge, IL – Springfield/Woodbridge Detectors Club, John Underwood (703) 670-2207 jund@erols.com


Brownsburg, IN – Central Indiana Club (new) Lee Service, P.O. Box 22 Brownsburg, IN 46112
Clinton, IN – Wabash Valley Treasure Hunters Leonard Sappington, 205 South Shew Street Clinton, IN 47842 765-832-1003. Lenopam@bigfoot.com
Evansville, IN – Lincoln Heritage Treasure Hunters, John Claspell-President 2002, 1600 Monroe Ave. Evansville, In 47714 812-473-4392
Ft. Wayne, IN – Miami Valley Coin and Relic Hunters Club, Jerry Raney, 1306 Boone St. Ft. Wayne, IN 46808
Georgetown, IN – Down ‘n Dirty Diggers Georgetown, IN 47122 downndirtydiggers.multiply.com
Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Exploration and Recovery (HEAR) Indianapolis www.hoosierexploration.com/hear/
Jasonville, IN – Indiana Detectorists, Joe Harbaugh, 12554 S. St. Rd. 159 Jasonville, In 47438 812-665-9298
Lowell, IN – DUH-TEKTORS of NW Indiana Lowell, IN 46356 duhtektorsnwi.ning.com
Princeton, IN – Three Rivers Research & Recovery, David Perry, 603 W State St Princeton, IN 47670
Seymour, IN – Hoosier Hills Treasure Hunters, Seymour, IN 47274 hoosier-hills.tripod.com
Webster, IN – Northern Indiana Research & Recovery Society, Webster, IN 46555 219-834-5953 clubs.kconline.com/nirrs/index.html
Vincennes, IN – Wabash River Treasure Diggers, Chris Haynes, 922 n. 11th St. Vincennes, IN 47591 812-886-1559


Davenport, IA – Illinois and Iowa Treasure Hunters Club, Davenport, IA 52806 www.iandithers.com
Marion IA – Cedar Valley Research & Recovery Marion IA 52302 cedarvalleymetaldetecting.com
Jesup, IA – Midwest Prairie Research & Recovery Team, Jim Hertzberg, 13300 Indian Creek Rd. Jesup, IA 50648


Dodge City, KS – Treasure Hunters of Dodge City, Terry Adams, 612 8th Ave Dodge City, KS 67801 620-430-5421 http://www.dodgeboard.com/forums/tre…rs-dodge-city/
Hutchinson, KS – Mid America Treasure Hunters, 3908 W9 Hutchinson, KS 67501 Linda Shook, Secretary jamestownley@hotmail.com jhovus@kscable.com
Leavenworth, KS – Heartland Artifact Recovery & Preservation Society, 709 Walnut Leavenworth, KS 66048 T. Reid Marcum, President treidm1@aol.com markoman77@sbcglobal.net
Olathe KS – Mid-Western Artifact Society, Inc. Olathe KS 66062 www.mwas.org
Topeka, KS – Topeka Treasure Hunters, Russell Broxterman, Box 1021 Topeka, KS 66601 785-256-2925 http://tthc.mymdforum.com/
Wichita, KS – Wheat State Treasure Hunters www.wheatstatetreasurehunters.wordpress.com Friendly Forum Group


Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Artifact Recovery and Preservation Society, Dave Shuffett, 2105 Crystal Creek Dr. Frankfort, KY 40601
Independence, KY – Northern Kentucky Treasure Hunters Independence, KY 41051 nkthc.com
Louisville, KY – Blue Grass Relic Recovery Louisville, KY 40272 bgrelicrecovery@yahoo.com
Marion, KY – Tri-State Treasure Hunters Attn: Rick, 229 West Depot St. Marion, KY 42064 1-270-965-2713
Paducah, KY – West Kentucky Treasure Preservation Society (WKTPS), 4860 Old Mayfield Rd. Paducah, Kentucky 42003 – http://www.facebook.com/WKTPS


Athens, LA – Louisiana Past-finders, Chris Sherrill, 618 Sherrill Rd Athens, LA 71003 318-258-6455
Denham Springs, LA – Red Stick Raiders, Jamie Thoms, 32041 Linder Rd #5 Denham Springs, LA 70726 225-664-5714
Hammin, LA – Pelican Relic & Recovery Association, Tony Costanza, 148 Monistern Hammin, LA 70403 504-261-6261
Hammond, LA – Raiders of the Lost World, Marlin L. Walden, 909 S. Holly St. Hammond, LA 70403 504-902-8404
Keithville, LA – ACTS (Association of Christian Treasure Searchers) Jimmy McWilliams, 5699 Colquitt Road Keithville, LA 71047
Waskom, TX – Northwest Louisiana Treasure Hunters Association, Ken Mathews, 1367 American Plant Rd. Waskom, TX 75692 903-687-2777 kenw@prysm.net


Bangor, ME – Bangor coin shooters, Neal Finson Road Bangor, ME 04401 vickiecurrie@msn.com
Metal Detecting Maine www.metaldetectingmaine.com/index.php


Bel Air, MD – Maryland Artifact Recovery Society Bel Air, MD 21015 marylandartifactrecoverysociety.org
Chesapeake Society of Hunters (broken link-defunct?)
Maryland Relic Hunters Association Metal Detecting Club – (broken link-defunct?)
Maryland Freestate Treasure Club http://marylandfreestateclub.com/
South Mountain Relic and Coin Club (broken link-defunct?)
Shore Seekers Artifact and Recovery Club Salisbury MD 21804 www.shoreseekers.org
Stevensville MD – Eastern Shore Treasure Club Stevensville MD 21666
Williamsport, MD – South Mountain Relic and Coin Club Williamsport, MD (broken link-defunct?)


Boylston, MA – Colonial Treasure Hunters Assoc. Serge Botsaris, P.O. Box 1085 Boylston, MA 01505
Fitchburg, MA – Massachusetts Organization for Research & Recovery, Fitchburg, Ma Kenneth Maston, 396 Fifth Mass Pike Fitchburg, Ma 01420 978-345-4153 www.cellarhole.com/
South Yarmouth MA – Gateway Treasure Hunters Club South Yarmouth MA 02664 gthclub.org
Watertown, MA – Massachusetts Treasure Hunting Association, Watertown, MA 02471 – www.masstreasure.com


Hudsonville MI – Wolverine Research & Recovery Club Hudsonville MI 49426 broken link
Livonia, MI – Michigan Treasure Hunters Livonia, Michigan mth.greatlakesmetaldetecting.com
Spruce MI – North East Huron Detectors Club Spruce MI 48762 www.nehdc.net


Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – Gopher State Treasure Hunters Minneapolis/St. Paul area gsthmn.tripod.com
Rochester MN – Zumbro Valley Treasure Hunters Rochester MN 55903


Booneville MS – Tri-State Coin & Relic Hunter’s Club Booneville MS 38829 www.virrob.home.dixie-net.com


Florissant MO – Midwest Coinshooters and Historical Club Florissant MO 63033 www.coinshooters.freeservers.com
Independence MO – Three Trails Historical Search Team Independence MO 64050
North Kansas City, MO – MoKan Search and Recovery, North Kansas City, MO www.mokansr.com
Springfield, MO – Springfield Detectors Club users.erols.com/h2ocats/detect.html
Springfield Mo. – 417 Relic Hunters in Springfield Mo. Their website is 417relichunters.com


Helena, MT Montana Treasure Seekers, Mark Mcclung, 9 N Davis Helena, MT 59601 406-449-7446
Lincoln, MT – Blackfoot River Chapter G.P.A.A., Richard Richmond, P.O. BOX 733 Lincoln, MT 59639 406-362-4443
Manhattan, MT – Headwaters Chapter of GPAA, Steve Kuchinsky, PO Box 11 Manhattan, Montana 59741


Lincoln, NE – Nebraskaland Metal Detectors Club Lincoln, NE USA 1-402-488-6164
Omaha, NE – Midwest Historical Detector club, Omaha, NE – mhdc-ne.org


Nuggetdigger Detecting and Prospecting Club – www.nuggetdigger.com
Silver State Detecting Club Reno NV 89506 – www.ssdclub.org
Gold Searchers of Southern Nevada www.goldsearchers.info

New Hampshire

RDPC rdpc.bravepages.com
Granite State TH’ers Club www.gsthc.org
Yankee Treasure Hunters Club www.streeter.org/community/index.php

New Jersey

Pompton Plains NJ East Coast Research and Discovery Assoc., Pompton Plains NJ http://www.ecrda.org/
Deep Search Metal Detecting Club – www.dsmdc.org
Haddon Heights NJ – South Jersey Metal Detecting Club Haddon Heights NJ 08043 www.sjmdc.org
Mid Jersey Research & Recovery Club NJ www.midjersey.com

New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Treasure Hunters Association, Albuquerque, NM nmtreasurehunters.webs.com
Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque Metal Detector Association, Albuquerque, NM www.amdaclub.com
Belen, NM – Valencia County Metal Detector Club, Carlos Herrera, 1617 Ben San Ave. Belen, NM 87002 505-864-9128
Farmington, NM – Four Corners Treasure Seekers, Dave Stewart, 608 E. 37th Farmington, NM 87401
Rio Rancho, NM – Albuquerque N.M Treasure Club, Gary W. Jones, 1780 Black River Dr. Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Silver City, NM – Gold Prospectors of NM, Alexander, PO Box 1493 Silver City, NM 88062 1-505-534-4118 Ext. 5

New York

Allegany NY – Enchanted Mountain Treasure Hunters Allegany NY 14706 link not working
Empire State Metal Detector Association – www.northeast-metaldetectors.com/club1.html
Electronic Archaeological Recovery Treasure Hunters – www.earthclubcny.com
Jamestown NY – Southern Tier Metal Detectors Association Jamestown NY 14701
New York Research and Recovery Club www.newyorkresearchandrecoveryclub.blogspot.com
Rochester NY – Genesee Valley Treasure Seekers Rochester NY 14616 gvts.org
Yorktown Heights NY – Putnam/Westchester Metal Detectorists and Archaeological Society Yorktown Heights NY 10598 www.greattreasure.com
Staten Island NY – Richmond Research & Recovery Staten Island NY 10306
Staten Island NY – Staten Island History Hunters Staten Island NY 10314-4902 sihistoryhunters.com
Wantagh NY – Atlantic Treasure Club Wantagh NY 11793
Williamville NY – Niagara Frontier Relic Hunters Association, Inc. Williamville NY 14221 link not working

North Carolina

Charlotte NC – Metal Detecting Assoc. of the Carolinas Charlotte NC 28270 mdacclub.org
Coastal Artifact REcovery of North Carolina www.care-nc.com/
Greensboro, NC – Old North State Detectorists Greensboro, NC http://www.onsdclub.com/
Hendersonville NC – Blue Ridge Metal Detecting Club Hendersonville NC main.nc.us/brmdc/
US Artifacts Recovery Association www.angelfire.com/nc/usaa/index.html

North Dakota

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Cincinnati, OH – Tri State Historical Research & Recovery Association (Cincinnati Area) www.tristatetreasurehunters.com
Cleveland, OH – Buckeye Searchers Association of NE Ohio (Cleveland Area) buckeyesearchers.org
Cleveland, OH – North Coast Historical Recovery Association (Cleveland Area) www.angelfire.com/ultra/treasurehunting/
Columbus, OH – Central Ohio Metal Detecting Association (Columbus Area) (defunct? broken link)
Dayton, OH – Dayton Diggers (Dayton Area) http://www.daytondiggers.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dayto…10486772314805
Lima, OH – Black Swamp Metal Detecting Club (Lima Area) www.blackswamp.weebly.com


Muskogee, OK – Three Forks Treasure Hunters Muskogee, OK www.threeforkstreasurehunters.org
Oklahoma Metal Detecting and Treasure Hunting Club okmdclub.org/
Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City Dirt Diggers OK plmartin139@yahoo.com
Tulsa, OK – Indian Territory Treasure Hunters Club Tulsa, OK www.itthc.com


Albany, OR – Beaver State Coinshooters Albany, OR
Coil & Diggers Club of Lane County. OREGON www.travelingdetector.com/cdclc/
Grants Pass OR – Rogue Valley Coin Shooters Grants Pass OR 97526 www.roguevalleycoinshooters.com
Millennium Diggers Club – www.millenniumdiggers.com
Portland, OR “Oregon Treasure Trail Society” in Portland oretts.org


Kingston PA – Black Diamond Treasure Hunters Club Kingston PA 18704 bdthc.org
Kingston PA – Susquehanna Valley Metal Detector Club Kingston PA 18704 (URL no longer valid…CK)
Lehigh Valley Treasure Club – (URL no longer valid…LJ)
New Holland PA – Lancaster Research and Recovery Club New Holland PA 17557
Monroeville PA – Monroeville Area Metal Detectors Club Monroeville PA 15146
Mechaniscburg PA – Pen Mar Historical Recovery Association Mechaniscburg PA 17055
Southeastern Penna. Historical Recovery Group. sphrg.tripod.com
Sarver PA – Butler County Treasure Hunters, Sarver PA 16055 www.butlertreasurehunters.net
South Park PA – Washington County Metal Detectors Club South Park PA 15129

Rhode Island

Southern New England Treasure Hunters (previously sne-tres-hunt.com

South Carolina

Goose Creek SC – Carolina Coin & Relic Association Goose Creek SC 29445
Greenville SC – South Carolina Treasure and Artifact Association Greenville SC 29609 www.southcarolinatreasureclub.com
Rock Hill SC – SC Metal Detector and Relic Association Rock Hill SC 29732 www.scmetaldetectingclub.com
Summerville SC – Low Country Metal Detecting Club Summerville SC home.comcast.net/~dzabawa/LCMD.htm

South Dakota

Black Hawk, SD – Black Hills Prospector Club Black Hills Chapter GPAA, Black Hawk, SD 57718 www.blackhillsprospectingclub.com


Chattanooga, TN – Chattanooga Area Relic & Historical Association carha.org
Chattanooga, TN – Chattanooga Civil War Round Table, www.chattanoogacwrt.org
Memphis, TN – MidSouth Metal Detecting Club – https://sites.google.com/site/memphistreasure2/
Middle Tennessee Treasure Hunters Club www.mtmdc.com
Mt. Carmel TN – Search and Recovery Metal Detecting Club Mt. Carmel TN 37642 littlew51@juno.com


Amarillo, TX – Amarillo Prospectors & Treasure Hunters Association www.amarillotreasure.com
Amarillo, TX – High Plains Diggers, Toby Shedd, 1512 Golden Rod Amarillo, TX 79107 806-380-8001
Austin TX – Austin Metal Detecting Club Austin TX 78750 www.amdconline.com
Big Springs, TX – Big Springs Prospectors Club, Nora Nixon, P.O. Box 1182 Big Springs, TX 79720 915-263-2987
Bonham, TX – Fannin Artifact Recovery Organization, Jody Holmes, Rt. 4, Box 90 Bonham, TX 75418 (903) 583-4760
Brazoria, TX – Gulf Coast Treasure & Recovery Club, Cody Hudgeons, Brazoria, TX 77490 codysetx@republic.net
Brownwood, TX – Central Texas Treasure Club, Edwin Ferguson, 1706 10th Street Brownwood, TX 76801
Canutillo, Tx – El Paso Prospectors Club, Mike Wayson, D-9 Sumter Canutillo, Tx 79835 915-877-3927
Christy, TX – Exploration and Metal Detecting Society of Corpus Christy, Herman Kerbow, 421 Glenoak Corpus Christy, TX 78418
Cisco, TX – Southwestern Searchers, Jerry Eckhart, 704 Avenue I Cisco, TX 76437 254-442-4210
Cuero, TX – Cuero Metal Detecting Club, Terry Brown, HCR 63 Cuero, TX 77954 512-275-8865
Dallas, TX – Golden Triangle Explorers Society, Edward DuRoy, P.O. Box 59814 Dallas, TX 75229 972-429-9495
El Paso, TX – Gold Dusters & Treasure Hunters of the West, Jim Roach, 1401 Roswell Rd. El Paso, TX 79915 915-590-7441
Granbury, TX – Lake Granbury Recovery Club, Michael Millsap, 8910 S.Teka Ct. Granbury, TX 76048 817-279-9721
Grapevine, TX – Cowtown Treasure Hunters Club, Dennis Brasher, 2006 Heatherbrook Dr. Grapevine, TX 76051 817-488-0366 drbther1@airmail.com
Henderson, TX – Rusk County Treasure Hunters Association, Mike Chapman, 1209 Price Henderson, TX 75654 903-655-8654
Hondo, TX – Lone Star Coin Shooters, Brent Wood, 402 Avenue M Hondo, TX 78861
Houston, TX – Houston Archaeology & Recovery Club, Leslie Hamilton, 8427 Swiftwater Ln. Houston, TX 77075-3033 les1ie@earthlink.net
Houston, TX – Montgomery Co. Artifact Recovery Club, Donna Hooper, 10714 Creek Tree Dr., Houston, TX 77070
Houston, TX – Tomball Archeological Recovery Club, Scott Byrnes, 3934 FM 1960 West, Suite 310 Houston, TX 77068 sbyrnes@pdq.net
Irving, TX – Lone Star Treasure Hunters – Irving, TX www.lonestartreasure.com
Kerrville, TX – Kerr Finders Club, Nolan Underwood, 3 Sunny Ln. Kerrville, TX 78028 830-423-1699 txrockpile@aol.com
Longview, TX – East Texas Treasure Hunters Association, V.G. Rollins, Treasurer, 2902 Jane Drive Longview, TX 75601
Mesquite,Texas – East Fork Treasure Hunters Association, Mesquite,Texas eftha.webstarts.com/
New Braunfels, TX – San Antonio Area Metal Detecting Club, Donald Crawford, President, 6565 FM 482 New Braunfels, TX 78132
Perrytown, TX – Golden Spread Recovery Club, C.j. Boozeman P.O. Box 346 Perrytown, TX 79070 806-763-8960
Spring, TX – Montgomery County Treasure Hunters Club, Tom McWillie, 6402 Meadow Terace Dr Spring, TX 77379 281-251-9578 jaymack@chapter.net
Texarkana, TX – Texarkana Metal Detecting Club, Bill Robinette, 6001 Sandlin Ave. Texarkana, TX 75503 903-832-1272 bwills1@flash.net
Texas Council of Treasure Clubs – www.texascouncil.net
Tyler, TX – Smith County Metal Detecting Association, Donnie Smith, Briarcliff Village Retirement Center Tyler, TX 75703 903-581-2065
Waco, Texas – W.A.C.O. Waco Artifacts & Coin-Shooters Organization, Debbie Irwin P O Box 11272 Waco, Texas 76716 dirwin@hot1.net
Waskom, TX – Northwest Louisiana Treasure Hunters Association, Ken Mathews, 1367 American Plant Rd. Waskom, TX 75692 903-687-2777 kenw@prysm.net


Hooper, UT – Trails West Artifact Society (TWAS), John Monroe, 4031 S. 4300 W Hooper, UT 84315 801-731-8970
Saint George, Utah – Utah Diggers, Lee Webb, Saint George, Utah 435-628-8976
West Valley City, UT – Utah Gold Prospecting Club, Phil Yadanza, 3654 South 6355 W West Valley City, UT 84128 901-965-1662


Whiting, VT – Green Mountain Treasure Hunters, Leo Larocque, 1629 S. Bingham St. Whiting, VT 05778
White River Junction, VT – Vermont Metal Detectorists’ Club, Chas. Fredette PO Box 144 White River Junction, VT 05001-0144


Newport News VA – Hampton Roads Recovery Society Newport News VA 23601 www.hrrsmetaldetecting.com/index.html
Northern Virginia Relic Hunters Assoc. nvrha.com
Springfield Detectors Club – users.erols.com/h2ocats/detect.html
Virginia Beach VA – Tidewater Coin and Relic Club Virginia Beach VA 23456 www.tc-rc.com


Bonney Lake WA – Cascade Treasure Club of Seattle Bonney Lake WA 98391 www.cascadetreasureclub.com
Deer Park WA – Northwest Treasure Hunters Club Deer Park WA 99006 pw2.netcom.com/~sslopes/nwthc.htm
Lakewood WA – Puget Sound Treasure Hunters Club Lakewood WA 98498 www.angelfire.com/wa/psthc/index.html
Pasco WA – Southeast Washington Association of Treasure Hunters Pasco WA 99301 swathclub.org
Port Orchard WA – Olympic Penninsula Treasure Hunters Port Orchard WA 98367

West Virginia

Capon Bridge, WV – W. Virginia Historical Preservation Society, Tom McGrane, HCR 61 Box 118 Capon Bridge, WV 26711


Chippewa Falls, WI – Three Seasons Treasure Hunters LLC, Chippewa Falls, WI threeseasonstreasurehunters.com
Green Bay, WI – Title Town Treasure Seekers, Mark Brodhagen, 2069 Hillside Lane Green Bay, WI 54302 (920) 391-1515
Hancock, WI – MidState Metal Detector Club – Stevens Point, Steven Miller, N3091 CTY RD B Hancock, WI 54943 715-572-1845
Madison, WI – Four Lakes Metal Detector Club, PO Box 3424, Madison, WI 53704

Decoding Treasure Symbols – Do’s and Don’ts Part 1 – ExpeditionHistory.org

Decoding Symbols, specifically Treasure Symbols is like any science; there are specific steps, formulas and applied logic.  Applied logic is the key.  When one is pursuing Lost History and Lost Treasure your success WILL ultimately come down to decoding symbols.  Not just decoding them and their hidden meanings, but decoding them correctly.

First, let me share with you some background information of why I wrote this particular article.  Two times, in just the last twelve months, we have been contacted by a fellow treasure hunter who was seeking help in their pursuit.  These two individuals had some of the same things in common:


1.  They each had the total passion a dedication needed to be successful in rediscovering Lost History and/or Lost Treasure.

2.  They followed various online treasure forums and groups to gain knowledge

3.  They possessed a never give up attitude (needed for being successful in rediscovering and recovering lost history and lost treasures)

4.  They invested in their education to train themselves on lost history and treasure hunting to help insure their success

5. They were willing to out their money into their venture to take the steps to “go for it”

All of the above five traits are needed for anyone to be successful in their hunts, BUT some of the same traits can work against one as well.  Here are the five traits these two people over who contacted me had that were NEGATIVE to their goals:

A.  They DID NOT do DEEP RESEARCH into their particular treasure they were hunting, to VERIFY their particular treasure was real to begin with

B.  In following online groups and such, THEY took information AS TRUTH from people expression opinions on decoding treasure symbols that have never actually found and recovered a treasure and only put out THEIR unproven ideas about such (RULE: can’t find tomb from someone who has not found a tomb, and what is a tomb?  A place were a body was entombed, thus finding a tomb would require entering such tomb, finding the body, making a recovery and documenting the recovery – NOT JUST calling a site a tomb site).

C.  Their never give up attitude was trumped by “lets go NOW” and as such they moved too fast trying to recover their target treasure

D.  They DID INVEST IN their education, but the books they bought were total bogus junk with NO BASIS in fact, and they did NOT buy everything on the subject and check out EVERYTHING on the subject

E.  Finally, yes they spent their money, but with poor research, poor education, and no help or advice from real treasure hunters THEY BOTH LOST THEIR LIFE SAVINGS AND BANKRUPTED THEIR FAMILIES?

As for me, I try to cut everyone some slack if possible, but I have no tolerance for those who put out bogus “treasure hunting and symbol decoding information” when they have no expertise in it, have never made any finds and the only experience they ever had in life was as limited to teaching preschoolers how to make clay models, or pushed cattle and sheep in Wyoming.

There are no ancient secrets to decoding the past, there is only great research and applied logic.  No, no Ancient Ghost is going to swoop down and possess your body and mind and all of a sudden IF you draw enough lines on a photograph the decoding will appear.  THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN, and SEEING IS BELIEVING and unlike succeeding – IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SEE, is is most likely not there to be seen in the first place.

So before you go out and spend your money trying to find a lost treasure, educate yourself and STUDY EVERYTHING and EVERYONE and then just use some APPLIED LOGIC AND COMMON SENSE . Decide for yourself what is real.  So, now lets get to learning about treasure symbols and secret codes that point to things lost and the best way to do that is to TRAIN YOUR EYES.

To train your eyes I am going to show you some REAL, CARVED BY MAN, SYMBOLS that led to hidden things.  Look them over, take them in, see how they are permanent, easily seen (seen is different from decoded), see how they are made to LAST, and the environment does not ruin them beyond recognition over time.

Look at these symbols with this in your mind:

IF you were to hide $10,000,000 in gold would YOU DO THE FOLLOWING?

  • make light faint lines in rocks to mark you way – that might fade over the years?  HELL NO
  • make your treasure symbols and markers out of loose gravel that wind, rain, animals and snow could wash away? HELL NO
  • spend 10 years or more moving dirt or trying the carve the side of a whole mountain for all to see (and observe what you are doing and ask over time – Hey Noah, why are you doing that?)  HELL NO – you want to keep a low profile
  • make your “here is my vault” carved stone from the stone the size of a softball or volleyball and then set it on the side of a hill or trail so you remember your way years later, when that stone can be moved by wind, rain, snow and animals?  HELL NO

You get my picture.  When someone hides something of great value they DO NOT BROADCAST it, they use natural landmark and hidden marks and symbols to lead the way and THEY ARE ALL PERMANENT and can’t be picked up and carry away by the local rock lover!


Here are some real signs and symbols to authentic hidden things and treasures:

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Now I could keep going here and adding real image after real man made image left to mark a location.  But there are also some in nature that can trick you into thinking they are real, but they are only geo anomalies and not MAN MADE,  How can you tell, the weathering patterns and the lack of tool marks (see the about and you can always see the man made tool marks).  Here are some that look real, but are in fact naturally occurring:

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I know, even this one here LOOKS like a face, but is in fact NOT MAN MADE and is the result of a shearing anomaly.

Hard to believe on this one, but mother nature can fool even the best of us. 


Sometime nature will create images that look man made, but they are not.


But notice the lack of tool marks and the obvious weather and erosion formation of these images compared to the starting images.  Once you train your eyes, you can pick out what is real and influenced by the hand of man and what is the result of environmental reasons.


Once again, lets go BACK to looking at proven MAN MADE carvings, symbols, and glyphs marking hidden things:

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As you can clearly see with your eyes, when looking at man made and influenced versus nature made and influenced- side by side there is NO MISTAKING WHAT WAS MADE BY MAN and LEFT AS A CODE AND SYMBOL.

REAL AND AUTHENTIC SYMBOLS noting secret, sacred or treasure filled places are NOT subtle, they SCREAM to the viewer LOOK – even a 5 year old child can tell what man made versus what nature made after studying these photos.

Now lets turn our attention back to those TWO FELLOWS who threw away their life savings and families financial security on bad information and training.

One has to be crazy to chase lost history and lost treasures and every family has members that will say “you’re wasting your time” or “you are never going to find anything”.  That is okay, we all have those around us, but you don’t have to be as crazy as running off half cocked filled with misinformation that only waste your time and money.

These two people had one HUGE THING IN COMMON – they both had bought books and trusted people to teach them how to read the symbols, yet the people they trusted were nothing more than cowpokes with a propensity to use Microsoft Paint to doctor photos and then happened to publish their findings in book form and then call themselves Professional Treasure Hunters.

You and I are going to decode their images and see if the are real secrets and symbols, or just wishful thinking.  Here is one of my first rule of thumbs:

1.  IF YOU HAVE to draw lines on it for it to be seen as a symbol, is it MOST LIKELY NOT A SYMBOL

2.  If the ground the symbol is supposedly located on is eroded, then how can an ancient symbol be there in the first place?  Would it not eroded away as well?

Remember, applied LOGIC and COMMON SENSE.  Now lets dissect some images out there for all to see on the Internet from wise – Treasure Symbol Professionals and you see if you can SEE.  And IF you cannot see, then maybe at least you can smell?  Smell the stink on the images.

First, here is the master image that is held out as a treasure site:

Master Image

This is the base image we are going to keep coming back to, because as the “professional” states this is a site of “Skulls, Kings, Queens and vast treasure”.

Now, here is the supposed images buried within the above master photo.  NOTE- outside of obvious erosion that formed in a pyramid shape, there is not anything else I see.

BUT the “Professional” states there are all kind of symbols here.  For sake of clarity, each original native not marked image will be called “Master Image” and the doctored image to help you SEE what the supposed Professional see, I have labeled “Cowboy Con” (because you would have to be a beer chugging, totally drunk cowboy to see ANY of the images notated on the photograph.

So WITHOUT further wait – here are all the supposed images hidden to us who DO NOT know how to read them:

Cowboy Con Image

Now, I do not know about you, but I don’t really SEE what the person noted saw.

So, lets use some common sense and break down the image in a methodical scientific way and SEE what we can really SEE:

FIRST: lest study the knife handle.  The Cowboy Con photo shows a handle and a knife blade.

What do you REALLY SEE WITHOUT the lines added?

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Same photo, not retouched by us, just cropped and placing original next to the “Colored”.  I see NO Knife Handle, and the land is eroded and the slightest wind will move the rocks, as would rain or storms, so why would ANCIENTS leave a mark?  Wouldn’t it stand to reason with all the erosion, that the erosion created the handle ALTHOUGH I CANNOT SEE A HANDLE????

Call me weird, but this looks like the one too many Coronas!


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Okay, YES I can see a pyramidal shape, but it is obviously due to erosion.  Anyone can see that, and the slab of rock underneath where the base limestone shows through, but is depicted as a blade, is really just the base rock exposed by erosion.  This is very easy to see.  ADDING a drawn pyramid does not make this a sign or code to something secret.


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All too obvious here is the tip is formed by the underlying limestone here being forced down by a basalt intrusion and erosion and thus the illusion of a point.  Looking between the fairly tale draw on photo, compared to the original, one can see the coloration of rock that is tanned above, have broken away and eroded to a pile forming the lower pile that make the grey rock tip to a point.  Very easy to see.  NOT A SYMBOL.  Not a symbol, never was a symbol.


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Once again the native symbol.  Lets look at the so called experts decode once again as well:

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Other than drawing a bunch of lines on a photo and saying they are codes and treasures, LOOK FOR YOURSELF.

It is plan to see there is noting here and this is eroded soil on a mountain or cliff side and piled up.


If you were hiding secrets or codes, would they be obviously carved in stone as the listed photos at the start of this blog, or would you have done them in eroded soil?

1.  If the soil is eroded you can’t find the symbols 100′s or even 1000′s of years later

2.  If you were not smart enough to carve real symbols, and IF you even did bury something here, HOW COULD you find it once again after every trace erode away?  YOU CAN’T

Lesson to be learned:

1.  Do you research and compare everything

2.  Use common sense and logic when SEEING CODES

3.  If it has to be drawn on to SHOW YOU, then it was NEVER THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE

4.  Before y0u waste your hard earned money chasing treasure, make sure treasure is real, the symbols are real an your facts are solid.


If you really want to learn how to read and decode treasure symbols, here are our two text books on the subject:

Amazon Best SellerSelf Study Workbook for Textbook



Do 5000 Year Old Stone Models PROVE Ancients Understood High Tech Sciences? ExpeditionHistory.org

WYOMING, Jackson Hole 43°31′N 110°50′W :  Personally, my belief is mankind has forgotten more than we currently know or even have documented.  Some believe mankind has either been  destroyed or decimated several times over.  At times, you have to ask yourself (aside from technological advances) are we evolving or devolving?  All this at a time when mankind is learning more than we have ever learned before and steadily gaining a grasp on our origins and our purpose, and maybe just maybe – our ancestors actually did  know more about some things then we know now. 

But as always, there is a catch.  The damn human condition and that “free-will” bit inherent in all of us, and as this article maintains – the ever present ASS SLAG (read on ASS SLAG is an ACRONYM).

One group wants NO NEW DISCOVERIES, since it will challenge conventional thinking and render their expensive educations and multi-degrees  useless – if we find proof which collides with and goes against academic thinking.

Then there is the other group – the one that thinks every single generation of mankind is smarter  than the preceding generation.  Those who are set in stone that way are IN NO WAY going to ever admit ancient man might of been smarter than modern man.  Why?  They live by the irrevocable edict that ancient man lived only lived in caves, could not communicate, did not travel the world and could only grunt, hunt and make baby bumps.

Unfortunately, nowadays there is a third group which needs to be added to those who set back learning and advancement for the sake of prideful beliefs – the “Aggrandized-Self-Seer-of-Secret-Languaged-Ancient-Ghost” (or ASS SLAG for short).  Now this group, with no training, no research skills, no cross checking, no tools, no peer review, no forensic tools and certainly no common sense, will go around promoting they are “reading the rocks and terrain finding symbols, signs and giving one the answers to them you always wanted to know.” 

The only thing more detrimental to history (than government, Church, ruling parties and academics worried about their credentials and not being the discover of something historic) is the ASS SLAG (remember ASS SLAG stands for Aggrandized-Self-Seer-of-Secret-Languaged-Ancient-Ghost).

What happens with the ASS SLAG is they get people to believe in their creative pontifications about history and ancients by deploying such line drawing, truth obscuring photos and such “documentation” is spread around and the cycle begins once again.

(1) Academics harangue and deny a find brought forth.  (2) Know-it-alls jump on the fake “vitriol” bandwagon and then the Academics use the  (3) “ASS SLAG’s pontifications as proof that ALL LAYMEN and WOMEN are idiots and thereby default cannot make a huge historic discovery.  And then the cycle repeats all over.  Wash, Rinse, Repeat, 1-2-3, Wash, Rinse Repeat – as if shampoo bottle instructions are instructions for life.

Feeding this harmful cycle the ASS SLAG prevent  individuals do care about history and are outside of the self cannibalizing academic system – cannot make head way.  One always expects academics to bash finds by non-academics, but when the non-academic adopts academic standards in their documentation and top scientific and forensic standards in their work, then the non-academics can fight for a find on level ground and let the market (and or press decide).

But, then there is the ASS SLAG.  The ASS SLAG does not care either way.  One day it’s their hobby and the next day they promote themselves as consulting professionals.  But, instead of actually being professional and adopting professional standards, they ride in like a Wyoming Sheep Herder, declare themselves a mystic and seer of all things Ancient, but when the chips are down they cannot back up their finds or pontifications.  They then retreat to their small world, grab a few more Coronas, snap a few more selfies  (professionally posing as an expert with their ever present beer in hand – and that’s another image problem of non-academics, but that’s a whole different article) and eventually they pop back up again, seeing turtles, birds of paradise, elephants, masonic messages, Templar Treasure Signs and the ever present Ancient Ghost (or Ghosts depending IF  proper grammar is used).

It seems like real, passionate, dedicated and detailed researchers of the hidden and forgotten cannot get ahead simply because the ASS SLAGs won’t adopt standards and the Academics use the ASS SLAG’s fables against those seeking the real truth of history and the ancients.

The story below is a prime example, is quite historic, but the Academics use the musings of ASS SLAGS against the find and the story keeps not getting the traction it rightly deserves.


Five carved stone balls are part of the collection at the Ashmolean Museum that were discovered in Scotland (Kincardineshire, Aberdeenshire and Banff). The purpose of those objects is unknown and is baffling archaeologists.

They are made of different stones like sandstone and granite and they are dated back to the Neolithic period between 3000 and 2000 BC. More than 400 stones have been found in Scotland and, including the five stones of the Ashmolean Museum, they have something peculiar about them. As you can see in the picture, on the stones around the surface there are engraved symmetrical patterns.


Most of the stones are of similar size with a diameter of 70mm with the exception of a few larger ones up to 114mm in diameter. The number of knobs on the stones varies from 4 up to 33 with some of the stones also including strange spiral patterns. The stone on the image was found at Skara Brae on Orkney and dates back to 3400 to 2000 BC.

Another famous stone is the Towie Stone that was found on Glas Hill in Aberdeenshire. It is about 3 inches in diameter and contains three embossed round surfaces but each surface includes multiple spiral-like symbols. This stone is also dated back to 2500 to 1900 BC.

The five stones of the Ashmolean museum were part of the collection of Sir John Evans who thought that they have been used probably during war attached to a thong. However such an explanation doesn’t make sense because a) the stones found have zero damage on them, which wouldn’t be the case if they were thrown during war times and b) it would require much skill to prepare even one of those stones just to throw them to the enemy.

Other explanations include that they were used as weights for fishing nets or had a ceremonial role giving the holder the right to speak. But again using the stones as weight wouldn’t explain the complexity of making them.

There is another possible explanation though. Could they be models of the nucleus of atoms? Such a representation of atoms has been widely used in our times as shown in the example image on the left. Is it possible that whoever made those objects had knowledge of chemistry and could represent the atomic structure of different atoms?

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Five carved stone balls are part of the collection at the Ashmolean Museum that were discovered in Scotland (Kincardineshire, Aberdeenshire and Banff). The purpose of those objects is unknown and is baffling archaeologists.

They are made of different stones like sandstone and granite and they are dated back to the Neolithic period between 3000 and 2000 BC. More than 400 stones have been found in Scotland and, including the five stones of the Ashmolean Museum, they have something peculiar about them. As you can see in the picture, on the stones around the surface there are engraved symmetrical patterns.

Most of the stones are of similar size with a diameter of 70mm with the exception of a few larger ones up to 114mm in diameter. The number of knobs on the stones varies from 4 up to 33 with some of the stones also including strange spiral patterns. The stone on the image was found at Skara Brae on Orkney and dates back to 3400 to 2000 BC.

Another famous stone is the Towie Stone that was found on Glas Hill in Aberdeenshire. It is about 3 inches in diameter and contains three embossed round surfaces but each surface includes multiple spiral-like symbols. This stone is also dated back to 2500 to 1900 BC.

The five stones of the Ashmolean museum were part of the collection of Sir John Evans who thought that they have been used probably during war attached to a thong. However such an explanation doesn’t make sense because a) the stones found have zero damage on them, which wouldn’t be the case if they were thrown during war times and b) it would require much skill to prepare even one of those stones just to throw them to the enemy.

Other explanations include that they were used as weights for fishing nets or had a ceremonial role giving the holder the right to speak. But again using the stones as weight wouldn’t explain the complexity of making them.

There is another possible explanation though. Could they be models of the nucleus of atoms? Such a representation of atoms has been widely used in our times as shown in the example image on the left. Is it possible that whoever made those objects had knowledge of chemistry and could represent the atomic structure of different atoms?

- See more at: http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-technology/could-strange-prehistoric-carved-stone-balls-represent-atoms-00607#sthash.xl3JKA5Z.dpuf

Insane Treasure History and Adventure Mobile! ExpeditionHistory.org

At ExpeditionHistory.org we consider some of our most important tools to be our vehicles and transportation.

One cannot hunt Lost Treasures and Lost History if they can get deep into the wilds where the most amazing discoveries are waiting to be made.  Now, one man has built the ultimate, or some would say, the most insane extreme vehicle ever made and he only spent a few millions dollars to accomplish it.  Now read along and image where YOU could go with a vehicle like this!


For all the risky adventures Bran Ferren has chased in the past six decades—a list that includes a variety of hazardous undertakings, from traveling through Afghan war zones to working in Hollywood—there was one highly perilous pursuit he never dared take on: parenthood. “Having a family,” Ferren says, “wasn’t a priority.”


It’s a late-summer afternoon, and Ferren—celebrated inventor, technologist, former head of research and development for Disney’s Imagineering department—is sitting inside a guesthouse-slash-storage facility on his ample East Hampton, New York, spread, drinking his third or fourth Diet Coke of the day. He’s 61 years old and towering, with a wily-looking red-gray beard and dressed in his everyday uniform of khaki pants, sneakers, and a billowy polo shirt. Ferren is the cofounder and chief creative officer of Applied Minds, a world-renowned tech and design firm whose on-the-record customer list includes General Motors, Intel, and the US Air Force; before that he worked on everything from Broadway shows to theme park rides.

But today Ferren is focused on his most important client: his 4-year-old daughter, Kira, who is just a few yards away, traipsing across the garden with a pal. Several years ago, when Ferren was still in his midfifties—a time when many men are easing into their grandfather phase—his partner of more than 25 years, Robyn Low, told him that if he ever wanted to have a kid, the time was now. Finally having a child became a priority, and in 2009 Kira was born.ff-worlds-biggest-rv-office

It took Ferren a while to adjust to fatherhood. He had to scale back on the hazardous work trips, and he had to curtail some of his more treacherous leisure activities, like racing motorcycles and flying helicopters. “I thought, what will it be like for my daughter if I end up becoming a cripple or dropping dead, doing something like that when she’s 4 years old? It changes your perspective.” The sacrifices, though, are worth it. “Everyone says, ‘Well, you’ve never felt love like this before,’” Ferren says. “It turns out to all be absolutely correct.”

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Is MYTHOLOGY based on Fact? Recent Amazing Discovery Proves Theory. ExpeditionHistory.org

In every book I have penned, the theory has been put forward by me (and others over time) that “Mythology has its roots, or base story strongly anchored in fact.  It’s just up to modern man to finds those roots and share them with the world.”

Right of the start you may be asking yourself, “Commander, does that mean Mythology of gods like Thor, Zeus and others with supernatural X-Men like powers are rooted somewhere in truth?”  My short answer – yes.  My longer answer (at the moment) lets concentrate of the easier to discover – the PLACES of mythology and we’ll tackle the supernatural powered gods reality later.  So in this article let’s tackle one of those mythological places.  At the end of this article (which is filled with numerous photos of the find) I have included longer articles, newspaper articles and other important jump off links – so make sure you go though this entire article to get all your questions answered.

Shangri-La DOES exist and Explores PROVE existence of mythological place of Heaven on Earth!


First, for the back story in brief:  Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia — a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world.  In modern times, if you are a Lord of the Rings fan of the movies – think of Rivendell and the depiction of it in the movies.

Shangri-La has always been referred to as a “Mythical Place” and was thought to be made up to counteract one of the harshest environments to inhabit on earth – the vast Himalayas.    Himalayas, Nepali Himalaya,  great mountain system of Asia forming a barrier between the Plateau of Tibet to the north and the alluvial plains of the Indian subcontinent to the south. The Himalayas include the highest mountains in the world, with more than 110 peaks rising to elevations of 24,000 feet (7,300 metres) or more above sea level. One of these peaks is Mount Everest (Tibetan: Chomolungma; Chinese: Qomolangma Feng; Nepali: Sagarmatha), the world’s highest, with an elevation of 29,035 feet (8,850 metres; see Researcher’s Note: Height of Mount Everest. The mountains’ high peaks rise into the zone of perpetual snow.

At the end of the Rainbow

For thousands of years the Himalayas have held a profound significance for the peoples of South Asia, as their literature, mythologies, and religions reflect. Since ancient times the vast glaciated heights have attracted the attention of the pilgrim mountaineers of India, who coined the Sanskrit name Himalaya—from hima (“snow”) and alaya (“abode”)—for this great mountain system. In contemporary times the Himalayas have offered the greatest attraction and the greatest challenge to mountaineers throughout the world.

Everest, Mount: North Face, as seen from TibetNanga Parbat

Fantastic Mountain Range, but very harsh indeed.  So, why all the legends and mythology of a Heaven on Earth located in such a high altitude and desolate place, unless through all the different cultures connected to its location?  Simply put, at one time there must of have been a real Shangri-La that had been discovered, used and forgotten to time.  Now brace yourself:


No record exists of people ever having seen the 100 foot-high waterfall and lush subtropical garden in the Tibetan Himalayas until now.
WASHINGTON – Explorers finally have found Shangri-La.

It might not be quite the storied, verdant, Utopia Himalayan paradise of James Hilton’s 1933 novel “Lost Horizon” and subsequent movie of the same name. But it is verdant, it is a kind of paradise, and it is hidden deep within Tibet’s Himalayas in a monstrously steep gorge within a gorge. There is no record of any person having visited, or even seen, the area before.

Shangri-La Rainbow Falls

A peek deep into the gorge below fog and cloud cover

Tucked beneath a mountain spur at a sharp bend of the Tsangpo River Gorge, where the cliff sides are only 75 yards apart and cast perpetual shadows, the place failed to show up even on satellite surveillance photographs of the area.  “If there is a Shangri-La , this is it,” said Rebecca Martin, director of the National Geographic Society’s Expeditions Board, which sponsored the trek. “This is a pretty startling discovery, especially in a time when many people are saying, “What’s left to discover?” Tentatively named by the explorers the Hidden Falls of the Tsangpo and located in a forbidding region called Pemako that Tibetans consider highly sacred, the elusive site was reached by American explorers Ian Baker, Ken Storm Jr. and Brian Harvey late last year, though the society did not make its confirmation of their success official until Thursday.
In addition to a spectacular 100-foot-high waterfall- long rumored but until now undocumented- they found a subtropical garden between a 23,000 foot and a 26,000 foot mountain, at the bottom of a 4,000 foot high cliff. According to Martin, it’s the world’ deepest mountain gorge.


the hidden falls

Just before the fabled falls

“It’s a place teeming with life.” Storm said in telephone interview from his office in the Minneapolis suburb of Burnsville. “It’s a terribly wild river, with many small waterfalls, heavy rapids and a tremendous current surging through. Yet there are all kinds of flora; subtropical pine, rhododendrons, craggy fir and hemlock and spruce on the hillsides. It’s lush. Just a tremendous wild garden landscape.” The animals there include a rare, horned creature called the Takin, sacred to Tibetan Buddhists.

Difficult as the gorge was to reach, Storm said one of the hardest aspects of the expedition was leaving to return to civilization. “The last we saw of it was looking down… with clouds sealing the gorge and side-stream waterfalls jetting out into the river,” he said. “It’s probably the most romantic landscape I’d ever seen.” This was the seventh expedition that Baker, a Tibet scholar living in Katmandu, led into the Himalayas in search of the mythic falls.

In addition to Storm, a book and game dealer turned explorer, and Harvey, a National Geographic photographer, the team included another scholar, Hamid Sardar of Cambridge, Mass., two Tibetan hunters, a Sherpa guide and eight porters – though Baker, Storm and Harvey were the only ones to make the demanding descent to the gorge and falls. Among other things, their discovery proves that two great rivers of Asia – the Tsangpo, which runs completely across Tibet, and the mighty Brahmaputra, which runs through the Indian state of Assam and Bangladesh to the Bay of Bengal–are connected.
Reminiscent of the fabled “source of the Nile” that English explorers Richard Burton and John Spede raced each other to find in the middle of the 19th century–both making controversial claims to have found it first–the Tsangpo falls and gorge proved so far beyond explorers’ reach that they were declared nonexistent.

READ THE FULL ACCOUNT AND FIND MORE PHOTOS AND DETAILS HERE: (several newspaper stories links in one article)

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Gemstone Hoard Found! Emeralds, Rubies and Sapphires buried for decades! ExpeditionHistory.org

Imagine you are out for a mountain hike.  You look down and see a metal box just laying there, so naturally you bend down and pick it up.  WHAM!  Your eyes are met with a huge hoard of Emeralds, Rubies and Sapphires!  A huge treasure find!.  That is exactly what happened to a 20 year old mountain trekker.


Mountaineer finds Indian treasure off Mont Blanc

A young French mountaineer scaling Mont Blanc has stumbled across a treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires buried for decades following a plane crash.


Valued at around 246,000 euros (£207,000), the jewels lay hidden among ice crystals in a metal box that was almost certainly on board an Indian plane that crashed in the desolate landscape 47 years ago.

The climber, reportedly in his early 20s and who wishes to remain anonymous, discovered the box bearing around 100 gems earlier this month on the Glacier des Bossons. Some of the sachets containing the jewels bore the stamp “Made in India”.

Gendarmes in Bourg-Saint-Maurice were surprised when he handed in the trove and its glittering contents.

“This was an honest young man who very quickly realised that they belonged to someone who died on the glacier,” local gendarmerie chief Sylvain Merly told local newspaper Le Dauphiné Libérée. “He could have kept them but he preferred to give them to the police.” French authorities are contacting their Indian counterparts to trace the owner or heirs of the jewels.


Scrapped Metal Item Ends Up Being HOLY GRAIL of Art Worth $33m! ExpeditionHistory.org

“Treasure is Everywhere, if you know what to look for!”  This saying has been repeated thousands of times by me when giving lectures, presentations and speeches across the country. “Even some of the smallest and more obscure of items you come across could be valuable treasure find” is another one of the points I try to get across to audiences.  Just because you found it at a flea market, garage sale or even in your great grandmothers attic, does not mean it could not possibly be wildly valuable treasure.  When most people dream of treasure they think one must go out a dig it up after years of research and tons on dead-end clues, but that it not true.  Sometimes, it is the armchair treasure hunter and history legend lover that comes across rare treasures as part of their daily lives.

almost melted for scrap

This treasure is less than the size of your favorite Starbucks muffin, yet it was found to be worth over $30 million dollars!

Here is the skinny on the story.  A mild mannered mid-west fellow has this trinket in his possession.  He knew it to be made of gold and he desperately needed some cash.  Quick cash!  So he decided to take the trinket to his local gold scrapper.  The gold scrapper bought the golden trinket for $14,000 and he (the scrapper) was hoping in turn to melt and make himself a quick $500 on the purchase.


But thankfully the scrapper decided to do a quick Google search on an “egg made of gold” and to his surprise the golden egg was his and worth $33 million dollars!  Read the full story and all the fact by clicking the text link below:


(CNN) — A $14,000 jumble sale find turned into millions of dollars for a man who’d been thwarted in his attempts to turn a quick profit by selling the tiny ornament to scrap metal dealers.

The man, who hails from the Midwest but wishes to remain anonymous, had been left financially stretched after he apparently overestimated what the tiny golden egg would be worth once melted down. He’d been hoping to make $500.

In a fit of desperation one night last year, he typed “egg” and the name engraved on the clock it contained — “Vacheron Constantin” — into Google.

His search brought up a 2011 article in Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper describing a “frantic search” for the object: the Third Imperial Easter Egg, made by Faberge for the Russian royal family and estimated to be worth 20 million pounds ($33 million).


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