The public has always known there was such a thing as Lost Treasures and lucky people sometimes stumble upon millions in lost gold. Seems almost weekly, but assuredly monthly, major new wires and services brake stories of people finding fortunes and changing their lives because they found what others only dreamed of – Lost Treasures.
If the truth be known, there is an estimated $14 TRILLION, yes not million, not even billion; but TRILLIONS in Lost Treasures out there. Documented then lost, yet to be recovered hidden hoards of gold and fantastic artifacts. One group know as TreasureForce, is out to make a dent in that $14 trillion figure AND they are even sharing the “knowledge” with the public! TreasureForce is going both viral and SOCIAL with secrets to Lost Treasures because they believe there ARE Lost Treasures YOU CAN FIND (in fact that’s the name of their just released 100 book series -more on that below).
TreasureForce openly shares well kept treasure secrets and their knowledge of how to research, find and then recover such treasures by GOING SOCIAL. TreasureForce’s Commander believes that “research and methodology are the keys to being successful at finding a long lost treasure” and to prove it TreasureForce has mounted a huge integrated social media campaign to share evangelize treasure hunting with the general public. Since Commander promotes “research is the key” TreasureForce actively engages in sharing treasure secrets, facts, legends, lore and even How-To via social media efforts and it looks like hundreds of thousands of people are not only jumping on the Treasure bandwagon, but they are actively following TreasureForce in Social Media with the hopes of finding that one all important clue or fact that will allow them to go recover a Lost Treasure in the area surrounding where they live. Find a Treasure-Change you life!
Commander was interviewed and asked about each of TreasureForce’s Social Media efforts and here is what he shared:
“We LOVE YouTube and sharing the techniques of how we go about to find Lost Treasures. Our YouTube videos are designed to both inspire and educate our fans who have that dream to find Lost Treasure”. “When you watch our videos, you are seeing – in real time- all of the techniques and equipment we use to find that long lost fortune. Our hope is we inspire people to get outside and create an adventure for themselves, and IF they find gold at the end of the adventure – all the better!” At the time of this article TreasureForce has over 8800 Subscribers and their most popular video has over 230,000 individual views.
To dig deeper (sorry for the pun – OK, no I am not) into the video sharing of Lost Treasure secrets and education, TreasureForce recently released it’s Keek Social Media website. A Keek, which comes from a Middle English word for “take a quick look” is where Commander is able to post quick factoids and how-to videos for fans AND unlike YouTube, Keek fans are able to KEEK-BACK with their very own Video Comments and either praise or ask further questions of Commander and the TreasureForce Teams. Personally, I find this service very exciting and a great way to get fans involved and engaged in something exciting. Commander reports “Within the first 40 hours of putting our Keek Site up, we had over 2000 followers/subscribers and this is just a great way to build community.”
One difference with Keek and YouTube is that Keek limits the video clips to just over 30 seconds, but Commander uses a great Social Media one-two-punch to make his educational Keek’s more informative – Instagram.
Commander was amazed when TreasureForce released it’s Instagram Social Program. “Within two days of releasing our Instagram Social Media Site we had over 6000 followers. Just Amazing!” Instagram allows TreasureForce Team members to use their cell phones and wireless devices with a digital camera to post photos of what they are doing at any given moment in a day. In fact, Commander posted a Keek on how to find diamonds in the field, but with the Keek video being limited to just 30 seconds Commander needed a way to allow the viewers to SEE close up a photo of the Diamond bearing material he found and was teaching them about, so he posted a photo to the TreasureForce Instagram site. “The Keek was too short to actually show our fans and followers just what this very special type of rock looks like and it was important they be able to see and study the type of rock.” “Why studying the Kimberlite rock was so important is; if you find this type of rick in the field you may be standing right over a fabulously rich diamond pipe. That is important information to know, since you would hate to walk right over a rock and NOT know you just walked over $1,000,000,0000!” “On Instagram, as I told my Keek viewers, they could see the photo of Kimberlite and study its features, since Knowledge is the key to finding Treasure. How can you know you have found a fortune in the field, if you don’t know how Mother Nature disguised the fortune?” Very smart way to combine and use Social Media.
Speaking of photos and their viral social ability on the Internet, TreasureForce maintains an extensive Pinterest Social Media Site.
Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images, ‘re-pin’ images to their own pinboards, or ‘like’ photos. “Since Treasure is a visual medium first, meaning seeing the treasure or a treasure is believing; photos become great individual motivators elements, so we use photos of Treasures, Gemstones, Metal Detecting Finds and even Dead Bodies in Treasure Tombs, to get people engaged in Treasure and talking about Treasure Hunting.” Commander showed me the power of Pinterest by just creating new Boards (boards are topical photo sharing areas). At the time of our meeting for an interview on Social Media TreasureForce had over 1100 Pinterest Followers of their Treasure Photos. During our interview process Commander showed me how to create a Pinterest Board and he created new TreasureForce Boards for Metal Detecting Finds and Dead Bodies and Mummies, and a short 36 hours later TreasureForce had gained 1070 NEW Follower/Subscribers. That is Social Media’s power of influence.
TreasureForce is an organization that believes “an educated fan is an deeply engaged fan!” “The more you take your knowledge base and start to share it with your fans so they gain the same knowledge base, then they naturally become more engaged with the topic and your brand.” “You must engage you fans in every medium possible and with every Social Media tool possible. To not do such is to really neglect your fans and those who support your work. The relationship is two ways, back and forth, not just as a brand or an author putting out work. In today’s digital media world you have to both engage your fans and work FOR your fans and continue to EARN their loyalty.” To give the TreasureForce fans more of what they want- anything TreasureForce, Commander has the team now providing content to Social Media and Sharing platforms such as SoundCloud.
SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform which allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings and TreasureForce realized they, although not musicians, did in fact use audio in the treasure hunting process, so they started a SoundCloud Social Media sharing site and began uploading Team Member Audio Diaries for fans to listen to the “individual stories and confessions” of each of the TreasureForce Team Members. “Educating fans is feeding fans and deepening the relationship they have with you, so we let fans behind the scenes and listen to our actual field audio diaries. This way they can actually better understand each TreasureForce Team Member, what makes them tick and what makes them who they are! It is all about personalization. We have high hopes for using SoundCloud as part of our over all Social Media mix.” says Commander.
Now one might think that is a massive amount of Social Media to manage but Commander has a theory on Social Media and how and why it works. “Just like our TreasureForce Team is diverse, our fan base and the world is diverse. Look at the mix our or team. In fact we have a inside joke about it- “What do you get when you throw a Baptist, Jew, Atheist, Agnostic, Catholic, a lesbian, an English Snob, a grumpy old man and a tough-ass-over-achiever in the middle of the desert together?” ANSWER: A TreasureForce expedition! “our social media efforts to deliver for our fans and build a meaningful relationship with them must be diverse as our team is. We must use every Social Media tool available, because some fans may be Twitter fanatics, while others love Facebook and even others only want Pinterest style communications. We have to be there for our diverse fan base in the they ways THEY communicate and share, NOT the way WE think the should communicate and share. We must feed the fan base by whatever means possible”
And FEED THE FAN BASE THEY DO. Take a look at these additional Social Media efforts by the TreasureForce Teams.
You might of guessed at the TreasureForce inside joke above “What do you get when you throw a Baptist, Jew, Atheist, Agnostic, Catholic, a lesbian, an English Snob, a grumpy old man and a tough-ass-over-achiever in the middle of the desert together?” ANSWER: A TreasureForce expedition! ” – that Commander is the tough-ass-over-achiever (and the Jew) and it hit home for me just what an over achiever and massive educational evangelist Commander really is when I looked into his publishing efforts.
Commander, not one to be upped and second at anything, actually took the time to write 200 books on Treasure. No, that is NOT a typo TWO HUNDRED BOOKS ON LOST TREASURES YOU CAN FIND. “Don’t let that number stagger you” Commander says, “It just happens by default since – if you are going to take the time to customize and localize your educational efforts for your fans base the most logical way to do so (here in the United States) is on a State by State basis. When you author on a State by State basis, then with 50 states, the number of books you must research, write and publish rack up very fast.” “It is about serving our fans and to do that, they need educational and knowledge based tools that are specific to their needs, but of course I am very proud of the fact I am now the only author to of both written and released 100 titles at a time, on a single topic, in history (the second 100 are to be released later this year). That I am proud of!” “We even released multi-format. You can get an ebook or a printed traditional book, you choose what is best for your needs!”
But don’t think TreasureForce and Commander’s efforts stop there. They do Facebook and Twitter.
TreasureForce maintains two different Twitter feeds at the moment. The general TreasureForce Twitter account is @TreasureForceTV and as of this story they have over 12,000 Twitter Followers.
Commander, ( @TFCommander ) on the other hand, currently has over 23,000 Twitter Followers and he says “I hope to really get all these Social Media venues working together, so we can better serve the needs of our fan base. Thank God for fans, because it has forced me and the Team members to become Social Media conscious and to make sure we speak all the Social Media languages out there.”
“We did get into Facebook, late in the game, but now it is an important way to talk, educate and connect with our fans. Only problem is, we get thousands of referrals for people to Friend and Follow us, but since the load can be crushing at times FaceBook stops our mail back privileges, so we have to ask our follower to do a “Friend Request” and not “Friend Referrals”, since it is the only way we can just one click add all those who want to follow and friend us.” TreasureForce maintains both regular FaceBook Page and Fan Page and Book Pages.
Just writing this I am out of breath, but building Social Media takes a huge desire and effort to communicate and manage. TreasureForce does not stop there. Each TreasureForce Team member has their very only blog, where they blog about their particular Treasure expertise or experiences. Here they are:
Even after all that I have covered here on TreasureForce and it’s use of Social Media to communicate and build community, I am still not able to post every single effort the TreasureForce Team’s go to so they can educate, communicate and build relationships with their fans. This page would just be too, too long. But I did learn several things from Commander -
1. Social Media is on ongoing process
2. Social Media is about your fans and those who follow what you do, not ABOUT YOU, that’s secondary
3. Educate your fans and followers and it build deeper and more meaningful relationships
4. Be diverse in your Social Media efforts, you never know which platform your fans like best, so cater to all
5. Always be open to learn and do more for your fans. They will reward you for it.
I am going to ask Commander to allow this article to be posted in all the TreasureForce Social Media forums, if he allows it, this will be a great study in the effects and spread of social media.
In parting, here are some of the cool photos they share with their fans, via Social Media:
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The public has always known there was such a thing as Lost Treasures and lucky people sometimes stumble upon millions in lost gold. Seems almost weekly, but assuredly monthly, major new wires and services brake stories of people finding fortunes and changing their lives because they found what others only dreamed of - Lost Treasures.
If the truth be known, there is an estimated $14 TRILLION, yes not million, not even billion; but TRILLIONS in Lost Treasures out there.
One of my favorite places on the planet is Belize. Love the people, love the food and love the jungles and beaches, but sometimes things happen that just make you sick to your stomach.
Recently, Belize allowed something to happen that is a huge black mark for the country and it’s people. An invaluable, irreplaceable piece of history was destroyed. Destroyed uselessly and not for even a slim margin of a good reason. A massive Mayan pyramid was destroyed for its rocks. Yes, ancient cut stones of the pyramid were destroyed for the stone, and not even to build something meaningful or even visual out of the stone, but for road base. Yes, the 2000 plus year old stone were crushed to create road base.
This really touches home for me. Those of you that know me (Commander) know I have a very long Scottish history and my family (Gunn) once had a large holding of land complete with Scottish Castle. A few years ago, I took my son and daughter to Scotland in an effort to relocate the family castle and to see, first hand, the state a disrepair it may be in after not being taken care of properly for several hundred years.
When we arrived, the family Castle was gone, but we found the stone was carted off to build a causeway/flood control system near the family estate, and in all, we were disappointed the family castle was gone, but at least the decaying old castle was put to good use in a meaningful way.
With that said, you can see how the destruction of a 2500 year old Mayan Pyramid has me really upset. Not re-purposed for something meaningful or purpose filled, but crush for road base and then covered over. All when there is rock to be had and bought in the area, but they take history and disregard it instead, all to be lazy and have rock at their fingertips. Here is the whole story:
BELIZE CITY (AP) — A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project, authorities announced on Monday.
The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe, said the destruction at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was detected late last week. The ceremonial center dates back at least 2,300 years and is the most important site in northern Belize, near the border with Mexico.
“It’s a feeling of Incredible disbelief because of the ignorance and the insensitivity … they were using this for road fill,” Awe said. “It’s like being punched in the stomach, it’s just so horrendous.”
Nohmul sat in the middle of a privately owned sugar cane field, and lacked the even stone sides frequently seen in reconstructed or better-preserved pyramids. But Awe said the builders could not possibly have mistaken the pyramid mound, which is about 100 feet tall, for a natural hill because the ruins were well-known and the landscape there is naturally flat.
“These guys knew that this was an ancient structure. It’s just bloody laziness”, Awe said.
Photos from the scene showed backhoes clawing away at the pyramid’s sloping sides, leaving an isolated core of limestone cobbles at the center, with what appears to be a narrow Mayan chamber dangling above one clawed-out section.
IF someone goes out an intentionally buries a treasure for others to find is it a LOST TREASURE or a GEOCACHE?
This is a new question that has popped up due to the fact a New Mexico Millionaire has intentionally buried a multimillion dollar treasure and is encouraging others to go out and find it. But first you have to ask yourself a few questions:
1. Was it really buried by this individual?
2. Is it really worth millions?
3. Since he thought he was dying when he buried it, but he ended up not dying, did he go back and get it?
4. Has it already been recovered by not made public?
5. And last of all, was this or is this all a hoax?
At present, this treasure, if real, is actually a geocache. Google Geocaching and you will kinda get an idea. Hidden with clues and waiting for someone to find it. BUT, if the fellow who buried the treasure DIES before it is claimed by anyone, then this in fact may become part of Treasure Legends and be written about for decades to come, thus attaining a little bit of immortality for the fellow who buried it in the first place; which begs the answers to the questions above? Was it real to begin with or was this to insure his own personal literary immortality?
Here is how the story goes:
Forrest Fenn an almost 82-year-old millionaire art collector and former Santa Fe gallery owner hid a treasure worth $3 million (though it might be worth more now) and the treasure is still out there waiting to be found. The story, reported recently on both The Today Show and on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, has gone viral and has created a run on Fenn’s book, The Thrill of the Chase (with nine clues to the treasure). The Thrill of the Chase, is now one of the bestselling books in America and reached number 15 on Amazon’s Top 100 List. It is selling on ebay for $500. The book started selling at four per minute and rapidly went out of print. (There have now been a third printing of 7,700 copies and a fourth of 7,700 ten days later). Fenn is not making anything from the book — he has donated them all to Collected Works bookstore.
Over spring break, 6,000 people came into Santa Fe to treasure hunt. No wonder. The treasure includes 265 gold coins, hundreds of gold nuggets, some weighing more than a troy pound each, prehistoric gold fetishes, a 2000 year old necklace made of carved quartz crystals and other semi-precious stones, hundreds of rubies, diamonds, emeralds, two Ceylon sapphires, and two ancient Chinese carved jade figures. (There are 20.2 troy pounds of gold in the chest and the price varies every hour. Some of the coins have numismatic value beyond the value of spot gold). The treasure chest also includes a 20,000 word autobiography in a glass jar, protected from the elements and printed so small that a magnifying glass is needed to read it.
Everyday is seems we learn more and more about gold, its properties and some of the ways nature actually produces it.
In fact, aside from this article, which is an interesting case of how gold is formed, did you know that there are plants that suck gold out of the ground? Or there is gold free floating in sea water? That there are bugs that poop gold?
There are really some interesting ways gold is made by mother earth. Earthquakes have the Midas touch, a new study claims.
Water in faults vaporizes during an earthquake, depositing gold, according to a model published in the March 17 issue of the journal Nature Geoscience. The model provides a quantitative mechanism for the link between gold and quartz seen in many of the world’s gold deposits, said Dion Weatherley, a geophysicist at the University of Queensland in Australia and lead author of the study.
When an earthquake strikes, it moves along a rupture in the ground — a fracture called a fault. Big faults can have many small fractures along their length, connected by jogs that appear as rectangular voids. Water often lubricates faults, filling in fractures and jogs.
About 6 miles (10 kilometers) below the surface, under incredible temperatures and pressures, the water carries high concentrations of carbon dioxide, silica and economically attractive elements like gold.
WHY A TREASURE HUNTER?
“Why are you a Professional Treasure Hunter?”
“How did you become a Professional Treasure Hunter?”
“Can you become really rich being a Professional Treasure Hunter?”
Ask any member of our TreasureForce Teams, whether they be part of Team Research-Team Recon or Team Recovery, and you will find the three questions above are the most common questions asked when someone finds out what we do for a living.
Everyday I am amazed at just how much treasure is BEING FOUND!
We have written time and time again of the TRILLIONS of dollars of gold still out there lost and unclaimed. This time a major find was discovered in RUSSIA! It seems hidden in a necropolis situated high in the mountains of the Caucasus in Russia, researchers have discovered the grave of a male warrior laid to rest with gold jewelry, iron chain mail and numerous weapons, including a 36-inch (91 centimeters) iron sword set between his legs.
That is just one amazing find among a wealth of ancient treasures dating back more than 2,000 years that scientists have uncovered there.
Among their finds are two bronze helmets, discovered on the surface of the necropolis. One helmet (found in fragments and restored) has relief carvings of curled sheep horns while the other has ridges, zigzags and other odd shapes.
Although looters had been through the necropolis before, the warrior’s grave appears to have been untouched. The tip of the sword he was buried with points toward his pelvis, and researchers found “a round gold plaque with a polychrome inlay” near the tip, they write in a paper published in the most recent edition of the journal Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia.
Seems everybody these days have gold fever. In fact, gold fever goes hand in hand with a bad economy. Bet you did not know that one. It is true. If you were to take the THREE KEY American Gold Rushes and combined them – they still would not surpass the amount of gold individually mined during one critical period. When was that period?
The GREAT DEPRESSION. Yep, it took a sad state of financial affairs to get people off their bum and to get out and find gold. It’s kinda like prayers for most people – they only pray when they are in the worst of situations and their back is too the wall. Well, the same goes for gold mining.
It does make sense to go out and pick up gold right off the ground or form rivers and streams. Makes perfect sense, find an ounce of gold and you have at least $1600 (flus due to gold content of find). That is $1600 of found money, because someone went out and pick up the gold that is out there. But, some who are in the KNOW are doing something a little harder and yet tons smarter. They are finding the $1600 an ounce gold, but it is a by product of searching for that which can be $10,000 an ounce or better.
YES, $10,000 an ounce?
Yes, precious gemstones -which America has tons of, but very little people know about and even fewer do something about it. Now why is that? The English (as in the Crown) was the first to capitalize on gemstone mining in a huge way and by shear default, everyone THINKS great gemstones only come from Africa, India or remote Asian Islands. But that is just not true.
America has amazing gemtone benches, works and dikes – and all you have to do is a little research and get out and mine and have some fun.
Here is a great little video of a miner finding a huge sapphire and doing a little dance. Watch and enjoy.
When most of us think pyramids we usually think of two things, and usually in this order:
- Egypt, and;
- The tall triangular shape we have all come to associate with Egyptian Pyramids.
We think again!
Since, as part of being both a MythoCacheologist and Comamnder of TreasureForce, one has to0 keep up with recent discoveries. Personally, I am of the school of thought that – EVERYTHING WE KNOW IS WRONG, but then again that is just my personal opinion. Seems every single time we think we know our collective origins or all there is to know about a particular society, we find something mind blowing and totally opposite than what we expoected. Pyramids are just a small example.
Did you know Pyramids exist ALL OVER THE PLANET and not just in Egypt? That’s another story for another time, this story -TODAY- is about the Sudan. Yes, the same place some of us following internation news know that horrible, horrible crimes against man are being commited.
At least 35 small pyramids, along with graves, have been discovered clustered closely together at a site called Sedeinga in Sudan.
Discovered between 2009 and 2012, researchers are surprised at how densely the pyramids are concentrated. In one field season alone, in 2011, the research team discovered 13 pyramids packed into roughly 5,381 square feet, or slightly larger than an NBA basketball court.
They date back around 2,000 years to a time when a kingdom named Kush flourished in Sudan. Kush shared a border with Egypt and, later on, the Roman Empire. The desire of the kingdom’s people to build pyramids was apparently influenced by Egyptian funerary architecture.
‘They reached a point where [the necropolis] was so filled with people and graves that they had to reuse the oldest one.’ – Vincent Francigny, a research associate with the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
At Sedeinga, researchers say, pyramid building continued for centuries. “The density of the pyramids is huge,” said researcher Vincent Francigny, a research associate with the American Museum of Natural History in New York, in an interview with LiveScience. “Because it lasted for hundreds of years they built more, more, more pyramids and after centuries they started to fill all the spaces that were still available in the necropolis.”