Today is Thanksgiving and while we are preparing the feast I cannot help to think back to how times where when my Father- Sarge- was growing up as a Depression baby and his father growing up in the late 1800′s. Thus the 1800′s and the 1800′s way of life for me is as close of a generation for me as my Grandfather. Times were different then.
At the moment, there is an old Henry Fonda movie on called “The Red Pony” and while I watch it as we cook and get ready to go for a walk in the snow it has made me think of the various hardships future generations went through compared to those we consider hardships today.
For example, when the Internet goes down and I can’t research or do what I need to do online, it kinda sets my day askew. Or, when you go to the store and you swipe your debit card and for some reasons the stores connectivity is down and it cannot approve your transaction for groceries or you have to wait or dig up another card to use. All of these can be off putting and put a crease on the days emotions.
Now contrast that to what our grandfathers went through. Most of the time they did not have money to go to any kind of store, if there was a store to go to. In fact, what they ate they either had to grow or hunt for and many days there were not any animals to hunt. So, no game to hunt, then no food on the table. Many times the family would go without food for days. Could you, your family or even myself go without food for day? No is the real answer and it would be very difficult at the very least.
What would be the inconveniences our grandfathers would of have experienced? No food for a long time. No supplies. New clothes only every other year or so. Death of their livestock so no way to feed themselves and no way to make money. Now those are real hardships.
In the movie with Henry Fonda “Red Pony” they had previously lost a pony so no money one year and then the next fold time, the mare was breached and the colt was going to strangle. The father has to take extra steps to save both the mare and the colt, and when he did (since they had already lost one colt the previous year) finally save the mare and deliver the colt alive – the father was a real hero in the sons eyes and rightly so.
The grandfather was watching and helping and he had been telling the young boy stories of leading the family and others across the great plains and to the newly open West. In doing so they had to fight off starvation, battle Indians, survive off the land and keep their families safe. When you think about that, those were really super hero feats. Battling, surviving, providing and such took great strength, wits and fortitude. Today many people would not be able to do such feats or even make it long enough to provide the basics if they had to. Could most people, you or those around you fight life and death battles if they had to? If one had to hunt wild game to feed their family – and hunt the woods to do so, could they feed their families today?
Thinking about these things, when both men and women were stronger, tougher and most likely wiser – makes me think about us as people today? Yes, we may be better technology wise and education and opportunity wise, but are we better as people and providers, but could we measure up against our forefathers? I personally think not.
Those who pioneered this land were really heroic. They faced hardships we could never imagine and loses we could never imagine, and they survived. They could provide for themselves and it was just the way it was. Would they laugh at the “major hardships” we face? Internet down? No time to stop by Starbucks before getting to work?
Reflection is good. When I reflect on this – we really look like whimps and those who lived back then and fought, pioneered and suffered hardship for us all were really heros and worthy of being remembered fondly. What do you think?
Rare Treasures being found more fequently thanks to advances in technology. ExpeditionHistory.org Cacheology TreasureForce
Now is most likely one of the best times in history to be a history hunter, legend hound or treasure seeker. Why?
Well, its not because laws regarding treasure recovery have gotten better, but technology for finding what has been lost and is ancient has gotten better. Here is an amazing recent find.
Classical scholars from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” made an unusually large find of seals in an ancient sanctuary in Turkey. They discovered more than 600 stamp seals and cylinder seals at the sacred site of the storm and weather god Jupiter Dolichenus, 100 of which in the current year alone. “Such large amounts of seal consecrations are unheard-of in any comparable sanctuary,” said excavation director Prof. Dr. Engelbert Winter and archaeologist Dr. Michael Blömer at the end of the excavation season. In this respect, the finding of numerous pieces from the 7th to the 4th centuries B.C. close to the ancient city of Doliche is unparalleled.
“The amazingly large number proves how important seals and amulets were for the worshipping of the god to whom they were consecrated as votive offerings,” according to Classical scholar Prof. Winter. Many pieces show scenes of adoration. “Thus, they provide a surprisingly vivid and detailed insight into the faith of the time.” The stamp seals and cylinder seals as well as scarabs, made of glass, stone and quartz ceramics, were mostly crafted in a high-quality manner. Following the restoration work, the finds were handed over to the relevant museum in Gaziantep in Turkey.
Different themes can be found on the seals and amulets: the spectrum ranges from geometric ornaments and astral symbols to elaborate depictions of animals and people. This includes, for example, praying men in front of divine symbols. Another popular theme was a royal hero fighting animals and hybrid creatures. “Even those images that do not depict a deity express strong personal piety: with their seals, people consecrated an object to their god which was closely associated with their own identity,” said Blömer. People wore the amulets found with the seals in everyday life. “Strung on chains, they were supposed to fend off bad luck,” explained the archaeologist.
Trash ends up being $2.5 million in Gold Treasure. ExpeditionHistory.org Cacheology TreasureForce.com
At one time or another we all have misplaced something, or even suspected we threw something away of value. Right? I know I have done that. There is nothing more frustrating than going to look for something and then to be hammered with the immediate fear “Oh no, I threw that away!”.
Now imagine that frustration and how it would be magnified if you tossed $2.5 million in gold coins! They say that ignorant is bliss, well how about the disposing of $2.5 million in gold coins AND YOU DID NOT EVEN KNOW IT! Less painful, I guess; but a huge loss none the less. In that case, ignorance would be bliss.
Not too long ago in our history, people did not trust banks, Just because one had their money in banks, did not mean the money was safe and one had forever access to their funds. Just ask any one who live through America’s Great Depression. People from that era tended to store their valuables in places they had direct access to and thought were safe – such as – a safe.
Here is a great story about some forgotten gold stored in a safe – and then junked.
Houston, Texas – A Houston scrap collector hauled an old safe from a family’s home, but when the vault was pried open he discovered it held a fortune in gold coins and silver dollars.
The man who opened the safe was David Molick, owner of Robbie’s Key & Lock shop who told ABC News that the scrap collector asked him to break into the safe before it was turned into scrap about a month ago.
“He showed me a picture of this safe, and I saw that it was a high security one,” Molick said. “It was real difficult to get into. It was pretty beat up. Looked like somebody had tried forcing their way into it since the front was beat up.”
Molick said he spent more than 20 hours trying to open the safe last week. Finally, after drilling 10 holes through six-inch walls of concrete, he discovered a bonanza.
“I thought, ‘Oh, this ain’t real,’” Molick said. “There were 50 Krugerrands in one pipe, and brand new, un-circulated silver dollars in ammo boxes. All of them were well over half full. The entire safe must’ve weighed at least 3,000 pounds.” Molick estimates the safe to contain $2.5 million.
Molick then called the police and put a lock back on the safe the next day.
“We temporarily took custody of the coins on Monday,” said Houston Police Department spokesperson Keese Smith.
Smith declined to estimate the value of the coins.
“I don’t have an exact number, but there was a substantial amount,” he said.
There is a battle being waged. On one side those in the “know” are claiming man has only occupied cities for 4000 years or so. On the other side, those in the “know” are now proving man was not only occupying cities as far back as 10,000 years ago, but they were the builders and they were able to create, orchestrate, manage and apply technologies both not attributed to them and some technologies we today have not even mastered.
So, exactly how is it that man, when we were supposed to be grunting, grubbing, not writing, or creating art and not using anything more sophisticated than a rock to smash all around us; were actually building vast cities, creating massive works of art and even living in an organized social structure (more than just knocking the woman you wanted in the head and dragging her off, right?)?
Mind numbing I know, but we are all taught we were apes and could not do anything for ourselves other than kill each other and barely survive. But IF that was the real case, why are modern explorers now finding massive cities that rival today’s civilized metropolitan areas, underwater buried thousands of years ago by the ocean?
What’s wrong with this picture? Here is what is wrong – “Everything we learned is FALSE” and we really know very, very, very little about our origins and just how far we go back. Now here is the rub, if all this is rapidly proven wrong, why is it that when an Academic claims to make a discovery of great magnitude he or she is praised and published on their theories of “what they think they are looking at and thus what happened in our collective pre-history”, but let an independent explorer find the same thing and make his or her theories know they are branded as “fakes, frauds and just picking a theory out of their ass”?
I know, both frustrating and wonky double-standard, but now Academics are having to take notice as all we ever thought we knew about our origins and abilities gets blown out of the water, literally. Here is what I mean:
BTW, while you are at it, here is our moment of discovery of finding an ancient culture that should no exist in North America, BUT DOES!
Who doesn’t dream of Treasure?
And if you are going to dream of Treasure, why not $50 Billion in Treasure? Oh, I forgot to mention, it is not your dream, but the dream of your holy man! It’s like to Pope saying God came to me and told me where $50 Billion is stashed.
Well that is just what happened in India.
Archaeologists began digging for treasure beneath a 19th century fort in northern India on Friday, after a popular Hindu holy man said a former king appeared to him in a dream and told him of a nearly $50 billion cache.
The treasure hunt began after Hindu swami Shobhan Sarkar relayed his dream to an Indian government minister who was visiting the swami’s ashram last month.
The swami said the spirit of King Rao Ram Baksh Singh, who was hanged in 1858 after rising up against British colonial forces, told him to take care of the 1,000-ton treasure hidden under the late king’s fort in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Indian geological and archaeological officials surveyed the area Sunday and found evidence of heavy metal about 20 meters (66 feet) underground, District Magistrate Vijay Karan Anand said. Digging would the only way to confirm which type of metal.
The Archaeological Survey of India said it would begin digging under a temple contained within the ruins of the old fort.
50,000 dead warriors, treasure and artifacts found! 2500 year old mystery solved. TreasureForce ExpeditionHistory.org Cacheology
People regularly ask if there are still ancient things to be discovered and lost treasures and artifacts still be to found? And the answer is YES!
Imagine this as a mind numbing legend. 50,000 soldiers march off to war and just disappear? No records, no survivors, just vanish?
We hear stories all the time of 1 or 2 people vanishing, and some times (even rarer) a whole family disappears, but 50,000 armed-well trained warriors?
Well such legend has been proven and here is the amazing story! -
The remains of a mighty Persian army said to have drowned in the sands of the western Egyptian desert 2,500 years ago might have been finally located, solving one of archaeology’s biggest outstanding mysteries, according to Italian researchers.
Bronze weapons, a silver bracelet, an earring and hundreds of human bones found in the vast desolate wilderness of the Sahara desert have raised hopes of finally finding the lost army of Persian King Cambyses II. The 50,000 warriors were said to be buried by a cataclysmic sandstorm in 525 B.C.
“We have found the first archaeological evidence of a story reported by the Greek historian Herodotus,” Dario Del Bufalo, a member of the expedition from the University of Lecce, told Discovery News.
According to Herodotus (484-425 B.C.), Cambyses, the son of Cyrus the Great, sent 50,000 soldiers from Thebes to attack the Oasis of Siwa and destroy the oracle at the Temple of Amun after the priests there refused to legitimize his claim to Egypt.
After walking for seven days in the desert, the army got to an “oasis,” which historians believe was El-Kharga. After they left, they were never seen again.
“A wind arose from the south, strong and deadly, bringing with it vast columns of whirling sand, which entirely covered up the troops and caused them wholly to disappear,” wrote Herodotus.
A century after Herodotus wrote his account, Alexander the Great made his own pilgrimage to the oracle of Amun, and in 332 B.C. he won the oracle’s confirmation that he was the divine son of Zeus, the Greek god equated with Amun.
The tale of Cambyses’ lost army, however, faded into antiquity. As no trace of the hapless warriors was ever found, scholars began to dismiss the story as a fanciful tale.
Now, two top Italian archaeologists claim to have found striking evidence that the Persian army was indeed swallowed in a sandstorm. Twin brothers Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni are already famous for their discovery 20 years ago of the ancient Egyptian “city of gold” Berenike Panchrysos.
Presented recently at the archaeological film festival of Rovereto, the discovery is the result of 13 years of research and five expeditions to the desert.
“It all started in 1996, during an expedition aimed at investigating the presence of iron meteorites near Bahrin, one small oasis not far from Siwa,” Alfredo Castiglioni, director of the Eastern Desert Research Center (CeRDO)in Varese, told Discovery News.
While working in the area, the researchers noticed a half-buried pot and some human remains. Then the brothers spotted something really intriguing — what could have been a natural shelter.
A fellow Treasure Hunter today released his story of long lost pirate treasure, but what one should note is he found the spot in 1984 and he is just now coming close, oh so close, to the huge fortune underneath the waves. Here is the story:But just this year, Clifford learned far more treasure may be resting with the Whydah. Colonial-era documents discovered in April indicated the Whydah raided two vessels in the weeks before it sank. Its haul on those raids included 400,000 coins, the records said.
A Sept. 1 dive during what was supposed to be Clifford’s last trip of the season uncovered evidence he was near those coins. That convinced Clifford he had to make another trip before summer’s end. So Clifford and a seven-man crew went back on a three-day trip that ended Sept. 13. Clifford headed for the “yellow brick road,” which refers to a gold and artifact-strewn path extending between two significant sites at the Whydah wreck that are about 700 feet apart — a cannon pile and a large chunk of wood that Clifford thinks is the Whydah’s stern. The trove of coins and other treasure likely poured from the stern as the ship broke up and the stern drifted to its rest 300 years ago, he said.
Divers searching the path on the recent trip pulled up several concretions, which are rocky masses that form when metals, such as gold and silver, chemically react to seawater. Diver Jon Matel said one discovery was following another, even though divers were working in “black water,” or zero-visibility. Matel says several feet of a fine seaweed called mung settled in the excavated pits and it was like diving in a vat of black gelatin.
“You’re going by your feel, your touch, your hands, and the ping of a metal detector,” Matel said. “When that thing goes off, it’s a great feeling.” X-rays show all the newly retrieved concretions have coins and gold inside. To Clifford it’s more proof of high concentrations of metals and coins being dumped en masse on that spot of sea floor. Clifford believes two examples that were pulled up on the previous trip are particularly compelling evidence: a cannonball piled with 11 coins and a foot-and-a-half long piece of iron stacked with 50 coins.
COULD YOU CUT OFF YOUR OWN ARM, so you could live?
WOULD YOU EAT YOUR OWN BELOVED DOG, if your survival or the survival of your family depended on it?
The human condition is to learn only in tough times, but who wants to learn when the chips are down and their very life depends on their decisions? Better to study those who have survived and integrate those lessons into your own memory bank of learning. That is what this book is about – learn NOW, and SURVIVE when the proverbial poop hits the fan! This book consists of two distinct parts:
Part One: Inspiring stories of survival. Learn from others that have survived the worst possible situations.
Part Two: Prepare you and your family (and YOUR MIND) with easy to learn basic and advanced skills for all types of situations. Skills you need to know NOW — not when you are headed for an excursion, or family outing to a remote or harsh environment.
How you decide to equip yourself beforehand will impact whether or not you and your family survive. Surviving and the ability to survive is not just about being lost in the mountains, the jungle or stranded at sea. With the way the world is going, if a huge disaster hit your city, could you, or would you and your family survive? What would you do if you were alone in the wild with your life and the lives of your family in your hands?
Getting stranded in the wilderness (and in the city) can be dangerous when you take into account all of the factors that stand against you, like wild animals, possibility of attack, lack of shelter, poisonous plants, little or no food and water supplies. Being prepared is the only way to ensure that if you find yourself stranded in the wilderness you can get through it until help finds you, or you find your way to safety. Without training in basic skills for surviving, your chances of living through a disaster or being lost in the wilderness are slight. SLIM TO NONE.
Learning to survive and fend for one’s self strengthens ones confidence and character. So, when everything around you goes to hell in a hand-basket, why not be the one with the hand-basket of survival know-how and goodies?
In the field weapons are very important to the professional Treasure Hunter since many times we encounter wild and aggressive animals, drug runners and even those who want to try to steal your gear, technology and finds. You can arm yourself well, but always have an eye on survival mode and what to use if you are in fact stranded for a long time in the wilderness.
Here is a little video I did on my Commander YouTube Channel, that may give you some great insight as to what to carry with you in the field – weapon wise.