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December 15, 2003 Volume 1, Number 20
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!
FLOYD & TARA
FROM THE EDITOR: Greetings from Panama City Beach, Florida ! Well, Tara & I made the 2,200 mile trip from Utah and Florida safely and we will be here until about January 5th. Then: back to Utah for at least a year. Now---I just have to figure out how to get my 2,000+ treasure magazines back to Utah ! This is my 20th issue. Remember: ALL back issues are available to print off, or just read, on my website: www.LostTreasureUSA.com
BEFORE THE SUNDANCE KID
One of the BEST genealogy sites on the internet. Great for researching your family history---OR the history of any bandit or any other person. Might be helpful in your treasure research ? http://www.cyndislist.com/
SCIENCE FOR A CHANGING WORLD
Your Federal source for science about the Earth---from the U.S. Geological Survey. http://www.usgs.gov/
GOLD PRICES & INFO
This website has precious metal price quotes, news, forum, charts & data: http://www.kitco.com/
JUST THE FACTS !
A 2-page fact sheet to help you when you dig those gold and silver items:
HOW TO BUILD A TREASURE CHEST
ADVENTURES IN HISTORY
Adventure stories, Early America, Ghost Towns, Old West. http://www.frontiertrails.com/
A website about adventure and discovery. http://www.ellawarley.com/
Photo gallery, prospecting forum, classifieds, etc. http://www.nuggethunting.com/
Gold and meteorite hunter--- http://www.gci-net.com/users/g/goldmaster/
Steve's Mining Journal--- http://www.akmining.com/mine/steve.htm
This guy has a collection of about 1,000 padlocks ( for sale ): http://members.aol.com/pdx2001/padlocks/index.htm
ONLINE BUTTON MUSEUM
SEARCHING FOR METEORITES
With a detector. http://home.cdsnet.net/~roberth/search.htm
BRITISH TREASURE HUNTING
Treasure hunting in ancient England. http://www.englishtreasures.co.uk/pages/samplesite.htm
Some good likenesses of your favorite pirates ! http://www.piratehaven.org/~beej/pirates/
Keeping the American Frontier alive. The Old West Living History Foundation. http://www.oldwest.org/
QUEST FOR A PIRATE
A review of a museum display: http://www.louisxiv.demon.co.uk/suspects/ipa/1g_pirate.html
KANSAS HERITAGE SITES
Lots of good links about Kansas. http://kuhttp.cc.ukans.edu/history/index.html
CIVIL WAR RELICS
An on-line catalogue. http://www.iglou.com/btreasure/
LESS THAN AN HOUR
Mike's short story. http://luckydan.com/testpage.htm
USING A METAL COIN PROBE
PIRATES, PRIVATEERS, AND BUCCANEERS
Useful info---3 pages of links. http://www.cln.org/themes/pirates.html
SOME TH'ing TIPS
THE TREASURE EXPERIENCE
A combination of information, stories, connections, products and merchandise.
TH-ERS EQUIPMENT BULLETIN
Lots of stuff for sale. http://www.infolink.morris.mn.us/~rbanders/classified.html
METAL DETECTING LINKS
SCHOLARS DISCOVER NEW TESTAMENT INSCRIPTION
CONFEDERATE GOLD IN ALABAMA
THE TREASURES OF UTAH
100 Utah treasure leads: http://pub136.ezboard.com/fthetreasuresofutahfrm9
TREASURE SIGNS AND SYMBOLS OF THE TEMPLAR KNIGHTS
A forum discussion: http://www.treasurenet.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1658
FRIENDSHIP INTERNATIONAL DETECTING SOCIETY
STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
One of the world's largest selections of metal detectors and accessories. http://www.detection.com/
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED !!
March 27–April 4 (including weekends)
Must commit to 5 consecutive days
The Iatt Lake Bluff site overlooks the floodplain of Iatt Creek. This site was discovered as a result of vandalism in 1996. FS archaeologists conducted a site damage assessment and determined that the site dates to the Late Woodland period (A.D. 600–1000). Ceramic sherds recovered suggest that prehistoric occupation was for an extended period of time and that food gathering, processing, and storage took place. Although this site has been disturbed, it appears to retain intact areas for archaeological research. It still contains important information to contribute to our knowledge of daily life during the prehistoric period in what is now central Louisiana. One major research theme that this site may address is that of prehistoric use of the uplands. PIT volunteers and FS archaeologists will preserve and stabilize the disturbed areas of the site and excavate test units to determine the boundaries of the site. In addition to fieldwork, volunteers may also participate in field laboratory activities.
Number of openings: 30
Special skills: Excavation, mapping, and laboratory experience and photography skills helpful but not required
Minimum age: 18 years old
Facilities: Free camping for volunteers at FS Stewart Lake Campground, ~18 miles from project area, swimming and fishing, water and toilets, no showers or hookups; showers may be available at nearby FS work center; FS will provide transportation from the campground to the project area; volunteers responsible for own food and camping gear; limited services within 5 miles of campground; motels and limited services in Pineville and Ball
Nearest towns: Ball, 13 miles from campground; Pineville, 15 miles from campground
Applications due: December 15
A MONTANA TALE
PROSPECTOR HOPES TO RESTART KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH
Klondike Source Ltd is seeking to raise up to A$2 million ($1.5 million) via an initial public offering of shares on Australia's Newcastle Stock Exchange to explore the hard rock beginnings of the historic alluvial gold field, located in the Yukon Territory of northwestern Canada.
By mining standards applied in Australia -- the world's third-largest gold mining country -- "the Klondike is amazingly under explored," the company said.
Unlike other big alluvial gold finds around the world, the source of the Klondike lode has never been found.
Modern exploration using similar geological models employed by Klondike Source has led to discoveries of large hard rock gold deposits in Russia, New Zealand and Australia, it said.
Tens of thousands of so-called stampeders from around the world flocked to the Klondike gold fields in the late 19th and early 20th centuries after prospectors Skookum Jim Mason, Dawson Charlie and George Washington Carmack found gold in a tributary of the Klondike River.
Most left penniless, other struck it rich, eventually mining around 12 million ounces -- nearly as much as all the deposits in South Africa yield in a year -- before moving on to new promising lodes in Alaska.
Investors in Klondike Source have paid the issue price of 10 cents for all shares held by them and will only take profits from options, exercisable at 2.5 times the offer price, the company said.
After years of low prices that barely covered mining costs, a hobbled U.S. dollar, which makes bullion a cheap investment outside the United States, has put a fresh polish on gold prices, which at around $408 an ounce, are their highest in nearly eight years.
The U.S. dollar recently traded at an 11-year low against sterling, which was quoted at $1.7466 (GBP=); it fell to a record low against the euro (EUR=) and also touched a new three-year low against the Japanese currency at 106.78 yen (JPY=). ($1=A$1.35)
A GREAT SUGGESTION TO ALL
This is a suggestion I gave to a fellow th’er in Virginia who is having problems in his area in enjoying recreational metal detecting. He has heard all the old excuses and has been passed off from one authority to another until he doesn’t know what to do next. I felt it would be a good suggestion to all what I suggested to him.
Thanks much Dave for contacting me on this, I feel I can help you and the
other th'ers in Virginia, but since I don't live there, you and your hunting
buddies will have to do all the legwork, as residents it is best anyway.
First let me say that City Ordinances are set by the City Council, no one
else, not state, not federal, just them. Although, the City or County may
have to abide by some federal regulations on federal lands within City or
County properties, the Federal Government can not set the laws and
Ordinances of either unless Marshall Law is bestowed on them. So what you
were handed, as an excuse was a common line to get rid of you.
First, you will need to address the city council if hunting city property,
such as courthouse lawns, school yards and city parks/ball fields. Some
tools that will help you get a positive reply to your visit is such things
as "your a member of a local treasure club that teaches a strict
code-of-ethics" (have that code of ethics with you to show them). Second, it
is always best to have some type of "portfolio" showing newspaper articles
and published articles of you and other hobbyist as yourself good deeds in
the community (helping law enforcement, returning lost items to their owners
and etc) to also show them. You can also download a copy of our national
policy with the Army Corps of Engineers we have had since 1989 from my
website at www.brokendetector.com and remind them it is a national policy of
which we have not had a single incident since 1989 and that the Corps
consider us as better help in keeping their properties clean than they do of
their own personnel. And you can also remind them that 38 states in America
allow some type of metal detecting recreation within their state parks.
For them to use the liability excuse means they must have liability releases
for every person that recreates on that property, whether it be playing
dominos or football. For metal detecting is a much less dangerous national
sport than most sports allowed on their properties. So if they hold to that
excuse, then it is nothing but discrimination against the recreational hobby
of metal detecting.
If it is a County Park or County property, then you do the same as I have
stated above but before the County Judge. You can go before the County
Commissioners, but I have found that a single County Judge is much easier to
get permission from or a permit from. I always begin him a peanut butter jar
of pulltabs, rusty metal, fishhooks and such I have collected off one of
the County Parks beaches or swimming area. I give it to the judge as a
paperweight for his desk and to remind him of just how much we are cleaning
his recreational areas for free. He can't say that about many in his county
I assure you.
All this would be best served if several of you all got together and
addressed these folks with the info. in hand that I suggested. Don't be
afraid to borrow from others to make your point. In short, if you don't have
your own portfolio (which you should especially if your in a club) then for
$12.00 I’ll mail you the Texas State Portfolio and you can use it as an
example, but one from your own group there is much more powerful a tool.
These folks you face to support your cause, must be educated, made to feel
that if they vote against you they are discriminating against you and many
others like you.
Many cities are going to the permit system and why is because someone in the
past has damaged their properties while detecting, leaving their holes open
and the junk they dig throw about. If it were your property, you would
possibly do the same. We must respect that and with understanding try to
educate them, that not all of us are infact out there to only damage what we
I have spent many years now trying to open areas for metal detecting, the
most recent in Washington DC where I sat down with the Forest Service to
work on an agreement hopefully we will all see soon. Back in 1989, I was
successful in opening the Army Corps of Engineers properties in designated
areas for all to enjoy recreational metal detecting. Since then I have sat
before so many judges, city councils, county commissioners, state
commissioners and federal judges. I promise you, they will listen to those
that act and sound intelligent. Just as they will turn-off to those that
rant and rave, scream and yell at them.
I sincerely hope that this has helped. Please feel free at anytime to ask for my assistance. I'm very happy to help if I can.
Sincerely, Keith R. Wills, president W.W.A.T.S.
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