LOST TREASURE USA
THE TREASURE HUNTER'S NEWSLETTER
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Issue # 77 May 1, 2006 Volume 4, Number 5
FROM THE EDITOR: ( FLOYD MANN )
April was a BUSY month for me, but May will be even busier ! I have several "road trips" planned and I'm pretty positive that they will be "profitable" !!
NEWS & INFORMATION
MINERALS BY NAME
WATCH YOUR PENNIES !!
DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH SWEEPSTAKES
BIG DIAMOND FOUND !
NEW TREASURE IN OUR POCKETS
GRIFFIN RESEARCH SITE
LOST TREASURE ONLINE--LATEST ISSUE
ADVANCED GOLD RECOVERY SYSTEMS
FIND MY BURIED TREASURE
Go to: http://www.EBAY.com and in the search window type 9509531747 & see if an item comes up---otherwise try searching for: FIND MY BURIED TREASURE
NEW MEXICO BURIED LOOT
Plus some good info for the RV'ers out there:
Five MORE cartoons were added this week---they are the LAST 5 ---on page 2 or 3:
PIRATES !---FACT & LEGEND
Link Submitted By JENNIFER LYMAN ( Puerto Rico )
EDITOR'S NOTE: The next 4 articles were sent in by LARRY ARMSTRONG ( Kansas ):
SITES LOOTED FOR GOLD
SAFE SECRETS REVEALED
"WE'RE NOT CRIMINALS"
HUGE OPEN PIT MINE---SIBERIA
WESTERN & EASTERN TREASURES MAGAZINE
INVESTORS WANTED !!
Hi-Tech Gear Applied To Land Based Recovery--Can New Technology Facilitate Changes In The Law ?
( This article appears in the June issue of LOST TREASURE magazine on pages 8 & 9---By ANTHONY BELLI )
WEST VALLEY, Utah – For years most investment opportunities available for treasure recovery have come from companies providing underwater recovery of treasure oft times worth hundreds of millions by locating treasure ships from the days of the Spanish Armada or from Pirate ships that went down while burdened with untold fortunes. Three reasons have pushed investors into this type of high-risk investment. First, access to historic records and maps that document the approximate location of where these vessels sank. Second, if the ship’s waybills exist it can be determined what cargo and treasure was onboard when the ship went down, making it possible to approximate the value of that cargo at today’s rates. Third is technology. Today’s technology makes locating sunken vessels and recovering tons of riches from the ocean floor a reality that in the recent past has been impossible except for shallow water recovery.
But as technology has improved the probability of treasure recovery from the world’s oceans it has likewise advanced treasure recovery for land lovers as well. In the past land based recovery projects such as Oak Island has drawn plenty of interest from investors, but historically those who invest do so for a specific project. But today’s technology allows the treasure seeker to travel to
multiple sites to determine the feasibility and profit potential of any land based site before recovery efforts are attempted and tons of money is spent. So it was just a matter of time before a company banded together to follow in the footsteps and success of the underwater treasure recovery companies. Our Vision Quest, LLC, of West Valley, Utah has organized for just this purpose.
Top manufactures such as, White’s Electronics, Garrett, Fisher, Minelab, Tesoro and others all offer the modern day treasure hunter, state-of-the-art technology integrated into their multi-use detectors. But the newer detectors are no longer the only game in town when it comes to land based and underwater treasure recoveries. GPR (ground penetrating radar), GPS, magnetometers, robots, laptop and palmtop computers, 3-D topographical mapping software and satellite technology have all found there way into the arsenal of today’s treasure hunter. And the best example of how the latest in hi-tech equipment has benefited the treasure hunter can be found where this new technology has been applied… in locating and salvaging shipwrecks. So can the new technology be applied to land based treasure recovery? The answer is yes, and the technology is being proven today where it has been applied, generally in the fields of archaeology, mining, geology, and in government and military applications.
With the advances in technology pushing professional treasure hunters into the digital frontier the cost for such gear can be overwhelming. What the folks at Our Vision Quest, LLC, have done is to bring professional researchers and field experts with more than 75 years of combined treasure hunting experience to the table with professional treasure hunters who already own much of the latest in hi-tech gear. Their objective… To determine which treasure sites offer the greatest potential for financial viability and the best chances for recovery based on data from researching the historic record. Before any site work actually begins all required permits, concessions, permissions, and binding contracts are settled. Once the legal work is completed Our Vision
Quest, LLC, can bring professional treasure hunters and the latest in hi-tech equipment to most any land based site in North America.
What technology has done to make ancient ocean shipwrecks and there century’s old cargo accessible to underwater treasure recovery companies such as, The Mel Fisher Group, Odyssey Marine Exploration, RS Operations, and MVSHQ, Inc. (Martha’s Vineyard Scuba Headquarters, Inc., who begins recovery operations in 2007 on the RMS Republic) it can do for land based sites as well. Those interested in such services range from the individual land owner who has cause to believe some long lost cache was buried on his property to government concessions and contracts.
Government agencies responsible for granting permits and concessions to these treasure recovery companies have required that an archeologist be on staff or on site before any recovery efforts are made. Although this requirement has been much better received by the treasure recovery companies than by American archaeologist it is in fact proving to be a union best for all interests.
Since treasure hunters are primarily interested in recovery and the scholarly community is interested in all pre-historic and historic sites, those known and yet to be discovered, the arraignment places the process of treasure recovery in the purview of the archaeologist.
It is much more common today to see investors in underwater treasure recovery support the financial end of an ancient shipwreck expedition while those involved at the site locate and confirm the presence of a known wreck with a valuable cargo. Once complete the archaeologist takes over by surveying and documenting the site, and then determines the best way to recover the treasure with as little disturbance as possible to the site itself. Once the treasure has been removed the site is then turned completely over to the archaeologist.
With the advances in technology changing treasure hunting into the 21st century perhaps U.S. lawmakers will follow the examples of other countries such as the U.K. and South America who have successful treasure trove laws, or in the case of England which adopted new laws that create a union between salvagers and archaeologist for certain types of recoveries. The almost instant success of England’s new (1998) treasure trove laws and the overwhelming benefits it has brought to the archaeology community took the whole country by surprise. Unfortunately American archaeologists have been slow to recognize these benefits and most remain aloof about working with treasure hunters. Regardless it is in the best interest of the public for the U.S. government to get involved with appropriate legislation targeting the Black Market sales of America’s cultural heritage and the thriving industry of looting graves and Native American archaeological sites that bad laws have promoted over the years.
U.S. laws on the books today aimed at restricting the use of metal detectors on some public lands were intended to curb the theft of America’s cultural resources. This “waste of time legislation” unfortunately was directed at the wrong people, although it made some legislators and scholars sleep better at night. Unfortunately law makers failed to address the problem realistically, and “shot themselves in the foot” so to speak with the criminal consequences of passing inept laws.
In the past 20 years have these new laws had any measurable effect in deterring the unlawful theft and trafficking of America’s heritage and cultural artifacts on the Black Market? Absolutely not. According to the archaeological community and FBI crime statistics the practice of theft, looting and the destruction of American archaeological sites continues today with near impunity as our Nation’s cultural resources are sold daily over the Internet to the highest bidder! Black market sales of Native American artifacts, or a Civil War vet’s pistol, canteen or belt buckle taken from the soldiers grave fetch unbelievable prices. In the U.S. the problem has grown into an industry that has left more than 80% of the known archaeological sites in the American Southwest stripped by looters.
The golden rule of any capitalistic culture is best reflected in today’s booming black market where that rule states… The greater the risk, the greater the challenge, the greater the price.
Passing feeble laws as a knee-jerk reaction to a very real problem has produced the opposite results than intended. Folks with a metal detector and a gardening tool or shovel are not responsible for the large excavations we see toady that have devastated entire Native American village, work sites and human graves.
Unfortunately it is far more common to learn that some law-abiding citizen with no criminal record is charged with disturbing cultural resources on public land because while using their detectors they picked up “trash” targets such as old cans, pop-tops, a rusty old nail or similar junk that happens to be technically “protected” under federal law. In Nevada a retired school teacher was found in possession of a metal detector on USFS land. Unable to find a suitable location to hunt he decided to move on. While returning to his vehicle USFS officials observed the man pick up a small piece of broken glass that he intended to safely dispose of in a garbage can.
When USFS officials approached the man and examined the shard of broken glass, described as being about a thumbnail in size, it was determined the glass was old enough to be protected under federal law. The retired school teacher was arrested and prosecuted for disturbing cultural resources on public lands. Inept laws always produce these unintentional and unjustified results in order that officials can publicize the arrest as a deterrent to the real looters, who are usually professionals, who work at night, often in teams and are rarely ever caught.
Perhaps the advances in technology will compel the government to address the failure of its current laws and force tough new legislation directed at protecting our Nation’s cultural resources by focusing on America’s secret industry of archaeological site looting. Remember if you see someone looting any archaeological site or human graves report them to the local Sheriff’s department. Protect yourself – protect our hobby!
To learn more about investment opportunities at Our Vision Quest LLC, visit their Website at- www.freewebs.com/ourvisionquest/ or by Calling Floyd Mann at 801.969.3243. Email inquires may be sent to- email@example.com, or to Floyd at- Losttreasureusa1@aol.com.
"SPRING CABIN FEVER"--HUNT & EVENTS
Arkoma Coin & Relic Club and Gold Prospectors of America Association
Location: K River Campgrounds www.kriver.com 580-298-2442
(North of Antlers, Oklahoma on the Kiamichi River-call for reservations)
This will be a 3-day weekend of events and “OPEN TO THE PUBLIC”, everyone is welcome to participate or visit. A number of treasure hunts will take place this weekend; FREE Children Hunt, Combination Women & Children Hunt, an Open Hunt for everyone, and several other smaller hunts. This will be a fun filled weekend for the entire family to enjoy. We will also have a Potluck Dinner on Saturday Night, several Fundraisers with prizes like collectible coins, silver one ounce rounds and more.
Many skilled and experienced hobbyists will be on hand to provide instructions, demonstrations, success stories and more. If you do not yet have a metal detector so to participate in the activities of this weekend, do not fear, we will have extra detectors and show you how to use them so you can have as much fun as the rest of us this weekend. Also we are blessed to have members of the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) with us this weekend to provide FREE demonstrations and instructions on gold panning, gold dredging, and divining rod usage. Gold has been found in the Kiamichi River in the past, give it a try and become a prospector.
The Campgrounds will handle reservations for camping, canoeing, swimming, 4 wheeling, fishing, and horseback riding; give them a call and make your reservations to camp there today before all spots are taken. The area is beautiful and filled with old history and treasure tales.
Early Registration by May 1st: $40.00 After May 1st: $50.00
Woman’s only Hunt: $30.00 After May 1st: $20.00
Children’s Hunt (Up to the age of 12) FREE
Note: These fees Do Not include cost of Camping or other Campground activities!
For Camping and Campground activities cost, check with Campground.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jim Powers (918) 786-1065 or James Beyers (479) 549-4187
Total # of People to hunt ____
Main Hunt 50.00 _________Small Hunt 30.00 _________
Number of (free) children participants: _______
(Up to age 12) – qualifies for free
10.00 discount on each hunt if received by 5-1-2006
* Early Registration must be completed by end of day May 1st 2006.
Officers and club members of Arkoma Coin & Relic Club, Officers and Club Members of Gold Prospectors of America Association, K- River Camp Grounds, land owners, sponsors, vendors, and event staff connected with this hunt will not be held responsible or liable for any losses, damages, theft or injuries.
Signature Required: ________________________________
c/o Jim Powers Route 5 Box 367-5
Jay, OK. 74346
ARKOMA COIN AND RELIC CLUB
GRAND PRIZE ONE TROY POUND SILVER COIN
1ST PRIZE SIX SILVER ROUNDS
2ND PRIZE THREE SILVER ROUNDS
3RD PRIZE TWO SILVER ROUNDS
4TH PRIZE ONE SILVER ROUND
DONATIONS $1.OO PER TICKET OR 6 TICKETS FOR $5.00
MAIL DONATION TO: JIM POWERS
RT5 BOX 367-5
JAY OK 74346
OK ! Let's get our summer GOING !! Great weather is HERE & I'm going to really enjoy this summer. The next 3 months will be VERY busy for me and my TEAM KGC---AND: for me & my VISION QUEST TEAM:
I hope that YOUR summer proves to be very successful for YOU !! GOOD LUCK !!
To my wife TARA: My main "investor" in all of my treasure searches, trips, digs, etc !
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