Treasure Hunting Methods


Treasure hunting is a challenging outdoor activity requiring good methods to succeed on your quest of finding valuable hidden or buried objects. Without a good working method, you will just end up wasting your time which often lead to failures and huge disappointments. Majority of THs (treasure hunters) actually fail on this aspect making it the “main reason why they quit”.

Before we proceed on discussing the methods, let us first discuss the 3 following different categories of treasure hunting activities:

1. Treasure Hunting for Fun

Treasure hunting is considered as an enjoyable outdoor activity for families and friends because it allows them to spend their time being together. Common places for a family to treasure hunt for fun is at the beach particularly during summer vacations. As for those people who wants to spend their time along with their friends and expecting some worthy findings, best recommended sites are on abandoned places.

Today, a modern treasure hunting activity for fun has evolved through the use of GPS (Global Positioning System) devices. This activity is more known as “Geocaching” where you get to search for hidden containers (aka Capsules) by relying on the coordinates indicated by your GPS navigational gadgets.

2. Treasure Hunting for Wealth

Individuals who are after incredible amount of wealth or fortune by finding large piles of hidden treasures are a group of “serious treasure hunters”. Their work involve excavating prospected land sites for several weeks or even months. Other than land sites, they also go after sunken ships underwater known to contain a lot of precious items.

3. Treasure Hunting for Discoveries

THs who are searching for buried treasures for the sake of “discovery” are the archaeologists. It is actually their job to find ancient relics (which includes valuable treasures) for scientific study purposes intended to learn the cultures of the early people. But unlike THs aiming for their fortune, archaeologists are entitled to display their findings in the museums for public views.

Treasure Hunting Methods

Method of Treasure Hunting for Fun

Treasure hunting for the sake of just having fun won’t be enjoyable at all if no one can find any valuable items on their search. Finding valuable objects even just a single piece of old coin can really motivate anyone to engage more on this activity. And in most cases, this often lead to a hobby.

Here are the following suggested treasure hunting methods for having fun:

1. Metal Detectors Designed for Amateurs

A MD (metal detector) is a very important tool for treasure hunting activity. Without these kind of equipment, searching for buried items is like manually searching a lost needle in a field of haystack. Thus, THs on this category are required to have their own MD particularly designed for the amateurs. Most amateur MDs have user-friendly features which means that complete beginners can use it without encountering much technical difficulties on how to operate them.

Since a MD is an electronic equipment, it requires batteries before it can be operated. Due to this reason, it is advisable to check the battery of your MD if it requires replacement or recharging before embarking on your treasure hunting activity.

2. Map or GPS

If you are planning to treasure hunt on the beach then a map or GPS won’t be necessary. But if you have other various different places in mind, it is recommended to bring a map or GPS. Other than using it as your guide, use it to mark specific sites where you found some valuable objects. Experienced THs always claims that sites where you found something valuable (such as pieces of old coins) “may consists” more of these objects buried and scattered around the area. By marking them on your map, you can always come back sometime in the future into those sites to continue further excavations.

Aside from marking your prospective sites on your map or GPS, you should also mark places that you have already covered. But of course, you have to mark them differently from the sites that needs further work. This makes you “organized” not to repeat detecting on similar places couple of times.

3. Simple Digging Tools

Digging is an important part of treasure hunting activity. This makes digging tools a requirement which allows you to recover buried items from the ground that your MD found. On this category, you may just want to bring shovel, trowel and pick since you will be digging only around 3 to 12 inches depths.

4. Bring Enough Food for the Group

Treasure hunting will no longer be fun if everyone suddenly ends up being hungry especially after covering several places by either digging or detecting. Thus, always bring enough food for the group to replenish your energies.

5. Research the Best Places to Treasure Hunt

Beach sites are often crowded with THs which creates competition. This makes experienced individuals the obvious winners of recovering most of the valuable items buried under the sands. So if you want a more decent place to hunt then you have to conduct your own “research”.

You can visit the library or search online about the history of the place that you intend to conduct treasure hunting. Focus on finding abandoned places where some event gatherings were held in the past or specific locations where people used to hang around.

At some point, information from the library or internet can be insufficient. Thus, you should also consider asking your grandparents about places that they often enjoyed spending their time socializing with their friends or different people in the past.

The main reason why you have to search for such abandoned places in the past is because, “you have good chances” of being able to find lost valuable items from these kinds of locations. Most of these items were accidentally dropped objects especially coins. Other possible items includes rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

Method of Treasure Hunting for Wealth or Fortune

The world is filled with lost and hidden treasures that many serious THs are willing to take risks in order to recover them. They often go to the extent of spending large sum of money in the hope of discovering the treasures they seek because they knew that this will bring them “incredible amount of wealth or fortune” in return.

Here are some of the following general methods applied by most THs on this category:

1. Financier Who is Willing to Support the Project

The role of a “financier” on a treasure hunting project is important. Without a good source of funds, projects will most likely end up into failure.

A financier is actually a member of the team with the task of providing all the necessary items and expenses needed by his or her fellow THs on their projects. These includes foods, tools, medicines and transportations. Thus, this entitles him or her a higher share on their recovered treasures.

2. Interesting Projects with Good Chances of Recovery

Choosing projects with good chances of recovering them is much better than projects that sounds impossible to retrieve. A good project must be supported by strong evidence/s that the hidden treasure truly exists.

Some acceptable proofs considered by most THs are the following:

a. Authentic Treasure Map

Most large pile of hidden treasures consists of TMs (treasure maps) drawn by individuals responsible in hiding those valuable items. However, most TMs are plotted with some puzzles involve that needs to be solved and secret codes that needs to be deciphered. This makes only clever individuals able to figure out the location of the hidden treasure.

Unfortunately, numerous “fake treasure maps” circulates on various sources which sole purpose is to confuse and disappoint THs. Thus, a thorough investigation about the authenticity of a certain TM is highly advisable before deciding to work on it.

b. Engrave Signs or Markers

In addition to the TMs are the markers or engrave signs. These are carved symbols on the surfaces of rocks, trees or objects particularly within the location of the hidden treasures. Although, these signs are no ordinary symbols. They are codes with deep meanings that only few individuals can interpret.

c. Live Pointer

In terms of treasure hunting dictionary, a “live pointer” is a person who bear witness to the location of the hidden treasure and still alive today. Some of them even took part in hiding the treasure.

3. Good Relationship Among All Members of the Group

A team consisting of members with good working relationship towards one another is a vital importance to the success of the group. When it comes to the share, everyone must have an “equal amount of share” from the recovered treasure except for the financier who can have a slightly higher cut.

Method of Treasure Hunting for Discoveries

As already mentioned above, archaeologists are scientists who studies remnants of the past. Through those objects, they were able to prove the existence of the dinosaurs, different ancient civilizations and many other interesting discoveries during the early period of time.

To become an archaeologists, one must undergo a “University School” that offers “Archeology”. This is a Bachelor of Science degree course requiring 4 or 5 years of completion. Unfortunately, you have to take this scientific field of study in order to learn the method of discovering ancient artifacts.