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Spanish treasure of COCOS ISLAND…..


While Simon Bolivar marched through Peru in 1823, a group of Spaniards in Lima seized the state treasure to keep it out of the hands of Bolivar.

The treasure, now estimated to be valued at more than $20 million, consisted of 200 chests of jewels, 250 swords with jeweled hilts, 150 silver chalices, 300 bars of gold and 600 bars of silver, just to describe some of the trinkets taken.

To get their treasure out of South America, it was put on board the Mary Dier which was under the command of a Scotsman called William Thompson.

The governor of Lima and a bishop, along with some other Spaniards traveled with the treasure so that the wrong hands wouldn’t get hold of it. They were no match for Thompson and his crew and were killed outright. Thompson then ordered his crew to sail his vessel to the island of Cocos which is on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. There, the treasure was stashed in a cave. Soon after leaving the island, they were captured by a Spanish frigate and Thompson and a member of his crew was returned to Cocos on the promise that their lives would be spared if they disclosed the whereabouts of the treasure. Once on the island, Thompson and his crew member escaped. The Spanish left the island empty handed and Thompson was rescued when a whaler showed up to get a supply of fresh water. He claimed that the crewman died. Thompson never returned to the island but he later gave his friend John Keating a chart which specifically stated where the treasure could be found.

Keating went to the island and rediscovered the treasure but the crew of the vessel he was sailing on mutinied and Keating and a friend narrowly escaped to the island with their lives. Keating was rescued (without his friend who, not unlike Thompson’s friend, also died) and Keating, like Thompson, never returned to the island. He did however entrust his secret to a friend.

In 1872, Thomas Welsh and his wife, the owners of the South Pacific Treasure Island Prospecting Company and several of their followers dug a tunnel 85 meters into the mountain on Cocos Island but netted nothing for their efforts.

A German named August Gisler, using a treasure map which supposedly belonged to a pirate called Benito Bonito, searched the island from 1899 to 1909. He found no treasure but he did find clues, such as stone with the letter K (for Keating) carved in it and a cable attached to a hook.

Since then, there have been several expeditions to the island, and even Sir Malcolm Campbell, (the famous race driver) Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Count Felix von Luckner tried their hands at searching for the treasure.

In 1932, Colonel J.E. Leckie using the services of a metal detector did uncover some of the gold, however, to this day; the bulk of the treasure still remains on the island. Cocos Island is situated 643 kilometers west of Costa Rica and can be reached only by a chartered boat.

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Common Treasure Hunters Disease Identified!….


Treasure Hunting can become an addiction.  Just like being addicted to alcohol, sex or drugs; Treasure Hunting can itself become ones drug of choice.  People have been known to forgo family and finances to pursue fantastic fortunes and more times than not, those fortunes are VAPOR!  It is the pursuit of this vapor that is the real Treasure Hunters Disease!

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Being a public figure and accessible through Social Media (just search your favorite Social Media outlet for “TreasureForce” and you will find us) one gets exposed to many different types of treasure hunters and the experience runs the gamut.    Here are some of the different Treasure Hunting Types and ALL of these types can suffer from the particular Treasure Hunters Disease this article will be talking about.  They are (in no particular order of importance):

1.  The Recreationist:  This is the hobby hunter that pursues the sport mainly for the adventure and being outside.  As much enjoyment can come from the find as the actual hunt and being in the great outdoors.

2.  The Intelligentsia: These are the treasure hunters (intentionally not capitalized here) that do their work only behind the computer or in online groups.  Offer readily their opinions, but do not actually practice in the field (this meaning – literally in-the-field as in “outdoors”).

3.   The Loreist:  These treasure hunters engage mainly for the history and lore and can be the most passionate and are totally fine if they never make a recovery, they just love the pursuit.

4.  The Artifact Recovery Agents: These are the practicing treasure hunters, locally focused on recoveries and engage for recoveries. Not as a business, but as a hobby or for supplemental income.  They are about recovery and recovery is the payoff.

5.  The Side-Line Coach:  The are the treasure hunters who have engaged in the hunt, in the field, at some time in their career, but may not have an opportunity to continue hunts (usually due to their geographical locations) but have a passion for the hobby and love to share their ideas and techniques with others.

6.  Professional Cacheologists:  Simply out, the Treasure Hunter that makes their living pursing the sport and making recoveries.  Hunting treasure pays the bills and is their career.

No, before I jump off into the common Treasure Hunters disease all of the above can suffer from, let me share some impressive treasure symbol finds.  These symbols and markers were found in areas with KNOWN Lost Treasures and these image are very compelling.

Indian_Face_Colorado This fantastic marker is in Colorado.  Millions of dollars of lost treasure exist within the eye gaze path of the eyes of this ancient Warrior.  Very impressive indeed! 

Map after map and legend after legend speak of this fantastic carved Warrior and many have speculated as to what the eyes actually line up with in the distant horizon.

Even the native peoples from the area speak of the nature and wisdom of this stone face and how it may reveal vast secrets and others know it leads to mass riches of gold and possible ancient Aztec Artifacts known to of been brought to America.

Look at the amazing symmetry and details in this stone carving.  They are impressive.

If you haven never been exposed to this known rock structure and if the story above was all the information you had on this structure, then you would be amazed and impressed.  Rightly so!  But you would be wrong.  Dead wrong and suffering from a condition known as:

Pareidolia

No one is immune.  All of the six different groups of Treasure Hunters – at one time or another – suffer from Martian_face_viking_croppedPareidolia.  What is Pareidolia?

Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

The word comes from the Greek words para (παρά, “beside, alongside, instead”) in this context meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of; and the noun eidōlon (εἴδωλον “image, form, shape”) the diminutive of eidos. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, seeing patterns in random data.  To the right is the most well know photo of Pareidolia.  The Mars viking Image know around the world.

So why am I laying all this out?  No one is immune to mistaking an image, symbol or rock on the ground is REAL-AUTHENTIC and a TREASURE SYMBOL.  In fact, some of us become so enamored with these images that we SWEAR and WILL BET OUR LIFE SAVINGS these are man made carved and excavated symbols, locations or images that we will spend our families life savings in pursuit of the treasure that this symbol PROVES is there.  But there in lay the catch – this is not a symbol and never was a symbol and it is being read as a symbol without any research or conclusive proof of a real treasure.

This Pareidolia occurs when people want to SHORT CUT the investigation and decide to leap ahead and forgo the real forensic work, and investigation and documentation and science work, and just ANNOUNCE “I have made a discovery!”  Point is, just because it looks like a sign does NOT make it a sign.  For example:

What is the difference between a symbol and a treasure symbol?

A symbol can be carved into stone, wood, landscape or put on paper and is the actual act of mans hand.

A Treasure Symbol, is the EXACT SAME AS ABOVE, but one real difference IT LED TO AN ACTUAL RECOVERY OF TREASURE OF SOME KIND!

Do you get the subtle, but very real difference?  The Treasure Symbol LED TO A RECOVERY!

Almost every week people post photos of “KGC-Spanish Valuts” and how they have found one.  But when asked, what they are really saying in actual words is “I found a mix of vague symbols and I think they are KGC and thus I have chosen to conclude there is a KGC Vault nearby in relation to this symbol”.  Know that is some what harsh, but I have a good friend that constantly tells me of his KGC Vault Discoveries and I always ask him the same question:  “Was that a tumbler locked vault or a magnetic combination vault?”  and – you guessed it, he cannot answer since he is really expressing “I think a vault is near”.

So, here is the painful truth.  Just because you announce it as a Treasure Symbol, Man Made Structure or Location of Treasure, it does not make it such until YOU ACTUALLY MAKE A FIND AND RECOVERY!  It is that simple.

Why is this distinction important?  We can all get wrapped up in the wording and forget that what we engage in called Treasure Hunting (no matter the level you participate at) there is science and rules involved.  And ALL signs and symbols to be real have to have a find or recovery attached to them.

Now I do want to point out two well known instances where “calling BS” can have consequences:

1.  The ‘finder” calling the find real and then when debunked they (the finder) calls out the debunk-er with “You are only trying to suppress the truth”.  Then there is the other side of the coin:

2.  The “debunk-er” who has no vested interest in the find or has never been to the find automatically calling “Fraud, Fake or Other”.

None of the two above are really right.  The only one really correct is the individual who puts the time, money and expertise into investigating, documenting, forensic analyzing and researching of the symbol or unique location.  Then and only then can the truth be obtained and then and only then can there be a real educated decision made.

You see, those who call Pareidolia related findings real and are not willing to out in the time and research necessary to PROVE IT UP, hurt the industry of treasure hunters and make everyone look like quacks and flakes.  And on the other side, those who always claim “Fake, Fraud, or Bogus” on everything presented do harm as well.  How?

Those types of people are what keep people from making announcements and sharing what might of never been seen.  The truth is – everyone has to work together to make this work, be counted and come to light.  Those who find MUST go the extra mile and do real research and science (like finding supporting artifacts, or tools or even tool marks) to prove up the site, symbol or landmark.  And those who are the naysayers, need to try to assist, guide and suggest so the real truth can be brought to the forefront, because after all:

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

Below are some more known Pareidolia symbols and locations:

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Family Strikes Gold on Sunken Treasure Hunt — Again


A Florida man literally struck gold when he unearthed a “priceless” religious artifact from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

The sunken treasure was discovered at the site of a shipwreck that happened nearly 300 years ago off the coast of Ft. Pierce. It’s the missing piece of a necklace that was discovered at the same wreck in 1989.

Called a pyx, the ornate gold trinket is a Spanish artifact used by priests to hold the communion host, Brent Brisben, the operations manager of Queens Jewels, told ABC News.

Treasure-Hunting Family Strikes Gold Off Florida Coast

“We find shipwrecked artifacts on a daily basis, but it’s more like ship spikes and musket balls, so when you get an extremely rare, unique piece like this, it’s exciting,” Brisben said.

He said 27-year-old Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager in Florida, found the piece last month on a scavenging hunt with his family. Last year, he had dug up more than $300,000 worth of gold chains and coins from the same wreckage.

PHOTO: Gold chains and coins Eric Schmitt discovered at the same shipwreck last year.

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PHOTO: Gold chains and coins Eric Schmitt discovered at the same shipwreck last year.

“He found an incredible silver platter when he was 14 years old,” Brisben added.

Hunting for buried treasure is the Schmitt’s family business. They own Booty Salvage and work for Brisben’s company, which owns rights to the wreckage. Brisben also goes on treasure-hunting excursions.

“It’s incredibly difficult work,” Brisben said. “It’s long, it’s in the middle of the summer, it’s hot. You’re in the sun all day. It’s quite laborious work, so when you come across an amazing artifact like that, words can’t describe it. It’s a surreal experience to touch something from 300 years ago, to learn about it, and to share it with the world.”

PHOTO: Salvager Eric Schmitt was combing through the wreckage of a convoy of Spanish ships that sank off the coast of Florida in 1715 when he discovered a missing piece from a gold Pyx.

Courtesy 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, LLC
PHOTO: Salvager Eric Schmitt was combing through the wreckage of a convoy of Spanish ships that sank off the coast of Florida in 1715 when he discovered a missing piece from a gold Pyx.

Spanish historians recently discovered what it was and linked it to the artifact dug up 25 years ago. The piece has not been appraised yet, but Brisben called it “priceless.”

By law, it is in the custody of the U.S. District Court in South Florida. The state can take possession of up to 20% of Brisben’s goods. Proceeds from the rest are split between his company and the Schmitt family.

The shipwreck where it was found is one of the most important in history. Several galleons packed with treasures from the New World left Havana, bound for Spain, and were taken down by a hurricane in 1715.

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Hitler Hates Metal Detecting Shows…video


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Dave McMahon, Ed Cropski and Ron Guinazzo..Video Metal Detecting


This is the first, Ron GuinazzoEdward Cropski and Dave McMahon ..
I’m going to try to work on more of these, and get them out there, with the help of Chicago Ron.

 

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Last Radio Show until August…Tonight Friday, the 13th, 2014


Tonight, Friday, June 13, 2014 …8:30 PM Eastern time.. THE DETECTING LIFESTYLE RADIO SHOW… Join us live tonight as we dive into a great show tonight!! And for this event tonight, our guest will be Seener 53!! We will discuss the hobby/lifestyle of metal detecting, his technique and history in the hobby, what type of hunting he does, finds, and more.. Also wide open for anyone to call in and join in on the mayhem!! Call in # is …1-609-961-1842 Listen in, you never know what else we just may do!! Click the link below to listen live to the show through the player!! Also you never know what surprises we may have up our sleeves!!

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Father’s Day Minelab 3030 special….


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Radio Show tonight…8:30 Eastern Time…


10409392_10202430017775174_2901126174915323762_nTonight June 10, 2014 8:30 PM Eastern time… THE DETECTING LIFESTYLE RADIO SHOW!!! Join us tonight for a GOOD ONE folks!! We are joined tonight by Mr. Terry Barnhart, from Ohio. Terry has been lighting it up with some great digs!! Join us as we talk with Terry about the hobby/lifestyle, his finds, where and how he detects, permissions, etc, etc…. Gonna be good folks, don’t miss it!! Call in live tonight.. 1-609-961-1842 Click the link below to listen to the show live through the player!!! Hope to have you all join us tonight!!!

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