Find Your Treasure Trove with Landscape Clues

Dr. P. Brody

In treasure hunting stories, adventurers are usually following a map to an elusive mark. However, in real life, it is not that simple. While treasure troves do still exist, very few are clearly marked on a map for your convenience. Instead, finding a treasure trove requires careful research to narrow down a location. Then, when scouting out the location, you have to let the landscape guide you the rest of the way.

That may sound like nonsense, but the landscape can tell you a lot more than you think. If you are looking for treasure, let these two tips help you listen to the landscape and refine your search.

1. Look for notable landmarks. In some cases, treasures are buried for the owner to find again. This means that they are buried in locations that are easy to spot. Therefore, look for notable natural landmarks. Check underneath the largest tree in the area. Use your metal detector around a distinctive bush. Scan the skyline for memorable rock formations. If these things look noteworthy to you, they might have looked noteworthy to the treasure’s previous owner as well.

2. Watch for unnatural elevation changes. If enough time has passed, the landscape may have grown up around the treasure. When this happens, the treasure itself shapes the landscape. This can cause unexpected changes in elevation. If something does not look natural in the landscape, it is probably worth a closer look. Sometimes, when you dig out the years of growth, you will find the treasure underneath. Growth patterns of trees, shrubs, grass, flowers and more can also point you in the right direction.

These tips work best when used with other treasure hunting skills. The landscape is just one critical clue to get you closer to your treasure trove.

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