What it’s all about…
Treasure Hunting! Exploration! Lost Cities! Fossils! Prospecting! Expeditions! Legends! Ancient History! Who hasn’t dreamed of finding a lost city, or embarking on an expedition to find a new species of animal, or a lost treasure? Who hasn’t wished they had the opportunity to join an expedition, or to dig up dinosaur bones? Yet how many amongst us have done so? Very few. Why? Well, many people write it off as ‘unrealistic’ once they reach adult hood. Yet the truth is, there are individuals who actually make such fields a profession and are able to make a good living out of it. Some have even become extremely rich. So what’s the difference between these individuals and you? Is it intelligence? Money? Luck? None of the above. All that makes the difference is knowledge of how to go about doing it and the tenacity to try. Want to know the foremost reason people have never discovered a lost city or a hidden treasure? They never tried! Want to know the second most common reason for failure? They didn’t know how. But guess what? Although not easy (it is in fact hard work), it is quite simple to be successful in any of these endeavors if one but tries and knows how to follow certain lines of action. Archaeologists, paleontologists, and professional treasure hunters do it every day. For most people, however, it will still remain a dream. Asked by someone why they don’t pursue their interests in these subjects, their answer will inevitably be ‘I can’t make a living out of it’. Totally disregarding the fact that many professional treasure hunters own yachts, expensive treasure hunting equipment (GPR for example), and frequently travel around the world, these individuals resign themselves to working each day in an office cubicle in a job they detest, doing work that is so mindlessly boring that they want to shoot themselves at the end of the day. And unless they decide to change something, it will last UNTIL THE END OF THEIR LIVES!!!
Realize that the great explorers who discovered now world famous ancient civilizations (which were in their time considered ‘lost’) had little more than hearsay, basic equipment, local guides, and extremely strong mental fortitude to help them accomplish their goal. And in spite of this, they were still successful. It is unthinkable, that the average person, with the knowledge that can be accessed today through such sources as the internet and national archives, as well as with the latest modern technology which includes satellite technology, online databases, translators and mapping programs, all of which are accessible to anyone who has knowledge of the internet, would not be able to accomplish similar goals and discover other extinct human settlements (a more standard term for ‘lost city’).
This website was set up by a former trained archaeologist, and professed treasure hunter, who realized that whilst most of the treasure hunting today is concerned with the more recent past, the truly great discoveries are to be found in the more distant past! Ghost towning is great, but it can’t be compared to searching for a lost Mayan temple complex! The second realization was that it wasn’t as hard to find such ancient sites as most people thought…they just didn’t know how to go about it. The third realization was that even if people knew how to go about it and believed they could do so, they still didn’t want to try because they didn’t know how to integrate such a lifestyle into their work and how to make a living out of it. These three points are what this website is all about. We’ll consider the three points briefly below, but bear in mind that the majority of this website is devoted to them and if you don’t have your questioned answered below, it will most likely be answered in one of our articles or on the forum.
Point One: Treasure Hunting today Vs. the Possibilities
One seldom hears the average treasure hunter going after the ‘Big Hauls’ – sunken treasure ships, lost temples and cities, caches over 500 years old. The tombs of great figures such as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, or Attlia the Hun remain undiscovered, and few treasure hunters have ever dared to try and find them – in spite of the overwhelming advantage technology has given us today compared with our predecessors. This trend in the treasure hunting community has instead given rise to an army of amateur treasure hunters who would rather work ‘safely’ close to home and go after small yield treasures – grandpa’s cache of silver dollars he hid after the war on the old farm, or the odd lost coin that some long forgotten miner dropped on leaving a saloon in ghost town X over a century ago. Whilst these are great finds (and still important for history), it seems that most treasure hunters, and the treasure hunting community in general, have forgotten how to think BIG, and as a result, a sort of complacency has set in. Any treasure hunter is capable of going after, and finding, bigger and better things. He or she only has to try. One of the goals of this website, aside from acting as a hub for those who wish to be professional treasure hunters and have a little adventure while they’re at it, is to foster back this attitude – which is, after all, what drove those who sought and found the great civilizations of the past, and gave rise to the discipline of archaeology as we know it today.
Point Two: The trend of downplaying what we’re capable of doing as treasure hunters
Most treasure hunters are guilty of this. They never believe they have a shot at finding something ‘BIG’, and consequently, don’t try to. As a result, they actually never do find anything of great significance – the perfect self – fulfilling prophecy. Some even go further and ridicule those who do try to go after ‘Big’ goals. Let’s face it, if someone tries to find Solomon’s lost mines, or the lost city of Paititi, they will probably be laughed at. People think they’re crazy to even try. But then someone like Heinrich Schliemann who perseveres and is too bull – headed to notice their taunts discovers something like the legendary city of Troy, and all of a sudden those same people are proclaiming him to be a genius! The truth is, we know that many of these legends, including Solomon’s mines and Paititi, actually existed. We just have trouble finding out where. Establishments as large as these two settlements don’t fail to leave evidence of their existence, no matter how faint, and there are tried and true methods of finding these traces which have been successfully employed by other treasure hunters and explorers who came before us. Advances in technology today allows us to see the ‘scars’ that previous civilizations left on the land as evidence of their building, which can only be seen from a bird’s eye view above. Such technology allows us to see roads and walls, which can often be followed directly to extinct cities and settlements (after all, roads always lead somewhere). Trade routes and waterways are also important factors in locating ancient sites. Thousands of pages of contemporary descriptions have been penned by ancient authors which remain at our disposal even today, just waiting for us to track down and follow the landmarks described. All that needs be done is the proper research and work…and that is what this site is all about!
Point Three: How can I make a living out of all this?
Easy. The world of history, adventure and treasure hunting is compelling to say the least for many people. History is big bucks. Relics found at sites can be sold for significant cash – or even better – sites can be handed over to archaeologists who can evaluate the area whilst you are hailed in the media as it’s official discoverer. What can this do for you? Think of the interviews, publicity, book rights, and documentaries that can be produced from such a discovery! How about adventure travel writing? Magazines buy articles from adventure travelers whose idea of extreme travel is going hiking in the Alps. Imagine how fast your articles would be snapped up once you begin writing about recovering ancient treasure and finding lost cities and ruins! Fossils are big bucks if you can find them, and gems and minerals are easy to find if you know how. Perhaps the greatest way of making a living is by either writing a book or designing a product or course (perhaps meant to educate future hunters like yourself from your own experience), or by setting up self automotive website which could make you money 24/7 through a range of different programs, whilst you embrace a mobile existence (which means tiny office cubicles are NOT included) free from the worry of starvation and with ample time to pursue your treasure hunting goals.
Now the Point of all this? Leave the Rat Race – Permanently. You know you want to. You know you can. And after absorbing what this website has to teach you, you will also know how.
Why this website is different:
There are many good websites out there dealing with the concept of treasure hunting. But most of them either deal with the idea of treasure hunting in general, or deal with more recent treasure hunting targets of about 200 years (the colonial era). Others may limit themselves by geographical regions (the Americas have a lot written about them, but only North America has actual concrete, useful information and network support in regards to treasure hunting) or scope (like what was mentioned before – grandpa’s collection of dimes just doesn’t sound that inspiring to those who want more adventure – and to make a living out of it at the same time). This website will try and concentrate on areas both within and outside the Americas – especially the forgotten or ignored regions – and the methodology of treasure hunting itself (ie, the research and practicalities) which can be applied to any hunt, anywhere for anything, by anyone. In addition, it will try and focus on more ancient targets as opposed to more recent ones. Too many sites out there go on about the generalities of treasure hunting and then fail to go into specifics – it is my aim to try and do so to the best of my ability (hopefully that is enough) and I invite anyone who wishes to join me on this website to do so and leave a comment. It is my hope that this site could become a resource to those who are seeking the same sort of thing and that by working together and pooling our knowledge, we can revitalize a great field of knowledge and inspire future generations.