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How Deep to Dig?
April 07, 2001 at 16:20:54
This is a request for information from anyone who has used a deep seeking detector and has actually located a buried treasure. I am using a Fisher Gemini-3 deep seeker.
I have been looking for a certain treasure site for roughly four years on a sporadic basis. I have walked this area in patterns and have covered several square miles of flat and hillside terrain. In this entire area I have had only one area with a solid hit. For those who may be interested it looked like this:
The area is located on a thirty-degree slope on the side of a mesa. The top of the area with the signal starts a small arroyo. From the normal slope of the land, it suddenly drops away for about a foot and then starts to spread out like arroyos do. The north edge of the arroyo is the only side of this arroyo I get a hit on. The length of this signal is about thirty feet going down the hill. I pick up no signal on the area approaching the arroyo, but only under the lip going down the north side. There appears to be no markers in the area indicating this as an important area. No rock markers, tree markers, or other identifiers. It is out in the middle of an open area.
I have dug down several feet until I got into hardpan. The top couple of feet were fairly soft compared to the hardpan area. I dug into this about six inches deep. Since I didn't't have a pick or something else to break into the hardpan, I filled in my hole, and decided to come back another day, better prepared.
Supposedly the story goes the people who buried the treasure were under attack by Indians. During the night they buried somewhere between two and fifteen mule loads of gold, silver, or whatever load the mules were carrying depending on who's telling the story). Again, supposedly they had the manpower to bury this much.
The question is: If burying a load of treasure while under attack, would professional miners dig a hole down two to three feet to hardpan and cover it up or would they break into the hard pan to bury it? Or if they didn't go any further then hard pan, would, after several hundred years, the treasure sink into the hardpan? If they only went to hardpan, how deep could it expected to have sunk below the hardpan level after several hundred years?
This area is really isolated so the likely of junk at this spot is slim. Since I have picked up no other source or signal over several square miles, the chances of being a mineral deposit are slim. Could it be meteorite fragments? Possibly, since it does create an arroyo where there is no real reason on a gentle slope to start an arroyo.
When on the side of an earthen embankment, does the Gemini-3 put out a signal by having soil below and to the side of it? Does it put out a signal if there is moisture in the soil? When I got the signal I know the detector was not touching any weeds.
Your thoughts would be appreciated.
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