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  1. #1
    ca
    Apr 2004
    Canada
    Garrett GTI2500 with EagleEye.
    143

    Gold buried in a swamp

    Any ideas how to approach a swamp search? I have a non-waterproof metal detector, so it can only be submerged up to a limited depth. That aside, does anyone have any insights into searching through swamps? "Don't even bother with it, it's too difficult" doesn't apply to me

    I'm talking about a keg of gold here that was buried a very long time ago, and back in those days the swamp had already existed which means that there is a way of going about this without heavy risks.


  2. #2

    Feb 2008
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    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    How long till the big freeze? Do you have a reliable partner? Is this a shallow
    muskeg or deep with quicksand? I would think you should be prepared for a
    prolonged search and need a waterproof unit as well as a good wetsuit. Good
    luck, keep us posted. lastleg

  3. #3
    us
    Nov 2003
    warwick ny earth
    White's xlt,Tesoro Silver umax,and Compadre.
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    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    chest waders or on the cheap spackle bucket boots.
    I am a landfill of ideas

  4. #4
    ca
    Apr 2004
    Canada
    Garrett GTI2500 with EagleEye.
    143

    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    The big freeze is about 5 months away. Unfortunately with the heavy amounts of rain that we've received here this summer the swamp water levels seem to be a bit high. Guess I'll have to wait a while.

    I have no idea what's in the swamp at this time, including what kinda sediment lies on the bottom. I'll keep you guys up to date as time goes by.

    Furthermore, how does oak hold up in a swamp? The said keg is supposedly made from that wood, it's probably been sitting there for over 200 years(assuming that it is in fact there).

  5. #5
    ca
    May 2007
    Canada
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    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    I personally have no experiance in this but I have read several times about how heavy objects (keg of gold) in water soaked earth (wet farm fields, swamps etc) will continue to sink after being buried. You didn't mention a time frame or how this keg of gold managed to find itself ina swamp, but could it be possible that it is now down to an unrecoverable depth?

    Not trying to rain on your parade..... just sayin'.

    What part of Canada you in?

  6. #6
    ca
    Apr 2004
    Canada
    Garrett GTI2500 with EagleEye.
    143

    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    That's a good point, it would be a real bummer if that was the case. The keg is rumored to have been buried there over 200 years ago.

    I'm in eastern ontario btw.

  7. #7
    us
    Apr 2008
    Central California
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    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    "...and back in those days the swamp had already existed which means that there is a way of going about this without heavy risks."

    It does seem like whoever put it there would have some way in mind of how to get it back out again. They must have realized that it would reeeeeeealy sink in there.

    Maybe they tied it off to a tree just below the water line before they tossed it in, hopefully with a chain because rope would rot. And if so, you could metal-detect a chain, if it's not too deep where it's tied off.

    If that is the case---

    Attach a come-along down low on the chain and ease it out of the muck, giving it time to un-suck.

    If they actually buried it in shallows, dig first. If they just tossed it in a deep part, you might have to dig some anyway, depending on how long the chain is.

    Don't detach the chain from the tree until after you have recovered the keg, because if you accidently drop the end of the chain, then it's in the muck too, maybe sunk down into it.

    An evil group is comprised of the insane, who, out of fear, imagine that they must conspire to destroy those who are honest and able. A good group is made up of honest people, who could each survive on their own, yet work together openly for betterment for themselves and others.

  8. #8
    ca
    Apr 2004
    Canada
    Garrett GTI2500 with EagleEye.
    143

    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    The way you wrote that EE sounds like you pulled it out of memory, like you've come across something like it before.

  9. #9
    us
    Apr 2008
    Central California
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    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    Prime;

    Nope. I guess I just have a vivid imagination!
    An evil group is comprised of the insane, who, out of fear, imagine that they must conspire to destroy those who are honest and able. A good group is made up of honest people, who could each survive on their own, yet work together openly for betterment for themselves and others.

  10. #10

    Feb 2008
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    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    I would ask what is the source of this treasure lead? And if there is more than
    just one source. You need to verify if the person/s who placed the keg actually
    existed. With the internet you can search from home via ancestry sites to verify
    persons from the past with census reports. If you can find the names of people
    involved and their homes and find a tale that is logical, makes sense as to why it
    was not recovered by them later, then try to nail down the most likely area of
    search you might be the first to locate. It sounds like the keg has been searched
    for by many others but due to the treacherous possible locations it has culled out
    all but the most determined treasure hunter. It is a lot easier to be totally commited
    when the ducks are in line. lastleg

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    Nov 2006
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    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    I imagine if they hid it, it would be on some of the higher 'drier' ground of the swamp, which would make retrieval much easier (so check 'islands' first.)
    Another question is, how big is the keg? Moving a large (and heavy) keg through terrain like that would be very difficult (unless you are moving it by boat, in which case your search area will expand by quite a bit.)

  12. #12
    ca
    Apr 2004
    Canada
    Garrett GTI2500 with EagleEye.
    143

    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    I'm at the very start of this one, the beginning of my inquest, the info is sketchy and brief so I have no idea of how big the keg was or what the person's name was that buried it. It's a legend at this point until I find something more. Regardless of anything, I'm pretty excited about this.

  13. #13
    us
    May 2008
    Wisconsin
    GARRETT GTI 2500, Garrett Infinium
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    I work in swamps.

    Email me.

    "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." Friedrich Nietzsche

    "You ask where I live. I cannot tell you. I am a Voyageur, a Chicot, sir. I live everywhere. My grandfather was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. My father was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. I will also die while en route, and another Chicot will take my place. Such is our course of life."

  14. #14
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    Your Only One Swing Away From Discovery

    Dec 2006
    Florida
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    Re: Gold buried in a swamp


    Can you pump it dry with a trash pump? I have done that here in florida on some looking for things

    Start on edges and work your way in slowly if your MDing.

    You could also use a canoe if it is a big swamp and pole your way around, they make inexpesive underwater video cameras to see underwater with if you think you might of found a good target.

    Wood doesn't rot if it is submerged,

    Good luck
    Your Discovery Has History Count On It
    Enjoy the dig, treasure the time

  15. #15
    us
    Jun 2008
    North-Woods WI.
    MineLab/Garret / Whites DFX / Gold Bug
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    Re: Gold buried in a swamp

    I would think that a Keg of gold much larger than 2 Gal would be to heavy for any one to move to far. The wood would be preserved.
    Survey the area! any land maps? Google earth? Then visit in person to get the lay of the land. Any bedrock outcroppings? Ancient trees?
    Inspect trees for signs; can you imagine a plumb bob hanging from a limb?
    Sit back and think to your self if it where I and I wanted it to be safe and assessable where would I stash it. After 200 years the swamp may be smaller than it is today. The town down the road is called Mukwanago; 200 years ago the Indians avoided it; swamp land

 

 
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