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  1. #16
    Apr 2011
    5 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I am at Fort Belvoir. I would love those links if you could send them. If anyone wants to metal detect, let me know.
    "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

    March '12 Finds: 186 40%, 24 90% (36.19 troy oz)

  2. #17

    Dec 2013
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Just getting started and would like a copy of them as well. For detecting and the historical value. Thanks in advance!!


  3. #18
    Capt Rick

    Dec 2013
    Northern Virginia
    5 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I believe the old gold mine site behind the K mart on Dale Blvd off 95S would be a good place to metal detect.
    I've been there once and found some old foundations, Neabsco Creek gold mine.
    Found some old machinery parts, had the grandkids with me so wasn't ablr to really look
    38 37'16.60N 77 17'52.88W

  4. #19
    Capt Rick

    Dec 2013
    Northern Virginia
    5 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    There is an old gold mine location on Neabsco creek behind the K Mart on Dale Blvd. off 95 south in Dale City
    found lots of interesting stuff, not treasure yet , but looking

  5. #20

    Mar 2015
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I would like a copy as well if possible. thanks.

  6. #21
    Sep 2011
    14 times
    You guys are looking for the Holy Grail of info....X marks the spot to Civil War relics without parallel....probably ain't going to happen...any relic hunter worth his or her salt is going to keep their best reference sources to themselves. If you want to be successful, you'll have to do a lot of research. In Northern Virginia there's at least two good places to go - the Virginia room, 3rd floor I think of the public library in Fairfax City or the Thomas Balch library in Leesburg. There's probably other sites.

    There's at least two predominantly CW relic clubs in the area - Northern Virginia Relic Hunters Assoc - meets once a month at the NRA headquarters on Waples Mill Rd(I think) in Fairfax and the Virginia Historical Preservation Society in Sterling, VA (meets 2nd Tues each month). NVRHA is much larger and better organized, VHPS is small and very informal.

    Here's a link to the Official Records of the "War of the Rebellion" Browse | Cornell University Library Making of America Collection it's got enough information for several lifetimes. If you want a good resource to identify and price your finds, go to plus he's got a great museum in the Old Courthouse in Winchester. If you're ever in the area, it's well worth an hour or two of your time...Harry Ridgeway is contact.

    I know I have sites it's taken 10 years to get permission on....I'm just not going to give up that information to anyone, particularly in a public forum like this.

    Good luck!!

  7. #22

    Jun 2007
    13848 times
    Quote Originally Posted by Southern_Boy View Post
    HI Guys:

    Former resident of Winchester, Virginia here. Used to hear some stories of loot stashed by Mosby's Rangers which as you may know operated in the area. He Colonel Mosby did such a great job the area that he opperated in was known as "Mosby's Confederacy". The only reason that I mention it is that several of my ancestors served with him and as far as I can see...they are just stories.

    Here is a story of something I have seen though briefly...hope you like it.

    The Copper Scroll (3Q15)

    "In the fortress which is in the Vale of Achor, forty cubits under the steps entering to the east: a money chest and it [sic] contents, of a weight of seventeen talents." So begins the first column of the Copper Scroll, one of the most intriguing, and baffling, scrolls to be found among the collection known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Sounding like something out of an Indiana Jones movie, the text of the Copper Scroll (3Q15) describes vast amounts of buried treasure.
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    ----------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------

    It was found in 1952 in Cave 3 at Khirbet Qumran on the shores of the Dead Sea, one of the few scrolls to be discovered in the place where it had lain for nearly 2,000 years. Most of what are called the "Dead Sea Scrolls" were found by Bedouin and sold through antiquities dealers, but this one was actually discovered by archaeologists--a rare occasion during those years. In ancient times the text of the document had been incised on thin sheets of copper which were then joined together. At the time it was found, however, the document was rolled into two separate scrolls of heavily oxidized copper which was far too brittle to unroll. For five years scholars and experts discussed ways of opening the scroll. Finally, they decided to cut the scroll into sections from the outside using a small saw. Working very carefully they cut the scroll into 23 strips, each one curved into a half-cylinder. Before it was cut, one scholar thought he saw words for silver and gold and suggested that the scroll was a list of buried treasure. Sure enough, when it was deciphered that scholar turned out to be right!

    What about all that treasure? What is it? Has anyone found it? The answer to the last question is, no, at least that they are telling.

    The treasure described in the Copper Scroll consists of vast quantities of gold and silver, as well as many coins and vessels. It is difficult to assess the value of what is described, since we are not sure what the weights in the scroll are actually equivalent to, but it was estimated in 1960 that the total would top $1,000,000 U.S.

    With this great treasure list, you may ask, why isn't everyone out looking for the treasure? (And why hasn't Stephen Spielberg made a movie out of it?) The truth is, some people are looking for it, but it is not all that easy. To begin with, we do not know what all the words in the text mean. The text is in Hebrew, which is certainly a known language, but most ancient Hebrew texts that we have are religious in nature, and the Copper Scroll is anything but religious. Most of its vocabulary is simply not found in the Bible or anything else we have from ancient times.

    Not only is the vocabulary of the scroll very technical, some of the geographical locations are unknown after so many years, many are too specific and some refer to places that no longer exist. Take some of the following examples:

    "In the gutter which is in the bottom of the (rain-water) tank..."

    "In the Second Enclosure, in the underground passage that looks east..."

    "In the water conduit of [...] the north[ern] reservoir..."

    There are those who have suggested that the treasure never actually existed, that the Copper Scroll is simply a work of fiction. Even if the treasure did exist, we do not know where it came from or who it belonged to. Some believe the scrolls refer to Temple treasure, hidden for safekeeping before the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 C.E. Others believe the treasure belonged to the sect that lived at Qumran, a sect usually identified with the Essenes, a Jewish group mentioned in the work of the Jewish historian Josephus, who wrote in the 1st century C.E. However, these are just educated guesses. Who the treasure belonged to, and what happened to it, we may never know.
    Gray Ghost left MOST of his stuff in Culpeper, Va. area... he knew Charlottesville, Va. area, too (he went to UVA). The mountains from Culpeper to Charlottesville would be of GREAT "interest"...
    Last edited by Rebel - KGC; Jul 02, 2015 at 07:46 PM.

  8. #23
    Jan 2017
    Northern Neck Va
    2 times
    Cache Hunting
    Any chance this info is still available?


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