The lost treasure of David Marteen

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We live in Connecticut and Tom does not and he knowns nothing about the great state of Connecticut buried treasures. Good hunting and good luck.

The principles of seeking potential more plausible explanations, apply to all 50 states :)
 

Honest Samuel

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Unless you are planning in moving to the great state of Connecticut to search for buried treasure on our state, do not worry about buried treasures in our state.
 
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M.Brian

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Oldest is 1740s & 1750s, which is OLD for CA . And thousands of silver coins, 15 gold coins, etc.. But those are all fumble fingers individual coins. From stage stops, parks, beach-storm erosion, old town demolitions

Very cool, and thanks for the detector advice. Does anyone know anything about underground scanning? Scanning under the soil and using imagery software to determine what lays below the surface? As new technology emerges I’d imagine our ability to see what lies below does as well. Without necessarily having to blind dig.

The house I grew up in was built in 1798 and we’ve found many relics on the property over the years. However I’ve never searched the property for coins and am excited to do so this summer.

The intention of this thread was to garner some additional interest, and to cooperate with other fellow researchers. Share Maps, theories, ideas, past digs etc. want to organize as much knowledge on the subject as possible.

Hero’s are remembered but legends never die.

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....underground scanning? Scanning under the soil and using imagery software to determine what lays below the surface? As new technology emerges I’d imagine our ability to see what lies below does as well. .....

GPR is highly un-refined. Pixel sizes are an inch across at the absolute finest. Hence anything we look for (coins, rings, tabs, nails, etc...) is ... doh ... 1 pixel. Doing no good whatsoever for ID. Even larger objects that you'd *think* have shapes to be revealed (like a horse shoe, or a stirrup, etc...) are nothing but a messy blotch of pixels. You are not going to get a magical TV image of your object on a screen.

About the only thing they're good for, is finding outhouse pits, or tracing out foundations, etc....

Just geta 2-box unit (like a TM 808) if large boxes/caches are what you're after.
 
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The earliest mention of this legend I found on the internet is a (still online) angelfire CT community webpage from 2000 and refers to Marteen's treasure as "The Santa Barbara".

http://www.angelfire.com/ct3/unsolvedct/othercases.html


Another treasure legend in your area is mentioned at the bottom of the article :)

Excellent piece of material thank you, I wasn’t aware it was also referred to as “the Santa Barbara”. You’ve unlocked a door.
 

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Ruches had died many years ago. The stones are where the treasure is. Find the stones, and you will find the treasure. Remember, I also looking to recover this treasure. Good hunting and good luck.
 

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I believe, if the legend is true, I have located two Marteen burial sites. Getting it out is a real problem. I did some pretty extensive research, and I have historical aerial photos, documents and 100 pages outlining my research. I've known this since 1992, and much like Anthony Ruches, I simply couldn't get it out. It is buried deep, just before King Philips War erupted. After all but 20 piratess were massacred they were unable to dig up their main cache. They had smaller caches and perhaps came back for more, but they didn't dig up the main cache and another that was buried deep. This is apparent to me, by the condition of the site today. It is really an amazing story, I just never could figure out what to do with it. It will never be removed clandestinely. In the case of the main cache, you would have to buy a piece of property and the smaller cache of 5 chests would require state involvement. I'm almost 72 now and I still don't know what to do with it. The money became secondary to me long ago, but I 'd love to know if I was right
 

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Great story! I believe there is another about Revolutionary War loot stolen and buried around Granby.
 

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The story about the 13 wagons load of gold coins is total untrue started by a little old lady to a newspaper.
 

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M. Brian, what is the latest news of your research? Maybe we will run into each other. Good luck and good hunting.
 

Honest Samuel

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NO, There is a author out west who books are full of manure. No coins which I am willing to pay two thousands not for the coins but pictures for over twenty years, no takers including the author.
 

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Ruche claimed to have removed the stones and he probably did remove most of them, but I believe this could be one of them. It's in the right area , relative to other clues.
 
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Any update on this one? I just started digging in and would love to help anyone out who's looking.

@amgrunt69 are you still looking?

Seems the stones were "confirmed" by a New York State archaeologist. Anyone know anything about who this might be? Or maybe what year Ruches may have taken the stones into the university?
 

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C,mon man,let the man be and look for his treasure,he might find it I hope he does and if you do Samuel there knows some good advice on what to do.
 

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Ruche claimed to have removed the stones and he probably did remove most of them, but I believe this could be one of them. It's in the right area , relative to other clues.
Did you uncover the treasure? Did you give up? Are you still looking? I've recently begun my hunt for it.
 

Lucky Charms

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Any update on this one? I just started digging in and would love to help anyone out who's looking.

@amgrunt69 are you still looking?

Seems the stones were "confirmed" by a New York State archaeologist. Anyone know anything about who this might be? Or maybe what year Ruches may have taken the stones into the university?
Are you still looking? I started by trying to piece together two timelines. One following the treasure, and one following the treasure hunters. There are a few things that make the story difficult to believe. For one, I cannot find any information on Ruches or Nelson, other than what is stated in the very few articles about the treasure, most of which look like poorly made copies of each other. Another reason for concern in my opinion is the lack of the existence of the stones mentioned by Ruches. One article claimed they were sent to an archeologist from the University of New York, another claiming they were sent to the Treasure Trove Club, also in New York. Where are the stones now? In New York? In the custody of Ruches' living relatives? Do we even know of his relatives or any other member of his bloodline having existed? I'm extremely interested in the story, and the gold of course, but I want to find more answers before I spend hours searching in the summer heat.
 

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