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In 1966 True Treasure magazine started publication as a bi-monthly and was soon joined by Treasure World magazine, also a bi-monthly published on alternate months. In December 1975 these two magazines were joined and re-named Lost Treasure magazine.

Over the years three other magazines, Rockhound, Treasure Facts and Treasure Cache were added to the publishing family. Of these six magazines only Treasure Cache/Treasure Facts and Lost Treasure are currently being published.

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Amazing Treasure Ship Of The California Desert

By Al Masters
From page 11 of the February, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Somewhere in the rugged desert wasteland of Imperial County in southern California lies the long-dead skeleton of an old Spanish galleon, its sun-bleached timbers jealously guarding its million dollar fortune in fabulous pearls.

For over thr... (3748 Total Words)

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America: The Good Neighbor

By Lost Treasure
From page 10 of the December, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congress... (536 Total Words)

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America's Eagles

By Andy Maslowski
From page 8 of the November, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold coins, sculpted from Mother Natures precious yellow metal, are arguably the most beautiful, mass-produced creations of humans. Yet the gold for every kind of gold coin comes from a different place. Like the coin it becomes, the source gold ha... (2024 Total Words)

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Amiethyst And Ghost Towns

By Sally A. Perkins
From page 69 of the October, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Creede, Colorado, is the spot for the rockhound and ghost town enthusiast. For the rock collector, the area offers the promise of amethyst. And for the ghost town fan, Creede is surrounded by several old western ghost towns.

In fact, the mo... (601 Total Words)
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An Agate Tour Of Minnesota

By Dois Van Buskirk
From page 28 of the December, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Agates, agates, agates! Eyes open or shut, after seven days of intensive hunting in Minnesota, all I see are agates. Awake or asleep, its agates plain ones, banded ones, brown ones, white ones, coral ones, clear ones agates!
We had scoured mag... (1830 Total Words)

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An Age Old Question: Could I Make It As A Pro?

By Michael Fay
From page 54 of the November, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

So you think you’re a pretty good detector swinger? You’ve really impressed the spouse and kids with the old coins, gold rings, and weird keys that look like they fit some medieval dungeon door. How do you think your finds will fare wh... (1963 Total Words)

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An Apache Sharps Rifle And A Couple Of Mexican Silver Dollars

By Ron Couch
From page 21 of the December, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Tom Vances article&#44 Outlaw Treasure in Lost City in the August 2006 issue of Lost Treasure brought to mind two up close and personal experiences I had with historical artifacts in 1987.

I had just moved to a small mountain town in c... (1043 Total Words)

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An Electronic Gold Rush In the United States

By Eugene R. Anderson
From page 49 of the August, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Based on the long-profitable history of gold mining in the United States, and the large number of nuggets still being found, I believe the potential for a 1991 electronic gold rush is as good as the potential that started the gold rush in Californ... (1821 Total Words)

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An Exciting Hobby - And A Healthy One

By F. David Rolf
From page 62 of the August, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In today’s world, where we live from day to day, one of the most popular uses of our spare time is sitting in a comfortable chair with our eyes glued to a television screen.
We may not even enjoy what we are watching, but are in such a ha... (964 Total Words)

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An Introduction To Sanborn Maps For the Treasure Hunter

By Russell W. Balbirona
From page 19 of the January, 2012 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I was momentarily slack jawed and enraptured in fascination with the wealth of information at my fingertips. I couldn’t help but imagine the treasure that most assuredly lay in wait. Visions of trade tokens, silver and, dare I say, gold coin... (1399 Total Words)

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An Ocean Pioneer

By John Christopher Fine
From page 32 of the June, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I vividly remember the day Bob called on the VHF radio, trying to keep his voice calm. Taffi, you may want to meet us at the dock with a couple of reporters. When Bob pulled his boat Pandion up to the dock, he could barely contain his excitement, Taf... (1497 Total Words)
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An Old Detector

By Tom Vance
From page 56 of the January, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunter Roger Heaton of Strong City, Kansas, has something to sell. According to his letter, mailed from Topeka in July of this year, he found an old detector in a barn. But, let Roger tell you about it and what he has in mind.He said, &ld... (1238 Total Words)

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An Overlooked Treasure Campaign Collectibles

By Les Beitz
From page 26 of the May, 1970 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the past twenty odd years, a relatively small but spirited group of buffs have been knee-deep in a fascinating byroad of collecting generally termed Political Americana. These fellowsand many ladies, toohave been diligent seekers of anythin... (1161 Total Words)

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An Uncommon Opportunity for Civil War Relic Hunters

By Jay Pastor
From page 32 of the April, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunters have a unique opportunity to search dozens of Civil War battle sites without interference. Many communities think that living people are more important than undeveloped real estate.And they haven’t the money or interest to f... (977 Total Words)

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An Unforgettable Treasure Quest

By Robert Luna
From page 8 of the March, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I opened my e-mail and was very excited at having been declared the winner of an all expense paid trip to one of the USA’s most incredible treasure troves - the Tesoro del Alma Treasure (TDA-6). I would go along with expedition members as an... (2515 Total Words)

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An Unforgettable Treasure Quest

By Robert Luna
From page 8 of the March, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I opened my e-mail and was very excited at having been declared the winner of an all expense paid trip to one of the USA’s most incredible treasure troves - the Tesoro del Alma Treasure (TDA-6). I would go along with expedition members as an... (2515 Total Words)

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An Unlikely Treasure Found

By William Walker
From page 18 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasures come in different forms, sizes, and shapes, and they don’t necessarily have to be gold coins.
Here is an interesting story of a very unusual discovery with a most fascinating history. 
As a teen in Knoxville, Tennessee, ... (1044 Total Words)

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An Update On Spanish Placers

By James E. Mulkey
From page 12 of the March, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold was first discovered in California in 1778 by the Spanish at what’s now known as the “Potholes District.” Bicuner Mission was built near those diggings, a site which now lies beneath the waters of the All-American Canal. The Potholes ar... (1485 Total Words)

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Anchor Electronics Barracuda

By Andy Sabisch
From page 44 of the August, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Anchor Electronics is a name only a few treasure hunters would recognize as a metal detector manufacturer. However, based on the quality and performance of its first detector, this will definitely change over the next few months.

Jim Pugh, ... (1480 Total Words)
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Ancient Coins

By Roy Decker
From page 51 of the September, 2002 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 Few treasure hunters in the United States seek anything older than the time of Columbus; most look for coins and relics of the Colonial or Civil War period. According to the accepted view of history, there is nothing older here to find, with... (3103 Total Words)

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Ancient Gold Coins: Search Inland Near Old Mints

By Pat Hughes
From page 29 of the May, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold coins...ancient gold coins. The glint of that metal draws more to treasure seeking than any other metal.The chemical symbol for gold is AU and comes from the Latin word aurum, meaning shining dawn. The thrill of finding even one of these anci... (1386 Total Words)

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Ancient La Salle Ship Located Using High-tech Metal Detectors

By Gary Brown
From page 44 of the November, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the Gulf of Mexico waters off the Texas coast, in an inlet referred to as Matagorda Bay, a very dry piece of land 12 feet below sea level is slowly yielding some 300-year-old archaeological treasures. The excavation site is in itself an enginee... (1165 Total Words)

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Ancient Rivers of Gold in California

By Pat Hughes
From page 61 of the November, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Gold is a heavy metal and seldom moves very far from where it formed. However, there is a natural force in the world that can move gold - running water. Over time, gold tends to move the way water travels, and it can travel far from the place whe... (912 Total Words)

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Ancient Silver Chalice: Two Methods Equal One Great Find

By William Davids
From page 46 of the December, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was o-dark-thirty when I forced myself out of bed and thought, "I hope this will be a good day." While drinking coffee, an idea popped up about today’s beach hunt. Instead of working grid style while metal detecting an area of t... (832 Total Words)

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And A Child Shall Lead Them

By James E. Mulkey
From page 41 of the November, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The most serious threat to early-day prospectors in Arizona were marauding Apaches who caused many a miner to abandon his diggings. However, one extraordinary prospector, Major Abraham Peeples, made friends with and gained the confidence of a young A... (1386 Total Words)
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Andre Hinds

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 29 of the September, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Editor, Lost Treasure, Treasure Cache magazines, an asset to the industry
Andr Hinds leans back, places his feet on his desk, pulls the red pencil from over his ear, takes a sip of his favorite beverage and shuffles the pages of a manuscript r... (1596 Total Words)

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Angkor Thom

By Pat Hughes
From page 44 of the September, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There is a lost treasure to be found in the Cambodian jungle. The ancient lost city of Angkor, one of the richest Asian lost cities ever known was only rediscovered in 1860, by a French Naturalist, Henri Mouhot. He was looking for plants and anima... (1446 Total Words)

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Angles Still Live

By John Minges
From page 15 of the September, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
After the devastating attack in New York on Sept. 11??, and the fall of the twin towers, another building occupied by Bank of Nova Scotia, i.e.: Scotiabank at 4 World Trade Center, was likewise reduced to mostly rubble.


Deep below the r... (737 Total Words)
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Ankle Deep In Nuggets

By B.G. Revis
From page 64 of the December, 1998 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Cursed Canyon of Gold
The weather was so miserable and visibility so poor that he had to pack his camp with him wherever he went to keep from becoming separated from it. For weeks on end he climbed up one steep slope laden with heavy timber an... (2364 Total Words)

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Annie S Keg Of Gold

By Jason Roberts
From page 27 of the January, 2003 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the American Civil War, blockade running was a high-risk business with big rewards. Merchants, investors, and blockade runners crews often got rich or lost everything in their efforts to supply the dying Confederate States of America with the n... (1240 Total Words)

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Anniversary Gold

By Mike Brown
From page 24 of the August, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I have been a history enthusiast, treasure/relic hunter, and prospector since I was a boy following my father around battlefields, lost settlements, and the wilds of Alaska. Being from Florida, I remember the news of Spanish treasure found in the ... (2595 Total Words)

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Another Area Lost To Relic Hunting

By Jim Kerns
From page 40 of the July, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Well what a experience! I read a nice article on a Tennessee Civil War site in Bean Station, about a two hour drive from my home.
Early one morning I set out for the site located along state route IIW. The site is now part of Cherokee Lake, a ... (1860 Total Words)

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Another Chapter Of....lenny's Luck!

By Robert Swavely
From page 10 of the July, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I realize I am a lucky guy to have an old school buddy as a metal detecting partner. My old-time friend whose nickname is Lenny and I are recently retired from a lifetime of labor. Lenny got me interested in detecting back in 1964 when I was discharg... (837 Total Words)
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Another Iron Door

By David J. Mosteller
From page 64 of the February, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I was a student at Western New Mexico University, in Silver City, I became good friends with Jose Trujillo. He told me that he had seen an iron door in a cliffside when he was a child and wanted someone to help him relocate it.

On a me... (243 Total Words)

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Another Kind Of Treasure - The People You Meet

By Murray Schneider
From page 62 of the March, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunting is a great sport - a hobby one can be proud of, a vocation that can make you rich or keep you poor, an enterprise in which, once engaged, you’re sure to find many treasures: jewelry, coins, gold and silver trinkets, many str... (776 Total Words)

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Another Lost Dutchman Mine

By John Townley
From page 27 of the January, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The royal Spanish governor wore a brutal smile as he sat on his horse and watched the file of pack mules and drovers begin their descent into the narrow dry wash. When the train moved opposite to his ambush position, he raised the pennon on his la... (2016 Total Words)

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Another Secret Revealed!

By Dorian Cook
From page 51 of the April, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

l am writing the column this month while sitting in a rustic, but modern log cabin called Tanglewood located on a ridge in beautiful and historic Wears Valley, Tennessee. Looking out the big double window, I see one of the Great Smokey Mountains p... (1964 Total Words)

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Another Shot Of Gasparilla

By Bob Bass
From page 14 of the December, 1999 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Pirate Treasure of Jos Gasper
American newspapers carried many tales of piratical destruction such as the tale of Miss Lucretia Parker who was captured and held prisoner on Captiva Island, Fla., where Gasparilla had a prison for women capt... (2062 Total Words)

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Another Visit To Lonely Butte

By James R Mitchell
From page 19 of the October, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the first rockhound trips that I ever went on was to Lonely Butte near Boron, California. I had read about the location and decided it would he a good place to visit. I can still recall camping in this desolate, but beautiful, portion of th... (1126 Total Words)

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Antique Bottle Collector Finds Abundant Treasure In Old Dumping Grounds

By Johnnie Fletcher
From page 25 of the December, 1980 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

 After a long, cold winter I was more than ready to pursue my favorite past-time, digging for antique bottles. Finally, near the end of March, the weather took a turn for the better so I took a day off. I loaded my Suburban with my digging to... (1467 Total Words)

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Antique Hand Held Mirrors - A Valuable Find For the Treasure Hunter

By Maria Da Silva
From page 27 of the April, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The woman sits at her dressing table, the morning sun spilling like golden milk upon her long hair as she painstakingly brushes its out.
When at last it glistens, she pulls it into a bun and pins it in place.
Her hands reach for an ornate si... (744 Total Words)

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Any Approach Will Do!

By John H. Murrell
From page 38 of the July, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

There are only three basic ways one can find treasure and that is to stumble across it, have somebody show you or tell you where it is, or follow clues (leads) to where you think it should be; maybe you'll luck out with a recovery, but more often ... (1344 Total Words)

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Apache Gold!

By James E. Mulkey
From page 14 of the August, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the late 1800s, an aging Tonto Apache warrior paid a debt of gratitude to an Arizona rancher by leading him to the richest mine in the world. That rancher, Jose Alvarado, owned a cattle ranch in the Gila River Valley near Palomas.

During... (1365 Total Words)

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Apache Tears Near Superior Arizona

By James R Mitchell
From page 28 of the August, 1980 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1980 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The area in and around Superior, Ariz. has long been famous as a highly mineralized location. Silver and copper have been its prime claim to fame but, to the rockhound, a little hill on the west side of town is just about as renowned. It is a moun... (1246 Total Words)

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Apple Tree Cache

By Peter Cade
From page 52 of the February, 1969 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1969 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Last year, a gale in Kaunas, Lithuania, blew over an apple tree and revealed a small treasure of gold coins at its base; the coins were found by a group of children on their way to school after the storm. Among the gold coins were some minted in t... (208 Total Words)

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Apples Of Gold

By Pat Kerr
From page 25 of the January, 2007 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The first time I handled gold ore I was seriously disappointed. The metal of legends was in such minute particles that it was not visible to the human eye. Leaching in a cyanide solution, then recovering it from the solution, recovered its wealth.... (1771 Total Words)

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Applying History To Hunting

By Dean Adams
From page 19 of the April, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Southern Colorado is rich in history. The Santa Fe Trail ran along the Arkansas River. Bent's Fort was established to trade with the Indians, and Kit Carson lived in the area during his later years.

Doug Cohn and I took a weekend to drive t... (791 Total Words)

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Archaeology and Metal Detecting

By James E. Mulkey
From page 32 of the November, 2003 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2003 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

At one time or another, you’ve probably dreamed of going on an archaeological expedition where you can use a metal detector. It’s a dream that can easily become a reality whether you choose to stay within the United States or visit an ... (1098 Total Words)

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Archives

By Seth Deckard, Webmaster
From page 7 of the November, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Any treasure hunter will tell you that research is key to finding treasure; unfortunately, research resources are scarce and often difficult to use. However, what would you say if I told you the most powerful and comprehensive researching tool is ... (524 Total Words)

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Are Accessories Really Worth The Cost?

By Andy Sabisch
From page 36 of the December, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A title such as this might seem a bit odd for a column in a magazine filled with advertisements for all sorts of equipment, but once you read this months column, hopefully it will make a bit more sense.

Many treasure hunters spend hours and ... (1728 Total Words)

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