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Monday, September 25, 2006

The Adventurer's Club

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to post a quick note on a new project I've been working on. I'm starting an internet portal for treasure hunters, prospectors, armchair archeologists(and regular archeologists), and anyone interested in exploration lost civilizations, cryptozoology, and related topics. For starters, I will have a newsletter that should be available sometime tomorow.From there I will have the full site ready in a week or two. On the website, I am planning treasure hunting legends and stories, pictures, research that I or interested others have done that can be followed up on....A full range of resources for interested parties.I am also going to try to do some interviews with the "movers and shakers" in the treasure hunting world. Keep checking back for more information, and please let me know if there is anything specific you would like to see.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Yamashita Treasure

In a previous article, I mentioned the yamashita treasure in the Philipines.I decided to give a little history.From Wikipedia:

Yamashita's gold

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Yamashita's gold is the name given to loot worth billions of dollars stolen from East and Southeast Asia by Japanese forces during World War II and hidden in the Philippines,

The treasure trove takes its name from General Yamashita Tomoyuki, who assumed command of Japanese forces in the Philippines in 1944. The "gold"includes many different kinds of valuables looted from banks,depositories, mosques, temples, churches, shops, museums and privatehomes. It was intended that loot from South East Asia would finance Japan's war effort. Most of the loot was first shipped to the port of Singapore, where it was then relayed to the Philippines. From the Philippines, it was intended that the treasure would be shipped to the Japanese home islands.

As the Pacific War progressed, Alliedsubmarines and aircraft took a heavy toll on Japan's shipping. Someships carrying loot to Japan were sunk. The Japanese military began tohide the loot in caves and underground complexes throughout thePhilippines, hoping to recover it after the war was over. Many of thosewho knew the locations of the loot were either executed or incarceratedfor war crimes, including Yamashita. Thus, the whereabouts of the treasure locations were lost. Many years later, Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcoslocated some of the treasure and obtained part of his personal fortunefrom it. His recoveries are known as the "Marcos gold". In 1995,Philippine government agents’ recovered two tones of platinum with avalue of US$480 million, part of the hoard and aside from these finds,others finds are not openly documented sufficiently.

Roger Roxas, a treasure hunter from Baguio City found numerous goldbars along with a Golden Buddha with a detachable head. The inside ofthe Buddha body was filled with gems and other artefacts of value.Roxas was a locksmith and for three years searched for a hiddenunderground trove, which he eventually found. Unfortunately news of thefind reached President Marcos who was aware of the existence ofYamashita's treasure and his military staff forcibly took the recoveredtreasure, away from Roxas.

When the gold was buried, it was done in anticipation that theAmericans may defeat the Japanese and the underground vaults, tunnel,and entrances were booby trapped with gas, explosives and with water.The water traps were created by digging 300 - 350 feet underground inthe dry months, at which time the water table was at its lowest.

A 30 year research and study by Robert Szatmary, the leadingauthority and historian on Yamashita Treasure Gold bullion and recoveryeliminates doubt about the reality of the Yamashita treasure.

The legal case of ROGER ROXAS and THE GOLDEN BUDDHA CORPORATION, v.FERDINAND E. MARCOS and IMELDA MARCOS, heard in Hawaii is a legal claimfor payment of Yamashita Treasure Gold, stolen by Ferdinand Marcos fromRoger Roxas, a locksmith from Baguio City, who was a treasure hunterthat found that trove of Yamashita Gold in underground tunnels in theMountain Provinces of Luzon. The trove included gold bars, a GoldenBuddha statue with a detachable head filled with precious stones, andother precious objects (pictures are known to exist showing Roxas withthe original Buddha). Prolonged legal actions of the highest ordercaused various Hawaiian court rulings proving that the Yamashitatreasure Gold recovered by Roxas, entitled him to a major share of theproceeds. The litigation exposed the vulnerability of treasure hunterswho find Yamashita’s Gold. The treasure hunter of past was almostpowerless in opposing the Philippines Government should it ordersurrender of discovered Yamashita Gold and treasure, to it.

Even today, a lot of Filipinos still believe in the veracity of theexistence of Yamashita's treasure. Old people relate stories about theJapanese Imperial Army systematically killing those (includingrelations and friends) who tunnelled to bury the treasure and keep itslocations secret.

The Philippine Government have laws are in place clarifying theprofit sharing arrangements, relating to recovered Yamashita Treasure.The laws also set out the treasure hunters obligations, the method ofsharing the proceeds showing that the "urban legend" proponents, areill informed.

Profit Sharing Laws of the Republic of the Philippines

Department of Environment and Natural Resources - ADMINISTRATIVEORDER No. 2004 – 33, Amendments to Department of Environment andNatural Resources Administrative Order No. 2002-04, Otherwise Known asthe “Rules and Regulations Governing the Issuance of Permits forTreasure Hunting, Shipwreck/Sunken Vessel Recovery and Disposition ofRecovered Treasures/Valuable Cargoes, Including Hoarded HiddenTreasures”. Section 14 (Sharing) offers the following benefits fortreasure recovery :

After an audited report of expenses has been evaluated and approvedby the Oversight Committee, the sharing of the net proceeds shall be asfollows:

a).For Treasure Hunting within Public Lands – Seventy-five percent(75%) to the Government and twenty-five (25%) to the Permit Holder;

b).For Treasure Hunting in Private Lands – Thirty Percent (30%) tothe Government and Seventy Percent (70%) to be shared by the PermitHolder and the landowner; and

c).For Shipwreck/Sunken Vessel Recovery – Fifty percent (50%) to the Government and Fifty percent (50%) to the Permit Holder.”

Conclusion: It follows that an actual legal case exists in whichpayments were ordered, for the benefit of treasure hunters and that thepayment orders were based on facts before the court, proving theexistence and recovery of stolen treasure gold and;

The Philippine Government has enacted laws protecting its interestin recovered Yamashita treasure gold and laws are not created tosupport fictional possibilities, but genuine circumstances.

The Roxas case, proves that Marcos did recover a portion of theYamashita Gold, however there were 172 different sites throughout thePhilippines where the Japanese Army hid their stolen treasures. Many ofthese locations were existing wartime bunkers and therefore, littleengineering effort was required to create secret underground goldhiding places. Other locations were constructed by the Japanesesoldiers and Philippines nationals, many of whom were entombed toensure secrecy.

Alarmed Officials in the Philipines

Alarm over treasure hunting in Lake Maughan (Sun Star)

I have to admit, as much as I feel for the concerned people, I am more curious about if this group is really after the Yamashita cache(and if they might actually find it)

OFFICIALS of T'boli town in South Cotabato are expressing alarm over the reported presence of an armed group, believed to be treasure hunters, near crater-lake Holon (formerly Lake Maughan).

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Warrior discovered 3 millenia later

Grave of 3000-Year-Old Warrior Holding a Sword Discovered in Gilan - Payvand

I have to wonder who he was? what was his life like? These questions are what I find most interesting in learning about ancient cultures.

Grave of 3000-Year-Old Warrior Holding a Sword Discovered in Gilan
Payvand,?Iran?- 1 hour ago
... According to Mohammad Reza Khalatbari, head of archeology team in Talesh, the remains of a large number of skeletons who were buried along with their swords ...

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Late Era Roman Villa

Late- Roman Villa Unearthed In Ancient City Of Laodiceia - Turkish Press

I am costantly amazed at how much is still being uncovered. There is a whole world out there waiting to be explored. I, for one, am looking forward to getting out there.

Late- Roman Villa Unearthed In Ancient City Of Laodiceia
Turkish Press, MI - 7 hours ago
Also the head of the Archeology Department of Pamukkale University, Simsek indicated that the villa was unearthed near a railway on the southern part of the ...

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

My Lens

I wanted to mention again that I have started a lens on squidoo. Go to to check it out.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Now this makes me happy!

Zeugma Mosaics Displayed via Internet (Zaman Online)

Now I can save money on airfare. I love archeology museaums.

Be sure to check out the website listed in the article.

The artifacts on display at Gaziantep Archeology Museum, home to the world’s second largest mosaic collection, are now available for viewing on the museum’s web site at

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Isreali Archeology

Dig shows Ramat Rahel was once major royal Judean site - Jerusalem Post

Here is some news from a dig near Jerusalem.

Dig shows Ramat Rahel was once major royal Judean site
Jerusalem Post, Israel - 7 hours ago
... Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog, who visited the site on Monday, said the findings were among "the rarest and most important presented by Israeli archeology. ...

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Interesting write upon wreck diving in Nova Scotia

Treasure hunt or modern-day pirates? - Global National

I thought this was interesting..I'm planning on following this expedition and I'll write again about what, if anything, they find. I also liked the mention of the investment firm that is bankrolling the project. It goes to show how wide a range this "hobby" can have, from backyard outings with metal detectors to multi million dollar expeditions with very high tech gear.

Treasure hunt or modern-day pirates?
Global National, Canada - 7 hours ago
... from shipwrecks for profit, " said John W. Chisholm, a documentary film-maker who is lobbying the Nova Scotia government to ban for-profit treasure hunting. ...

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Treasure hunting in Fowlers Bluff

Treasure hunting in Fowlers Bluff (Chiefland Citizen)

For more than a century, men with treasure fever in their blood have attempted to find buried pirate treasure along the river banks at Fowlers Bluff.

Here is a fun little article.

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Homo Floresiensis theory disproved

‘Hobbit’ was a disabled caveman (Times Online)

THE remains of a fossilised stone age pygmy, hailed as a new species of human when it was found two years ago, probably belonged to a disabled but otherwise normal caveman, researchers have claimed.

I am always interested in reading about conventional archeology, and this caught my eye because I was just discussing these "hobbits" with a friend recently.

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