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Brief History:

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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Tom Kelly And The Wreck Of The 1715 Treasure Fleet

By Tom Vance
From page 46 of the January, 2005 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While the crucifix found by Tom Kelly may date back to the 1500s it possibly came from the more important Spanish shipwreck of 1715, known to have occurred offshore of the beach where Tom found his silver cross.

Treasure hunter, Tom Kelly l... (2063 Total Words)

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Tom Vance...veteran Treasure Writer Tells Alls

By Rice Rich
From page 18 of the October, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Occasionally, a writer comes away from doing a personal interview fully satisfied that he has done his craft proud. Such was the case when I recently interviewed well known treasure writer and authority Tom Vance. He answered all my questions and ... (2051 Total Words)

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Tombstone Bill's Missing Gold

By Richard Allen
From page 9 of the December, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Not too many people have heard of Tombstone Bill hes not a legend like the Dutchman. However, his mason jar of gold nuggets and a small hoard of pigeon blood rubies do exist near an old abandoned mine shaft with an iron door near the old ghost tow... (1444 Total Words)

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Tombstone Treasures

By D. Van Atchley
From page 12 of the August, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Tombstone, Arizona, famed silver camp, home to the Clantons and Earps and the OK Corral, was wild and wooly, and a treasure hunters dream with legends of lost mines and outlaw treasure, plus plenty of ghost towns.

One of these outlaw treasur... (1847 Total Words)

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Tommy's Treasure Hunt

By Douglas Scott
From page 38 of the November, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Tommy could hardly sleep. Tomorrow he would be on the beach hunting for long lost pirate treasure. His parents had rented a beach house for their vacation. They arrived very late in the evening, so he would have to wait until the morning to start ... (1476 Total Words)

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Tom's Baby

By John Minges
From page 64 of the June, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The mystery of discovery often takes many twists and turns.
The truth is not always self-evident, especially when it comes to things of great value.
As tales are told and handed down from generation to generation, you have to imagine that at... (523 Total Words)

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Tongues Will Wag

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 62 of the January, 2000 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Treasure of Ekahni Great Fire Spirit
Wrapped in a shroud of fog, Neahkahnie Mountain hunches its shoulders in resistance against a howling Pacific storm. Halfway up its south slope a small group of exhausted men hunker behind an outcrop o... (1883 Total Words)

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Too Good To Be True

By Randy Gerylo
From page 28 of the November, 1997 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Have you ever come across a site that looked too good to be true, but also so obvious that you thought that it wasn't "I wonder if any detectorists have been there," but "How many?"

Well, a lot of the time this is true and you find only a f... (468 Total Words)

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Too Late For Treasure Hunting....Or Is It?

By Dorian Cook
From page 49 of the October, 1991 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1991 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A would-be treasure hunter writes expressing his deep regret that by the time he discovered Lost Treasure Magazine and became interested in treasure hunting, it was too late. It seems that the doctors have given him just six months to live due to ... (1963 Total Words)

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Too Much Gold

By Vern Hammond
From page 23 of the June, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost gold mine stories have been known to have their start in some odd places. This one started in the lobby of the old Travelers Hotel in Sacramento about 50 years ago.

Nelson McCormick, from the little mining village of Forest Hill, Calif... (788 Total Words)

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Tools For Modern Research

By Thomas M. Purzycki
From page 64 of the April, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Modern Detectors:

The modern metal detectorist has a lot of advantages over his predecessors. He now has a vast array of detectors to choose from and each of them, no matter what brand, is much more powerful than the detectors of old.

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Tools of the Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 27 of the March, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A question that comes up on a regular basis from readers of Lost Treasure is "Where can I search?" With several states and local communities enacting restrictions on where a metal detector can be used in recent months, I felt it would be... (1545 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the May, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A small cloud of dust coming from over the next ridge caught my eye. I pulled off my detecting headphones and listened. A faint, but continuous hum, almost like the whirl of a chainsaw, floated on the still air. My curiosity got the better of me a... (1811 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 27 of the April, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hopefully this year's hunts have been a success in terms of the number of "keepers" you've found. I'd like to think that many of the articles in Lost Treasure - including some of my columns - have helped you make this year yo... (1867 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 54 of the October, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

You’ve done some research and found out that a town 50 miles south of your home has a small public park that dates back to the 1870’s. Even if it’s been well hunted, you’re confident that, with your top-of-the-line detector... (1378 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 54 of the August, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
This years hunting season is about half over and hopefully youve been successful in your searches by putting some of the tips youve gleaned from Lost Treasure magazine and other sources to good use. Now that you have a pile of goodies to show for you... (1458 Total Words)
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Tools of the Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 54 of the November, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Over the years that I have been writing this column, I have found that questions seem to come in cycles. Often, I receive numerous questions on the same topic within a short period of time and then months or even years go by before I get another o... (1774 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 40 of the January, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Treasure hunting has received a great deal of positive publicity in recent years through newspaper and magazine articles and numerous television programs on the subject, as well as feature films, such as “National Treasure” and others.... (1584 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade

By Chris Gholson
From page 32 of the March, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What is it about Australia that captures the imagination of travelers both young and old? Is it the allure of scaling the rocky face of Ayers Rock, the chance of listening to a performance in Sydney’s famed Opera House, or maybe the thrill o... (1903 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 27 of the January, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The purpose of this months column is to respond to a number of questions that have come in over the past few months regarding readers wanting to be able to treat treasure hunting as a business and reap the potential benefits of doing so come tax time... (1611 Total Words)
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Tools of the Trade

By Chris Gholson
From page 47 of the July, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

So much ground to detect, and so little time, words I have muttered to myself many times when standing atop a mountain looking down at the valleys below. It is ironic that having so many places to prospect could be both a blessing and a curse.

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Tools of the Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 27 of the December, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 


I hate to date myself when I talk about how long I have been involved in treasure hunting, but suffice it to say that when I started swinging a detector silver coins were still being minted! Quite a lot has changed in that time - some for th... (1740 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the September, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the questions I get asked most frequently from new metal detector owners is “What type of coil should I use?” This is a great question, but a difficult one to answer, since there are many variables involved. Unfortunately, there... (1707 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 53 of the December, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Over the past few months we’ve covered the subjects of identifying, sorting, cleaning, appraising and, if desired, selling your finds. Based on the positive feedback I’ve received, it looks like that information was useful to a great m... (1847 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade

By Chris Gholson
From page 23 of the July, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Earlier this year, while conducting a field training session for new metal detector owners, I was asked by one of my students whether or not I still get excited when I dig a small nugget. This gentleman said that, since I had found so many pieces ove... (2123 Total Words)
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Tools of the Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 27 of the February, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you are like most detectorists, you probably anxiously await the new issue of Lost Treasure magazine every month and make a wish list as you look at all of the new detectors you see advertised throughout its pages.

You might also be ... (1661 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 50 of the September, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Several months of conducting research and interviewing residents of a small town more than 100 miles away over the phone has helped you locate a site that should be quite productive. You made plans to head out early on the following Saturday and pack... (1494 Total Words)
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Tools of the Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 27 of the December, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I hate to date myself when I talk about how long I have been involved in treasure hunting, but suffice it to say that when I started swinging a detector silver coins were still being minted! Quite a lot has changed in that time - some for the bett... (1739 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 27 of the April, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hopefully this year's hunts have been a success in terms of the number of "keepers" you've found. I'd like to think that many of the articles in Lost Treasure - including some of my columns - have helped you make this year yo... (1867 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade

By Chris Gholson
From page 12 of the November, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Placer gold (pronounced: pla-ser) can be defined as free gold that has eroded away from its original lode and has been deposited elsewhere by the forces of nature. The size of placer gold varies from microscopic dust up to large nuggets weighing s... (1882 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 27 of the December, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Over the years I have talked to literally 100s of treasure hunters who, in one way or another, complained that all of the really good stuff has been found and, other than a few stray pieces previous detectorists have overlooked, recently lost items a... (2056 Total Words)
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Tools Of The Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 55 of the December, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Over the years that I have been writing this column I have found that questions seem to come in cycles. Often, I receive numerous questions on the same topic within a short period of time and then months or even years go by before I get another one. ... (1870 Total Words)
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Tools of the Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 27 of the March, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A question that comes up on a regular basis from readers of Lost Treasure is "Where can I search?" With several states and local communities enacting restrictions on where a metal detector can be used in recent months, I felt it would be... (1546 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 52 of the May, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Before the title of this months column has you thinking about packing a sidearm and putting on a bulletproof vest, Im talking about an entirely different form of protection. Along with the increase in the number of treasure hunters in the field to... (1327 Total Words)
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Tools Of The Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 53 of the February, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The 2006 holiday season is in the books and many of you woke to find a new metal detector under the tree. For those that are just getting started in the hobby, Id like to take this opportunity to say, Welcome and it is for you that this months column... (1296 Total Words)
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Tools Of The Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 55 of the March, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
As we got closer I noticed he leaned his head out the window. A few moments later he turned to me and said, Are you serious? You cant beAre we really going to detect here? I couldnt help but laugh; he said the words almost as if my bringing him to... (1242 Total Words)
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Tools Of The Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 52 of the April, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The mail I receive seems to go in cycles. One question that reappears on a regular basis is along the lines of I just bought a new metal detector but cant seem to find what your magazine shows others have foundcan you help?

Over the pas... (1756 Total Words)
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Tools Of The Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 59 of the October, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Conducting an Archeological Dig

There are specific activities that we can all try to implement in our local area to achieve the goal of retaining our rights to hunt areas other than the backyard of our own home.
A perception h... (2097 Total Words)
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Tools Of The Trade

By Andy Sabisch
From page 52 of the June, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
With the cold winter weather fading into the past, many treasure hunters are looking forward to the opportunities that the warmer weather brings. For some it may mean searching wooded areas for old home sites, while others may start hunting parks and... (1434 Total Words)
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Tools of the Trade - Finding More Locally

By Andy Sabisch
From page 59 of the August, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The 2012 detecting season is upon us and we are all chomping at the bit to get out and make those finds that we dreamt about all winter.
Between the photos of finds on Internet forums or in treasure magazines, and what fellow club members recov... (2176 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - A Closer Look at Ground Balancing

By Chris Gholson
From page 56 of the November, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Let’s imagine that you have come across a nice looking stretch of ground in a gold-bearing area. The surface is blanketed with white quartz float, dark ironstone, and the soil has a distinct reddish tint. In fact, it looks so good you don’t wa... (1868 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - A Nugget Hunter Goes Coin Shooting

By Chris Gholson
From page 56 of the March, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Those of you who follow my articles on a regular basis are probably aware of my strong interest in electronic gold prospecting.
Nugget hunting has been a passion, or perhaps an obsession, of mine for the last 17 years. My infatuation for the ye... (2026 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - An Easy Technique to Find Productive Sites

By Andy Sabisch
From page 59 of the February, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Metal detector technology has improved immeasurably over the past 50 years or so and, even in the past few years, performance has continued to improve at the same time weight and prices have dropped.
Having been involved in metal detecting sinc... (2096 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Be Realistic In Setting Your Expectations

By Andy Sabisch
From page 56 of the June, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Seeing what others are finding has always been exciting and serves as a motivator to try and make similar finds.
The Internet has touched virtually every aspect of our lives in its short existence. It’s hard to reflect back to the time wh... (2043 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Cache Hunting Part 2

By Andy Sabisch
From page 47 of the August, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Well, based on the response to the first part of this primer on cache hunting, I can see there is a great deal of interest in this lesser-practiced, yet exciting form of treasure hunting. It seems that many of Lost Treasure magazine’s reader... (1879 Total Words)

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Tools Of The Trade - Cashing In On Finds!

By Andy Sabisch
From page 52 of the August, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Have you been keeping an eye on the impressive rise in precious metal prices over the past six months or so? Silver, gold and platinum have reached prices not seen in more than 25 years. When this column was penned (May 12, 2006), silver was selli... (1536 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Dealing with Trash: Tips for the Electronic Prospector

By Chris Gholson
From page 36 of the May, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the spring of 2009, I headed out for a weeklong prospecting expedition in far western Arizona. This region of the state is great country to explore with a metal detector, as there are miles upon miles of wide-open desert, most of which has the ... (1709 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Detecting Around Drywash Patches

By Chris Gholson
From page 44 of the March, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I can clearly remember the first time I encountered a drywashing patch while out prospecting in the desert north of Phoenix, Arizona. At that point, I was still just a teenager and a true greenhorn.
I had learned the basics from my father, but ... (2035 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Detecting for Specimen Gold

By Chris Gholson
From page 36 of the November, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the winter of 2010, I had the opportunity to spend the weekend in the field with a group of fellow Arizona prospectors. Most of the folks that had driven out for the hunt were predominantly beginners, however, several individuals were fairly kn... (1872 Total Words)

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Tools of the Trade - Digging Up History at Mine Run

By Chris Gholson
From page 56 of the January, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was a humid day and the shady spot I found near the forest’s edge was the perfect place to take a break.
From this vantage point I had a clear view of the grassy fields below. It was high ground and would have been a strategic spot to ... (1917 Total Words)

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