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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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Treasure Baron

By Reginald G. Sniff
From page 38 of the August, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A bold new detector is entering the metal detector field, which should make serious treasure hunters scram­bling to see its capabilities.

This new detector, named the Treasure Baron, is produced by Dis­covery Electronics. In busines... (2788 Total Words)

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Treasure Baron Gold Trax Detector

By Reg Sniff
From page 27 of the July, 1995 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1995 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Gold Trax detector from Discovery Electronics is one of the several detectors I have really enjoyed field testing.

One reason for my enjoyment is I have watched some of my recommendations (part of my wish list of what should be on the i... (1551 Total Words)

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Treasure Beach

By John Christopher Fine
From page 24 of the August, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

“We were staying in a motel. Our team was diving on the 1733 Spanish fleet that wrecked in a hurricane off Marathon. A family was told by the motel owner that we were treasure divers…”
The story began like many Bob Weller rec... (1604 Total Words)

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Treasure Bound On The South China Sea

By Jay Pastor
From page 59 of the September, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Whats the difference between an archaeologist and a treasure hunter? Mensun Bound feels that archaeologists are just more careful about how they extract their finds.

This opinion might seem irresponsible if Dr.Bound didnt happen to be both.... (1134 Total Words)

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Treasure Buddies Update

By Thomas M. Purzycki
From page 63 of the February, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
If you have signed up for the Lost Treasure Online Treasure Buddies listing up to November 99, then you have probably received a verification email from me.
Once every three to six months I send a verification email to all email addresses liste... (642 Total Words)
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Treasure Cache In Indiana

By Fred F. Hoback, Sr.
From page 23 of the January, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"Darling, you'll never have to worry," Jacob Cox assured his wife. "We got enough money from the land sale to take care of you and our daughter, even though she's sick, for the rest of our lives.

"I knew you'd worry about it while I was in ... (378 Total Words)

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Treasure Cache Tales And Ghost Towns

By Tom Vance
From page 58 of the February, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Richard Saxton wrote recently inquiring about buried caches or a train robbery that took place in the Spokane, Wash., area. As a long time subscriber, he was wondering about any additional information Lost Treasure and this column might be able t... (1283 Total Words)

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Treasure Caches Of The Zealots

By Gerry Erberich
From page 30 of the September, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In early 1952, a team of archaeologists was inspecting a wadi, or desert canyon, near the Dead Seas northwestern corner in Jordan. Their search had been prompted by the accidental discovery five years earlier of a cave that contained ancient bibli... (10904 Total Words)

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Treasure Canyon Vallecito's Golden Cache

By James Mccoy
From page 44 of the October, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A few years after the Butterfield Stage Line was discontinued, which was in 1861, a cattle rustler moved into the old abandoned stage station at Vallecito which is located in the harsh desert lands of Southern California. Not only was the man a ru... (2006 Total Words)

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Treasure Cave

By Roy Zeper
From page 36 of the February, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Ancient man entered caves for habitation, shelter and protection. Caves offered him security from harsh climates, fierce animals and hostile tribes which roamed the surface. More recently, they have provided a hiding place for mans prized possessions... (1060 Total Words)
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Treasure Cave At Pine Knott Crossing

By Ernest M. Harry
From page 32 of the April, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The late afternoon sun beamed down on the three men as they cleaned the few fish they had caught that oppressively hot summer day back in July of 1900, and the sweat poured as they continued their work. They were camped at Pine Knott Crossing on t... (1513 Total Words)

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Treasure Cave In The Argus Mountains

By Carlos Williams
From page 15 of the November, 1993 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the latter part of the 1920s, there were very few profitable ore claims left to be ob­tained in the southern part of Cali­fornia. In spite of that fact, many prospectors still explored remote ar­eas in the waterless wastes far f... (1305 Total Words)

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Treasure Cave Of Dungeon Rock

By Peter M. Hauer
From page 27 of the October, 1968 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1968 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

While tracing down information for a survey of caves in Massachusetts, I found myself in the peaceful Lynn Woods, not too far from the coastal city of Lynn, which is a few miles north of Boston.

The community is a thriving center of populat... (1036 Total Words)

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Treasure Chests Of The Future

By Donald M. Viles
From page 14 of the April, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For me there is yet to be the thrill and excitement of opening a treasure chest. I have found Old Spanish mines that have been hidden for centuries, and solved an ancient archaeologi­cal mystery. These adventures, dur­ing the course of rev... (626 Total Words)

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Treasure City At Your Fingertips

By Andre' Hinds
From page 7 of the September, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This month's editoral is writen by Andr Hinds in honor of our 33rd Anniversay here at Lost Treasure.Patsy

Nobody could ever accuse Long John Latham of lacking vision. In 1970, just a few years after starting the magazine youre reading now, ... (466 Total Words)

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Treasure City: The Last Capitol Of The Confederacy

By Dobber Malchi
From page 36 of the March, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One of the greatest mysteries of the Civil War remains unsolved to this day the Confederate Treasure. A sum valued at $500,000 in 1865 has vanished from historical record. The gold and silver coins in the missing treasure would be worth between $... (563 Total Words)

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Treasure Country Ranch - Arizona

By Long John Latham
From page 60 of the April, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

"There's a lost turquoise mine on the ranch," said the prospector, pointing higher into the Sierrita Mountains, "up there."

"We've been looking for that and a lost vein of gold," chimed in his partner. He looked back down the canyon. "An ol... (1465 Total Words)

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Treasure Diver

By Katherine Hatch
From page 44 of the March, 1972 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The first day Edward Lee Spence went out in Charleston Bay to dive to the Georgiana, he found it. The most powerful Confederate cruiser ever built, the ship had been lost for 50 years in just 30 feet of water. But Spence knew exactly where he was ... (841 Total Words)

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Treasure Encounters Of The Third Kind

By Dean Adams
From page 10 of the January, 2000 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2000 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Not counting beach and water hunters, I put metal detectorists into three categories. First, there are the recreational hunters which include coin shooters and competition and relic hunters. They hunt for fun and except for competition, hunt at a lei... (1044 Total Words)
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Treasure Everyone Knows

By C. H. Rosenthall
From page 16 of the December, 1966 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1966 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Its the kind of tale every youngster hears along about the time hes interested in cowboys and Indians, Red Rover and Jesse James. Its also the brand of popular folklore that no one ever quite forgets. Kate Sims and Joe White proved this. In doing ... (1858 Total Words)

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Treasure Fleet Lost And Forgotten

By George Burrows
From page 28 of the June, 1972 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1972 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 1644 the coinage of Spain was based on a silver standard backed by gol4. Almost all of Spains silver came from two towns in Peru Lima and Potosi. Potosi was a town built almost on top of a silver mine and its coinage was exclusively of this met... (2411 Total Words)

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Treasure for River Rats

By Dennis A. Gray
From page 30 of the December, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

How does over $200 sound for about nine hours of treasure hunting? Not too bad? Well, that is how much my last bottle-collecting trip netted, and you can do it, too.

Several times I had walked along Springfield Creek in Sarpy County, Nebras... (430 Total Words)

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Treasure From A 'Lost World'

By Charles W. Sasser
From page 44 of the December, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

As an amateur archaeologist, I set out by sea kayak to trace a route through a “Lost World” that the first human settlers to reach the North American continent must have traveled.
My goal was to explore caves for bones, tools and ot... (1242 Total Words)

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Treasure From Historic England's Fields

By Dean Adams
From page 36 of the September, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

For the average detectorist an opportunity to hunt virgin areas rich in really old artifacts comes once in a lifetime.

When the opportunity to join Jimmy Sierras 1993 South of En­gland metal detecting and sightseeing tour presented itse... (843 Total Words)

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Treasure From The Deep

By Eddie R. Defew
From page 22 of the October, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the early 70s, my good friend, Barry, went along with his father to Smithlands local fish market where he began to talk to a fisherman standing in line next to him. Where did you get that knife? he asked, looking down at the antler handle protr... (845 Total Words)

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Treasure From the Past

By Gerry Edwards
From page 24 of the October, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

I found myself checking my gear and disassembling my AGA mask to make sure it would work perfectly early in the morning. I always keep my gear coated with a good coat of silicon. Been a while since I was in the water doing Scuba.
My last trip t... (1477 Total Words)

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Treasure Garden's U.s. Treasure Database Computer Program

By Paul Casey
From page 38 of the July, 1992 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Personal computers have become nearly as commonplace as VCRs for home use and, with this rise in popularity, more and more treasure hunters currently have access to one. There is an ever-increasing number of companies that produce software program... (2224 Total Words)

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Treasure Haunted by Delaware's Headless Horseman

By Maria Da Silva
From page 36 of the April, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was the opening salvo of the American Revolution. In the late hours of December 16, 1773, 150 Boston patriots, thinly disguised as Indians, boarded the British merchantman Dartmouth and threw 342 chests of tea into the frigid Boston Harbor. Yea... (1951 Total Words)

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Treasure Headlines

By Lost Treasure
From page 65 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Seven workmen stumbled upon a cool $2.4 million in the trunk of an old car. This happened several years ago, but the outcome was only recently reported in the Chicago Sun-Times. The money was turned over to the FBI. Investigation revealed that it bel... (816 Total Words)
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Treasure Headlines

By True Treasure
From page 13 of the February, 1970 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1970 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
If you can locate the spot in Trinity County, California, where a certain two-pronged black oak charred by lightning stood in the fall of 1863, you may pick up the total stakes of an all-day sessions of horse-blanket poker played by an army patrol of... (353 Total Words)
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Treasure Hotel In Scottsbluff, Nebraska

By Carlos Williams
From page 30 of the February, 1994 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1994 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The period of westward migration in the United States saw thousands of hopeful citizens travel­ing across the Great Plains in search of land and opportunity. As more and more migrants journeyed to Cali­fornia, Washington, Oregon, the Rocky... (1536 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunt and Get Paid

By Ed Anderson
From page 8 of the February, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was a hot Summer day in 1954 as a platoon of Marines trudged down a dusty dirt road in Japan. The marines at the head of the column, which included myself, were operating a strange-looking device consisting of a rod, earphones and a large disk ... (723 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunt With History

By Charles W. Sasser
From page 24 of the October, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Beginning in the early 20th Century, large urban centers have been siphoning Americans off farms and ranches all across the land, leaving behind abandoned homesteads that gradually grow up and return to the earth. Such sites offer potentially... (1465 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunt With Kindness

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 32 of the February, 1997 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1997 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

It was Thanksgiving. I stood on the rain-soaked lawn staring at what had once been my home. Before me lay a dark mound of ash. The house had burned so hot and so completely there only remained charred lumps within the mound to remind me where room... (1505 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunter Finds 1904 Twenty Dollar Gold Piece

By Gerry Edwards
From page 38 of the November, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This past spring I got my wife, Lindi, a new Whites M-6 detector. Did I dare use it while she was at her shop slaving away? She would be furious that I got first use. Oh well, shed get over it.

Yep! The temptation to use Whites new detector... (690 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunter Finds 4.68-carat Diamond

By Shania Saylor
From page 41 of the January, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Richard Burke and his wife, Carol, of Flint, Michigan, visited Colorado recently where they went panning for gold and did some fossil hunting. The couple then decided to visit Arkansass Crater of Diamonds State Park which theyd read about it in a ... (840 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunter's University

By Mike "hawkeye" Pickett
From page 18 of the March, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The "Seven Cities of Cibola," is one of the oldest legends about "GOLD." (750 AD)

One legend tells of Seven Christian Bishops, fleeing from the Moors sailed across the "Sea of Darkness," to discover the "Seven Cities in Cibola." Another leg... (1237 Total Words)
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Treasure Hunter's University

By Mike "hawkeye" Pickett
From page 18 of the April, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
When anyone begins a new course of study, we are first given a historical background of the subject matter. An overview of how it relates to the material being presented. All legend treasure hunters, young and old, need to know the real history. We h... (1289 Total Words)
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Treasure Hunter's Quarter Million Dollar Payday...an Update

By Randall D. Bennett
From page 27 of the November, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What’s the difference between metal detecting in America and metal-detecting in Europe? How about 2,000 years?
Where we get excited finding coins from the mid-1800’s and early 1900’s, European treasure-hunters routinely find R... (1075 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunters--beware Of Those Desert Dangers

By Ben Townsend
From page 42 of the July, 1971 issue of Treasure World
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The sun-scorched desert region extending over southern Arizona, northwestern Mexico and most of Baja California containsand keeps hiddensome of the most valuable treasure troves in North America. But for the treasure seeker who enters it unprepare... (1675 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Then And Now

By Kenneth Hutton
From page 32 of the August, 2001 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2001 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Swinging a metal detector has been a hobby of mine for the last 38 years. This wonderful hobby has introduced me to many interesting people, places and things that I would have otherwise never known. Ive worn out several shoe soles. To my delight ... (1077 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Adventures With Howard Fisher

By James E. Mulkey
From page 29 of the January, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Howard Fisher is a full-time treasure hunter. Although born in a small town in Oklahoma, Howard was raised in Brawley, Calif. However, he spent 18 of the last 23 years in Alaska, prospecting and dredging for gold. During the off-season, when icy c... (1587 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Aids

By Rita Simon
From page 47 of the June, 1971 issue of True Treasure
Copyright © 1971 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The first step in finding anything is looking in the right place. But how do you find the right place to look? The science of archaeology has for many years enlisted the aid of aerial photography. Pictures taken from a balloon as early as 1909 rev... (962 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting And Archaeology

By Carl R. Cart Jr.
From page 51 of the December, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
To the average person, the very words treasure hunter and archaeologist might seem to be opposites, and many times the two do end up on opposing sides over many issues. Treasure hunters feel confined by too many laws, regulations, and restrictions on... (1450 Total Words)
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Treasure Hunting Assertions

By L. W. Rudley
From page 15 of the November, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This is not an actual treasure story per say, but more of a brief, informative narrative based on over 20 years of treasure hunting.
My father and I have traveled much of this country hunting treasures.
We investigated and hunted hundreds an... (1345 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting at the Beach

By James E. Mulkey
From page 28 of the June, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

When I was a kid growing up along the coast, beachcombing meant you were either a bum or a surfer who spent his time walking along the beach picking up driftwood and glass balls - Japanese fishing floats that could be sold to gift shops. Today, a ... (1369 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Begins Early On

By Michael Edwards, Ma, Ches
From page 21 of the January, 2004 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Some of the most exciting times I remember growing up in the piedmont area of North Carolina involved hunting for treasure. It was way before I learned that the area was near where the first gold rush in the USA took place. The areas around Gold H... (777 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Book Reviews

By Janet Warford-Perry
From page 52 of the February, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Mysteries of Tahoe
Lost Treasure
By Anthony Belli

This is the first book authored by Anthony Belli, a field editor for Lost Treasure.
Belli’s writing career came purely by accident after the former Oregon police chief retired foll... (731 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Code Of Ethics One By One

By R. Neil Simmons
From page 16 of the November, 1999 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1999 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In order for any profession or group to rise to the top of their field and remain there, the individuals involved must conform to standards of conduct that sets them at the, top of ethical behavior. Treasure hunters and detector users must abide b... (1512 Total Words)

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Treasure Hunting Dallas

By D. Van Atchley
From page 59 of the September, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the 1970’s, Dallas was a hot bed for treasure hunting. There were treasure hunters galore and lots of treasure hunting sites, many still there today. It was also home to professional treasure-hunting folks.
There was Ray Smith on Garla... (1329 Total Words)

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