Treasure Hunting can become an addiction. Just like being addicted to alcohol, sex or drugs; Treasure Hunting can itself become ones drug of choice. People have been known to forgo family and finances to pursue fantastic fortunes and more times than not, those fortunes are VAPOR! It is the pursuit of this vapor that is the real Treasure Hunters Disease!
Being a public figure and accessible through Social Media (just search your favorite Social Media outlet for “TreasureForce” and you will find us) one gets exposed to many different types of treasure hunters and the experience runs the gamut. Here are some of the different Treasure Hunting Types and ALL of these types can suffer from the particular Treasure Hunters Disease this article will be talking about. They are (in no particular order of importance):
1. The Recreationist: This is the hobby hunter that pursues the sport mainly for the adventure and being outside. As much enjoyment can come from the find as the actual hunt and being in the great outdoors.
2. The Intelligentsia: These are the treasure hunters (intentionally not capitalized here) that do their work only behind the computer or in online groups. Offer readily their opinions, but do not actually practice in the field (this meaning – literally in-the-field as in “outdoors”).
3. The Loreist: These treasure hunters engage mainly for the history and lore and can be the most passionate and are totally fine if they never make a recovery, they just love the pursuit.
4. The Artifact Recovery Agents: These are the practicing treasure hunters, locally focused on recoveries and engage for recoveries. Not as a business, but as a hobby or for supplemental income. They are about recovery and recovery is the payoff.
5. The Side-Line Coach: The are the treasure hunters who have engaged in the hunt, in the field, at some time in their career, but may not have an opportunity to continue hunts (usually due to their geographical locations) but have a passion for the hobby and love to share their ideas and techniques with others.
6. Professional Cacheologists: Simply out, the Treasure Hunter that makes their living pursing the sport and making recoveries. Hunting treasure pays the bills and is their career.
No, before I jump off into the common Treasure Hunters disease all of the above can suffer from, let me share some impressive treasure symbol finds. These symbols and markers were found in areas with KNOWN Lost Treasures and these image are very compelling.
Map after map and legend after legend speak of this fantastic carved Warrior and many have speculated as to what the eyes actually line up with in the distant horizon.
Even the native peoples from the area speak of the nature and wisdom of this stone face and how it may reveal vast secrets and others know it leads to mass riches of gold and possible ancient Aztec Artifacts known to of been brought to America.
Look at the amazing symmetry and details in this stone carving. They are impressive.
If you haven never been exposed to this known rock structure and if the story above was all the information you had on this structure, then you would be amazed and impressed. Rightly so! But you would be wrong. Dead wrong and suffering from a condition known as:
Pareidolia (// parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.
The word comes from the Greek words para (παρά, “beside, alongside, instead”) in this context meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of; and the noun eidōlon (εἴδωλον “image, form, shape”) the diminutive of eidos. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, seeing patterns in random data. To the right is the most well know photo of Pareidolia. The Mars viking Image know around the world.
So why am I laying all this out? No one is immune to mistaking an image, symbol or rock on the ground is REAL-AUTHENTIC and a TREASURE SYMBOL. In fact, some of us become so enamored with these images that we SWEAR and WILL BET OUR LIFE SAVINGS these are man made carved and excavated symbols, locations or images that we will spend our families life savings in pursuit of the treasure that this symbol PROVES is there. But there in lay the catch – this is not a symbol and never was a symbol and it is being read as a symbol without any research or conclusive proof of a real treasure.
This Pareidolia occurs when people want to SHORT CUT the investigation and decide to leap ahead and forgo the real forensic work, and investigation and documentation and science work, and just ANNOUNCE “I have made a discovery!” Point is, just because it looks like a sign does NOT make it a sign. For example:
What is the difference between a symbol and a treasure symbol?
A symbol can be carved into stone, wood, landscape or put on paper and is the actual act of mans hand.
A Treasure Symbol, is the EXACT SAME AS ABOVE, but one real difference IT LED TO AN ACTUAL RECOVERY OF TREASURE OF SOME KIND!
Do you get the subtle, but very real difference? The Treasure Symbol LED TO A RECOVERY!
Almost every week people post photos of “KGC-Spanish Valuts” and how they have found one. But when asked, what they are really saying in actual words is “I found a mix of vague symbols and I think they are KGC and thus I have chosen to conclude there is a KGC Vault nearby in relation to this symbol”. Know that is some what harsh, but I have a good friend that constantly tells me of his KGC Vault Discoveries and I always ask him the same question: “Was that a tumbler locked vault or a magnetic combination vault?” and – you guessed it, he cannot answer since he is really expressing “I think a vault is near”.
So, here is the painful truth. Just because you announce it as a Treasure Symbol, Man Made Structure or Location of Treasure, it does not make it such until YOU ACTUALLY MAKE A FIND AND RECOVERY! It is that simple.
Why is this distinction important? We can all get wrapped up in the wording and forget that what we engage in called Treasure Hunting (no matter the level you participate at) there is science and rules involved. And ALL signs and symbols to be real have to have a find or recovery attached to them.
Now I do want to point out two well known instances where “calling BS” can have consequences:
1. The ‘finder” calling the find real and then when debunked they (the finder) calls out the debunk-er with “You are only trying to suppress the truth”. Then there is the other side of the coin:
2. The “debunk-er” who has no vested interest in the find or has never been to the find automatically calling “Fraud, Fake or Other”.
None of the two above are really right. The only one really correct is the individual who puts the time, money and expertise into investigating, documenting, forensic analyzing and researching of the symbol or unique location. Then and only then can the truth be obtained and then and only then can there be a real educated decision made.
You see, those who call Pareidolia related findings real and are not willing to out in the time and research necessary to PROVE IT UP, hurt the industry of treasure hunters and make everyone look like quacks and flakes. And on the other side, those who always claim “Fake, Fraud, or Bogus” on everything presented do harm as well. How?
Those types of people are what keep people from making announcements and sharing what might of never been seen. The truth is – everyone has to work together to make this work, be counted and come to light. Those who find MUST go the extra mile and do real research and science (like finding supporting artifacts, or tools or even tool marks) to prove up the site, symbol or landmark. And those who are the naysayers, need to try to assist, guide and suggest so the real truth can be brought to the forefront, because after all:
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!
Below are some more known Pareidolia symbols and locations: