5 Must-Have Treasure and History Hunting Tools everyone can afford! #GoXplrr Hutton Pulitzer

freeOne does not have to be a former tech billionaire to afford the best lost treasure and lost history hunting gadgets.  In fact, nowadays – the best and most useful gadgets to improve your effectiveness as scoring a forgotten fortune are FREE!

Who can argue with Free?  Especially when it could mean the difference in finding your fortune or leaving empty handed?

 Let’s take a look at some of the most effective lost treasure and lost history hunting gadgets and best of all, the ones at the end of this blog post are free!


rangefinder twoYes, this one does cost money, but you can now find them dirt cheap on ebay and other “sale” websites.

laser-range-finder-1One thing you never want to encounter is “seeing” a treasure sign and heading out towards it, only to find out the distance to it was much father or higher than you expected.  You feel you are making progress and then you realize the target site was just too far or too high to make and now you  are even closer, but you just don’t have the energy and are forced to turn back from the target.  One way to better gauge the missions needs and whether or not you can reach the target this mission is to be able to KNOW the distance to the target.  To do that you will need (and should always carry with you) a range finder.  With just a simple click of a button, you can electronically obtain range and elevation and then make a better decision as to (1) how and (2) when you can reach the target, and more important (3) are you properly equipped to reach the target.

Here is how they work:

Range Finder, an optical instrument for measuring distance. Range finders are used mainly in photography for focusing cameras and in gunnery for aiming artillery. There are various non-optical, electronic devices that perform the same function as range finders.
The range finders used with cameras are coincidence range finders. Such a range finder uses mirrors or prisms to produce two or more images of an object. The viewer sights the object through a viewfinder and adjusts a knob or other mechanism to bring the images into alignment. The amount of adjustment is shown on a scale from which the viewer can read the distance to the object. The range finder is usually coupled with the camera’s focusing mechanism so that the viewer does not need to know the distance; when the images in the range finder are in alignment, the lens is in focus.  In gunnery, both coincidence and stereoscopic range finders have been used. A stereoscopic range finder has a pair of eyepieces through which the viewer sees a single image of the object and a pattern of lines that appear to float in a space. The viewer turns a control mechanism until the pattern appears to be at the same distance as the object; the viewer then reads the distance from a scale.Range finders are also a golf product.  Yes golfers use the device to ascertain their distance from the pin.  Now find your distance from the pin with one of these.


GPS_Location_FinderLet’s say you are out with your history hunting or artifact recovery buddies and you all agree to meet back at the car or at camp in two hours and share your finds.  During your two hours out (we always hunt in patios and highly recommend you do as well) you come across an amazing man influenced carved rock structure.  Problem is you took a long circuitous route to get there and there really is not a direct path to this location.  So, needless to say, you are somewhat concerned at your ability to re-find the site to show your treasure hunting buddies.  When have ALL been in this situation and how many times have you found something and wanted to show everyone in your party, to only have it take hours to re-find the “special spot” where you made your discovery?  The following is a piece of urban technology re-purposed for lost treasure and lost history purposes.  Most people refer to the device as a “back tracker”.

Originally designed for urban shoppers and then expanded to “less than  frequent – orientation challenged hikers” these devices work on a simple premise.  Click the button from where you start on your adventure, and then the device will read that setting always displaying your distance from and direction to a specific location. Most use this device to find their way back to base camp or a trail head, but they can be used in reverse.  Here is how the manufacture of the device we use, promote this device:  “With the Bushnell BackTrack, getting back at the end of the day is as easy as pushing a button and following an arrow. The BackTrack has only two buttons and stores up to three locations-just mark it and forget it until it’s time to return.  Whether it’s marking a car in a crowded parking lot or a campsite in the woods, the BackTrack provides distance (yards/miles or meters/kilometers) and a directional arrow to any of the three saved locations at the push of a button. In addition, the BackTrack can be used as a digital compass. Use it to find your car in a crowded parking lot, your favorite fishing hot spot, your campsite after a day of hiking, and more!”  Carry one of these devices (they are very small) and when you make a discovery, CLICK and then when you get back to base camp or rendezvous, you can take your group right back to it!


In lost history and treasure hunting, the expert hunter KNOWS to follow the eyes.  What does “follow the eyes” mean?

In ancient times, when those who deposited treasures in the ground for safekeeping chipped away at rocks and made directional markers, one of the most frequent markers they used where “faces and heads” carved in rocks and these were meant for the ones following the clues to the hidden hoards to “follow the eyes”.  Remember, when ancients (and the same would apply to you as well), only a FOOL would carve a small rock, pointer, arrow or even a boot – the size of a magazine and leave it on a trail to “point the way to treasure”.  Why?  Pointers and way markers that small can be washed off of the trail, blown over, knocked over by wildlife or moved by snow drifts and totally make the marker UNUSABLE to find the “treasure vault” – so EVEN THOUGH you see hundreds of hundreds of hundreds of social media posts and books with these tiny markers – THEY ARE NOT MARKERS!  Unless the original depositor is a FOOL and did not account for rain, wild animals, snow and such – and then if they were FOOLISH and DID use such “portable markers” then YOU TOO will not be able to “follow the pointers” to the treasure. (As you can see this is a hot button educational point of mine). Moving on.  Authentic treasure or lost history markers are monolithic and carved out of immovable stones!  WHY?  Who wants their valuable stash to be lost and not refundable due to the markers falling away? NO ONE – NOT EVEN THE ANCIENTS (who I think were booth smarter and more resourceful than us as modern advanced people).  They would carve LONG STANDING MARKERS and most would have EYES that one is to FOLLOW.

To show you what I mean, I offer the following two photos:

warriors head 2warriors head w commander

These authentic treasure “monoliths” are 12 feet exposed above ground (by that I mean – we really do not know how deep the bodies go into the ground.  But they are in fact in the ground).  As you can see you have a “head and shoulders” man carved monolith.  You can see the “hat or brow”, the “eyes”, the “nose” and the “chin”.  These are all “pointers” but for this article I am only going to use the “eyes” for your current focus.  In ALL AUTHENTIC TREASURE SYMBOLS and MONOLITHS where a head or head/face is featured- you are to follow the eyes to where the “sentinel” is looking.  These types of markers have been proven time after time to “watch over” the actual site, burial place, vault or treasure room.  So, if you want to find any of these types of things, you MUST FOLLOW the eyes.  So, how does one follow the eyes?  With laser guided precision of course.

laser-pointer-beam-greenNow I am assuming we are all adults here and we do not have to be told, don’t point these at people, or peoples eyes, or at aircraft, so the only instruction I am going to tell you isLaser_pointer_safety_distances “use such a laser to point your way to fortunes”!

These “green” lasers can be viewed for over 3 miles and when you find a monolith which “looks out over or watches over” a possible lost treasure or lost history location” you need one of these devices to “sight in” what the monolith is “looking at”.  NOTE:  HIS WILL NOT WORK WITH THE RED LASERS – THE RANGE OF VIEWING IS TOO TOO SHORT.  MUST be green laser only.

What you do is place the green laser into the “eye” and then “you can see” what the monolith sees.  In the instance of this monolithic man above, we found the exact location of the tomb just about three miles away (route distance) or 1.3 miles away as the crow flies.  When placing the laser in the eye of the monolith, we were able to “see the exact spot” where he looked (BTW, he look at a black rock and under the back rock was an entrance to a complete hidden system).

These devices can be as inexpensive as $10 at a thrift store and we recommend getting several if you buy the chapter ones.  The cheap ones tend to eat batteries and the lasers can become jumbled.  But since they are so prevalent now-a-days, even the top quality ones are just about $49.00 NOTE:  These are more effective when you use them at dusk to site, or do your sighting before sun up.  Set the laser, not the spot (take photographs) and then let the sun rise and “see in daylight” your next target.


Sometimes you cant carry a large metal detector with you, but at times you wish you really had one you could carry around in your pocket.  Well there is such a thing and it is called a Falcon Gold Tracker.  mimfalconlg

I actually own two of these devices and we have found them to be the most dependable “pocket carried” metal detector, so whenever you want one (usually when facing a vein or in a gully or tunnel) then you can just pull this one out and go to town and at least get a reasonable indication of your possible gold finds.

Here is what the manufacture says about their device:

Currently produced in Mesa, AZ, the most popular Falcon model, the MD20, has become an industry standard for electronic probes of all kinds.  Its high frequency of 300 kHz and unique electronic design have given it excellent ability to find super fine gold particles that other detectors and probes cannot find.  The Falcon can find particles of gold barely visible with the human eye.  The Falcon’s superior ability to detect gold, silver, copper, platinum and other valuable metals in rock formations provide the prospector with a tool unavailable until now.   Historically, tailings piles were created by miners selecting good ore from “worthless rocks” by sight alone.  Millions of dollars of valuable ore were discarded because the miner couldn’t see the metal!!  Those metals are still lying in those tailings piles waiting for someone with the electronic sight of a Falcon.   Small enough to fit in you pocket and rugged enough to be used in the field,  the MD20 will be a necessary tool for every serious prospector.


This headline and ad is what caught my attention: We used to pay $3,054.82 in 1991 to buy all the stuff in this ad that you can now do with your phone. That amount is roughly equivalent to about $5,100 in 2014 dollars.  LOOK

Everything From This 1991 Radio Shack Ad You Can Now Do With Your Phone


Just think about that for a moment.  What we used to pay thousands for, now is FREE in the form of various apps.  When you think about it, what a great was to justify your continued use of your smart phone!  So now, lets make your smart phone, Lost Hsitory and Lost Treasure Smarter!

To SAVE SPACE here, I am must going to give you a few screen shots and a sentence, but all of these are searchable and FREE on Google Play:

1.  Turn you Phone into a Powerful Flash Light! Yep, It’s Free!  Amps up the flash of your cell camera and makes it a FLASHLIGHT!


2.  Turn your cell phone into a Magnetometer for finding Treasure (Yep, It’s FREE)


3.  Turn your cell phone into a METAL DETECTOR (Yes, its FREE TOO!)

metal detect app

4.  Turn your cell phone into  GPS Layover and Advanced Mapper Tracker (yepper, another FREE ONE!)


5.  Turn your cell phone into a Long Running Audio Recorder (Its free and this is how I audio document all my finds as I find them and what I use to transcribe my books)

sound recorder app

6.  Turn your cell phone into a UV Spectrum Light for finding Gems, Diamonds and Minerals (yep its free and did you know 1/3 of all gems and minerals that are valuable turn bright colors when exposed to UV lights?  Use this to make them POP)

UV light app

I really could keep going and going and I did not even begin to touch all the GPS logging apps.  There are many tools which are now highly valuable in the field to lost history and lost treasure hunters and they a FREE, all you have to do it load them on your smartphone.

Enj0y these and happy hunting!



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