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Modern Day Treasure Hunters...

You don't have to be a member of the "Odyssey Marine Exploration Team" or have "Mel Fisher" somewhere in your family tree to be a Treasure Hunter. Don't get me wrong...great company that is at the tip of the spear and Mel Fisher's discoveries were outstanding. Point is, everyday folks are out finding real treasure everyday. The guy or gal metal detecting a Civil War site and finding Confederate or Union artifacts is finding treasure. The Coin Shooter finding a silver coin cache found treasure. Families buying rights to Prospect a certain gold field are surely Treasure Hunters...

So we are going to highlight some modern day "Treasure Hunters" on our blog and let them tell the story of some outstanding treasure finds. We are going to show folks some real history with our photos and videos. Anything and everything we can do to highlight this lifestyle. Also our new project (coming soon) "Kids Diggn it " is design to get young folks involved and excited about  history, archaeology, paleontology and geology . For those that want to purchase some treasure or treasure related items, we'll have some of that for sale as well.

What makes a Treasure Hunter tick...

The quest of discovery (any discovery) is in our nature. Shedding light on the unknown and simply understanding the small details about a subject is at the core of all Treasure Hunters. Treasure Hunting in all its forms is a lifestyle. We think about the next adventure while at work, home and most even dream about the next great find. Research is almost as fun as the hunt. We are out the door before sunrise and back well after the sun has gone back down, all in a quest to uncover something that was lost, forgotten or hidden. We love history and the small discoveries that make us wonder about the people that lived in the areas we are exploring. We enjoy the camaraderie of like minded folks and never pass up an opportunity to get someone excited about the history we have found. Sure, we love the monetary value of the things we find, but the truth is the journey to the discovery and the things we learn along the way are just as and in some cases more important than the treasures. 

What is Treasure...

Treasure is simply a quantity of precious metals, gems, or other valuable objects. Everyone understands gold, silver and gemstones are considered treasure when found. But what about a gold ring found while metal detecting a beach, sure that's treasure as well. How about a 4" Megalodon tooth fossil picked up by a keen eyed person walking a river bank, absolutely that is treasure. Here's another example...digging through a 18th to 19th century home site and finding a cobalt colored bottle or an intact beer/ale bottle from the 1700's, treasure for sure.  Native American arrowheads, axes and drills? Treasure! Finding a rock that did not come from our planet, now that's treasure in anybody's book. Let's not leave out the data...the information we gain from finding treasure, is no doubt treasure in of itself. Finding fired minnie balls on both sides of a battle field, recording the locations, context and detailed descriptions, then loading that data on a map of the area and seeing the battle field comes alive is treasure!

"Not all treasure's silver and gold, mate..."