To match clues to the local geography with the help of compasses and
historical survey maps. Needless to say, most deciphering bear little relationship to
Farmer Lee Dooley says of
treasure: "That money would just mess me up."
A recent "solution" from a treasure hunter in Maine
gave instructions to start at the old Buford's Tavern in Montvale, Virginia,
climb the nearby Peaks of Otter and finally surface in Jefferson's bedroom at
Monticello...A feat which would have involved excavating a 60-mile tunnel along
A few solutions, such as Colonel Holland's recent one
terminating beside the railroad tracks , are strikingly true to local landmarks.
When the text and the landmarks match and your metal detector
signals "treasure," it is time to bring out shovels, hire backhoes or
bulldozers, and buy dynamite before someone else beats you to
A recent solution gave instructions to penetrate a deep-water
pit in a disused mine on Purgatory Stream, 45 miles northeast of Roanoke.
All the digging party found was a 90-pound chunk of Colonial
era pig iron...A treasure in its own right.
Another fortune hunter wasn't so lucky. His metal detector
went berserk over a rocky area in Bedford County where his solution located the
He hired guards, fenced off the area and brought in a
bulldozer, only to unearth the remains of a 1930s car.
Such solutions are mostly forced, and based more on wishful
thinking than good cryptanalysis, maintains Per Holst.
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