Right Under Your Feet!
It may seem like science fiction or some bad "Goonies" movie when digging for buried treasure, but it's not as strange as you may think. Digging for artifacts and valuables is an actual profession, and anyone can capitalize on the rewards given the proper knowledge.
The best place to start hunting, believe it or not, is your own backyard. This allows you to experiment and get used to your equipment without making a mistake on someone else's property. Strictly speaking, anything that you find would be rightfully yours without having to pay commission or split profits of any valuables you would find. Also, what other place do you know better than your backyard. You won't get lost as easily as you might in an unfamiliar plot of land. Before you decide to dig, make sure you call "Digger's Hotline" or whatever local service surveys your land for underground objects like pipelines.
Where to Start Your Search
Depending on your location, there are always hot spots that are more likely to yield underground treasures. A rule of thumb that may seem simple, but will vastly help your search, is to follow water paths. Valleys or dried up river beds are prime for searching for treasure. Indentations in the land often mark spots where water flowage once occurred, and any items dropped would follow the flow of the water. Land where a swamp once stood can hold mummified remains of ancient animals and people. So once you decide on an area and get approval from a landowner, stick to old water paths.
Equipment For Successful Hunting
The first tool that people think of when they picture treasure hunting is a metal detector. So naturally, I wanted to give a simple review of what the best metal detector to buy is. It turns out, there are more factors than I can list in this article to take in consideration when making such a purchase, so read my "Metal Detectors to DIG For" article if you want more information on this.
I can give some good and simple reviews of other equipment you will need, such as the right flashlights and digging tools. LED flashlights are now available for cheap prices, and I recommend getting the kind that straps to your head. These are found at any sporting goods store near you. In terms of a shovel, I recommend a square-point shovel with a hollow back. This kind of shovel will allow for soil to filter through the holes of the blade, and because it is square, it will evenly distribute the force of the shovel so impact with an object will be less likely to shatter something fragile.
DANGER FAMILY ROBINSON
I can not stress enough the importance of knowing the terrain in which you are searching for treasure. Many people have died from toxic odorless gases that seep up from the ground, or are only present in pockets underground. Be very careful, and have a buddy with you in case something does happen.
That being said, here are some great areas to go hunt in:
Denio, Nevada and Lakeview, Oregon are ripe with Opals.
Glorietta Mountain in New Mexico and Brenham Township in Kansas have Meteorites.
Big Sur, California has Jade.
Hiddenite, North Carolina has Emeralds.
Devil Hills, South Dakota is full of Dinosaur Fossils.
Murfreesboro, Arkansas has Diamonds.
Pine Grove, California holds Gold.
Spruce Pine, North Carolina has Aquamarine Gems
Tonopah, Nevada has turquoise minerals.
Join the many who search the land for treasure, and get digging!!