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I am excited to release this fifth volume
in the Garrett treasure-hunting field guide
series because treasure signs and symbols have
always been a great fascination of mine. I have
encountered these marks during my many years
in the field and can say with experience that
understanding them can truly help you uncover
great riches, just as it has helped me.
Many of these early guides to treasure in
the West originated from Native Americans
of North America and Spaniards exploring
their new land. The use of such field markings
actually dates back to the beginning of mankind.
Cavemen painted on cave walls with charcoal
sticks. Early Europeans designed special crests
or family symbols. Ancient civilizations around
the globe created their own symbols for communication,
identification and education.
As people hid things of value, they created
treasure symbols to help guide them back
to their treasure trove later or to enable them
to describe the location to others. Pirates and
outlaws used signs and symbols to mark their
buried booty. The outlaw Jesse James carved a
particular “J” into trees to pinpoint his caches.
One such Jesse James symbol—on a section of
tree that was removed and sent to me—is currently
on display in Garrett’s treasure museum
in Garland.
There are far too many symbols and combinations
of them to fully cover in this book. I
will, however, present basic symbols, key signs
and words that you may encounter in your quest
for treasure. You should learn to properly interpret
these symbols after you find them in order
to be successful.
Your final step in recovering an old cache
is to use a high-quality metal detector that can
help you pinpoint the coveted treasure. I trust
that this book will become another valuable
tool in your treasure-hunting arsenal.
I’ll see you in the field…

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