1 This Gallina Gray Ware water pitcher is an example of the “rough,
utilitarian, conservative tradition” the Gallina are known for, though they
also made decorative ceramics. The pitcher dates to about the year +1,200
Gregorian Calendar, though the Gallina were making distinct ceramics by year
+1,050. The water pitcher was found hanging on a branch of a Juniper tree,
which presumable grew up beneath it. The owners of the land where the
ceramic was found packed the pitcher with clay, placed it in a heavy cedar
box, and buried it next to the tree it was found on.
2 This is a rock called Llanite. My husband and I were going to Mason, Texas for Topaz and Llano for llanite. Llano is the only place in the world to find llanite. The blue specks are blue quartz. We rented a 4 wheel drive car and found the Llanite on Highway 16 in an outcrop just like the book said. Everyone gets the small ones so they are hard to find so we decided to break off a piece. I tapped with the small hammer, but crumbs were the only thing coming off so my husband took out the sledgehammer and broke off this piece, a 250 lb. rock that we struggled to pick up and get into the back of our car, that was weighted down from all of the rocks I found. I made one piece into a star and polished it and wear it as a necklace.
3 This shoe was found after finding some water high in a brave and wood-side canyon in the vicinity of the Yampa and Green River confluence. Some natural corrals, secluded meadows and unmapped caves in the area are rumored to have afforded Butch Cassidy’s gang safe refuge while the heat was on following a series of robberies. This lost shoe was found deep under one such hidden overhang. As I held it in my hand, I imagined The Sundance Kid standing there with his horse, preparing to replace it before riding hard to Hole In The Wall the following morning. The lore surrounding this area is steeped in Outlaw Trail mystery. I can only imagine the stories of bank and train robberies this shoe holds. The picture in the background is one I helped my daughter paint this weekend. Happy Easter.
4 While walking my dog, one day, along the Green River I found this rock. I picked it up and put it my pocket. I thought it looked very unusual. I don’t know if it is something or nothing. But with that said, it doesn’t matter, either way it’s mine now and I like it! The back side makes a great worry stone, and it fits my hand perfectly. Maybe Forrest can tell me if it’s a real treasure.
-Joyce in southwestern Wyoming-
5 when me and my sister get to go home to florida to vist my brother,we always go to Navarre,florida to go dive for sea shells and walk the beach and look ,as sea grass washes up on shore from the gulf of mexico and you never know what you will find in the water or on shore.usually on shore you’ll find a sea shell that has been bleached by the sun ,and is solid white.or in the gulf where the sea waves hit the shore,it makes a kinda deep pocket,so we dive and get all kinds of sea shells,fans,spirals,conch,from small to about the size of a fifty cent piece.always beautiful. and sand dollars too. the shells are different colors ,gray ,white/brown. but I have around 5 of these nut looking things, that has been in the water and floated from God knows where,and I don’t know what it is, a seed of some kind of plant or tree maybe?it fascinates me , as the color is neat and since it has been in the water for along time ,it looks cool to look at with the little holes on it.I don’t dare try to break one open,as it would ruin it.and you can shake it and hear nothing,as if nothing is inside.I got plenty of shells, but these things are neat to find,as you don’t find stuff like this often.anybody know what it may be.they are named ochre nuts ,by me,as they have that light yellowish hue. when you dive in the water next to the shore line.the waves keeps knocking you around and you get sand in your swim suit.the salt water from the waves goes down the mouth nosal,and you feel like your gonna drown,nasty tasteing salt water,spit it out,cough it up.it is fun and funny as the sand feels wheew.I take a turn standing looking for sharks,then I dive and my sister stands looking for sharks.
6 These 2 items are some of my most prized possesions. The coin is an 1828 penny that my father and I dug up while he was metal detecting on the property of a relative. I always tagged along with him. He had to pay his relative $50 to keep it. He held onto it until his passing in 2011. I carry that coin in my wallet every day and wouldn’t take a million dollars for it. The key was my mother’s. It went to the door of the only house they ever owned. It wasn’t a fancy house by any means, when they bought it, it didn’t even have indoor plumbing… I found the key on mom’s keychain while cleaning out their home after my mother passed away 8 months after my dad. They had changed the locks years earlier but she kept it anyway. Both items are priceless to me.
7 This is Barney the Buoy. Barney was found while walking one of the many beautiful beaches of Kauai,Hawaii. Although there are many debris which wash up on shore everyday from fishing vessels and other passing ships,this one was one that came ashore at a time when debris from Japan,s Tohoku Tsunami was beaching on Hawaii shores. There were barges and coolers and all types of things recovered on the beaches in those months.
The tsunami of 3/11/11 took 15891souls and 2584 souls were never found. God rest their souls!!
So,Barney is covered in barnacle,s and that’s the why I like it.
8 I found this object while searching the mountains in Colorado for Fenn’s TC. Not truly sure what it is and maybe one of the other chasers might know. I’m guessing it is a old telegraph line insulator, possibly late 1800’s or early 1900’s that connected some towns together from the location in which it was found. It is a resin base with a coil wire inside. I have search some on the Internet but can’t fined one like it, kind of unique for me. It was buried under about 6 inches of rocks and dirt, my pinpoint detector picked it up. Hope other searchers enjoy it and have objects of their own searches to share. Just remember there are other treasures out there waiting for someone like you to fined, so good luck and keep you eyes open and heart pumping for your special treasure.
9 I have a yard full of treasures I’ve found exploring. Rocks, bones, agates. This rusty metal attaché case was found, in the mountains north of Santa Fe, in the woods, by a creek, without a paddle. I thought for sure I had found the Fenn treasure when I came across it. Reason I picked the attaché case for entry, two years later, I still don’t know what’s inside. It rattles when I shake it. Can’t get it open. Maybe a saws all would do the trick.
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