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Here are pictures of the actual hole that we have dug:
Here are the surrounding rocks that are found near the site. Do take note of the symbols/signs/markings carved into the stones:
The nature of the concrete seal built by the Japanese soldiers during their occupation of the
The concrete slab is the mortar seal of the treasure cache. Its thickness varies from 0.5-5 meters depending on the volume of the treasures buried. The bigger the volume, the thicker the seal is. On the so-called major sites, the thickness would reach a phenomenal height of 8 meters from the ground surface of 20-30 meters deep. Down below, series of rectangular chambers are built in such a manner that is free from collapsing. This is supposedly the spot where the cache are seen crated, stacked in cylinders and lined up in every chamber.
So far, the most updated faster way of breaking the seal open is thru the use of a burning rod. However, this process renders ineffective if the pit is watery. The presence of water cannot be ruled out taking into account a 20-30 meters depth below the ground surface. During the wet season where the sites are filled with water, diggers switch to manual operation using chisels and sledge hammers rendering a slow pace of accomplishment. However, there are those who successfully retrieved and very lucky enough after several years of painstakingly, unimaginable hard job as evidenced by these photos:
To those who had the guts and unending perseverance. CONGRATULATIONS! for a job well done. You really earned it!
Pic 1 hardened cement fortification of the treasure seal. Pic. 2 the pinpointed treasure site.
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WWII Treasure: Hazards of Excavation
Apart from tropical heat and humidity, one of the most preventative aspects of treasure recovery in the
Outlined here are some of the hazards that treasure-hunters have encountered while digging for Yamashita's gold.
Sites were often located near a water source such as a pond or river. The burial site would be dug as deeply as possible. Often, this would entail excavation of soil and rock beneath the water table in dryer seasons. Pipes of terra cotta would then be routed into the site, sealed, and filled with water from the source.
Extreme caution must be observed during recovery. An unsuspecting digger can easily break one of the pipes, flooding the chamber with water. Once a pipe is broken, it is very difficult to reseal due to the weight and velocity of the continual flow which can exceed 500 gallons per minute.
We've all seen the narrow escapes of Indiana Jones in the popular film series. Yes, suspended rock and soil were used by the Japanese as well.
Unfortunately, this type of booby-trap is very difficult to detect in advance. Not only can they result in injury or death, but an excavation can severely be penalized timewise.
SPRINGLOADED BOMB DETONATORS
An unwary digger may also meet his fate with a 1000- or 2000-pound (or smaller yet still deadly) bomb which had been captured from the Allied Forces. Such bombs were often sealed with cosmoline, the thick grease still favored by gun owners for long-term storage and protection from corrosion.
The digger moves an object (sometimes the treasure itself) which activates a spring mechanism. Acid is then leaked onto a copper plate which, when dissolved, triggers a detonator. Or, the digger may not be afforded the luxury of a time delay.
Fortunately, such bombs can be detected a meter or more in advance with the use of modern electronics.
GLASS-ENCASED CYANIDE CAPSULES
Somewhere en route to a treasure, one might encounter a glass cylinder about one liter in volume which is divided into two chambers: one containing liquid sulphuric acid, the other a powder of either potassium cyanide or sodium cyanide. If broken, the resulting mixture yields a very volitile and lightweight yet invisible cloud of hydrogen cyanide gas (HCN) which will quickly interfere with his breathing. The odor is almost imperceptible, but faintly resembles bitter almonds. Within seconds, it becomes difficult to hold one's breath or to breathe normally. Within one minute, respiration stops. Within five minutes, heart failure occurs.