In part 1, we covered how to interpret the meaning of an engraved leaf treasure sign as a surface marker. So in this second part of the post, we are going to cover buried leaves under the ground as Yamashita treasure markers.

You have to know that when it comes to leaves as treasure signs, the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) rarely used them in marking their hidden Yamashita treasures. And when they do, they only often use it as “surface markers” which can be found on the land surface.

In my eMail, many of you have already inquired about their discovered leaves as markers on their excavation sites. But as I look closely, I immediately came to realize that they are “fossilized leaves”.

You have to know that any object can be fossilized where their shape will be preserved under the ground. However, they have to be buried at the right temperature and soil to be perfectly preserved.

If you already have some experience digging a very deep hole under the ground, it is common to encounter a type of soil that is wet or muddy. This is just the right condition where objects can be preserved or fossilized.

Although, I am not saying that fossilized leaves aren’t treasure markers. They can be legit markers but considered as “unintentional markers”.

The JIA had two reasons why they dug tunnels. As treasure hunters, we already know one of the reasons was to hide their Yamashita treasures. But their second purpose was to use these tunnels as their hiding places. This is where they temporarily sleep, rest, eat, and etc…

In order for them to be more comfortable in their sleep inside their tunnel, they often gather leaves to use as their beds. So through the years that passed by, these leaves inside their tunnel got preserved and perhaps turned into fossils in which you may probably uncover on your excavations.

How about those concrete mixed with leaves?

The JIA often use concrete on their buried Yamashita treasure deposit under the ground. But we all know that concrete requires water.

This was the reason why the JIA preferred locations with nearby access to water sources such as old creeks.

What they often did was to mix their raw concrete near an old creek. Due to this reason, it cannot be avoided that various objects from the environment such as leaves got added on the mixture.

According to an old man who was a live-pointer claimed that he witnessed some JIA mixing their concrete near an old creek. They really don’t have enough tools to use so they used their helmet in carrying their raw mixed concrete inside their tunnel.

Now, why are these leaves considered as “unintentional markers”?

If you happen to discover buried fossilized leaves as markers, it only means one thing. The spot that you are digging has been “disturbed”. This means that somebody dug that particular spot sometime in the past which could be the JIA. So if this is the case then it means that you are digging the correct spot where you just have to continue.

On the other hand, if you have uncovered concrete with markings of leaves then it is far more clear indicating that this object was man-made and intentionally placed right there to protect something under.

If you happen to uncover concrete with markings of leaves at quite depth under the ground then there is a huge possibility that the item could be right underneath it.


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