It is indeed common for most us treasure hunters to uncover large old clam shells in our excavation site. But the huge question here is that, “Are clam shells considered as Yamashita treasure markers?”
Before we answer this question, I would like to let you know that it is very common for you to excavate clam shells on places that are near the bodies of water. So if your site is near the ocean, it is only natural for you to dig clam shells and other similar kinds of objects. Thus, the majority of them are not considered as markers but natural.
But you can still identify certain particular clam shells if they are used as markers by studying their arrangements. In some cases, the clam shells have engraved signs on them indicating that they were once held by human hands.
On the other hand, if your site is on the drylands or on top of the mountain and you happen to dig huge clam shells, the possibility for it to be considered as a marker is higher. This is due to the reason that clams aren’t commonly encountered in such places.
So what is the meaning of a clam shell as marker in relation to the location of the treasure deposit?
Interpreting the meaning of clam shells as markers depends on which side it is facing at. So let’s start first with the clam shell facing in an upward direction.
Clam Shell is Facing Upward
If the clam shell is facing upward, it means that you should continue digging underneath it. It is actually the best type of clam shell marker to be encountered since all you have to do is to keep on going.
Clam Shell is Facing Downward
How about the opposite direction? If the clam shell is facing the opposite side or downward, it is referring to a certain corner or direction. In some cases, there are engraved signs on it indicating which direction that you need to follow. So it is also important that you have to inspect every side of the clam shell marker that you have found.
But if you could not find any possible engrave markers on it or any possible basis that provide clues for the next direction, you can interpret the clam shell as an arrowhead. The pointed portion of it is its tip.
How about when the clam shell is facing on the side?
Sideway Clam Shell Facing Outward
If the clam shell marker that you found is originally sideway and it is facing outward, it means that you are going to dig its portion behind.
Sideway Clam Shell Facing Inward
If the clam shell marker is facing on the opposite site, we can consider it as an arrowhead similar to the clam shell that is facing downward. But before you do, make sure that there aren’t any engraved signs on it that are giving a much clearer clue to the next direction.
What if the clam shell markers you found are composed of a whole where it has an upper and lower part?
There are two ways on how you can interpret it:
If the Clam Shell is Open’
When you originally found the clam shell marker open then it signifies a certain hidden tunnel entrance. This tunnel is open where you can freely go inside when you find it. And in most cases, the treasure deposit can be found at the end of the tunnel.
If the Clam Shell is Closed
On the other hand, if the clam shell marker that you found is closed, it still indicates a certain hidden tunnel entrance. However, the difference is that this tunnel is sealed or blocked. In most cases, the entrance is sealed with huge rock or extremely hard concrete.
What if the clam that you found is more than one?
In some cases, the Japanese soldiers also used not just one clam shell as marker but more. But this does not mean that it is going to be a lot more complicated to interpret. Actually, it is much easier to confirm if they are legit markers as compared to just one.
This is due to the reason that when more clam shells are used as markers, the Japanese soldiers often arranged them in a way that they were obviously organized by human hands.