As a treasure hunter, we do have our own terminologies that only experienced treasure hunters can understand. These terminologies are actually one of the things that separates the amateurs from those who already have a lot of experience in the field of treasure hunting.

Unfortunately, these terminologies can also cause misunderstanding especially when the amateurs interact with the experienced treasure hunters. Thus, I urged all treasure hunters who want to share their knowledge and opinion to others by using general terms that can be understood by everyone.

Treasure Hunter Terminologies for Treasure Deposits

There’s going to be a very long list of words if we are going to cover each one of them. So in this post, I decided to discuss only the commonly used terms that treasure hunters use when referring to a certain particular treasure deposits.

  1. Poop or feces

Some treasure hunters use the term “poop” or “feces” when referring to items that are made of gold. The relationship of the term “poop” or “feces” to gold is due to its “yellow color” which is closely similar to the color of gold.

  1. Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are very common here in the Philippines. For those who do not know anything about it, sweet potatoes actually grow under the ground. So if you are going to harvest them, you have to dig them out. It is exactly the same way when you are going to dig for the buried Yamashita treasure. This is the reason why “sweet potatoes” are used by some treasure hunters as a reference to the Yamashita treasure deposit.

  1. Food

Aside from sweet potato, some treasure hunters do much prefer the term “food” as a reference to the Yamashita treasure.

  1. “Person” or “Dark Person”

Some treasure hunters use the term “person” when referring to golden Buddha treasure deposits. If the uncovered Buddha is covered with asphalt, they use the term “dark person”.

Purpose of Alternative Terminologies in Treasure Hunting

What exactly is the point of using these terminologies that only treasure hunters can understand? The simple answer is for “protection”.

You have to know that when it comes to the Yamashita treasure, people listening around you may take interest in a way where they plan to steal or confiscate what you have recovered. But by using these terminologies, these people will misinterpret your conversation with your crew not knowing what you really mean.

Imagine if you are going to say to your crew that, “We have dug ten pieces of sweet potatoes in which we can cook and share together for a meal”.

A person listening who is not a part of your crew or an outsider, will surely get confused and would not understand what you really mean. He may probably think that you are just telling jokes to your crew to make them laugh.

But the truth is, you just informed to your crew that you have uncovered the treasure deposit which comprises ten pieces of gold bar for you to share to one another.

Moreover, these terminologies can be pretty useful out in the field when having conversation with your fellow crew. But here in our online community, I believe that using these terminologies is not really necessary. So again, just like what I stated above, it is best to use general terms that anyone can understand since our main purpose around here is to share knowledge and educate one another about treasure hunting. 


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