As a treasure hunter, it is quite important for you to be able to identify “decoy” or “dummy” signs. It’s because failure on this aspect can lead to a lot of your precious time, effort, and cost all going to waste.
Unfortunately, many treasure hunters do fall victims of these fake signs where they often end giving up on their projects.
When it comes to the Yamashita treasures hidden by the Japanese Imperial Army (JIA) back in the previous World War 2, they used a lot of decoy markings.
The main purpose of these dummy signs is to cause confusion to any unauthorized individuals from attempting to recover the hidden treasures. Thus, it is intended against all treasure seekers out there.
The worse part of falling into the decoy signs is that, they will point you into the wrong direction leading you into a dangerous trap. Again, many treasure hunters have fallen into this clever trickery by the JIA where they got seriously injured while some even lost their lives.
What do dummy signs look like?
If you have a list of the Yamashita treasure codes, you will notice that the dummy signs do have slight similarities to those that are authentic.
One good and simple example of a decoy sign is an arrow. A plain arrow engraved on a certain surface of an object is a legit sign where it is pointing you towards the correct direction.
However, if you notice a small line that intersects the body of the arrow, it means that the correct direction is actually at the opposite side of the portion where the arrow’s head is pointing at.
Again, decoy signs do look and appear slightly the same as the authentic signs but with some slight variations. Thus, whenever you encountered some engrave symbols, you really have to take a close look at them to make sure that you will not miss any of the small details.
Aside from decoy signs that are engraved, they may also come in the form of objects as markers. Some examples include pipes, timbers, metal bars, concretes, strange rocks, and etc…
Let’s say for example that your encountered metal pipes in your diggings. As a treasure hunter, it is a common decision to dig your way under the ground by following the same direction as the metal pipes.
The metal pipes should lead you into the chamber where you can finally recover the hidden deposit.
But, this won’t be the case if it happens that the metal pipes are dummy markers. Instead, they will lead you into a dead-end.
Avoiding Dummy Treasure Signs
I have to admit that avoiding dummy treasure signs can be very challenging.
Basing from my own personal experience, I often realize a certain sign as a decoy when we already shifted or continued our diggings in the wrong direction. Sometimes, we also ended up at a dead-end which is often far away from where the deposit is buried.
One of our common errors is that, we sometimes miss certain signs that give warning about the decoy markers.
Being able to realize that you have been tricked by decoy markers even to the point that you work your way hard just to reach a dead-end is actually much better than not realizing it.
You can always go back from the start particularly at the portion where you encountered the dummy sign. The good thing here is that, you have finally eliminated your chances of heading towards the wrong direction.
On your second attempt, you can rest assured of yourself that your chances of digging your way towards the hidden treasure are increased.
Anyway, the only possible way for you to avoid dummy treasure signs is that, you must have the right knowledge of being able to interpret signs. And most importantly, you have the necessary experience.
I do have a fellow treasure hunter who cannot even read or write. This means that he failed on the aspect of “knowledge”. But through experience, I find him quite amazing when it comes to digging the Yamashita treasures.
He can literally dig the buried treasure on his own without much relying to signs and markers that he encounters. Through experience, he can read a lot of details about what the ground says. The soil and the rocks can provide him such remarkable information.
Sometimes, I have my own doubts though that his skill of being able to read the ground for information did not came from his experience but a God given talent.
Until now, I’m still trying to learn from him.
Give-Aways are Considered Decoys
This is the most interesting part when it comes to decoys. We have the so called “give-aways” which are small portion of the main treasure that is hidden somewhere around the area far from the location of the main deposit.
They often come in single piece or few pieces only. Some common give-aways includes one single piece of gold bar, gold/silver coin, a precious jewelry, and etc…
When discovered, especially by amateur treasure hunters, it often gives them the wrong impression. They immediately concluded to themselves that they recovered the hidden Yamashita treasure. So they left the site right away to enjoy their small finding.
But, little do they know that the main deposit remains hidden somewhere around their excavation site.
In short, give-aways are not really meant as an extra bonus. It is intended to be a decoy and it seems to be quite a very effective clever method by the JIA.