Recently, I came to notice that many of you guys have trouble trying to identify rock markers that you found on your site if they are legit or not. So I need to give one important insight on how you can identify them.

When it comes to rocks as markers used by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army), I can say that they can be categorized into two. One, are the rock markers that you can find on the surface. And two, are the rock markers that are buried under the ground.

You need to know that when you manage to decode the markers on the surface and pinpointed the exact digging spot, this does not mean that when you dig it down straight, it will lead you into the treasure deposit spot. In most cases, you may uncover buried markers indicating a change of direction. Or, it can also be a marker giving you a warning about a certain trap lying down ahead.

Markers that are buried underground that were commonly used by the JIA are actually rocks.

Now, the insight that I would like to share to everyone especially to all amatuers about rock markers is simply one among the several basis of identifying them if they are legit or not. And this is the “size” of the rock. Whenever you come across a certain rock, the first thing that you should consider is the size of the rock.

Let’s first tackle the rock markers that can be found on the surface. When it comes to rock markers found on the surface, these rocks must have large sizes. They can’t be carried or moved by one or only a few individuals.

The Japanese Imperial soldiers already considered the possibility that someone might move their markers to different places or spots. This is the reason why they often choose huge rocks that are quite impossible for a few number of individuals to move or carry around.

They also made sure that the rock will surely stand the test of time or it will last long enough. And it will surely stay on its original spot.

So to all fellow amateur treasure hunters, whenever you come across a rock on the surface that doesn’t have huge size, the possibility of its legitimacy is very low.

Tackling this discussion has reminded me about one of my experiences in the past. We had this one project before where we have been invited by one of you guys here, a reader of this blog, on their site somewhere in Davao region.

When we visited his site and showed the markers on the surface, one of them was a rock that wasn’t large enough. On its surface was an engraved marker. When I studied it carefully, it was no doubt that it was intentionally made by human hand. The only thing that bothered me was the size of the rock which can be carried by one person.

But as I made further inspection of the rock, I came to realize that the rock wasn’t really small but huge. Only its top portion was exposed on the surface while most of its portion was buried under the ground.

I repeat, when it comes to rock markers on the surface, it was very common for the JIA where they used large or huge rocks as markers to their hidden Yamashita treasures. These rocks were quite impossible to be moved from their original spots.

Now let’s move to the rock markers that are buried under the ground. When it comes to buried rocks as markers, this is the situation where the Japanese Imperial soldiers used smaller sizes of rocks as markers. These rocks can be carried even by one single individual.

So to all amatuer treasure hunters, it is highly advisable that you need to carefully dig and inspect every rock that you will uncover. Check them if they do have strange shapes or if they have engraved signs on them.

Aside from their shapes and engravings is their arrangements. You have to know that their original arrangements or positions might also indicate certain directions.

Moreover, this insight about rock markers is simply one among the several criterias in identifying them if they are legit or not. There are actually more where you may be able to learn them through your own personal experiences. Anyway, we will surely tackle them as well in another separate post.


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