Inside Rock Treasure Deposit or Buried on the Spot

We have here an interesting photo that was taken by one of our fellow treasure hunter which is an engraved Yamashita treasure sign that he sent to me via eMail.

But before interpreting any signs or markers, I studied the way how this marker has been engraved onto the surface of this old rock. Yes, this is indeed an old rock which I can confirm based on its physical features.

As you can see on the image below, the marker has been engraved on the side of the old rock and not on its top. Engraving on the top of the old rock is the most common practice followed by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) soldiers.

Near the top portion of this old rock, there is one long engraved straight line. Based on the way I see it, it is a perfectly straight line.

Below is a hole with an engraved circle around it. If you are an avid reader of my blog or if you have been following me for some time now, this treasure sign might already be familiar to you. But for those who are still new here, it is commonly interpreted as “Treasure on the Spot”. This means that this is the exact place where the item is hidden.

However, it could mean two things. One, the item is stored inside the rock which is more commonly referred to by most treasure hunters as a Rock Enclosed Treasure Deposit. And two, the item could be buried under this old rock. So the question is, “Which of the two are you going to follow?”

If we say that the item is enclosed inside this old rock, I will consider it possible but only if the treasure deposit is either a give-away or a “small treasure deposit”. However, if the treasure deposit is at a “medium to large volume”, it is unlikely to fit inside this old rock due to its size.

Based on my own personal experiences, this kind of treasure sign was often used by the JIA on buried treasure deposits that contain medium to large volume. Thus, I can say that there is a higher probability that the item is buried under this old rock.

How about the long straight line? 

This long engraved straight line above is what fully confirms that the item is buried under the ground and not enclosed inside the old rock. A long straight line like this illustrates the “land or ground surface”. So anything that is below or under it means that it is buried under the ground.

Now since the hole with an engraved circle around it (treasure on the spot) is below this long straight line, it clearly indicates that the item is buried under the old rock.


  1. It’s an Old Rock

Treasure signs, especially those that were engraved must be found on old rocks for them to be considered legit.

  1. Man-made Engraved Sign

Before decoding a certain treasure sign, it is very important that you should first be able to identify it if it is man-made or natural. Based on my own analysis, the way the marker has been engraved on the treasure sign above is man-made.

  1. Long Straight Line

When it comes to markers with long straight horizontal line, they often illustrate the land or ground surface.

  1. Treasure on the Spot

The hole with a circle around it is no doubt a “Treasure on the Spot” treasure sign. It is indeed a very good type of sign since it is directly giving a hint to where exactly the item is buried.

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