Engraved cross marker is one among the commonly used Yamashita treasure signs or markers used by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) soldiers. So how do you exactly interpret its meaning?

The first thing that you have to do is to make sure that the marker that you discovered is really an “Cross Sign” and not an “X” or “+” sign. You have to know that the X and + symbols do have different meanings to the cross symbol.

So what you are going to do is to take measurements of the lengths of the two intersecting lines. If it happens that you measure both lines to have equal measurements then the engrave marker you found is either an X or +. On the other hand, if one of the lines is much longer than the other then the marker you found is no doubt a cross sign.

X Cross +

After you are able to confirm that the marker you found is an X sign, it is time to interpret its meaning. The only problem with interpreting the meaning of a cross sign especially for the amateur is that, it can be quite complicated because it has general varied meanings.

In this post, I will try to explain its meaning in the most basic sense. And, this starts by identifying some old places on your site which are the following:

  • Old Church
  • Old Caves or Tunnels
  • Old Creeks or Water Sources
  • Old Cemetery or Graveyard

Interestingly, you have to know that cross signs do give valuable hints to the directions where the item is currently hidden. However, the item is not usually nearby but from a far distance.

So in relation to those old four places, if the cross sign is pointing into one of these old mentioned locations then this means that the main deposit is hidden in that particular place. Your question might be, “How can you exactly tell which direction is the cross sign pointing at?”

Shown on this image above is an illustration that best explains the direction pointed out by a cross sign. The longest line of the cross acts as the main pointer where it is directly pointing into the location of the hidden treasure deposit.

The other three shorter lines are also considered as pointers. But unlike the longer line, they do point into the locations of separate small deposits or give-aways. The number of available small deposits or give-aways do depends on the hidden volume of the item. For small deposits, there could only be one give-away or even none at all. For medium deposits, there could be one or two separate deposits or give-aways. And for the large deposits, it is most likely that the three locations are likely to have small separate deposits.

If it happens that there aren’t any signs or markers around that can confirm the volume of the hidden treasure deposit, then it is always best suggested that you should only focus on the direction indicated by the longest line.

Long Pointer of a Cross Pointing to a Particular Location

I have a question which only you can answer because it depends on your site. Is the longest line of the cross sign pointing to an old church, tunnel, cave, creel, cemetery, or graveyard?

Let’s say for example that when you followed the direction indicated by the longest line of the cross, it has led you into the location of an old church. So what does it mean? It means that the main treasure deposit is hidden somewhere around that location of the old church.

Some of you may ask about “specific distances” of a cross sign. Sadly, there are no specific distances indicated by a simple cross sign with no additional symbols on it. But since it is already pointing directly into one specific location such as an old church, there is actually no need to indicate accurate distances.

Deposits Locations from Old Places

Deposits that are hidden from old churches are often found right at the middle portion of the structure. As for the tunnels or caves, the hidden items are usually stored inside a sealed chamber. For the old creeks, the hidden item can be under the water on it is buried on the side. And when it comes to cemetery or graveyard, the hidden deposit is often stored inside the grave or underneath it.

The Long Line of the Cross is Pointing on the Ground

What if the cross sign that you found isn’t pointing to any old places as we have mentioned above but directly onto a surface of a ground?

This is best explained through this illustration. Assuming that you found a cross sign that is engraved on the surface of a huge old rock. And, the longest line of the cross sign is pointing in a downward direction.

What you have to do is to use a long string of wire. Ask your fellow treasure hunter to hold the other end of the wire and then pull it away according to the direction indicated by the cross sign. The spot where the other end of the line landed on the ground will be your digging spot.

Locating Small Deposits or Give-Aways of a Cross Sign

Amateur treasure hunters or low funded groups of treasure hunters may find recovering the main deposit to be quite hard. Thus, it’s always best for them to go after the small separate deposits or give-aways to give them a good start.

So how exactly are you able to determine the locations of the separate small deposits or give-aways of a cross sign?

In the illustration above, you can see that the small lines of the cross are pointing into the three possible locations of separate small deposits or give-aways. In those directions, what you have to do is to explore those areas and look for signs or markers. Try searching them on old rocks and old trees around. And in most cases, you will find signs or markers that confirm the spot that you should dig.

Moreover, let’s have a short summary of a cross sign. The meaning of the three short lines pertains to separate small treasure deposits or give-aways. While the longest line of the cross, it refers to the direction of the main hidden treasure deposit.


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