Aside from burying the Yamashita treasures deep underground or deep inside caves or tunnels, another clever method that the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) did in hiding most of their precious war loots (back in WW2) were by enclosing them inside rocks. They were able to do this method due to some kind of unknown powerful chemical they use that allows them to break or create holes even from the hardest types of rocks around. It was also due to this type of chemical that allowed them to engraved markers on the surfaces of rocks that are so perfectly etched.
According to some sources online, there are articles accusing the JIA of experimenting chemical weapons which could made them won the war. Fortunately, time wasn’t on their side so their discoveries ends up into failures. Despite of their failures to utilize chemicals for weaponry, they discovered many other basic uses of their chemical experiments such as the substance they use for etching markers on hard surfaces of rocks and enhancing concretes that are not so easy to break apart.
On this post, I would like to feature a marker which is called the “Rock Enclosed Treasure Sign”. Below is an actual photo of a perfect example of this particular marker. I do not own this photo but I asked permission from the owner to use it as an example for this discussion. This is still an ongoing project and I won’t be disclosing any other information regarding about their excavation.
The Treasure is hidden inside the Rock
The meaning of “enclosed” is surrounded, enveloped or covered. A rock enclosed treasure mean is that, the item is inside the body of a rock. Again, as stated above, the JIA used this unknown type of chemical to cut a certain portion on the rock creating a container for the precious items that they intend to hide. Sealing it back undergoes the same process which makes the rock look like nothing happened to it.
As you can see on the image above, the sign consists of a crescent shape similar to the letter C then at the center, there is a dot. To interpret this sign, we need to start from the dot. For my avid readers, I am pretty sure that you already know what a dot stands for. But for the sake of those who are new to this blog, a dot usually stands for the item or deposit.
Next is the C or crescent shape part of the marker. This symbol is telling that the item is enclosed or covered by a rock. Based on my experiences, the item is often right exactly inside the body of the rock.
The most common misinterpretation of rock enclosed treasure sign especially by the amateurs is that, they dig either on the sides or under the rock. So after working hard digging even at an incredible amount of depths, they will most likely give up not knowing that the deposit isn’t really that hard to recover. My point here is that, being able to interpret signs correctly plays a huge role in successfully recovering the hidden treasure.
Another common misinterpretation for this particular sign is that, its meaning can slightly vary especially when there are other symbols that are marked alongside it. Let’s say for example that you found this rock enclosed symbol engraved on the surface of a one big rock. But on the side of this symbol, there is an arrow pointing to another bigger rock nearby. This means that the item is contained by the other bigger rock being pointed by the arrow marker.
And the third most common misinterpretation of this sign is that, most amateurs does not know how to distinguish natural from man-made authentic signs. This is why after the hard effort of breaking the rock, they simply find nothing inside with huge disappointment.
Using Metal Detectors for Scanning the Rock
The JIA would most likely choose hard types of rocks that aren’t too easy to break apart. Based on my experiences, breaking hard rocks is too tedious and it could take a lot of time especially when you are just using just a hammer and a chisel. There is Dexpan and other similar products but there is a problem or difficulty recently in acquiring any of them.
As a solution, metal detectors or scanners can be used. However, hard types of rocks here in the Philippines are unlike any other rocks in most other countries. They are mostly hot type of rocks that are high in mineral contents particularly irons. This elements is what interferes or gives false signals to most metal detectors. Anyway, there are now several high-end metal detectors available in the market today that are capable of canceling out such interferences.
With a reliable metal detector on your hand, you can just scan the rock to confirm if it is positive or not which can greatly save you an incredible amount of time.
Some Common Questions
Going back to the rock enclosed treasure symbol, some of you may ask “What if there is no dot at the center of the C sign?”
If there is no dot then it means that something is still hidden inside the rock that is not a treasure but perhaps an important clue. I actually have fellow treasure hunters who found clearly sketched treasure maps.
You also have to know that even without the presence of the dot but if there are other signs representing the presence of deposit such as heart, asterisk, question mark, square, rectangle or X then the meaning should remain the same.
“What if the dot is not at the center of the C shape?”
If it happens that the dot is not at the center of the C marker then it means that the item is enclosed in the side of the rock which is a lot easier to be recovered. A chisel and a hammer can actually do the job.
“What is the hidden treasure deposit?”
Based on my experience, deposits inside the rocks are old coins, precious stones, gold bars (small sizes), jewelries and diamonds. And in most cases, it’s a mixtures of these items. Speaking about diamonds, there are rumors that the largest diamond in the world was a part of the Yamashita treasure hidden by the JIA here in the Philippines inside a certain large rock. Rumors says that the rock bear the shape of an egg.
Therefore, if you have found a rock enclosed treasure sign (with no other signs engraved) marked on the surface of the rock then it clearly means that you need to break it apart.