Depths of buried pots is actually a very common question around the treasure hunting community. It is a very common type of question that I came across several times. So I decided to make a discussion about it.

So how much depth do we exactly need to dig before we can uncover the buried pot containing the Yamashita treasure deposit?

Before we answer this question, there are actually two different types of pots used or made by the Japanese Imperial Army soldiers.

First Type of Pot – Antique Pots

The first type of pot they used was the actual pot with artistic and cultural designs.

Old Antique Pot

They may have used pots that came from Japan which they brought here in the Philippines used for storing some of their food supplies. Or, they may have used pots that they confiscated from the other countries which they occupied including the Philippines itself.

We have to know that antique pots were commonly used by the Japanese soldiers as containers to their hidden Yamashita treasures. Based on my own personal experiences as a treasure hunter, the type of treasure deposits contained by these pots includes old coins, jewelries, and unprocessed gold.

There are also some cases where large antique pots contain several pieces of “gold bars”. Although, these gold bars are commonly those with the smallest sizes. 

Old antique pots as containers are also commonly encountered inside tunnels and caves. If we happen to encounter an antique pot inside a tunnel made by the Japanese soldiers, it has a higher possibility that the particular pot contains the precious items.

However, if we happen to discover an antique pot inside a cave, it is possible that it does contain the precious items but it may also contain skeletal remains.

Cave Pot Skeleton

For those who still do not know, antique pots were commonly used by our ancestors as containers to the remains of their dead relatives. And caves are one of the common places where they placed these pots.

So if we happen to discover a one large antique pot inside a cave and it contains human remains, it is no doubt that this pot belonged to our ancestor and not from the Japanese Imperial soldiers. As a form of respect, let’s just leave it in its original place. Or we can also inform our archeologists because it’s their own job to study these kinds of objects.

If we happen to dig and uncover an antique pot, I can say that it is possible that it might contain some precious items or again, human remains. You need to know that our ancestors did not only choose caves as resting places for their dead. As I stated above, caves are only one among the common places where they placed the remains of their dead relatives.

Some of them also buried the pots containing the remains of their dead relatives under the ground. This is the reason why some treasure hunters are able to uncover antique pots containing human remains without any valuable treasures inside it.

In order for us to avoid digging antique pots buried by our early ancestors, we need to rely on legit treasure signs left behind by the Japanese soldiers. Through these man-made markers, we can be sure that any containers that we are able to recover under the ground surely contain the treasure deposit that we are searching for.

If there are no markers that can be found around the site which can be used as a basis but we happen to uncover a certain antique pot, there is a very high chance that this object belonged to our early ancestors and not from the Japanese soldiers. And if we open it and it contains human remains, just like what I already stated above, we have to pay respect and let’s just leave it in its original place. Or, we can report it to our archeologists.

Depth to Dig and Uncover Buried Pots

Going back to the question about the depth of a buried pot containing a Yamashita treasure deposit, I can only answer this question based on my own personal experiences as a treasure hunter.

Buried Pot Underground

So based on my own experiences, antique pots as containers of treasure deposits were buried by the Japanese Imperial soldiers at a depth of 5ft down to 15ft.

However, there are other treasure hunters who claim that they were able to uncover antique pot containers at a much deeper depth of 30 ft. While there are also others claiming a much deeper depth that exceeds more than 30ft.

Based on my own personal opinion, there is no standard depth that the Japanese Imperial soldiers that they followed in burying their Yamashita treasures. You need to know that places have different types of ground properties. Some places can be easily dug because it has a very loose type of soil. There can also be places that when you start to dig, you will encounter large and hard rocks as obstacles. And places that when you dig, you are still at a shallow depth and water is already filling it up.

Those are only a few reasons why it makes it impossible for the Japanese Imperial soldiers to set a standard depth in burying their Yamashita treasures.

Determining the Depth of a Buried Treasure

The only possible way to determine the depth of a buried Yamashita treasure is through the markers left behind by the Japanese Imperial soldiers.

However, it is quite rare for them to use markers indicating how much depth you still need to dig before reaching the buried item. Based on my experiences, they commonly used markers indicating distances or depth to find the next important marker not directly to the treasure deposit. 

Another possible way to determine the depth of a buried item is through the use of high-tech equipment. Today, we already have a lot of high-end equipment that can scan buried items several feet down the ground.

However, these high-tech equipment are way too expensive that only few individuals can afford to buy one.

Second Type of Pot – Rock or Concrete

If the first type of pot are the actual pots, the second type are those large rocks or concrete bearing pot shapes.

Rock Pot

Encountering these kinds of objects on your site is actually good. Because in most cases, rocks or concrete pot shaped objects do contain treasure deposits as well similar to the actual pots. In some cases, the Japanese Imperial soldiers had engraved markers on these particular objects indicating Enclosed Treasure Deposit.

If we happen to discover a pot shaped object around our site that is made of concrete, this has a higher possibility that it contains valuable items inside it as compared to those that are rock shaped pots. It’s because concrete can be confirmed as “man-made”. And if it is man-made, it has a purpose.

So if the Japanese Imperial soldiers were the one who made the pot shaped concrete object, its primary purpose is to serve as a form of container to their hidden treasure.

If uncovered and buried under the ground, the possibility of it being the container of the item is way much even higher as compared to those found on the surface.

On the other hand, when it comes to the rock shaped pots, they have lower possibility as containers of the hidden treasure deposits. You have to know that rock shaped pots are very common around our surroundings and they have nothing to do with the hidden Yamashita treasures.

So in order for us to confirm that the rock shaped pot that we discovered has something to do with certain hidden Yamashita treasures, it is very important that there must be markers around. These markers should also be providing importance to the location of the rock shaped pot. Otherwise, the item is probably hidden somewhere else around.

When it comes to the possible items contained by a rock or concrete shaped pot, it can be old coins, gold bars, jewelries, and precious stones. Based on my own experiences, common items stored inside are gold bars and old coins. Some treasure hunters claim that they were able to recover precious diamonds and different sorts of valuable gemstones.

The Size of the Pot and its Meaning as Treasure Sign

Sizes of pots can also provide an important clue. If the size of the pot that you managed to discover is very small then it might contain a give-away. But if it’s a large size then it may contain the main treasure deposit.

Small sized pots containing give-aways or empty can still be considered as important treasure signs.

The meaning of a pot as a Japanese treasure sign is “Treasure Underwater” or “Treasure is under the water”. In case that you still do not know, pots were commonly used in the past as water containers. So due to its relation to water, the Japanese Imperial soldiers used a pot as a sign to indicate that they buried their Yamashita treasure under the water.

Final words

Knowing the depth of a buried pot as a container of a certain Yamashita treasure can make us more motivated to continue digging. However, it is quite impossible for us to determine the depth because the Japanese Imperial soldiers who were responsible for hiding the treasures never intended to provide such clues.

Anyway, what’s really important is that there are markers or clues that provide directions in which we need to follow as we continue with our excavation. Because we all know that reaching the end of these markers will also let us uncover the treasure deposit.        


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