63 The historian’s thoughts on the treasure hunt technique p. 3
"It's simple, young boor!" The historian said.
"You don't understand the whole story of research, the process of work is interesting and not its final result, it's just like a cherry on a cake!"
- Uh, dear! I noticed, Dara, you see, I'm not a student already, I'm a businessman. Farmer, shopkeeper. I have little time.
"Well, you yourself, were interested in the history of these mountains, how to look for coins and other precious objects" ?!
"This is also work, this is an interesting work, adventure, quest, good luck, sometimes you find trash in general, and sometimes coins for which you can earn some money!"
- I understand that, just talk about it, tell me about the method, don't need a lot of water, I'm not a scientist, I just came here to make easy money to develop my business in the capital! Said, losing his temper, Dara.
"I understand that, but you show warmth, you yourself live in the East and must understand how life is arranged here."
- Eeeee ... oh well ash stump ... (Local dialect) ...
- Okay, let's say the methodology ... and what did you find, how much and where did you sell it, did you become a millionaire? Said Dara.
"Well, you old man, have you read Jack London?"
- Ahh, you about the fact that a real treasure hunter or a gold digger will never say that he hit a big jackpot?
"About it, dear"!
- Hey, sir, historian, do not say this word, they beat us in the face for this! Noticed, Dara.
"Why"? "This is such a familiar way of talking in the West!"
_ Well, damn it, we are not in the West, we ourselves were talking about the East!
- We don't like familiarity, some kind of horseradish from the mountain (a local dialect came from the second empire) - and says, dear, it smells like bad.
- It's good if they're just banned in the network, in real life, it's possible to get a shot in the face!
"Ahh, I seem to understand!"
"But you also understood where I got this catch phrase"
- Sure! This is from the Kinzaza movie!
"Intelligent"! "They're gone."
- Yes, but they skillfully hide. Ahahahaahhahaa! Laughed, Dara.
"Well, let's move on to our rams" (local dialect).
look for old maps of the 19th century, the 18th century they are not very accurate, you need to mess around there more.
Imperial military maps of the second half of the 19th century, tsarist, British, Germanic, Austro-Hungarian, Japanese, are best suited. Well and the USA. Yes, the USA in the late 70s of the 19th century intensively mapped the territory of Asia.
Then we need satellite images and aerial photographs, there are archives, they are free, practically.
The data that you write out from the ancient road builders are Arabic in the main and the first empire, after information from historical manuscripts of the late 19th century - early 20th centuries.
Historical names, the origin of place names, make up the database. You record key data in a table. Unforgettable to look for them on the old map. Prescribe their coordinates.
You attach all the cartographic data to the area, for this you will have to use GIS software. Perhaps applications for digital thematic processing of satellite images, software. With an application for processing archaeological data.
You find the data from the cards in a satellite image and do their binding. Then you will need to clarify them on the ground and adjust the map.
- Christmas tree winders (local dialect) Dara thought, this is too scientific ... but also interesting, to some extent.
Then you make up a general idea for yourself where there were some historical events. But they are not in the "red zone", that is, real historical places included in the register of cultural heritage. You can't search for anything there. Prohibited.
But in places that are not listed in the registry, you can try to search. But this is the same as with drones, first you need to register a metal detector, get permission, undergo minimal training. What you can use and sell, and what you need to take to museums and notify the police. These are naturally cultural values, great finds - treasures, old weapons. But coins, single, or a scattering of ten is your business.
If you find something interesting, accidentally discovered the archaeological layer, and there, in addition to ceramics, also some remains, you need to notify the historical and local history museums, turn to scientists, archaeologists and ethnographers. All these moves are registered.
Well, this is already boring, but necessary knowledge. And then registration as a treasure hunter, tax payment, at the end of the year, on the profit received. About 26 percent.
And production can be sold at electronic auctions or delivered to the state reception departments, but there they take 40 percent cheaper than at auction.
If you pass it to the museum, you will not see the money at all, but they will write on a copper plate that this or that exhibitor was donated by a treasure hunter.
And so, look at the electronic catalog of coins, if they meet the requirements, then put up for auction.
Prices are different, from 30 cents to 10,000 dollars. Usually from 100 to 1000 dollars. Well, how lucky.
When searching, unforgettable, after the spread of dirt, remove, dig holes. Such a code or ethics of the treasure hunter. Share advice with others.
What did I find? Coins are basically, I said earlier.
I made a map of the ancient roads, clarified by satellite images, tied them to the terrain ... that is, I specified ...
and then just went with a metal detector along the road.
Paths, roads, the most interesting in terms of search and in terms of finds, coins. Different cities, countries, eras.
You follow it ... and you know that caravans and people of 60 centuries walked along this road in the steppe. They connected the continents!
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You read about it in ancient road builders, and now you yourself are walking along this road, the road like a time machine, if you have a good imagination!
Coins come across every 100-200 meters. Coins are different, there are modern ones, there are first and second empires. Among them, rare coins sometimes come in that cost $ 100-260 apiece, if they are in good condition.
Provided that they are not in the flood zone of the river, it spills and floods the ravines, and then there is only the plain ... and the sands ...
Less common are coins of various regional principalities of the 18-17-16 centuries.
Most often, copper, after silver, very rarely gold and bronze.
On the plain closer to the mountains of Light, you can find Arab coins from the time of the Abbasids and coins of the empire of Ming, Tan, Qing ...
In the mountains, sometimes it was possible to meet Macedonian - Greek coins, more of the Arab and local principalities, silver 17-18 centuries.
That is, each point, mountains, mountain valleys, passes, foothill plains, deserts, steppe, has different types of coins, the frequency of their meeting ...