How to Find Lost Cities?
(Island of Malta)
Hi Guys, I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas on exactly how to follow leads to lost cities or settlements. I thought we could brainstorm some ideas.
I've written a book about the subject, and am in the process of writing yet another one.
For now, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in commenting about the different research methodologies used in actually locating sites. We all know that research is the cornerstone of what we do, whether it's finding lost treasure, lost cities, or simply looking for gold nuggets or alluvial deposits.
Personally, I think it's best to start with the more common sources:
1. Indigenous/Local knowledge (this is a branch of ethno-archaeology which uses contemporary native beliefs and practices to infer information about ancient beliefs and practices)
2. Satellite imagery (available freely on the internet)
3. Ancient descriptions (contemporary descriptions of travels or pilgrimages, or exploration, ect.)
4. Geography (where would it most make sense to found or establish a settlement or city form the standpoint of taking advantage of natural resources such as rivers, waterways, edible trees, mineral deposits, etc?)
5. Archaeological reports from previous sites which could lead to the discovery of new sites.
6. Ancient migratory patterns, tribal routes, roads, pilgrimage routes, etc (any patterns of the mass movement of people regularly used)
These are just six of my ideas, if anyone has any other ideas, please feel free to comment. You're also more than welcome to visit my site and see what I've got up there. Articles are still going up. I also highly recommend Stan's original 'wealth through adventure series', which was a great inspiration to me in my work. Not sure if it's still available, but it should be, for pure ideas on lifestyle transformation. I knew about the subjects he had written about, but had never thought to actually put them into practice as part of making a living.
The fossil section is just one example of this. His P.I. series may at first glance seem unrelated to such a discipline as treasure hunting. However, upon further consideration, research largely consists of following up leads.
For example, you see a newspaper clipping of someone who has recently found an old gold coin in the area. It doesn't say where it was found or give details of the discoverer. Using the proper research tools and methods from this particular series, one would be theoretically able to track down the individual, question them, and go back over the area where the coin was found.
Where there's one coin, there may be many... this is the idea which lies behind the concept of a treasure cache. The questioning format which is given in the series can also be used in one's questioning of locals in an area (in case of indigenous tribesmen who speak no English, use a translator or guide).
Research really is the cornerstone of what we do folks, and it's important to develop solid methodologies on which to base treasure leads or site research if we hope to be successful. Until we do that, we're just shooting in the dark. I know, I used to be an archaeologist and we had to do this stuff all the time. It's almost like detective work. So let's try and put our heads together to figure out the general principles of treasure hunting and get more specific from there.
Stan's comments: What a great topic to discuss! I can't wait to see what everyone has to say about this. Rob's 6 sources are right on the mark. I look forward to making comments in this thread as well. Lost cities can still be found on every continent in the world, even close to big cities! Let this interesting discussion begin...