Over vacation I got sucked in by this show on the history channel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Curse_of_Oak_Island. It does have a few of the whack conspiracy theories and other seemingly manufactured drama that you would expect from most history channel shows these days but it does have an element of intrigue that I find partically interesting.
TL;DR - I will try not to botch it up-
Back in 1795 a teenager finds a circular depression amid a clearing of trees on this island off of Nova Scotia called Oak Island above the clearing is a tackle block. The guy brings a few friends and starts digging. Every 10 feet they find logs and other items that are man made or that are not common to that part of the world. They only get to like 30 feet. A few years later a larger operation comes to investigate and continues to 90 feet where they find a stone with weird inscriptions. Just below that they trigger a “booby trap” which floods the tunnel. Bailing it does not cause the water, sea water, to lower. turns out that the cove which is about 100 feet away is man made. And 200 years of attempts to get at the “treasure” have ended in failure. Now two dudes are throwing a lot of money at trying to solve it with modern tech and being documented by history channel. (There is a whole lot more to this, for the long form see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Island#The_Oak_Island_mystery.
Which brings me to the question, has anyone here ever done any treasure hunting of their own? I’m into hiking so i’ve been thinking of getting a metal detector to look for old coins and such.