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Back in 1982 a man named Byron Priess decided it would be a good idea to publish a treasure hunt. He spent a year or so traveling around the country, burying small ceramic boxes two feet underground. He wrote a few poems, and had a friend of his paint some images. The goal was to get the reader to match a poem with a verse, produce a treasure map of sorts, then go dig up the treasures.
He thought it would be easy.
40 years later we are finding out he was wrong.

So far two treasures have been found. One in Chicago, and one in Cleveland… so at least we know they are real. That’s about all we know for sure.

This project started with Byron recruiting a bunch of his friends. Sean and Ted to write some descriptions of strange creatures that Byron’s friend JoEllen sculpted out of clay and cloth, which were photographed by his childhood friend Ben. Then Byron’s friends John Palencar, John Pierard, and Overton Loyd made a bunch of images with the sole purpose of confusing all of us.

The project was created by a community of friends, and it is my opinion that a community of friends is the only way to solve it.

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Back in 1982 a man named Byron Priess decided it would be a good idea to publish a treasure hunt. He spent a year or so traveling around the country, burying small ceramic boxes two feet underground. He wrote a few poems, and had a friend of his paint some images. The goal was to get the reader to match a poem with a verse, produce a treasure map of sorts, then go dig up the treasures.
He thought it would be easy.
40 years later we are finding out he was wrong.

So far two treasures have been found. One in Chicago, and one in Cleveland… so at least we know they are real. That’s about all we know for sure.

This project started with Byron recruiting a bunch of his friends. Sean and Ted to write some descriptions of strange creatures that Byron’s friend JoEllen sculpted out of clay and cloth, which were photographed by his childhood friend Ben. Then Byron’s friends John Palencar, John Pierard, and Overton Loyd made a bunch of images with the sole purpose of confusing all of us.

The project was created by a community of friends, and it is my opinion that a community of friends is the only way to solve it.

    50. Six years in San Francisco

    50. Six years in San Francisco

    Six long years were spent working on this simple little idea, then getting the permission to explore it. Join Brett, Matt, and George as they talk about one small city block in the heart of San Francisco.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    How Boston was Found with Jason Krupat

    How Boston was Found with Jason Krupat

    How the Boston treasure was found in Jason's own words.

    • 11 min
    48. Nirvana vs. Silverchair

    48. Nirvana vs. Silverchair

    Nivana vs. Silverchair, Canada vs. St. Louis, 5 vs. 8. Cole and George have a civil conversation while disagreeing on the fundamentals of things which do not matter... and wonder why others can't do the same thing.

    • 44 min
    47. The Mental Health episode

    47. The Mental Health episode

    May is mental health awareness month and in this first of two part series devoted to mental health in the treasure hunting community, George and Rachel talk to a Therapist who specializes in addiction and addiction behaviors. We talk about some of the things we have seen and experienced, in a session which ultimately turns into a therapy session for George. Enjoy.


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    The Subtlety of Witches – a 16th century cipher mystery

    The Subtlety of Witches – a 16th century cipher mystery

    • 48 min
    The Golden Apple Tale

    The Golden Apple Tale

    Forty years ago a book titled The Golden Apple tale was released. Sold only by order forms in the back of magazines, only one physical copy is known to exist. For years no one has known who wrote this book, or if the treasure was still available. Today those questions are answered.

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59 Ratings

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That Bradley guy sounds like a total babe. Is he taken!?!?

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Podcasts doesn’t play right

Podcast sounds interesting. Tried to listen to a number of episodes but it keeps starting over about every 2 minutes. Very disappointed. Hopefully it can be fixed.

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Why is there so much background noise?

Maybe is because I’m only 3 episodes deep. But there’s a LOT of background noises and people talking over one another that make this podcast really hard to listen to. I’m trying to push through the dog barking, bell jingling and mic cuts, but it’s a struggle. Music/TVs plying in the background. It’s all really distracting

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