Artifact Treasure Hunting in Peru
With the SSP Metal Detector
Poisonous snakes, angry Gods and TREASURE!
What could be better in the jungles of Peru?
Since 1992, Global Research & Discovery Network
has been engaged in archeological research using
the latest state-of-the-art metal detectors. Along
the way, Global and its members have made significant
discoveries in many countries and been credited
with a number of discoveries. Many of our finds
are displayed today in museums throughout the
Perhaps Global's most significant discovery to date is the location of the City of Khan Batu
in Russia. The grandson of Genghis Khan and the head of the "Golden Hordes," Khan Batu were
credited with conquering Russia and many European countries. His gold Tamgha (seal) which was
found is now displayed in a museum in Russia.
More recently, I traveled to Peru, where the location and recovery of metal artifacts
presents greater challenges than I've have encountered in elsewhere. For that reason,
prior to my trip I consulted Chris Fisher, head of sales for Accurate Locators.
Having been to Peru on several previous trips, I explained to Chris that the country's
difficult topography makes metal detecting a special challenge. What's more, the most
valuable and sought-after objects tend to be hidden deep in the jungle, buried under
heavy cover of dead leaves and foliage. He suggested that the Pulse Penetrator SSP,
with its various-size loops (the largest being a square meter) has ability to penetrate to
great depths, would be best-suited to Peru's terrain.
I placed the order and, with a mix of hope and anxiety, left for Peru to join the
archeological team of Dr. Theo Paredes, a prominent anthropologist, who, together with
his archeology group has made many important discoveries. Theo has also served as the
Governor of the Inca region.
It was good to reconnect with old friends in Cusco. Theo had discovered what looked
to be an ancient city in the jungle, but we would need cutting-edge equipment to confirm
it. We discussed the expedition route and, later in the evening, attended a Shaman
ceremony for ensuring good fortunes and appeasement of the spirits. I left with a bad
headache, having imbibed far too much of the Shaman's potion, and retired to my quarters,
where I started preparing the equipment for this long-awaited expedition.
We spent the next two days making local contacts, getting travel approvals and
researching private land holdings where the owners had discovered artifacts in the past.
In addition, accompanied by two former mayors of Inca towns, we visited Inca farmers who
received us most graciously.
One told us that on their sites, there are Inca walls and perhaps even mounds; thus, an
investigation around the mounds and along the walls seemed to make sense. While I assembled
the machine, I explained to the gathering crowd how it worked and what it was supposed to
do. As soon as it was tuned, I approached an iron shovel and at a distance of more than
four feet, the strong signal from the machine met with expressions of great astonishment;
the people couldn't believe what they saw.
We then proceeded along the walls and mound, which were covered with an incredible amount
of vegetation, making it impossible to swing the machine. So we waited while a team of
macheteros came in to clear the area.
Theo suggested - with good reason - that if we dig we go no deeper than 20 cm down, and that
further digging, with small tools and brushes, be left to professionals. The reason was
that the earth was extremely hard and the use of picks risked destroying any buried artifacts.
The amount of buried trash even in the JUNGLE was unbelievable. Despite their dependence
on the earth for all their farming needs, the local farmers had been in the practice of
throwing out everything. The jungle cover was thick so we decided to use the 18" coil
without any discrimination the machine emitted signal after signal, we decided to dig
all the responses being afraid of missing any valuable finds, but all we dug out so far
was surface trash, However, one signal was different from the others offering a much
fainter signal, indicating a deep true target, we hope! We started to dig, but after 20 cm
the ground was hard and in place, a good sign. We had to leave the spot to be dug later
by the professionals.
Our next digging focused on the property of the former mayor of the town. He told us
that there was a huge cave on his property and that, according to legend, following the
conquest of Peru, a holy man with the ability to astrologically project himself into
other places and dimensions had "visited" both this cave and an adjourning one and
seen a number of life-sized gold statues. He added that, in the late 1800s, villagers
had looted the adjourning cave (which isn't on his property) and found a few gold statues.
They argued over how to divide the loot; when one farmer felt he wasn't getting his share,
he reported the matter to the police. You can guess the outcome.
The next day, upon my arrival at his farm, a great party was prepared in my honor.
Guinea pigs were roasted in huge outdoor ovens and Pisco sour (the national alcoholic
drink of Peru) was available in abundance. I tried to avoid drinking too much alcohol
as the heat was unbearable. Following the festivities, we went to the cave only to find
the entrance blocked by several tons of boulders.
Obviously, we had no intention of trying to remove the stones. Rather, our objective
was to check the area for artifacts that would indicate that there was movement to the
cave. As before, the vegetation was chin-high, requiring the macheteros to do their
work. It was clear that the area had been the site of many mud slides in the past,
adding a significant amount of depth to the ground and necessitating the use of largest
I assembled the square-meter loop and started
detecting the "clear" patches. We searched for
hours and, again, we needed to bring in the support
team to clear the area. It was grueling work in
the heat, and the excessive humidity, caused by
the proliferating vegetation, made it difficult
to breathe. But the team kept at it, and I finally
picked up a faint signal, detecting that there
was a very deep object. We marked the place and
called it a day.
Now it really was time to cool off. We drove to Cuzco for dinner, washed down with ample
quantities of Pisco Sour, lingering at the restaurant till well after midnight. I have no
recollection of how I got back to my hotel.
Our next project was to climb to the peak of a mountain where there was a huge rock
considered to be a revered place. We were in search of artifacts that would prove the
truth of the legend.
It takes tremendous stamina to climb in Peru, where the mountains can easily soar to
20,000 feet and more. To make the going easier, we chewed coca leaves, which dilate
the arteries, thus increasing blood-flow and sending more oxygen to the brain. Again,
we found an incredible amount of vegetation covering everything. We cleared a few patches,
but found nothing.
Over the next few days we visited other tracts of land, marked a few places and left.
The most interesting day was when we entered the jungle. A native had told us about a
huge black stone that is constantly hit by lightning, perhaps indicating the presence
of large amounts of metals below. Getting there wasn't easy. Walking through the jungle
is a unique experience by itself. Luckily, the natives are natural navigators and,
better yet, seemed to have an uncanny ability to alert me to impending danger.
"Gus, freeze," one shouted
I stopped dead in my tracks.
"Look up in the tree in front of you," he commanded.
I looked and saw nothing.. I took out my binoculars and scanned the tree but nothing
attracted my eye.
"Don't you see the snake in the branches?" said the guide. He was right: There it was.
Worse, these snakes are very poisonous and have the tendency to throw themselves down
on people. Since it was impossible to circumvent the place, the natives started to
throw branches at the snake to make it move. Without warning, the snake fell from the
tree and headed directly for me. "Why me" I wondered; weren't there others ahead of me?
Luckily a native with a stick intervened. "It makes a very good dinner," he said,
admiring his prey. Later at dinner, the natives pressed me to try the cooked snake;
I refused. "But it's a delicacy," they insisted.
Our macheteros were hard at work when, all of sudden I looked to the side and through
the trees on the side of the cliffs spotted a wall. "Ruins" I shouted. "Ruins" Everybody
looked to where I was pointing. We sent some scouts but there was no way they could
make it across the steep ravine. So we decided to plan another expedition in the near future.
We continued our trip but eventually came to a dead end. Due to recent torrential rains,
our path was covered and impossible to cross. We would need a large support team to open
the path. So we shifted into reverse and started walking back.
| On the next-to-last day, I was visited
by the archeologists. They took out their
finds and, much to my amazement produced a
large silver scepter. This was the first faint
signal we had with the SSP Metal Detector.
It had been discovered at a depth of about
2.5 meters (see pictures) with the
square-meter loop; the others were discovered
with the other two loops at a depth of 1-1.5
meters. I took pictures with my 3 mm camera
and I must say that we were all greatly pleased
with the finds.
|| Although I spent many days in my research,
I must admit that my total work with the SSP
metal detector didn't exceed 12 hours. Nonetheless,
I must say that I was extremely impressed
with the square-meter loop, which gave true
discrimination. The depth range is unbelievable.
As for working with the smaller round loops
I found these to be very affective for both
FEROUS and NON-FERROUS targets up to several
After remaining in Lima a few days, I returned home to New Jersey, where I rushed to develop the
pictures. Much to my astonishment, the photographs of the artifacts came out blurry, as if the
pictures were burned. I am an experienced photographer, and had focused properly on the objects.
The interesting thing is that the pictures following the object came out good.
I consulted Theo on the issue and he explained me that the team had neglected to conduct
proper ceremonies prior to digging the objects, thus angering the spirits. I requested him
to send me new pictures of the objects. (Coming soon)
And about the SSP I Metal Detector must state
that the machine:
- Extremely easy to assemble. Takes only a few minutes
- The manual is very precise in detailing how to tune the machine.
- One can start working immediately after tuning
and as long as you work the detector continues
to tune itself to the ground magnetic field.
- You don't have to be an experienced operator to work with it. You hold it
about 5 inches about the ground and swing it slowly from side to side.
As you approach the target the signal gets stronger and achieves its peak
when the target is in the middle of the loop.
- You should have a support team with you for digging. Once you have
a signal, mark it, let the team dig and you continue to search in order to save time.
- The two round loops don't offer any discrimination but detect deep objects.
Therefore, if you clear the area from junk, you can be assured that deep signals
indicate good targets.
- The deeper the target the weaker the signal. This is what you want.
- The metal detector comes in a nice leather
- The one square meter loop is easy to assemble it requires two people
to walk with it on each side. Further it provides excellent discrimination
and the depth range is unbelievable.
All in all, I enjoyed working with the user
friendly SSP metal Detector and the rare finds
are evidence of the machine capabilities.