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Uncharted 3: Yamash.itas Gold (Philippines) -an idea.

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I think this would be a great plot for Uncharted 3. I name it...

 

Uncharted 3: Yamash.itas Gold

 

the name is bleeped. Read on....

 

UPDATE: I posted a local treasure hunters blug. Scroll down.

 

 

It is often said that behind every great fortune lies a great crime. The twisted tale of Yama**bleep**a’s gold, allegedly buried in the Philippine islands, is a story of a great fortune and many crimes that became inseparably intertwined.

The tale begins with Japan’s plundering of its neighbors before and during World War II. As the Germans did in Europe, the Japanese squeezed vast fortunes from their Asian domain, creating a river of riches flowing toward the homeland. The Japanese government intended that loot pilfered from Southeast Asia would finance their war effort.

This was not the haphazard looting of a rampaging army – it was a highly organized effort – perpetrated on a massive scale by some of Japans most prominent citizens; allegedly including Emperor Hirohito and yakuza gangsters such as Yoshio Kodama.

Emperor Hirohito appointed his brother, Prince Yasuhito Chichibu, to head a secret organization called Kin no yuri (�Golden Lily�), to organize the looting.

Golden Lily teams systematically emptied treasuries, banks, factories, private homes, temples, churches, mosques, museums pawn shops and art galleries, and stripped ordinary people of what little they had, while Japan’s top gangsters looted Asia’s underworld and its black economy. The stolen property reportedly included gems, golden Buddhas, coins, and precious metals of immense value.

The Treasure Route

Not since the Spanish conquered the Incan Empire in 1532 had the world seen such an aggressive looting campaign. This sort of enterprise took careful planning and an established network to transport the loot safely and efficiently back to the Japanese homeland.

The hub of the Golden Lilly’s looting network was the Philippine island of Luzon – it’s strategic location and proximity to Japan made it a natural and necessary trans-shipment point.


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During the early days of the war the looting network functioned as planned – treasures from all over South East Asia arrived in the Philippines daily – the loot was then transferred to freighters for the trip back to Japan.

But toward the end of World War II. The Allies were gaining control of the Pacific, making it increasingly difficult for the Japanese to transport the stolen treasure. Allied submarines and aircraft took a heavy toll on Japan’s shipping; some of the ships carrying loot to Japan were sunk.

So, instead of shipping the treasure back to Japan, Golden Lilly operatives began hiding the loot in caves and underground complexes throughout the Philippines. The Japanese believed that when the war ended they would be able to keep the Philippine Islands as a concession for peace. They would then be able to dig up the vast wealth hidden there to rebuild their failing empire.

General Yama**bleep**a


General Tomoyuki Yama**bleep**a

Arriving in the midst of this frenzied activity was the Philippines’ new military governor, General Tomoyuki Yama**bleep**a, “the Tiger of Malaya� – a nickname he had won by conquering that complacent and ill-defended British colony.

As the Allied forces closed in, General Yama**bleep**a kicked the treasure concealment campaign into high gear.

Yama**bleep**a dug massive tunels in the mountains outside Manila, some to depths of hundreds of feet, leading to the final ’storage chambers’. Many of these tunnels were excavated just below the water table during the dry season, which meant that they would eventually fill with water – a deterrent to any future salvagers.

And if that were’t enough, most if not all of the tunnels were booby-trapped with 1,000 and 2,000 lb bombs and poisonous gas.

Alied Prisoners were used to dig the intricate tunnel systems and once the gold was safely stashed in the pits, the POWs were executed and buried along with the treasures. In rare cases, Japanese officers even had their own soldiers killed and buried along with the treasure, to protect the secret locations.

Yama**bleep**a also blasted caves in coral reefs, and sank entire shiploads of valuables in the sea around the islands. But in the end all this hard work was for nothing – the Americans invaded the Philippines in October 1944.

When the Allied forces landed on Luzon there was still much treasure remaining to be buried, so General Yama**bleep**a loaded the remaining loot on trucks and took it with him as his army retreated across the island.


Japanese and American Troop positions
on Luzon Island – Philippines 1945.

Legend says that as Yama**bleep**a fled, he broke the treasure into many smaller stashes that were hidden along the line of his retreat, the bulk of the stashes are said to be concentrated in the mountainous area where Yama**bleep**a made his last stand against the invading US troops.

Yama**bleep**a eventual surrender on September 2, 1945.

According to popular lore, there are said to be 172 documented, official Japanese imperial burial sites (138 on land and 34 in deliberately scuttled ships), not to mention the numerous instances of loot buried by greedy officers and renegade soldiers.

The worth of all this booty is estimated to be as much as $3 billion at 1940 rates – the equivalent of over $100 billion today. According to various post-war estimates, the gold bullion alone totals 4,000 to 6,000 tons!

Many of those who knew the locations of the loot were killed during that final battle, or were later tried by the Allies for war crimes and executed. General Tomoyuki Yama**bleep**a himself was executed for war crimes on February 23, 1946 taking the secret of his treasure to the grave.

Recovery Efforts

Many Yama**bleep**a researchers believe that a portion of the treasure has already been recovered by various parties in the sixty years since Yama**bleep**a’s Execution. A great many facts have been accumulated, maps have been found, witnesses have sworn their testimonies, but the truth remains shrouded in mystery and lies. Two of the more credible and well researched rumors of recovery are listed below:

Clandestine Operation

The first rumor reads like a Tom Clancy Novel. It’s said that, in October 1945, American intelligence agents learned where some of the Japanese loot was hidden. Agents of the O.S.S. (forerunner of the CIA) watched as Japanese troops buried treasure on the island of Luzon and once the Japanese were defeated they began a clandestine recovery operation that lasted until 1948.

Gold Warriors Book CoverPeggy and Sterling Seagrave’s book, Gold Warriors: America’s Secret Recovery of Yama**bleep**a’s Gold (2003), Is one of the best written on the subject and a great place to start your research on this fascinating tale. The initial edition comes with CD-ROMs containing 900 megabytes of documents, maps and photographs.

There were important reasons for all this secrecy. If the recovery of this huge mass of stolen gold became public knowledge, the countries and individuals that had been plundered could not lay claim to it; and the OSS/CIA had no intention of returning any of the plunder to its rightful owners.

Instead, they set up numerous front companies to launder the secretly recovered gold bullion. This is supposed to have become the basis of the CIA’s ‘off the books’ operational funds during the immediate post-war years, used to create a world-wide anti-Communist network.

General William Donovan, head of the O.S.S., supposedly knew of the gold recoveries, as did General Douglas MacArthur, and former US presidents Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman.

Marcos’ Gold

Perhaps the most credible rumor of recovery involves a young, up and coming Filipino politician named Ferdinand Marcos – who became successively a congressman, senator, president, and finally dictator of the Philippine islands.

Portrait of Ferdinand marcos


Ferdinand Marcos

It was rumored that Marco’s rise in politics was financed in part by Yama**bleep**a’s hoard. One of many stories about Marcos places him with a party of Japanese soldiers who hid gold in a tunnel at the end of the war.

Then sometime in the mid 1960’s he recovered $8 billion from a tunnel known as “Teresa 2″, which was located 38 miles south of Manila, in the Rizal province.

An interesting fact about Marcos is that he was the leader of the Ang Maharlika guerrilla force in northern Luzon during World War II. This would have put him in the center of the action as the Japanese made their final stand against Allied forces.

Whether the dictator ever found Yama**bleep**a’s gold is pure speculation – but it’s a well documented fact that he searched diligently, freely using his presidential powers and the nation’s armed forces in the hunt. When he declared martial law in 1972, Marcos took full advantage of the clout it conferred to step up his treasure-hunting efforts.

In 1975, Marcos awarded himself a monopoly on underwater recovery efforts, decreeing that all future salvage operations in Philippine waters would require his personal approval.

From time to time, scraps of information leaked from the Marcos inner circle indicating that the dictator did indeed find some sort of treasure. In the 1970s, Marcos hired an American, Robert Curtis, to search for buried treasure and remelt gold bullion to hide its origins.

Curtis later told of seeing bars of gold “stacked from floor to ceiling� in one of the dictator’s provincial palaces. “The ingots�, he said, “were of a distinctive shape used around the time of World War II�.

Golden Buddha allegedly found by Rogelio RoxasThe ‘gold’ Buddha allegedly returned to Rogelio Roxas by Ferdinand Marcos. Roxas claimed the Buddha he’d found had been solid gold with a cavity in the removable head that contained diamonds

Rogelio Roxas, a Filipino locksmith, is said to have found a one-ton, solid-gold Buddha and thousands of gold bars in a tunnel near Baguio in 1971, only to have them stolen by President Ferdinand Marcos.

In 1986 Roxas sued the Marcos estate for damages, but died from poisioning on the very day he was set to testify.

Marcos was eventually overthrown in 1986; It was reported that when he fled the country, U.S. Customs agents discovered 24 suitcases of gold bricks and diamond jewelry hidden in diaper bags.

In addition, certificates for gold bullion valued in the billions of dollars were allegedly among the personal properties he, his family, his cronies and business partners had surreptitiously taken with them when U.S. President Ronald Reagan provided them all safe passage to Hawaii.

Going for the Gold!

To this day, not one “officially accepted� Yama**bleep**a find has been documented. But despite all the disappointments and dead-ends, fortune hunters remain undaunted. Many individuals and consortia, both Filipino and foreign, continue to search for treasure sites.

Before you launch your own hunt for Yama**bleep**a’s Lost Gold, here are a few things to keep in mind…

Danger – Dozens have died digging up roads, riverbeds and mountainsides in a relentless pursuit of Yama**bleep**a’s gold. For example, in late 2000, two men were buried alive when a tunnel collapsed near the Mindanao town of General Santos after they had dug as far as 24 feet.Four others suffocated in Lumban, Laguna. And in 1998, three men were killed in Nueva Ecija in Luzon province when a tunnel they had dug caved in.

Con Men – As many of these recovery projects have ended in failure, a side industry has emerged based on the fever itself. Foreign investors are often enticed into funding the digging of holes known to contain nothing or sold “treasure maps� of questionable origin - such as the one to the right →If you are tempted to take up the Yama**bleep**a challenge you might want to read this article first, which tells how a 74-year-old man lost his life savings by investing in a Yama**bleep**a scheme. Desperate race for vast riches – www.geocities.com/filipinoculture/treasure.html

Sharing with the man – The Philipine government has some pretty strict, and well enforced guidelines for would be treasure hunters operating in their territories. Many expeditions have been escorted by the Philipino Military, who stand guard night and day to make sure that the government gets their fair share of the treasure – which is listed below:

a) For Treasure Hunting within Public Lands – Seventy-five percent(75%) to the Government and twenty-five (25%) to the Permit Holder.

b) For Treasure Hunting in Private Lands – Thirty Percent (30%) to the Government and Seventy Percent (70%) to be shared by the Permit Holder and the landowner.

c) For Shipwreck/Sunken Vessel Recovery – Fifty percent (50%) to the Government and Fifty percent (50%) to the Permit Holder.�

 

 

Local Treasure Hunter Blog:

 

Last April 2003, we had accidentally found this treasure site during the making of our poultry farm at Bukidnon, Philippines. We had already begun the preliminary excavations and had found several stone markers which will be found here at this site.Unfortunately, we had to stop our excavations due to lack of resources last May 2004. The details of the excavation will follow so please read on...

 

Maps
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Frog Marker
These are additional photos from the excavation site. This shows a stone marker formed into a frog facing east. This is located near the actual hole that was dug.

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Additional Photos
Here are some additional photos from the operation site.

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Here are pictures of the actual hole that we have dug:




Here are the surrounding rocks that are found near the site. Do take note of the symbols/signs/markings carved into the stones:









THE JAPANESE TREASURE SEAL
By: Robert Cordova ©2001-2006

http://www.taestensen.com/robert/t_hunt/tseal.htm

 

The nature of the concrete seal built by the Japanese soldiers during their occupation of the Philippines in WW2 is not just a plain mixture of cement, gravel, sand and water as usually applied in road building or construction of highways. It is perhaps, the most hardened cement concrete one can ever imagine. The presence of affirmative evidence proves that the endurance and hardness of the same is comparable to iron steel. Based on continuing studies and research, there is that enormous amount of silica quartz and pyrites mixed together with undetermined amount of resin adhesive and hardener. There is also an authentic presence of fly ash and intrusion aid. The process of mixture is dry pouring method. The moisture of the soil served as a slowing catalyst.

The concrete slab is the mortar seal of the treasure cache. Its thickness varies from 0.5-5 meters depending on the volume of the treasures buried. The bigger the volume, the thicker the seal is. On the so-called major sites, the thickness would reach a phenomenal height of 8 meters from the ground surface of 20-30 meters deep. Down below, series of rectangular chambers are built in such a manner that is free from collapsing. This is supposedly the spot where the cache are seen crated, stacked in cylinders and lined up in every chamber.

So far, the most updated faster way of breaking the seal open is thru the use of a burning rod. However, this process renders ineffective if the pit is watery. The presence of water cannot be ruled out taking into account a 20-30 meters depth below the ground surface. During the wet season where the sites are filled with water, diggers switch to manual operation using chisels and sledge hammers rendering a slow pace of accomplishment. However, there are those who successfully retrieved and very lucky enough after several years of painstakingly, unimaginable hard job as evidenced by these photos:

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To those who had the guts and unending perseverance. CONGRATULATIONS! for a job well done. You really earned it!

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Pic 1 hardened cement fortification of the treasure seal. Pic. 2 the pinpointed treasure site.
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WWII Treasure: Hazards of Excavation

WWII Treasure: Hazards of Excavation
from: http://figure.8m.com/hazards.htm

 

Apart from tropical heat and humidity, one of the most preventative aspects of treasure recovery in the Philippines is the ingenuity of the Japanese engineering of these sites.

Outlined here are some of the hazards that treasure-hunters have encountered while digging for Yama**bleep**a's gold.


WATER TRAPS

Sites were often located near a water source such as a pond or river. The burial site would be dug as deeply as possible. Often, this would entail excavation of soil and rock beneath the water table in dryer seasons. Pipes of terra cotta would then be routed into the site, sealed, and filled with water from the source.

Extreme caution must be observed during recovery. An unsuspecting digger can easily break one of the pipes, flooding the chamber with water. Once a pipe is broken, it is very difficult to reseal due to the weight and velocity of the continual flow which can exceed 500 gallons per minute.


EGYPTIAN-STYLE ROCKFALLS

We've all seen the narrow escapes of Indiana Jones in the popular film series. Yes, suspended rock and soil were used by the Japanese as well.

Unfortunately, this type of booby-trap is very difficult to detect in advance. Not only can they result in injury or death, but an excavation can severely be penalized timewise.


SPRINGLOADED BOMB DETONATORS

An unwary digger may also meet his fate with a 1000- or 2000-pound (or smaller yet still deadly) bomb which had been captured from the Allied Forces. Such bombs were often sealed with cosmoline, the thick grease still favored by gun owners for long-term storage and protection from corrosion.

The digger moves an object (sometimes the treasure itself) which activates a spring mechanism. Acid is then leaked onto a copper plate which, when dissolved, triggers a detonator. Or, the digger may not be afforded the luxury of a time delay.

Fortunately, such bombs can be detected a meter or more in advance with the use of modern electronics.


GLASS-ENCASED CYANIDE CAPSULES

Somewhere en route to a treasure, one might encounter a glass cylinder about one liter in volume which is divided into two chambers: one containing liquid sulphuric acid, the other a powder of either potassium cyanide or sodium cyanide. If broken, the resulting mixture yields a very volitile and lightweight yet invisible cloud of hydrogen cyanide gas (HCN) which will quickly interfere with his breathing. The odor is almost imperceptible, but faintly resembles bitter almonds. Within seconds, it becomes difficult to hold one's breath or to breathe normally. Within one minute, respiration stops. Within five minutes, heart failure occurs.

There is no known way to detect these capsules. The most prudent diggers insist on wearing a gas mask with a respirator impregnated with metal salts at all times.

 

Accessory Stones






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Stone No. 10 - Stone with engravings
Stone No. 10 - Stone with engravings
Found at 43 feet.

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Stone No. 9 - Buddha
Stone No. 9 - Buddha
Found at 36.5 feet.

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Stone No. 8 - Snake with markers
Stone No. 8 - Snake with markers
Found at 35.5 feet.

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Stone No. 7 - Buddha
Stone No. 7 - Buddha
Found at 35 feet.

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Stone No. 6 - Face of Person with a sun form and markers
Stone No. 6 - Face of Person with a sun form and markers
Found at 25.5 feet.

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Stone No. 5 - Fish with mouth open and other markers
Found at 21.5 feet.

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Stone No. 4 - Frog with markers
Stone No. 4 - Frog with markers
Found at 17.5 feet.

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Stone No. 3 - Face of a person with other markers
Stone No. 3 - Face of a person with other markers
Found at 13.5 feet.

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Stone No. 2 - Face of a person, fish, and flag
Stone No. 2 - Face of a person, fish, and flag.
Located at 9.5 feet.

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Stone No. 1 - Face of a Person with marks
Stone No. 1 - Face of a Person with marks.
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The Excavation Documentation
Last April 2003 we had actually excavated the site and had reached up to the 65 ft under the ground after going through 5 ft of hard cement. Water level starts at 10 ft. We had found nice forms of sculptured markers (including 2 Buddhas) with sign codes engraved on them. We have found several stone markers at every 4 ft intervals. I have Japanese maps dated 1945 with a guide to unlock the so-called markers/signs. I also have a 1942 code-breaker sheet authored by Gen. Tunjo. Most of the signs/symbols or markers on the code-breaker sheet were actually seen in the actual stones that we have found.

Here are some of the signs/codes that we have encountered:
  1. * = millions buried deposits
  2. M = treasure deposit under water
  3. A = gold and coins deposit
  4. three circles = 3 circles engrave in stones with triple deposits
  5. triangle = gold volume deposits
  6. a chinese character = big amount treasure deposits
We had encountered 3 chemical traps, with the last trap almost killing our excavators. Our site was almost exactly the same with Yama**bleep**a Gold excavations that have been documented in the internet. But our stone markers are better sculpted than theirs.

Here is a picture showing our excavation progress:

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** note: the remarks at the right side of the sketch shows marks/symbols found at all sides of a stone marker which are found in order as shown...

This is the first marker made of cement found at 18 inches depth with an attached wire protruding one inch from the ground's surface.

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Holy Crap man! Did you do a research paper on this?  Good idea, could use some tweaking, but overall a decent start.
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Nice, that would be an awsome story
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No more Asia please. Europe for once would be nice.
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No more Asia please. Europe for once would be nice.

 


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No more Asia please. Europe for once would be nice.

 

im not a dev. this is just my spilled idea.

Dam some coral reef/underwater adventure would be awesome!!!

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thats where i live. =)

friends great or grandfather is marcos. =)  

his name is borgy manotoc.

 

great story for u3. Smiley Very Happy 

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How about something with regards to Amelia Earhardt?  You could maybe tie in the Easter Islands, or some other mysterious local in the Pacific.
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djepic112 wrote:
No more Asia please. Europe for once would be nice.

Ditto.  I'm thinking something with medieval roots in England and France would be cool or maybe some sort of spin on Romania/Eastern Europe and the whole Vlad thing.  A Viking theme also has huge possibilities.

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if naughty dog does some underwater mission with U3, Philippines would be a great spot since it has some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world
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djepic112 wrote:
No more Asia please. Europe for once would be nice.

Ditto.  I'm thinking something with medieval roots in England and France would be cool or maybe some sort of spin on Romania/Eastern Europe and the whole Vlad thing.  A Viking theme also has huge possibilities.


I like the Romania idea.  With Vlad.  I was actually thinking Russia myself.  Greece and Rome would be pretty cool, too.  (Possibly Atlantis, but maybe not, that's been done already).  But something related to Alexander the Great would be pretty neat. 

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