How to Bury a Treasure

At some point in life, you might find the need to bury a large collection of valuables, sometimes referred to as a treasure. This article will help you keep your treasure safe and tax-free, if you are so inclined to hoard your valuables in a less-than-safe manner. This article is probably of greater use to the very young, who enjoy playing at treasure-hunting games.


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    Find a treasure. Often, they can be found buried.
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    Choose a secret location you can remember how to find again (Note: Treasure maps are frequently lost or stolen. It is best to keep the treasure's location stored in your brain only).
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    Dig a very deep hole using your shovel. Stop just before you reach the water table. Remember, usually throughout the summer, the water table is lower than winter or times of regular precipitation; so if you bury your treasure too low, it could be susceptible to water damage as the water table rises.
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    Enclose your treasure in a protective case or covering. Most people use a chest, but burlap sacks and tarps have been used with minimal success.
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    Carefully place your treasure into the hole you dug. Make sure the hole is big enough to fit your chest.
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    Refill the hole with the treasure inside using the dirt you dug up. Make sure to pack the dirt or soil as you are filling the hole. Any loose soil is a dead giveaway to treasure hunters.
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    Plant a tree or shrub on top of the hole as to disguise the area's true purpose. Also, the tree can be a helpful landmark.


  • Avoid burying flat money. If the treasure you found was paper money, exchange it for commodities.
  • Never bury a treasure where it was buried previously. The previous owner will still be able to find the treasure that is now yours.
  • If you are physically disabled or impaired, have young children dig your treasure hole for you. They are unlikely to remember where the hole was dug and will also quickly lose interest.
  • Tell child that if they dig far they will reach China, unless you are in China, then say America. This will keep the child interested long enough to dig a deep enough hole to fit the treasure.


  • Do not bury anything other than your treasure. Make sure your cellular phone has not fallen into the hole before it is filled.
  • Do not let any dogs or other burrowing animals see you digging.

Things You'll Need

  • Treasure
  • Shovel
  • Perhaps other digging tools/drills
  • Gullible youngsters (optional)

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Categories: Backyard Games