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About Codifica

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  1. I just want to thank everyone who has responded to my posts. You have helped me to see the error of my ways. I have only been doing this sort of thing, off and on, for about six and one-half decades now (I started when I was ten.) so I suspect that I’m a relative green-horn compared to all of you wizened and venerable sages out there. Bless your hearts. I’d say Adios but I wouldn’t want to contaminate your deeply held beliefs with any magical thinking, so I’ll just say good luck and I hope you find whatever it is that you’re looking for. I’ll leave you all with one last image. If you
  2. "Now go out and get some gold!!! " I'm with you on that one, Clay!
  3. To paraphrase; There are more things in heaven and earth, Bob, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
  4. Bob, Like you, I consider monolithic stone poodles to be pareidolic, but I try to keep my options open. The only reason for posting my information was to alert readers to the possibility of other monument types in the area. Make of my story what you will, but I hope your rock-solid certainty that such caches don’t exist does not blind you to the presence of a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.
  5. Bedrock, you are correct in that the items in the cache may not have been put there by a Spaniard. Such goods could have been acquired by a Wipukepa or Dil Zhee tribeman in trades with other Indians to the south or east which had direct contact with the Spanish. He may have buried them and marked the cache in the described fashion for reasons that had nothing to do with Spanish tradition. Whoever put it there definitely had an encounter with someone else armed with an escopeta or musket. This event was late enough in the history of the Alta Pimeria for some locals to have acquired firearms, s
  6. Since that famous quote by Hernan Cortez to Moctezuma II concerning a Spaniard's need for gold, many locations within the Empire used the heart symbol to mark gold-related activities. Did this unknown trader, working centuries after the conquest of Tenochtilan, degrade the symbol to mark a site containing valuables other than gold? Quien Sabe? But maybe, just maybe, in addition to any trinkets and furs, he had acquired an amount of raw gold and rich ore samples in trade. My understanding is that the cache was all but empty so any answer to his intended meaning is lost in dust and shadows.
  7. Somewhat off-topic but related to Spanish Monuments in the Bradshaws; not all monuments were left by large religious organizations or a multitude of agents in the employ of the monarchy. Even though the penalties for evading royal permission could be heavy, many private entrepreneurs took a chance to undertake illicit trade with the Indians. These small business “contrabandistas” existed in many forms throughout New Spain. Spanish ability to enforce laws against unregulated barter was sporadic at best, not only because of a shortage of personnel to enforce such edicts but because of a g
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