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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Emeralds from Columbia? Or Utah?

On April 25th A treasure trove of Emeralds along with other treasure is set to go to auction in New York. These Emeralds were recovered from the 1622 ship wreck Nuestra Senora de Atocha in the 1980's.

What if I told you they did not come from Columbia?

Emerals To Be Auctioned on 25th of April in New York VIDEO

One little secret never told however is that this shipwreck of 1622 was a little out of bounds from where it should have been when found, even with the hurricane winds it could not have ended up where it was... If the Acedemic version were true...

Also it was rumored until confirmed, that Mel Fish believed... No... He knew that a large portion if not all of the cargo of the Atocha came from the Uinta Mountains. This was confirmed when Mel Fisher not long after the discovery came to Utah and spent much time in 3 unknown areas of the Uintas of which I will keep to myself. His daughter later after his death spent much time looking in the same areas... Why?

One individual who was asked/hired to take Mel to certain places, when I asked him about this rumor, he interrupted me and said it ain't no rumor, Mel absolutely believed that because of a goat skin map that was found sealed in a cannon barrel with wax and other things found amongst the wreckage. " I saw it myself." Of the character of this individual and of whom I have known for about 16 years, if he told me the sky was pink with blue stripes, I don't know that I would bother looking to see if it were true...

I wonder what effect it would have on the sale of the Emeralds if those who own them, or even those considering buying them knew that the likelihood is, that these gems did NOT come from Columbia as everyone has always believed... what If I told you they more likely came from right here in our own Uinta Mountains? But where?.... Exactly? There is at least one confirmed tale of Emeralds being found in the Uintas... Is there another?

Espiritu Santo - Unusual Manipulated Trees

About a month ago I was going through some of the details of the old maps used in the recreation of the Master map… there is one particular map which to my knowledge is still unpublished and I hope it remains that way, it was entrusted to me of which I have done my best to keep it from the general public. However there are a few who often help me by way of perspective in helping to resolve the mysteries of some of these maps. This particular map location or where it applied has remained unknown ever since it was acquired I believe in the 70’s.

Although this map is from the original, it has been altered, it contains all that is on the original map, but it has all been moved to different locations and is only shown for visual effect.

A few years ago, I pulled out the map once again and decided that due to certain details of the map it no doubt applied to a particular part in the Uintas. I did my best in identifying what I thought were certain feature such as drainage's, of which this map had many. The map was clearly made by a privateer and not a cartographer of some royal funded expedition…. I have come to notice after examining many maps that although a cartographer of the past is much better at capturing accuracy in a map and its features, a privateer, is much better at capturing noticeable geographic features and often in abundance far more so that an expedition assigned cartographer and in many ways, I think is more helpful in finding some location intended on the maps....

After labeling some of the drainage's according to my perspective I sent it to one individual whom I have always know had a great sense of the Geographic’s of the Uintas. He responded immediately telling me that I was close but incorrect, He then sent me his notations, and I began the meticulous process of visual comparing and validating every details found upon the map, and I am certain with few small exceptions, he hit the geographic nail on the head.

Several years past believing the map all along was dated 1884-88 until one day not a month ago, I decided to send a clip of the signature to another friend in California who has displayed his ability to recognize the old Spanish words, even when the handwriting is obscure… he Immediately sent me a response as to what he believed it to say, I must say, I could see at that point that he was right. But… there was a problem, the man who authored the map, Antonio de Espejo has quite a history, and seemed to fit the bill flawlessly except for one thing… This man lived from 1540 to 1585 (According to the Academic world) he was best know for his well documented expedition of 1582 to 1583 into what was at the time known as Nuevo Mexico, at this time I want to remind the reader that New Mexico was NOT the geographic boundaries you know today… It was for the most part, the south western states.

Seeing however this man lived in the 1500’s rather than the sought after time frame of the 1800’s, I thought how could this be… Unless… (The Lights came on) I immediately pulled up an image of the map and zoomed in on the date, and sure enough, what we had always believed was 1884, was 1584, But academics says he “reached San Bartolom√© on September 10, 1583. His discoveries probably did more to stimulate the settlement of New Mexico and the exploitation of its mineral resources than did those of any other of the early explorers. He started back to Spain to urge the settlement of New Mexico but became ill at Havana, Cuba, where he died in 1585.”

Well, if this is the case. How did he sign a map in 1588? I have yet to find a comparable signature… but I don’t think I need to go that far… Let it suffice that all efforts so far to discover the source information of Espejo dying in 1585 failed.

( Added Note: Why would Espejo go "Back" to Spain when he had a ranch in Chihuahua? Not to mention at the time, he and his brother were wanted for murder, his brother had already been captured.)

These kinds of conflicts come up often in our histories and I have found it is often due to lazy research… simply quote the previous writer and continue on…  the only way to find the truth behind this is to follow the bibliography. To keep this segment short, I assure you the man who signed this document was not in Havana at that time and certainly did not die there.

Should I decide it is necessary to dig into this further… I’ll let you know the results. One might ponder the implications at this point that we now have very good documented evidence that the Spaniards were mining in the Uinta mountains as early as 1584, with his expeditions documents of 1583 clearly making mention of himself and 8 others disappearing for a time to travel North in search of the elusive Lake Copala.

After this new discovery of date conflicts, I decided to visit a particular site found upon the map and quite frankly the only one we could reach due to… pfft…. Snow…  The target or symbol we was aiming for on the map is one we have rarely seen, yet on this map there are two and according to 3 sources, of which I cannot verify any of the three’s sources, it is said that the symbol means a Vault, at this point I can only take their word for it.

The Target

A colleague visited the site just a few days ago looking for signs of… anything, and although he sent me some photos of which included a certain tree, I did not take it serious until I seen it for myself and quite frankly, I do not know what to make of it, other than I know it is an intentional manipulation of the tree as evidenced by the thin blade sword or thin blade broad axe that is quite evident was used in the manipulations.  

The old tree along the old trail
Photo by Tracy Gardner

In 30 years I have only seen one other tree such as this that appears to be created for the same reasons or purpose. Perhaps the answer to it’s intended purpose lies within the site found 30 years prior. Strangely enough it also has to do with a suspect Vault, something ascertained not from an old map, but the Native Glyphs found at the site and intertwined with the Spanish evidence, making it possible to find the tree which was badly over grown making it near impossible to see, is was the glyphs that caused me to part the branches when I discovered its manipulation. The following photo was taken after the branches had been pruned so as to see the intended manipulation from afar.

Although still difficult to see due to growth of the tree it is the same manipulation
of the center being cut off and grooming two branches opposite each other
to grow with the appearance of a goal post.
At one time, both trees would have been very visible at a fair distance…

Discovery of the tree associated with the map has now caused me to rethink a 30 years old discovery and a return trip to the first discovery is without a doubt in the making. Return trips to the second tree is a given.

The glyphs which enabled me to find the tree and which told me
there is a tree to look for…

If any of you have any “real” ideas as to the goal post tree’s  potential purpose, please feel free to contact me at tuscoro@gmail.com. I will say that there was a specific location we were trying to locate, but as a result it seems to have created more questions than answers, lets face the facts, what bona fied information do we have that gives credibility to the above symbol as to having the meaning of vault? Is it possible that it could mean camp site? Because this is what we believe we found at the location, is it possible that a camp site was set up at the vault site and that the symbol does indeed mean vault? If so, whose vault? The 1584 expeditions vault of their own making? Perhaps earlier expedition of the Castilians (Those of Septimania of Eastern Spain) which few even know came to this very place from 700 to 1000 AD…they themselves simply following a much older trail…  is the presumed vault of an even more ancient people?

Did anyone notice the word Castilian on the 1584-88 map?
Why is it there?

The term Castilian only survived in 1584 as a language spoken by the Spaniard, the Kingdom of Castile existed between 1065 until 1230 AD. The word itself came into existence in the Spanish language as early as 800 AD among those of the people of Septimania, and are those of which the Castilian people and Kingdom of Castile derive.

It is VERY clear in the many expedition documents from Columbus to Antonio de Espejo and beyond, that these people who are supposed to be the first Europeans to arrive on the continent were CLEARLY looking for earlier evidences of Castilians… The skeptics might want to rethink the validity of the Tucson Lead artifacts discovered in 1927. These artifacts tell the tale of Roman Colonies coming to the Americas as early as 100 BC! And a second colonization in 700 AD which are those of Castile and/or Septimania (Eastern Spain) Because… the evidences are growing in favor of the lead artifacts authenticity. But this is another chapter…

The most amazing thing I have found, although I am certain you will not see it, and this  article is but a drop in the bucket, is that in all the broad topics of my research of near 30 years… I have discovered that all of it is connected… all the way back "the beginning" and that each seemingly different topic, is as a result of some earlier time or event… 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Another Spanish Cache Configuration

Another Spanish Cache Configuration

In the fall of 2016, a friend called me who was working on a remote sub station site for the local power company. He asked if I had ever seen any monuments in the area he was working. I asked him why? And he responded telling me that from where he was standing not far from the sub station, he could see what appeared to be at least 3 monuments on the side of a small hill. I had my doubts not that I didn’t trust his perception; it is just that if I had a dollar for every misconception of monuments, petroglyphs and the like, I suppose I would be set for life. I ask him to take a few pictures of what he could see in the distance, and sure enough, it appeared as we had another potential monument location likely an instructional site giving directions to a place I learned of many years ago in the North West where Spaniards had been know to frequent, yet this is information is not publically known.

Many years prior a friend of mine had taken me to the place in the North West to show me some monuments where his Uncle is a big rancher, from what I recall it certainly appeared Spanish expeditions had been there, but this was well over 30 years prior. Since this time there has been many indications of expeditions to the place shown on the old maps, Sierras de Oro.

When we first arrived at this new monument site, I knew if they proved to be authentic and because of their location at the edge of a great barrier, that this site was some how connected to what I knew was Sierras de Oro on the other side. On first examination of the monuments I highly suspected this site as an informational location giving instruction of some thing. At first I thought it was possibly giving instruction as to a location of a last chance spring of water for if one left this place without water, they most certainly could die of thrust if they were to continue.

Further investigations began to show that my initial suspicions were likely incorrect.
Approaching the first monument with two more in site, I could see this suddenly had the potential of a cache. Triangulation is the primary reason for this suspicion; confirmation would soon come after taking all the data of documenting the site back to the computer to create the digital layout.

Monument # 1 was a simple 4 foot monument, it had no particular shape nor any indication of pointers or site windows, this to me was an indication of its purpose of  a specific point in a configuration layout, but for what? Crustose Lichen spores present gave indications of approximately 300 years since the monuments were built, this incited even more enthusiasm and excitement.

Monument #1

300 plus years of Crustose Lichen

Proceeding to Monument # 2 above at 48 yards away or 52 Varas, I find the same in simplicity, however this monument is about 5 feet tall but near the top of it is what appears to be a possible pointer. Upon looking at this and lining it up with the horizon to which it points, another monument, approximately one mile away, is spotted that is nearly undetectable with the naked eye, but once you see it, it seems to stand out to its surroundings. This sited monument is # 5 to the west and on top of a much larger hill. Although the pointer points to this hill, it was clear it was pointing to a location not far down the hill or south of it, we would find out later why. 

Monument 2 with # 3 in the background

Continuing to Monument # 3, I find a near 6 foot monument much like the previous with also a suspect pointer, it is pointing to the exact same location mentioned prior, however this monument had one thing that really stood out, and that is what seems to be for no reason at all, placed on top is a very square rock. At this point the first thing that came to mind is, in the Spanish symbolism, the square is said the represent two things, one is Cache, the other is 90 degrees. From this # 3 monument to what I will later conclude is the actual cache site at Monument 4 and 5, is the exact opposite according to the compass of 90 degrees at 270 degrees. The other thing I took notice of because it exists for no apparent reason was the increase in height from monument to monument, 4 foot, 5 foot and 6 foot, having 3 heights present. This to me was only significant simply because of my studies and others who have made note of the Spanish doing things in 3’s or 3 times in addition to its application in triangulation.

Monument # 3 with # 1 and 2 in the background

At this point it seemed to me the obvious next course of action was to travel to the monument site we could see one mile away. Later in creating the digital layout I would notice the angle used from monument to monument and as a result I could not help but notice the distance from monument to monument within each of the two separate sites.

Approaching the location of Monument # 5 traveling up the hill, another monument comes into view, this would be monument # 4 and it just so happened to be in the very location the pointers of # 2 and 3 were pointing, but because of the smaller size of approximately 4 feet and near identical with monument # 1, and having been camouflaged from view from the other hill, we could not see it from the previous site. 

Monument # 4

Looking uphill I notice by compass the degrees from # 4 to 5, is the same as from the previous site #1 to 2. Why this has my attention is because those degrees are 300 degrees, the compass bearing from #2 to #3 is 9 degrees and the compass bearing from #1 to # 3 is 330 degrees. This would take some time to explain as to why this is important but suffice it to say it is a sure indication that not only are you on the right track, but it is a likely verification of a Cache site.

Later in drafting the digital layout it is also observed that the 1st site of # 1, 2, and 3 is seemingly a template or map so to speak of the 2nd site on the larger hill, with this suspicion, I checked the distances again between #1 and 2 being 48 yards, observation of site 1’s seeming counter part (2nd site Larger Hill), I see by visual estimation the distance between # 4 and 5 appeared to be 3 times longer, could it be? Sure enough, the distance was near exactly 3 times the length.

Monument # 5 was a stout and 6 foot tall monument, it had no indication of site windows, pointers or anything unusual other than it seemed to fulfill its purpose of representation of a given point in triangulation of a cache layout just as the previous # 4 seemed. If this second site and seeming reconstructed representation of its template site was in fact the results of the template X 3… then where was the 3rd missing # 6 monument? That wasn’t to difficult to answer as there is not a one soul who would place a monument right on top of an intended cache. In creating the digital layout it became very clear the intent of monument # 3. Using this 1st site as a template, your job was to figure out that it was a template and with two monuments already positioned in its counterpart on the larger hill, it was up to the finder to realize, the objective is to plot the cache location which would ultimately be the missing # 6. This would represent the location in the template of # 3, the one with the implicating square rock on top. This # 6 position can easily be established using the same compass bearings found in the template site, and 3 X’s the distances in it. 

Monument # 5 with # 4 in the background slightly and to the left side

I have found over the years at 5 other similar sites, the same basic principles only differing by what would seem to be the expedition leaders personal preference and depth of encryption, it would seem the more important the site, the more encryption is included, however this is speculative and has yet to be proven. Until recently I have not had cause to proceed any further with these sites. Perhaps it is time? Of all the monuments at this site, not one, is what I would call a turtle monument of which I fully expected to find, why was it not used in this case?

This particular site was educating to say the least, but a far cry from the most encrypted site found years prior, using a combination of all the geometric principles of navigation and triangulation, and took me near 10 years to unravel it, the site which is the subject herein, took less than 30 minutes to resolve once the digital layout was complete.

  Smaller Hill, template site

Larger Hill, Cache Layout

Friday, January 27, 2017

Aztec Navigation Glyph (Key Glyph)

NOTICE To all who visits this page....

I am deeply grateful for all those who have assisted with this hypothesis in the past. I have personally visited near 130 sites, over the last 20? years.

If you know of any locations of these glyphs OUT SIDE OF the locations shown in the included Google Earth Image below, please consider sharing with me the GPS location and photo, 

Click for Larger Image

From Saint Huricane on the West to Johnsons Canyon on the East and 
From Kanab 3 Lakes Site To Yellowstone on the AZ Strip

If you prefer the location you know of to remain unknown I fully understand, all I can offer is sharing my locations with you, and offer a sworn oath that your location WILL NOT be made public.

RECENT discoveries has prompted me to pick up this project again.

* I am familiar with "a single" recent location near Littlefield.
* I am familiar with a recent discovery near Marble canyon but am seeking some one with specific location details, photos and hand held NON DIGITAL compass bearing of what many call "the tail or pointer"
* I am familiar with four new locations (To Me), 3? Near Holbrook Az and 1? near Winslow, or visa versa... but lack photos, location and technical information concerning them.
* A suspect location is thought to be near Hite Utah at the river Junction, yet I have no information
* at least 3 locations are rumored in Texas thought to be near or along the Rio Grand River, but again I have no information. 
* It is suspect several locations exist from the Rio Grand and south into Mexico as far a Tula Hildalgo Mexico just 40 miles North of Mexico City, where it is suspect the first location in a trail of these glyphs are heading North from Mexico City, and "possibly documented in about 1450 prior to the invasion of Cortez.

* NOTE: I am VERY familiar with others research of this type of glyph and I ASK that you spare me, I have read them all. "Water Glyphs" Cup and Channel article, Key Glyph etc...

A Basic Navigation Glyph

To qualify as a Aztec Nav Glyph the circular portion will be roughly oval or circular and about 18 to near 22 inches in diameter and about 1/2 to 1 inch deep and approx 1 inch wide.

What is often called the pointer or tail will be roughly 2 inches wide and 1 to 2 inches deep and extending from the circular portion up to 4 feet.

An oval shaped dot (See Images Below) appox 3 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1 to 2 inched deep will in most cases appear somewhere within the circle, at times a second oval dot will appear near the junction of the tail and circle inside or outside the circle.

IT IS in every case I have found carved horizontal other than a few incidents where the rock it is carved on has broken away and fallen.

THEY ARE ALWAYS located at the highest point in the immediate vicinity.


IF you know of a location Between Arizona and Mexico, and care to help in this research project PLEASE contact me at tuscoro@gmail.com, or send me a private message on facebook.

Thank You!

Three Keys

Monday, January 9, 2017

Determining the validity of supposed Spanish Carvings on Trees PART 3

Part 3 of 3

Although the trail glyphs when found create excitement and are indeed fun to find, the following glyphs when found are even more so, simply because you know you are close to what you’re looking for. This one although we have only an idea of what it means could very easily pass as a natural scar, had it not been for another exactly like it and each facing each other from a hundred yards away it would not have been considered. In part it is an Icon, we have yet to fully determine what its purpose was, and it is suspect of marking a vein.

Meaning Unknown

Here is another that is meant to be seen from a distance, it is in addition to being an icon it is also a cache symbol. Contrary to what some believe pertaining to the cache symbol, in that they say the cache is in the opposite direction the symbol faces, in my opinion this is incorrect, the symbol faces the cache, there is only one way to know for sure.

Before this grew over from the sides especially near the top it was a near perfect rectangle, or so we think,  it can be seen coming up the old trail from about a half mile away as it was likely intended.

Another mark that is very good to find and in every case I have found one, the authentic Spanish mine is within 100 yards of its location, give or take, and that is what we call a wedge tree, here are some examples. In the following image a friend and I had been talking about the different tree markings one might find, then a few days later he sent me this picture below, he asked what it was and I told him it is a wedge and that a mine is nearby, not long after that, a day or two he emailed me again and told me they had found a mine just up the hill about 100 yards and that the dump was over grown and large trees growing through it.

My friend has since taken me to this site, I have to say, this tree wedge is the most impressive I have ever seen, although it has not been sampled for age yet, I would guess it at near 250 years. The dump site and mine above was a classic scene of an old authentic Spanish Mine. They say Old Tommy Thomson was looking for this one, I am told he never found it.

Photo courtesy of Ben Russell
A very large and old pine with an overgrown wedge


One of the most exciting symbols to find is a heart, if you find a heart you are likely within a short distance of what was considered a Kings Mine. Sometimes when you find it you don’t know that you have, simply because the years have masked it and it does not look like a heart because of the overgrowth which is always from the sides. I have only seen one on a very old pine tree that has retained its shape nicely.

The following are examples of what a heart might look like when you find it.


When it comes to the pine trees and how the tree will react in an effort to repair the damage done to it by way of carving is any ones guess. Not all pine like varieties react to the carving the same and many of the same variety may seem to react differently than others. One variety which you almost never find a carving in, will replace the scarred area with a sap that builds up and over time, just like if you scraped the skin of your arm the body reacts and will replace it first with fluids that eventually become a scab and the skin repairs itself. This variety of pine is very similar in its reaction and after time is very difficult to even see the scarred area left by the carving but upon close viewing, it is obvious.

The following heart symbol was by far was the most exciting as we had looked at it for years not knowing what it was until one day my perspective was a bit different. Many core sample were taken to confirm the original outer boarders of the carving and of what we suspected was under the over growth. We were right, it was a heart.

Heart symbol marking a Kings mine and carved approximately 1770

Photo Courtesy of Todd Strong
A suspect carving yet to be verified

Although we have never been faced with this situation before of the above image, and if it becomes expedient to know if this is a carving and what it may be, we can only think to use a rasp to peal back the layers of time to see what it is and what it may be, but I refuse to damage the tree unless it becomes that important, I feel the same way about damaging the trees as the many Native Americans.
Part of this game is investigating seemingly authentic tree carvings, a friend sent me the photo below and with some excitement asked if I could come and see it, I must admit, from the limited view of the photo I was intrigued.

Upon arriving at the site the first thing I noticed was the smaller size of the healthy Ponderosa tree, this immediately cast doubt but I remained hopeful. It should not have escaped my first view but did in giving credence to the color of the wood the cross was in, even in full shade continuous, this should have been a gray color, but it did indeed slip past me. The overgrowth was near two inches thick and so we continued in out quest to uncover what seemed to be additional overgrown symbols in the top left and bottom right. Just as I was about to pop off a piece of the overgrowth, my friend realized what it was.

We both had a good laugh over it but we still had to know for sure, I popped off a portion of the overgrowth and then it was confirmed, J + D, It wasn’t until then we looked much harder at the carving and realized it is a plus, not a cross this little operation also gave us the opportunity to count the rings since it had been carved, I would have bet at least 50 years but, to both our surprise, it was carved only 11 years ago. The diameter of the tree was about 18 inches but this was a Ponderosa and so actually a young tree and when the trees are young, the rings are much larger. I don’t feel too bad about falling for this one and neither should my friend; it was just one of those things that had to be confirmed not only for the experience, but to know the truth of the matter. It was a great day and I got to spend time with a very good friend…

The point to this part being added to this section of the book, is that sometimes things look to good to be true, sometimes they are but other times it is the real deal, the tell tale signs are the size of the tree compared to others of the variety, the tree was just to small and the fact that the wood had not yet faded. The bottom line is, when in doubt, verify.

For years I had heard of another mark on trees that supposedly existed, and seems to me one of the rarest of them all, in fact in all these years of searching, I have only seen one and heard of another that I would like to get to one day to photograph. What exactly this mark means or what its intended purpose was, I can only guess but from what I do know and based on where it was found, I can only assume it is meant to mark something important, such as a cache and possibly an ancient cache scheduled for looting who knows the answer? The mark I speak of is none other than a simple granny knot tied in a branch.

A literal Granny Knot from 230 years ago

Finding a knot in a tree branch is impressive to say the least, although very few have ever seen one, one particular individual claimed it is a sextant mark, I might have fallen for this but frankly from where it is found you can’t see further than a few hundred yards away for the trees, if you understand the sextant and its use, you see this cannot be the case. I was more interested in how it was done and how long ago.

My friend who at the time worked in Range Management came with me to investigate, we first found a tree near by of the same variety and with some experimentation determined that the largest a branch could have been in order to manipulate it into a loose granny knot was about ¾ of an inch. In using the increment borer to get a core to the center of the branch to learn its age, and minus the ¾ of an inch it was determined that it had been tied approximately 230 years prior and this was in 2004. What is it with the time frame of 1770?

I have one other knot to go see and photograph however it will have to wait. If it were a sextant mark as one suggested, why are there so few? I suppose I would be more convinced if in the same tree were carved, MARVA ATWOOD.