Treasure Trove License

TTLTo legally search for and recover treasure in Nova Scotia requires a special license and in 1998 I applied for and received Treasure Trove License #T120A, Order In Council #1998-418 for Lot Five from the Government of Nova Scotia.

Following the rules and conditions set out in the license explicitly and by incorporating established archaeologic methodology I began my journey of discovery. Everything that I found under the auspices of the Treasure Trove License was documented to contemporary professional standards and each find was video taped in real time as it was removed from the ground. Periodically I would duly submit reports to the Department of Natural Resources (the issuer of the license) and the Nova Scotia Museum replete with photographs, specification sheets for each artifact and a GIS (Geographic Information System) showing where on Lot Five they were found. These reports are now a matter of public record.

For the first time in the island's history, in the summer of 2002 the entirety of Lot Five was systematically surveyed using non destructive, state of the art geophysic Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) performed by GeoScott Exploration Consultants of St. John's, Newfoundland. 

The initial Treasure Trove License was extended in 2003 for another five years with the issue of Treasure Trove License #T-162, Order In Council #2004-168. Upon its expiry in 2008 I made the decision to remove Lot Five from the treasure hunt altogether so that I may enjoy her as a vacation retreat and focus my attention on ecological studies and practices.

All activities with regard to these Treasure Trove Licenses were self financed by Robert S. Young and as such not beholden to any government assistance.