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I've been accumulating treasure maps as I travel Skyrim:

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So do these serve any purpose? Can they actually lead me to a treasure? If so, is there anyway to interpret the location other than guessing?

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The first map looks like the entryway to Windhelm. –  Raven Dreamer Nov 14 '11 at 3:15
    
I know where the first one is, but I can't remember the name of the tower. –  user9983 Nov 14 '11 at 3:19
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@OrigamiRobot Valtheim Towers? –  agf Nov 15 '11 at 23:09
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@agf I found them on some random bandits when I looted their bodies. I took them and had them in my inventory for awhile before I figured out what to do with them...not sure if actually having it in your inventory is what triggers it or not but that would be my guess. I haven't found any since these two and there are supposedly ten. They seem to be fairly uncommon. Just keep killing those bandits, I guess :) –  spugsley Nov 22 '11 at 13:00
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Note: You must have the map in your possession in order to find the treasure. If you go searching for it without the map, it simply will not be there. –  user15695 Dec 2 '11 at 1:49
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Well, if you can figure out where they're pointing, they'll lead you to a chest!

See this from Reddit.

I'd link directly to the image, but it's huge. Bottom line, there are at least 10 of these, each of which leads to a randomly generated chest of loot. (The location isn't random. The contents are.)

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That image is extremely helpful! Thank you! I am so pleased that I actually get to use a treasure map. –  spugsley Nov 14 '11 at 3:23
    
also, the chests won't be there unless you have the map –  z - Dec 20 '11 at 13:34
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The treasure maps WILL lead you to treasure. It is up to you to decipher the location.

The image depicted in the lower map is the windmill south of Whiterun. The treasure is on the moutainside nearby,

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Looking at the treasure map causes the treasure to appear at the shown location. After reading the map, you can toss it and the treasure will still be there. The map doesn't technically have to be in your inventory, but I would suggest keeping it until you find the treasure, just in case.

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