Are there any roles that determine what these maps are pointed to? In my newest world I have found 3 of them ( 1 in shipwreck and 2 in ruins ) and all 3 are identical. They all also seem to point to a spot way off the region I've explored as the landforms don't match anything I've seen and my icon is very small off the side of the map.
Besides feeding dolphins, treasure maps in underwater ruins or sunken ships are usually for treasure on shorelines that hold heart of the sea, paper and the odd loot you see in other structures (enchanted books, iron, gold, etc) to make you a step closer to making the Conduit (an underwater beacon basically), the other material you need for the conduit comes from elsewhere. I'd check the wiki for more but that's to my knowledge their purpose.
I've on occasion come across the odd second map that does repeat but it's not too bad, I'd say keep them as extra but it's not too common.
I would guess that treasure maps point to the nearest buried treasure.
(That's not counting the loot chests in ocean ruins (even though they are usually buried).)
Multiple maps from a field of ocean ruins and nearby ship wrecks always seem to point to the same buried treasure.
Though I suppose it's possible for a ruin field to be halfway between 2 buried treasure sites and have both maps.
The distance to the treasure varies, sometimes close sometimes quite far.
I did quite a bit of experimenting when they were added to the game and I'm pretty sure I found that the locations are based on the seed and not on where one has explored or whether one has already dug up the treasure.
The Wiki does claim that the explorer maps don't always point to the closest example.
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The way i see it there are far more ship wrecks (treasure maps) than buried treasure maps.
I think the position of the ship wreck generates a treasure map with the "closest" buried treasure available.
Since there are a lot of ship wrecks around the same "closest" buried treasure, you will find a lot of the same identical treasure maps in a specific area.
Just venture out further and you should find more new treasures
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I don't like giving too much info about the seeds i share. I feel like its better to let others explore and find out the chest contents,dungeon places and biomes. If someone is giving me a gift i would rather not know what it is until i open it for my self.