Skip to comments.Teen Finds Buried Treasure in Kingston
Posted on 02/28/2013 10:06:28 AM PST by nickcarraway
A Jamaican teenager said he uncovered buried treasure dating back to the 1860s while working to clear a vacant lot in Kingston.
Michael Taylor, 19, was using a sledge hammer to demolish a concrete column in the lot Wednesday discover what appeared to be a vault, he told The Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica.
Taylor called over fellow workers who helped him open the vault. Inside it, they found a vial containing silver coins, a medallion and a parchment paper.
"We tried to take up the paper but it just crumble. We saw seven coins and the pendant and we say this is really something major," Taylor said.
The coins date back to as early as 1860 and as late as 1902, the newspaper said. The medallion features a man holding a Bible and the words "Ignace de Loyola/AD Majorem dei Gloriam."
"It is amazing to know that we find something like this, 'cause none of us never born yet when whoever bury this treasure. Is like part of history. Is like it telling us something of what happened in the past," Taylor said.
God bless these guys, who have had a chance to see history, in a small way.
When the workers were digging the hole for the foundation, they broke into a chest that had been buried there. I can't recall exactly, but I believe that there had been a bank on that location in the past. Anyway, hundreds of coins spilled out onto the ground. Workers and passers by made a mad scramble to pick up the coins...
It made the evening news and they interviewed several people, but no one ever admitted taking any of the coins themselves. :) I've always been curious if any of those coins were of any BIG value...
Per Wikipedia, it is the motto of the members of the Society of Jesus or, the Jesuits.
I'm glad these kids found the treasure. Hopefully they will put it to good use. I was surprised UPI did not correct the kid's quotes. People use bad grammar all the time but press reports usually correct it. I wonder if this is some type of soft prejudice -- see how quaintly these talk.
It’s correct Jamaican patois dialect of English.
They don’t use the past tense, ever.
Rule #1. Shut up!
Rule #2. Dig all night.
Rule #3. Don’t tell anybody.
Rule #4. DO NOT go buy a shiny new Escalade.
....founded in 1534 by Ignatius Loyola
I was hoping it would be some of that gold that supposedly went to the bottom of the harbor with Port Royal during the earth quake.
Maybe a Jesuit priest’s medallion...
Some years ago in my hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin they tore down an old house near the downtown area. Inside the walls of the house an ex-owner had stuck thousands of dollars worth of silver dollars inside the walls. I wonder how many other old homes have cash or treasure stuck inside the walls, hidden in the attic, or buried in the backyard.
Was remodeling the old milk room in a barn this past
summer and found when tearing out the old wall boards
78 cents and a lighter that grand daddy set on a stud
and covered by accident back in `42 when building the barn.
Kind of neat and all that.
Note: this topic is from 2/28/2013. Thanks nickcarraway.
In Kingston, Rule #5 Stay Alive
Well, maybe they use the past tense sometimes.
“tried” is the past tense of “try”; “saw”is the past tense of “see”.
Pretty interesting find. I wonder what the laws there are regarding the finder’s rights.
That's pretty cool.
When I tore out the ceiling of our old house, a bunch of dead mice rained down on my head. I learned an important lesson that day about wearing a hat and goggles when doing demolition.