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  • Construction workers unearth over half a tonne of Roman coins in Spain

    04/29/2016 7:42:11 AM PDT · by wtd · 94 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 29 April 2016 | Keely Lockhart
    Construction workers unearth over half a tonne of Roman coins in Spain Workers laying pipes in a park in Seville have unearthed a 600-kilogram trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery.
  • Fort Pierce salvor declared owner of sunken treasure recovered off Panama

    02/15/2016 6:29:02 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 13 replies
    TC Palm ^ | 2-12-16 | Paul Ivice
    A portion of the Spanish treasure Fort Pierce salvor Daniel Porter recovered in 2012 from a galleon sunk in 1631 in a hurricane off Panama is back in his hands. Porter, 53, the managing partner of Fort Pierce-based Maritime Research and Recovery LLC, attempted in September to bring home about 100 silver coins and other artifacts with an estimated value of $500,000 when they were seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol at the behest of Panama’s government. The items were part of Porter’ share of more than 10,000 such items minted in Peru that were recovered during a...
  • Colombian Treasure Find Could Shed Light on Spain’s Colonial Past but Spark Legal Battles

    12/05/2015 3:56:47 PM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 05 Dec 2015 | Sara Schaefer Muñoz
    Spanish galleon San Jose sank more than 300 years ago in battle with British, while carrying vast cargo of gold and precious stones Colombia’s discovery of the 300-year-old, shipwrecked galleon San Jose, thought to be loaded with some $10 billion in gold and precious stones, could shed light on an important period in Spanish colonial history but also spawn legal battles over the valuable cargo. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said his country spent two years studying historical maps, meteorology and used the latest sea-searching technology to locate the Spanish vessel, which sank during a battle in 1708 in the...
  • With Shipwreck Treasure Easier to Reach, a Duel Is On

    11/30/2015 2:11:31 PM PST · by Theoria · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Frances Robles
    The Spanish galleon San José was overloaded with 200 passengers and 700 tons of cargo on a summer night in 1631 when it smashed into a rock off the Pacific coast of Panama, spilling silver coins and bars into the Gulf of Panama. More than 400,000 coins and at least 1,417 bars were lost over a 40-mile trail. Four hundred years later, that shipwreck has become one of the latest to land in a legal quagmire over who should have the rights to historic artifacts trapped under the sea. This one involves the United Nations, the United States Department of...
  • Suspected location of mystery Nazi gold train set ablaze but authorities insist it wasn't arson

    09/01/2015 6:53:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Matthew Day and Gregory Walton
    The mystery surrounding a legendary Nazi gold train buried in Poland took a new twist after the suspected location of the armoured train and its cargo went up in flames. The embankment by the Wroclaw-Walbrzych main line considered to be the favourite for the trains location in the town of Walbrzych, southern Poland, was burnt along with 219 square yards of forest and bush on it.
  • Nazi gold train 'found' in Poland: live

    08/26/2015 3:19:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 95 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8-26-2015 | Barnet Henderson
    'Significant find' confirmed in Poland as speculation builds it could be lost Nazi train carrying gold - follow latest updates. SNIP--- 23.02 At a press conference Zygmunt Nowaczyk, deputy mayor of Walbrzych, said the discovery was in the towns district. The Polish state treasure and culture ministry have been informed in case the find contained anything of value, Matthew Day reports. SNIP-- All we know for sure so far from today's developments is a press officer in the Polish town confirming a military train has been found and the Walbrzych's deputy mayor saying there was "formal information".
  • Two Men Say Theyve Found a Mythical Train of Nazi Gold

    08/25/2015 4:52:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | AUGUST 24, 2015 | Danny Lewis
    Treasure hunters have searched for it since the end of World War II, but it may have never existed in the first placeTw wo treasure hunters are claiming they have discovered a train full of Nazi gold and jewels hidden under a mountain in Poland. As much as it sounds like a movie plot, the lost train is a bit of a local legend around the city of Wroclaw. The story goes that towards the end of World War II, as the Soviet army marched on eastern Germany, a Nazi train loaded with gold, valuable art and jewels disappeared into...
  • Radar Appears to Confirm Story of Nazi Gold Train in Poland Share on facebook

    09/01/2015 5:49:56 PM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    Military.com ^ | Aug 29, 2015
    A culture official in Poland said radar imagery appears to confirm a story by two men who said they know the location of a mysterious Nazi train that may contain gold or other treasures. Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski said Friday he's "more than 99 percent sure that the train is there," but couldn't confirm what was inside the train. ...... ........ The mystery train is believed to be in an abandoned tunnel near Ksiaz Castle, in southwestern Poland. Local legend says the train contains gold, precious stones, art and weapons. The two men who brought the train to the...
  • Poland looking into report of Nazi treasure train found

    08/19/2015 12:38:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Reuters-UK ^ | August 19, 2015 | Alexandra Hamilton
    Two people in Poland say they have found a Nazi German train cloaked in mystery since it was rumoured to have gone missing near the end of World War Two while carrying away gems and guns ahead of advancing Soviet Red Army forces. Local authorities in Polands southwestern district of Walbrzych said they had been contacted by a law firm representing a Pole and a German who said they had located the train and were seeking 10 percent of the value of the findings. Lawyers, the army, the police and the fire brigade are dealing with this, Marika Tokarska, an...
  • Florida family unearths gold coins worth over $1M from 1715 shipwreck

    07/28/2015 7:57:31 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27,2015
    A Florida man has uncovered gold artifacts worth over $1 million from the wreckage of a Spanish fleet that sank in a storm off the Florida coast three centuries ago. The find by Eric Schmitt was announced late Monday by a salvage company that owns the rights to the site where the coins and jewels were found. "The treasure was actually found a month ago, Brent Brisben of 1715 Fleet Queens Jewels LLC told Florida Today. Keeping word of the haul from getting out was "particularly hard for the family that found it," Brisben added. "Theyve been beside themselves."...
  • Sanford treasure hunters find $1M in gold off Florida's coast

    07/27/2015 7:18:55 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 27, 2015 | By Desiree Stennett
    When Eric Schmitt's metal detector got a hit about 15 feet below the ocean's surface, he didn't think much of it. Most of the time, the metal detectors uncover beer cans and lead fishing weights. But this time was different. This time, the treasure-hunter from Sanford struck gold, and a lot of it. Treasure-hunting Sanford family strikes gold-again Holidays are a lucky time for a treasure-hunting family from Sanford, Florida. Last year on Labor Day, the Schmitts made national news when they pulled several pieces of a solid gold chain - more than 60 feet in all - from the...
  • Madagascar divers find silver believed part of pirate stash [Captain Kidd]

    05/12/2015 12:09:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | May 08, 2015 | By Martin Vogl
    Divers in Madagascar have found a silver bar weighing about 50 kilograms (110 pounds) that they believe was part of the treasure of pirate Captain Kidd. The bar was presented to Madagascar's president, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, in a ceremony Thursday on the island of Sainte Marie, near the country's northeast coast. The bar was found in a bay off the island, the diving team said. The team was led by Barry Clifford, an American undersea explorer who has been searching for pirate treasure for many decades. Clifford believes there could be more treasure on the bay floor where he found the...
  • Largest trove of gold coins in Israel unearthed from ancient harbor

    02/17/2015 4:08:49 PM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 17, 2015
    A group of divers in Israel has stumbled upon the largest hoard of gold coins ever discovered in the country. The divers reported the find to the Israel Antiquities Authority, and nearly 2,000 coins dating back to the Fatimid period, or the eleventh century, were salvaged by the authoritys Marine Archaeology Unit. The find was unearthed from the seabed of the ancient harbor in Caesarea National Park, according to a press release from the Israel Antiquities Authority. The discovery of such a large hoard of coins that had such tremendous economic power in antiquity raises several possibilities regarding its presence...
  • Archaeologists find 1882 rifle leaning against Nevada desert tree

    01/16/2015 6:46:32 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/16/2015 | Dan Whitcomb
    Archaeologists conducting a survey in Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada have stumbled upon a 132-year-old Winchester rifle propped against a tree, possibly having been left there more than a century ago. The rifle, which records show was manufactured and shipped by the gun maker in 1882, had been leaning against the Juniper tree for so long that the wood of its stock was cracked and deteriorated from the desert sun, its barrel rusted. "It really is a mystery," said Nichole Andler, a public information officer for Great Basin National Park. "We know it has been out there awhile...
  • Rusted, 132-year-old Winchester rifle found against tree in Nevada national park

    01/15/2015 12:27:04 PM PST · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 1-15-2015 | Fox News
    The story of how it got there may never be known, but a rusting 132-year-old Winchester rifle -- known in U.S. lore as "the gun that won the West" -- was recently found resting against a juniper tree in a Nevada national park. The gun, its stock split, gray and faded like driftwood, and its steel barrel rusted brown, blended in perfectly against the tree in a remote part of the Great Basin National Park until a National Parks Service employee spotted it. The rifle, exposed for all those years to sun, wind, snow and rain, was found leaning against...
  • Mystery 132-year-old rifle found in national park

    01/15/2015 7:57:16 AM PST · by Brother Cracker · 29 replies
    Odd_News ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK, Nev., -- Officials at Nevada's Great Basin National Park said they are trying to determine the origins of a 132-year-old rifle found leaning against a tree. Park officials said the rifle, identified by an engraving on its side as a Model 1873 Winchester manufactured in 1882, was found blending in with the colors of a juniper tree in the park and seems to have been there for "many years." The officials wrote on the park's Facebook page the rifle was "exposed to sun, wind, snow, and rain" and features "a cracked wood stock, weathered to grey"...
  • 132 Year-old Winchester rifle found against a tree at Great Basin National Park

    01/14/2015 6:40:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 135 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 14, 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    Archaeologists traversing the Great Basin National Park in Nevada came across an interesting find: a 132-year-old Winchester Model 1873 repeating rifle. The Facebook page for Great Basin National Park said in a post last week that researchers found the rifle, known as the gun that won the West, leaning up against a tree. The 132 year-old rifle, exposed to sun, wind, snow, and rain was found leaning against a tree in the park. The cracked wood stock, weathered to grey, and the brown rusted barrel blended into the colors of the old juniper tree in a remote rocky outcrop, keeping...
  • The mystery of the 132-year-old Winchester rifle found propped against a national park tree

    01/15/2015 6:23:25 AM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 75 replies
    Post ^ | 1/14/15 | Elahe Izadi
    Archaeologists conducting surveys in Nevadas Great Basin National Park came upon a gun frozen in time: a .44-40 Winchester rifle manufactured in 1882. It was propped up against a juniper tree.
  • Landlord's Deathbed Confession Sends Siblings on Hunt for Hidden Silver

    12/17/2014 9:38:04 PM PST · by Theoria · 43 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | James Fanelli
    Shortly before his death in 2007, Manhattan landlord and lawyer Edward Giaimo Jr. revealed to his two siblings a secret he had hidden a stash of silver and gold worth millions. While being treated for cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital, Giaimo allegedly told his brother and sister that he had stowed away a large amount of precious metals and they would need a truck to move it. The lifelong bachelor added that the metals, believed to be silver bullion and South African gold coins known as Krugerrands, were safe, but they needed to be removed from their hiding spot...
  • Stunning finds from ancient Greek shipwreck [Antikythera]

    10/10/2014 12:12:50 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 10/09/2014 | Provided by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    A Greek and international team of divers and archaeologists has retrieved stunning new finds from an ancient Greek ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago off the remote island of Antikythera. The rescued antiquities include tableware, ship components, and a giant bronze spear that would have belonged to a life-sized warrior statue. The Antikythera wreck was first discovered in 1900 by sponge divers who were blown off course by a storm. They subsequently recovered a spectacular haul of ancient treasure including bronze and marble statues, jewellery, furniture, luxury glassware, and the surprisingly complex Antikythera Mechanism. But they were forced...
  • The Quest to Find 12 Hidden Treasures From a 1982 Treasure Hunt Book

    08/02/2014 6:03:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The 1982 treasure hunt book, The Secret, has clues to 12 hidden gems. Only two have been found. James Renner is on a quest to discover the others, and he invites you to join the hunt.The Secret: A Treasure Hunt! first set its hooks in me when I was eight years old. My mother had taken me to the little library in Bedford, outside Cleveland, and in the stacks there, I discovered this small bound book with a strange painting on the cover that hinted at some fantastic mystery. I took the book home with me and read about the...
  • California couple's buried gold coins go for sale

    05/27/2014 1:54:15 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    yahoo ^ | 5/27/2014 | ap
    <p>WHY ARE THEY SO VALUABLE?</p> <p>Experts say paper money was illegal in California until the 1870s, so it's extremely rare to find any coins from before that period. Additionally, most of the coins are in mint condition, having been stashed away seemingly immediately after they were minted. They were valued by Don Kagin, a numismatist who is handling the sale and marketing of the coins.</p>
  • U.S. commander in Afghanistan warns that full withdrawal will allow al-Qaeda to regroup

    03/13/2014 6:16:59 PM PDT · by xzins · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 12 | Ernesto Londoo
    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that al-Qaedas network in that country is in survival mode, but warned that a full American military drawdown after the end of the year would allow the terrorist group to regenerate there. Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunfords remarks to the Senate Armed Services Committee appeared intended to shape the White Houses deliberation over whether to leave behind a contingent for training and counterterrorism missions beyond 2014 or pull out entirely. The decision has been delayed by the Afghan presidents refusal to sign a security pact with Washington. A withdrawal, in my mind,...
  • Couple Stumbles Upon $10 Million in Rare Coins

    02/26/2014 5:52:38 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 26, 2014 | By JOHN ROGERS
    A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, which recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to more than $28,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece. [continued at link]
  • California couple finds $10 million in rare coins while out walking dog

    02/25/2014 4:49:29 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    AP ^ | February 25, 2014/
    LOS ANGELES A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their Gold Country property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.
  • California couple in $10M gold find may owe govt about half, report says

    02/27/2014 1:26:08 PM PST · by Doogle · 60 replies
    foxnews ^ | 02/27/2014 | FOXNEWS
    One couple's gold find could mean a jackpot for the IRS. The Northern California couple that found $10 million worth of rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree on their property will likely owe about half the find's value whether they sell the gold or not. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the find is a taxable event under a 1969 federal court ruling that held a "treasure trove" is taxable the year it was discovered. "If you find and keep property that does not belong to you that has been lost or abandoned (treasure-trove),...
  • California Couple Finds $10M Buried Treasure in Back Yard

    02/25/2014 7:26:13 PM PST · by shove_it · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 25 Feb 2014 | Dina Abou Salem
    A California couple spotted the edge of an old can on a path they had hiked many times before. Poking at the can was the first step in uncovering a buried treasure of rare coins estimated to be worth $10 million. "It was like finding a hot potato," the couple told coin expert Dr. Don Kagan from Kagin's, Inc. The couple hired the president of Kagin's, Inc. and Holabird-Kagin Americana, a western Americana dealer and auctioneer, to represent them. "Since 1981, people have been coming to us with one or two coins they find worth a few thousand dollars,...
  • Could newly discovered gold coins be the haul stolen by ... San Francisco Mint employee in 1901?

    02/26/2014 9:32:34 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 26, 2014 | CHRIS WHITE IN SAN FRANCISCO and DAVID MCCORMACK Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article
    Treasure hunting enthusiasts weigh in on origins of couple's $10 million findThe mysterious haul of gold coins discovered by a Northern California couple while out walking their dog – and valued at $10 million – may well be a previously undiscovered bounty that an employee of the San Francisco Mint was convicted of stealing in 1901. The couple, who haven’t been named, stumbled across the haul of 1,427 rare, mint-condition gold coins, nearly all dating from 1847 to 1894, buried in the shadow of an old tree on their Gold Country property in February 2013. The face value of the...
  • $10M Gold Coin Hoard Found in Yard May Have Been Stolen From Mint

    03/04/2014 4:39:40 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 41 replies
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 04 TUESDAY 2014 | YAHOO NEWS
    A California couple who found a stash of buried gold coins valued at $10 million may not be so lucky after all. The coins may have been stolen from the US Mint in 1900 and thus be the property of the government, according to a published report. The San Francisco Chronicle's website reported that a search of the Haithi Trust Digital Library provided by Northern California fishing guide Jack Trout, who is also a historian and collector of rare coins, turned up the news of the theft. The California couple, who have not been identified, spotted the edge of an...
  • Could newly discovered gold coins be the haul stolen by SF Mint employee in 1901? [GOLD COINS]

    02/26/2014 7:49:29 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 113 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | 02/26/14 | STAFF
    The mysterious haul of gold coins discovered by a Northern California couple while out walking their dog – and valued at $10 million – may well be a previously undiscovered bounty that an employee of the San Francisco Mint was convicted of stealing in 1901. The couple, who haven’t been named, stumbled across the haul of 1,427 rare, mint-condition gold coins, nearly all dating from 1847 to 1894, buried in the shadow of an old tree on their Gold Country property in February 2013. The face value of the Saddle Ridge Hoard, as they’ve called it, added up to about...
  • NorCal Couple Finds $10M In Gold Coins; May Be Greatest Buried Treasure Ever Found In U.S.

    02/26/2014 6:17:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | February 25, 2014 11:40 PM | Staff
    TIBURON (CBS SF) A couple has made the buried treasure find of a lifetime gold coins worth millions of dollars on their property in Northern California. A cache of more than 1,400 rare U.S. gold coins, stored in decaying metal cans and buried near an old tree on the property, was discovered as the couple were taking their dog on a daily walk. The estimated value is believed to be in excess of $10 million and may be the most valuable hoard of gold coins unearthed in North America, according to veteran numismatist Don Kagin. Kagin, president...
  • Calif. couple strike $10 million gold-coin bonanza

    02/25/2014 2:15:04 PM PST · by Theoria · 61 replies
    AP ^ | 25 Feb 2014 | John Rogers
    <p>A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.</p> <p>Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, which recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece.</p>
  • Dartmoor tomb treasure hoard uncovered by archaeologists

    02/09/2014 6:43:13 AM PST · by Islander7 · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | Feb 7, 2014 | Staff
    Archaeologists from around the UK have been examining a hoard of treasures unearthed in a 4,000-year-old tomb on Dartmoor. Prehistoric jewellery, animal pelts and beads made of amber were among the finds about two years ago in the burial chamber. The chamber, known as a cist, was found on Whitehorse Hill, near Chagford.
  • Rabbi finds $98,000 in desk bought off Craigslist

    11/12/2013 7:00:03 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 31 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 11, 2013
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., A Connecticut rabbi who purchased a desk for less than $200 on Craigslist said he found $98,000 in cash hidden inside. Rabbi Noah Muroff of New Haven said he and his wife brought the desk home and discovered it would not fit through the door of their office without being disassembled, WTNH-TV, New Haven, reported Monday. "Behind the drawers there is this plastic bag, like a shopping," Muroff said. "In the bag, I could already see through the bag, it looks like a one hundred dollar bill. "We open it up and it's full of cash. And...
  • Frozen treasure found amid plane wreckage in the French Alps

    09/26/2013 11:14:35 AM PDT · by oxcart · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | 09/26/13 | Nancy Ing
    A treasure of precious jewels has been found by a young alpinist on the ice caps of Mont Blanc, where it likely was lost decades ago amid the wreckage of a crashed airliner. The chief commandant of the national police of Albertville, France, confirmed to NBC News that about a hundred small, precious stones were found in a metallic box in the ice caps known as Bossons. Commandant Sylvain Merly said the precious stones were separated in plastic bags that were stamped "Made in India." A local jeweler estimates the treasure to be worth between $175,000 and $325,000. The diamonds,...
  • Secret Code: Music Score May Lead to Nazi Gold

    09/24/2013 10:14:49 AM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 20 Sept 2013 | Bjrn Hengst and Benjamin Drr
    After some initial digs, a Dutch filmmaker believes he may have found the site of buried Nazi treasure long rumored to exist. He was led to the Bavarian town of Mittenwald after cracking a code believed to be hidden in a music score. Three attempts have been made in recent weeks to find buried Nazi treasure in the Bavarian town of Mittenwald, close to the Austrian border. Even though the holes in the ground have since been filled, the traces left by drills and blue markings are still visible below a thin layer of autumn leaves. Authorities granted permission for...
  • Proof of Solomons mines found in Israel

    09/23/2013 1:02:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Sep 03, 2013
    New findings from an archaeological excavation led this winter by Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv Universitys Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures prove that copper mines in Israel thought to have been built by the ancient Egyptians in the 13th century BCE actually originated three centuries later, during the reign of the legendary King Solomon.Based on the radiocarbon dating of material unearthed at a new site in Timna Valley in Israels Aravah Desert, the findings overturn the archaeological consensus of the last several decades. Scholarly work and materials found in the area suggest the mines...
  • Byzantine Era Golden Treasure Discovered at Foot of Temple Mount

    09/11/2013 4:06:20 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 9-11-13 | Aryeh Savir
    During excavations at the foot of the Temple Mount which were conducted this summer, Jerusalem Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar discovered two bundles of a treasure containing thirty-six gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a gold medallion with the menorah (Temple candelabrum) symbol etched into it. Also etched into the 10-cm medallion are a shofar (rams horn) and a Torah scroll. Mazar, a third-generation archaeologist working at the Hebrew Universitys Institute of Archaeology, directs excavations on the City of Davids summit and at the Temple Mounts southern wall, the Ophel area. Calling the find a breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime discovery,...
  • Viking jewelry unearthed in Denmark

    07/28/2013 5:33:56 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26, 2013 | By Owen Jarus
    Several pieces of Viking jewelry, some of which contain gold, have been uncovered at a farm site in Denmark that dates as far back as 1,300 years. Although the Vikings have a popular reputation as being raiders, they were also farmers, traders and explorers, and the craftsmanship seen in this jewelry demonstrates their artistic skills. Archaeologists working with volunteers used metal detectors to find the jewelry in different spots throughout a farmstead on Zealand, the largest island in Denmark. The remains of the site, which is now called Vestervang, date from the late seventh to the early 11th centuries.
  • Spat between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin over German treasure

    06/21/2013 1:21:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 84 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6-21-13
    A dispute over ancient German treasure looted by Soviet troops at the end of the Second World War has overshadowed a visit by Angela Merkel to Russia.
  • Florida man finds mysterious gold treasure during Everglades snake hunt

    05/25/2013 1:58:51 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 24 May 2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A Florida man who went hunting for pythons in Floridas Everglades returned instead with a mysterious treasure: an antique, diamond-studded gold medallion that could date back to the 17th century. How the handmade, penny-sized amulet got there is a riddle. One theory is it could have been aboard a ValuJet plane that crashed nearby in May 1996 or that perhaps it was part of the debris field from an Eastern Airlines crash in the same area in 1972. The fact that it is partially melted on one side could support that idea. But wherever it came from, Mark Rubinstein,...
  • Want to find his hidden treasure worth millions? Head outdoors

    02/27/2013 6:12:31 PM PST · by Daffynition · 59 replies
    TodayNews.com ^ | 2/27/13 | Erika Angulo
    A New Mexico multimillionaire wants you to get off the couch and go searching for hidden treasure. Forrest Fenn, 82, believes too many Americans spend their free time watching TV or playing video games. He hopes the bounty he hid a chest filled with millions of dollars in gold coins, diamonds and emeralds, among other gems will prompt some to explore the outdoors. "Get your kids out in the countryside, take them fishing and get them away from their little hand-held machines," he told TODAY.
  • Guy Buys $123 Safe on eBay, Finds Major Cash Inside

    01/22/2013 5:41:37 AM PST · by rawhide · 88 replies
    newser.com ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
    When James Labrecque listed an old safeto which he did not have the combinationon eBay, the seller warned, "What you see is what you get, no returns, and no money back." A Tennessee man purchased it for $122.93, had a welder cut it openand found $26,000 inside. The buyer shared the news with Labrecque via a positive review on the auction site, and Labrecque quickly attempted to convince the buyer to give him some of the cash, to no avail. In fact, WMC-TV reports, the buyer quoted Labrecque's own eBay disclaimer right back to him when turning him down. "I...
  • Valuable WWII Gun at Police Buy-Back (Sturmgewehr 44)

    12/11/2012 8:38:58 AM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 32 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 12/10/12 | Annie Rose Ramos
    Just like a scene out of "Antiques Roadshow," a woman in Hartford, Conn., turned in an old rifle to her local police station's gun buy-back, only to discover the gun was worth anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, inherited the gun from her father who had brought it home with him from Europe as a memento from World War II. The two officers conducting the gun buy-back, who are resident gun experts for the Hartford Police Department, informed the owner she was in possession of a Nazi Assault Rifle, the first of its kind,...
  • Sunken treasure off N.J.'s coast? Florida diver lays claim to ship wreck site

    09/23/2012 8:04:55 AM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | 22 Sept 2012 | Stephen Stirling
    It was buried among the legal ads in a local newspaper this week, nary two paragraphs long amid public notices from municipalities and legal name changes. It was a federal court announcement, but no ordinary one, from a treasure hunter announcing to "modern day pirates" that he was laying claim to a previously undiscovered Civil War-era shipwreck buried off the coast of Asbury Park the maritime equivalent of a wedding officiant asking "if anyone has reason for these two not to be wed, speak now or forever hold your peace." The "groom" is Allan Gardner, a Florida diver who...
  • Woman Finds Renoir Original at Flea Market

    09/09/2012 7:16:58 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 80 replies
    Newsre.com ^ | September 8, 2012 | Mark Russell
    (Newser) The flea market box lot was less than $50, and the buyer picked it up mostly for the Paul Bunyan doll it contained. But it turns out the box lot also contained an original painting by Renoir that could fetch up to $100,000 in an auction at the end of the month, reports the New York Times. The 5.5-inch-by-9-inch painting of the Seine riverside is believed to be Renoir's Paysage Bords de Seine. It was bought from a French gallery in 1925 and later sold to a Maryland collector, but art historians aren't sure when or how it...
  • Poor Victoria church discovers two of its chairs are worth $250,000

    08/31/2012 9:10:40 AM PDT · by Theoria · 6 replies
    Postmedia News ^ | 30 Aug 2012 | Randy Boswell
    Two wooden armchairs that were gathering dust in a Vancouver Island church for decades may prove to save the financially-challenged parish after they were discovered to be rare and valuable Qing dynasty treasures. They'd been there, in a quiet spot along the back wall of the St. Matthias Anglican Church in Victoria, possibly since the parish opened the doors of its new home nearly 50 years ago. Now the church, which has struggled to survive since a damaging schism over same-sex marriage in 2009, is poised for a potential windfall when the chairs are auctioned next month in New York,...
  • Buried "treasure" in Southeastern Pennsylvania Freeper help needed

    07/01/2012 6:03:48 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 19 replies
    treasureNet ^ | June-2012 | SEPaMAN
    Family tradition has it that my grandfather buried numerous hoards throughout the township, however we have only one set of clues. Whenever I searched for the hoard I usually swept the area with a metal detector in case any other treasures happened to be near. My father, who I believe was in the know, said that the location of the hoard was a clue to finding other buried caches - one of them in a barrow containing my grandfather!
  • Massive Gold Trove Sparks Archeological Dispute

    06/21/2012 5:36:03 PM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 21 June 2012 | Matthias Schulz
    A 3,300-year-old treasure trove of gold found in northern Germany has stumped German archeologists. One theory suggests that traders transported it thousands of miles from a mine in Central Asia, but other experts are skeptical. Archeologists in Germany have an unlikely new hero: former Chancellor Gerhard Schrder. They have nothing but praise for the cigar-smoking veteran Social Democratic politician. Why? Because it was Schrder who, together with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, pushed through a plan to pump Russian natural gas to Western Europe. For that purpose, an embankment 440 kilometers (275 miles) long and up to 30 meters (100 feet)...
  • Al Qaeda suspect's porn film found to contain treasure trove of secret documents

    05/04/2012 1:18:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | May 4, 2012 | by Lin Edwards
    A suspected member of the Al Qaeda terrorist group, arrested in May last year in Germany, was found with a memory stick hidden in his underwear. Police discovered the stick contained a password-protected folder with pornographic videos inside it, but suspicious computer forensic experts thought there must be more. After weeks of analysis, they determined that one of the pornographic videos contained concealed documents detailing Al Qaeda operations and plans. The files were hidden in the video file through a process called steganography or concealed writing. The term steganography includes methods used for centuries, such as invisible ink, but now...