Ancient Treasures: The Discovery of Lost Hoards, Sunken Ships, Buried Vaults, and Other Long-Forgotten Artifacts

By Brian Haughton

Why are such a lot of humans fascinated with treasure? Is it simply a hope for wealth, or is it additionally the romantic charm of stories of misplaced historic artifacts?

It is unquestionably actual that the tales at the back of the loss and restoration of a couple of historic treasures learn like edge-of-the-seat fiction, someplace among Indiana Jones and James Bond.

In Ancient Treasures, you are going to learn interesting tales of misplaced hoards, looted archaeological artifacts, and sunken treasures, including:

  • The Sevso Treasure, a hoard of enormous silver vessels from the past due Roman Empire--estimated to be worthy $200 million--looted within the Seventies and bought at the black market.
  • The Amber Room, a whole chamber ornament of amber panels subsidized with gold leaf and mirrors, stolen by way of the Nazis in 1941 and taken to the citadel at Königsberg in Russia, from which it disappeared.
  • The outstanding wealth of Roman and Viking hoards buried within the flooring for safekeeping, in basic terms to be unearthed centuries later through humble steel detectorists.
  • The wrecks of the Spanish treasure fleets, whose New international plunder has been the objective of problematic salvage makes an attempt by means of smooth treasure hunters
  • Show description

    Preview of Ancient Treasures: The Discovery of Lost Hoards, Sunken Ships, Buried Vaults, and Other Long-Forgotten Artifacts PDF

    Similar Archaeology books

    The Jaguar Mask

    Set within the center of the yankee jungle and that includes Declan Carberry, the not-so good-looking hero of Day of Wrath, this page-turner oozes pleasure, exotica and formulation One suspense. Archaeologist Leo is on a dig. yet this can be no usual task. he is deep within the center of the Mexican jungle uncovering one other centuries-old Mayan urban.

    Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

    The traditional Egyptians are a permanent resource of fascination--mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured our imaginations for generations. all of us have a psychological photograph of old Egypt, yet is it the suitable one? How a lot can we relatively learn about this as soon as nice civilization? during this soaking up advent, Ian Shaw, one of many most appropriate gurus on historical Egypt, describes how our present principles approximately Egypt are established not just at the exciting discoveries made by way of early Egyptologists but in addition on interesting new different types of proof produced via smooth clinical and linguistic analyses.

    Beyond the Medieval Village: The Diversification of Landscape Character in Southern Britain (Medieval History and Archaeology)

    The numerous personality of Britain's nation-state presents groups with a robust feel of neighborhood identification. essentially the most major good points of the panorama in Southern Britain is the best way that its personality differs from zone to area, with compact villages within the Midlands contrasting with the sprawling hamlets of East Anglia and remoted farmsteads of Devon.

    Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

    During this revised and up-to-date version of Archaeology: a really brief creation, Paul Bahn provides an enticing creation and an outstanding assessment of a box that embraces every thing from the cave paintings of Lascaux to the good stone heads of Easter Island. This wonderful creation displays the iconic acclaim for archaeology--a topic which appeals as a hobby, profession, and educational self-discipline, encompasses the entire globe, and spans a few 2.

    Additional resources for Ancient Treasures: The Discovery of Lost Hoards, Sunken Ships, Buried Vaults, and Other Long-Forgotten Artifacts

    Show sample text content

    Non secular purposes are one other chance, while the buried cache possibly shaped a part of a pagan ritual offering—possibly the grave items of a warrior on his solution to Valhalla. Any artifacts buried with the warrior have been believed to accompany the lifeless guy to the afterlife. there's a few advice of this ritual connection within the outdated English heroic epic Beowulf, dated among the 8th and the early-11th centuries. within the ultimate act of the poem, set within the early 6th century advert in Scandinavia, Beowulf and his better half, Wiglaf, slay a dragon and take its treasure hoard. however the hero is fatally wounded via the dragon within the struggle and dies quickly later on. Beowulf is cremated and entombed in a burial mound in addition to funeral items and the Dragon’s hoard. The treasure is buried with the hero with a purpose to ritually go back it to the earth the place it belongs or maybe since it is cursed. one other model of formality hoarding has been instructed the place the act of burying wealth gets rid of goods from move which are frequently anticipated to be allotted in Viking society. This act may be concerning the demonstrate of wealth and gear pointed out prior, the place a grandiose destruction of wealth graphically illustrates the facility and affluence of the person. within the Icelandic epic Egils saga, the oldest transcript of which dates again to advert 1240, the hero, Egil Skallagrimsson, sinks his silver treasure in a lavatory with a stone slab the day ahead of he dies. to make sure the positioning of the cache is stored mystery, Egil then kills the 2 servants who helped him placed it there. one of many biggest and most vital of all Viking hoards is that from Cuerdale, close to Preston, Lancashire, within the northwest of britain. On may perhaps 15, 1840, workmen repairing an embankment at the southern part of the River Ribble found the is still of a lead-lined chest containing 8,600 goods of silver cash and bullion weighing nearly ninety kilos. The workmen attempted to pocket a number of the silver cash, but if the bailiff arrived have been ordered to place them again, even though they have been allowed to maintain one coin every one from the hoard. it's most probably, besides the fact that, that many cash from the unique hoard have been stolen prior to the bailiff arrived. In August 1840 the hoard used to be dispersed to greater than a hundred and seventy recipients, notwithstanding the bulk used to be given to the British Museum. different items from the Cuerdale Hoard finally chanced on their approach to the nationwide Museums Liverpool and the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford). The amazing number of Viking treasure within the Cuerdale Hoard incorporated silver cash, armlets, chains, earrings, amulets, hack-silver, and ingots of varied shapes and weights. 5 small bone pins have been additionally found with the cache (though they've got because disappeared), indicating that a number of the gadgets have been contained in separate fabric baggage or parcels, held jointly by way of those pins. The silver bullion made up nearly all of the hoard, weighing greater than eighty kilos. The hack silver consisted of chop up arm jewelry and brooches of Norse, Pictish (from japanese and northern Scotland), Irish, and Carolingian (French) foundation.

    Download PDF sample

    Rated 4.70 of 5 – based on 25 votes