According to Owen Jarus, for Live Science, two recent archaeological discoveries were made in Ireland relating to pirates, and both show a set of stairs that almost reach out to the sea. One of the sites, is located at “Dutchman’s Cove” in County Cork, Ireland. Jarus mentioned at these sites, pirates had niches to signal others who arrived at night. According to the article, in the 17th century, an alliance of pirates, that outmatched Britain’s Royal navy, would prey on ships that had a large amount of treasure! Underwater archeaologist, Connie Kelleher argued, “Sites like that would have been used over a long period for pirates, smugglers and others who wanted to do secret things. One pirate haul is said to have been worth, in today’s money, some $7 million. This was an amazingly lucrative commercial venture and this is why it was so successful.” Read more
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We all know the panic of losing something that we need everyday. Recently, a skier felt that panic when he lost his phone while on the slopes! According to Eliza Murphy for ABC News, 28 year old Chris Wong, a native of New York City, was having a great vacation with his friends, when he fell down and lost his iPhone. According to the article, Wong realized he lost his phone at the end of the day and went with his friends to search for it with a metal detector. He said, “I said, ‘Hey, you know what, maybe I’ll try to find it on the slopes with a metal detector. The cost of the new one was alot and I wish I had the old one to sell to make up for the cost.” Read more
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According to writer Indra Harsaputra, for the Jakarta Post in Indonesia, eight ancient relics disappeared from the Ponorogo regency administration hall in East Java. Archaeologist Rizki Susantini stated in the article, “The items, mostly statue fragments, dating from the East Javanese classical era between the 10th and 15th centuries, went missing due to a lack of attention from the local administration.” Susantini also said that two temple stones were missing and the fragments from from statues known as Nandi, Ganesha and Agastya. Harsaputra mentioned that artifacts from the National Museum in Jakarta went missing last September and they included a scripted, crescent shaped plague as well as an plague shaped like a dragon! Another interesting fact that Harsaputra said was that a large, bronze Buddha statue covered in gold, went missing and the thieves were not found.
Imagine being out, enjoying the day and finding something amazing that you never expected to find. According to Fox News, a couple from northern California was walking their dog on their property in Gold County, when they stumbled upon gold coins in excellent condition, buried in an old tree worth, over $10 million! David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana said in the article, “Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in mint condition.” The article mentioned that the couple who found the coins does not know who placed them there and that some of the coins could fetch a million a piece because they are so rare! To avoid, as Fox points out, people flooding to their home, the couple is purposely choosing to remain anonymous and place the coins for sale on Amazon. Read more
Imagine finding treasure dating back to the 6th century! Recently, an English metal detectorist discovered some items that are pretty rare, but a valuable part of history. Emily Scott for Kent Online (in the UK), argued that the rare collection of Anglo-Saxon finds are worth more than 40,000 (pounds), include part of a buckle (or belt) as well as seven brooches! The article mentioned that Greg Sweetman of Sheperdswell was the first person to discover one of the beautiful brooches while metal detecting. Sweetman said, “These finds for me are the most significant I have ever found and I’m still shaking at the thought. When you start digging stuff up you never know what’s going to come up. I’m lucky that that came up.” Read more
A hoard of Roman gold was discovered in the southern Rhineland area of Germany by two German archaeologists, according to German news on the Local.de. The treasure find includes, according to the article, gold leaf shape brooches that are believed to be from an high ranking Roman ruler, a solid silver bowl set with gold and stones, and a silver plated statuettes that formed part of a military commander’s portable chair! Also mentioned was that this ancient Roman treasure find is believed to be the largest collection of late antiquity treasure Germany has ever seen! Chief archaeologist Axel von Berg said in the article, “The original owner lived well.” As for the treasure hunter? Read more