Sunday, 31 May 2020

Joaquin Murrieta’s Carpinteria Treasure

Notorious outlaw Joaquin Murrieta was killed in 1853 by a posse of bounty hunters, led by Captain Harry Love. Love was seeking a $1,000 governor’s reward from the California state legislature for his capture, dead or alive.

Love came away with his head and the hand of his chief lieutenant, Manuel Garcia, aka “Three-fingered Jack.” The reward paid, the pickled head and hand went on tour.
After his death, there were tales of buried treasure in various parts of the state, mostly in Northern California surrounding gold country. A dime novel of Murrieta was published in 1854, and books that followed decades later were based on that account, romanticized Murrieta. He was portrayed as an aggrieved figure, wronged by the American invaders into California. His crimes were ones of revenge and he became legend.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Gjellestad Viking ship to be excavated

Researchers will start digging in June, and will be the first to excavate a Viking ship in well over a century.In 2018 Ground-penetrating radar found the 20-meter Viking ship buried just beneath the surface of a farmer’s field in Østfold, Norway. Once covered by a mound, archaeologists thought it safe there. Analysis of a wood sample reveals that the ship is being eaten away by fungus.
Ship graves of this size were built for persons from the absolute top echelons in society. Intact finds of this size are incredibly rare.

The ship burial forms part of a larger mound cemetery and settlement site from the Iron Age next to the monumental Jell Mound.
The Oseberg ship burial mound was excavated in 1905. It contained numerous rich grave goods and two female skeletons. The ship dates to around AD 800.The Oseberg Viking ship burial

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Hochberg Palace hiding Nazi gold?

Researchers looking for billions in lost Nazi treasure say a 16th century German castle in Poland is where as much as 28 tonnes of gold and other treasures are buried. The Hochberg Palace, situated in the village of Roztoka, Lower Silesia, about 40 km north of the Czech border, is one of 11 locations described in the diary of SS Standartenfuhrer Egon Ollenhauer. The diary was kept in a German Freemason lodge in Saxony-Anhalt for decades, its existence revealed last year, after the last of the Nazis connected with it died.
According to the diary, underneath the palace, in a room at the bottom of a blasted well shaft, Reichsbank gold bars and other treasures from Breslau worth as much as $1.54 billion in today’s dollars may be buried.

The loot, said to have been deposited by the Waffen SS, is now thought to be buried under the castle, along with the corpses of eyewitnesses who observed or heard the operation to destroy the well shaft.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Lost Cities, Ecuador

Logroño de los Caballeros and Sevilla del Oro were two mining sites, lost to history. Documents reveal the two areas were rich in gold. Served by a declining slave labour force suffering from smallpox, the mines were abandoned by the Spanish invaders after 1606.
"They are in lands that are very rich in gold. This witness in one week extracted 350 pesos of gold with six other men, and the witness said that this land was the richest in gold of all the Kingdoms of Peru. A lot of gold was extracted when there were work crews but this all came to an end when the Indians rebelled.” An uprising in 1590 saw 16 Spaniards killed in Logroño de los Caballeros.
In November 2019 Aurania Resources Ltd. (ARU.v) found the vestiges of an old road on it's Cutucu Project in southeastern Ecuador. The road was discovered by Aurania while searching for Sevilla de Oro. Records describe the Colonial Spanish operating the two gold mines between 1565 and 1606. The road discovered by Aurania is believed to be the one that linked Sevilla de Oro to Logroño de los Caballeros. The gold produced was cast into crude ingots for transport to Quito.

The road was once a well-traveled route from the mines. It is an engineered road, cut into embankments and its down slope edges are lined with blocks of shale to prevent erosion.
See ----->Aurania Resources Ltd. - ARU.vTwo rectangular, well hewed blocks of dressed sandstone are estimated to weigh over 400kg each.

The two gold mining areas at Sevilla de Oro and Logroño de los Caballeros were said to be a hard day's march apart.
Between 1500 and 1650, the Spanish extracted 181 tons of gold and 16,000 tons of silver from the New World.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Lost Inca Gold - Treasure of the Llanganatis


Its not the mythical city of gold that draws treasure seekers to the rugged Llanganates mountain range in Ecuador, some say there's a vast Inca hoard of gold hidden from Spanish conquistadors there.

The Inca Empire in South America in the early 15th century was weak and quickly giving way to European invaders. Atahualpa was an Inca king who, after warring with his half-brother, Huáscar, for control of the empire, was captured at his palace in Cajamarca in modern-day Peru by Spanish commander Francisco Pizarro.



Pizarro agreed to release Atahualpa in return for a roomful of gold, but the Spaniard later reneged on the deal. Atahualpa was garroted on August 29, 1533, and then burned at the stake before the last and largest part of the ransom had been delivered. The legend holds that the Inca general Rumiñahui was on his way to Cajamarca with the ransom when he learned of Atahualpa's fate.

The story goes he buried the gold in a secret mountain cave. It is a tale between fact and fiction. Atahualpa's gold existed because it's recorded in the Spanish chronicle, and it's recorded that a large convoy of gold was on its way from Ecuador. After that the best stories revolve around the Llanganates.
Over the centuries countless explorers have sought Atahualpa's gold, but the mountains of the Llanganates have refused to surrender their secret.

In 2014 researchers unearthed a remarkable 260ft tall by 260ft wide structure, made up of hundreds of two-ton stone blocks. The structure is a wall, sloping at a 60 degree angle, with a flat area at the top where many artifacts have been found.
Unlike in Peru, where attention goes to Inca sites such as Machu Picchu, Ecuador's archaeological ruins attract few tourists and government spending is limited.

Tomb with ancient chariots found in central China

In 2017 archaeologists in China uncovered a tomb with 2400-year-old chariots and horses.

The burial pit was uncovered in central China, in the city of Xinzheng, near Zhengzhou in Henan province.
Scientists believe the tomb may have belonged to a noble family of the Zheng state (806–375 BC), which was a vassal kingdom that governed during the Zhou dynasty (1100–221 BC).

Archaeologists found dozens of chariots and the skeletons of around 100 horses.

Friday, 8 May 2020

Priceless stolen gold mask found in Spain

Policia Nacional recovered the stunning Tumaco gold (1st century B.C.– 4th century C.E.) at Madrid’s Barajas airport. It was part of a shipment which included several other extremely rare pre-Columbian gold figurines and jewellery illegally plundered from archaeological sites.

Colombian authorities carried out house searches in Bogota, resulting in the seizure of another 242 ancient objects, the largest ever in the country’s history.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Spectacular Chinese gold found

An extremely rare golden seal dating to the 1600s that belonged to a Chinese emperor-to-be has been unveiled by archaeologists studying the remnants of a Ming dynasty battlefield. The seal weighs over 17 pounds and is 95% pure gold. The object is likely unique.It bears the words 'Shu Shi Zi Bao', meaning 'Treasure of the Shu Prince'. It's believed that the seal was deliberately broken when the monarchy was overthrown during a peasant uprising 370 years ago. Over 2000 valuable artifacts are thought to have been the booty of Zhang Xianzhong.
Zhang led the peasant revolt which conquered modern-day Sichuan and its largest city of Chengdu in 1644 during the fall of the Ming dynasty. Zhang, the 'Yellow Tiger', was slain by the Manchus the following year.