|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.
Sunday, 31 May 2020
Friday, 29 May 2020
|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.|
|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
|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
|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.|
|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.v||Two 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
|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.|
|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
Saturday, 2 May 2020
|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.|