• Bob Dack

    Nazi gold
    A British boat crew found an astonishing $130 million (£100m) of Nazi gold in a German shipwreck in July. The gold, which originates from South American banks, was on its way to Germany when the boat sank southeast of Iceland just three weeks after World War II began.
  • Bob Dack

    Ancient Levi jeans
    A pair of 124-year-old Levi jeans was discovered in an antique cedar chest. According to some reports, the jeans, which look brand new and have been lying untouched in a chest for decades, may be worth up to $100,000 (£74k).
  • Bob Dack

    A historic treasure finally discovered?
    In October, three amateur treasure hunters announced that they had found the location of the priceless Amber Room. Believed to have been the most valuable piece of art looted by the Nazis, the chamber, which is decorated in gold leaf, was constructed in 18th-century Prussia. Mystery has shrouded its location for 70 years, but the group claim their evidence has traced the panels to under a cave in the Ore Mountains. They are now in the process of raising money to dig deeper into the caves.
  • Bob Dack
    Dinosaur eggs dating back 130 million years discovered by Chinese builders

    A trove of fossilised dinosaur eggs was discovered by a group of Chinese construction workers as they blasted rocks and earth, state media reported.

    Thought by local scientists to be about 130 million years old, the nest of between 20 and 30 eggs was found in the eastern Jiangxi province.

    Their age would place them in the Cretaceous period.

    The builders were preparing the ground for construction of a school when they made the discovery, the People’s Daily tabloid newspaper reported.

    As they prepared to break down a large boulder after blasting the site, they noticed oval stones and dark fragments about 2mm thick.

    They immediately stopped work and contacted authorities, China News reported, adding that the area was once on the shores of a lake, and suitable breeding ground for dinosaurs.

    The eggs have been transferred to the county museum for further research.

    Dayu county is in the prefectural-level city of Ganzhou, which was named the “home town of dinosaurs in China” earlier this year.
  • Kingalfred
    .,.,.,.,. Now all they need is some DNA a crocodile or monitor lizard .,.,. cloned .,.,.,.
    "life always finds a way"
  • Bob Dack
    One amateur treasure hunter just hit a small jackpot after
    he discovered a 15th century ring that is believed to be worth over $13,000.
  • mikeee
  • Bob Dack
    Gold treasure recovered from 1857 shipwreck to make debut


    SANTA ANA, Calif. — More than $50 million worth of gold bars, coins and dust that's been described as the greatest lost treasure in U.S. history is about to make its public debut in California after sitting at the bottom of the ocean for more than 150 years.

    The 3,100 gold coins, 45 gold bars and more than 80 pounds (36 kilograms) of gold dust recovered from the wreckage of the S.S. Central America steamship are now sitting in a makeshift laboratory just south of Los Angeles.

    Bob Evans, the chief scientist on the original voyage that discovered the shipwreck and its treasure in 1988, is now painstakingly cleaning each piece of gold by hand, soaking it in a solution and brushing off rust and grime that accumulated as the treasure sat 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) below sea level.

    "This is a whole new season of discovery," Evans told The Associated Press this week from the laboratory in Santa Ana. "We are now peering beneath the grime and the rust that is on the coins, removing those objects and those substances and getting to look at the treasure as it was in 1857."

    The Central America was laden with booty from the California Gold Rush when it sank in a hurricane off the coast of South Carolina in 1857. Four hundred and twenty-five people drowned and thousands of pounds of California gold were lost, contributing to an economic panic.

    Using sable paintbrushes and a cleaning solution, Evans has been restoring the gold —some of which is completely caked over in black gunk — to its original luster for the past two weeks. He will continue that work through February, when the treasure will go on public display at the Long Beach Convention Center, just south of Los Angeles.

    The gold is all for sale. Just one tiny coin alone could go for $1 million because of its combination of rarity and the history behind it, said Dwight Manley, managing partner of the California Gold Marketing Group, which is displaying and selling the gold.
    "This is something that in hundreds of years people will still be talking about, reading about, looking back on and collecting things from," Manley said. "There's no other ships that sank that haven't been recovered that rival this or are similar to this, so it's really a once-in-a-lifetime situation."

    Meanwhile the deep-sea treasure hunter responsible for finding the gold in the first place continues to sit in an Ohio jail over his handling of the original treasure recovered from the Central America.

    Treasure hunter and Ohio native Tommy Thompson found the ship in 1988 after convincing 161 local investors to fund the voyage for nearly $13 million.

    A lengthy battle ensued over who owned the gold, with Thompson and his investors eventually emerging as the victors over a group of insurance companies. Thompson's company sold 532 gold bars and thousands of coins to the California Gold Marketing Group for about $50 million in 2000.

    Investors never saw any of those proceeds. In 2005, they sued Thompson, who then went into seclusion in Florida and later became a fugitive after an Ohio judge issued a warrant for his arrest in 2012.

    Authorities tracked Thompson to a Florida hotel room in 2015. A judge has held Thompson in contempt since December 2015 for violating terms of a plea deal by refusing to answer questions about the location of 500 missing gold coins. He's been jailed ever since.

    Thompson has previously said the coins were turned over to a trust in Belize. He has also said that the $50 million from the sale of the gold mostly went toward legal fees and bank loans.

    Recovered in 2014, the gold going on display in California next month is only the second round of treasure brought up from the Central America.
    Manley, of the California Gold Marketing Group, bought the gold from investors this month. It was the first time investors saw returns since their initial investment in the 1980s, though some of them died waiting to see such a day.

    The gold will be on display Feb. 22-24 at the Long Beach Convention Center.
  • mikeee
  • Bob Dack
    "Neither he nor I knew it was an early car," Mike in Maryland says of the 1969 Mach 1 he bought in a little town in Pennsylvania. He had always wanted a 1969 Mach 1. "The owner told me it was a Super Cobra Jet Drag Pack car. That made it even more attractive, even though there was no engine, no transmission, it needed some bodywork, and was completely disassembled."
    What neither Mike nor the seller knew at the time was that this 428 SCJ was the very first Super Cobra Jet with 4.30 gears ever ordered. Carl Beasley Ford in York, Pennsylvania, did the honors.

    Super Cobra Jet means the car came with either the 3.91 or the 4.30 gears in the 9-inch rearend, which mandated special heavy-duty engine features, including an oil cooler up front (for dragstrip use). No air conditioning was available.

    Mike says the purchase was "kind of scary." He had been working on a 1965 Mustang convertible when he saw an ad on Craigslist for a 1969 Mach 1. He knows how labor-intensive restorations can be.

    "I looked the car over thoroughly and then asked if I could think about it overnight."

    Mike had a tough decision to make. The car was completely apart. The driver-side floor pan had been replaced. Somebody had cut away half of a quarter-panel and welded in a patch panel. He knew a muscle car of this stature should have the whole panel replaced, and preferably with an N.O.S. Ford unit. Also, Mike knew that 428 Cobra Jet parts are getting harder and harder to find.
    "That's a car you don't want to put just any 428 in. You want the date code to be right. You're going to have a lot of money in it, but it will be a nice car when it's done."

    The next morning Mike decided to go ahead and buy the Mach 1. He immediately put a want ad for a date-code-correct 428 block on the Cobra Jet Registry website. The early build date (August 29, 1968) raised red flags. Registry members questioned whether Ford build a Super Cobra Jet this early in the production run.

    Mike already had a Marti Report, which documented the car as a real Super Cobra Jet.

    To delve further into the Mach 1's factory issue, Mike had Marti do "specific research," and was shocked to discover that 9T02Q103396 was "the first Mustang ordered with a 428 Super Cobra Jet engine with a 4.30 Traction-Lok Rear Axle."

    Furthermore, Mike's Mach 1 was also the first one released and second one produced out of all three Mustang assembly plants with these features.

    Mike had found a real gem. He had a 428 Super Cobra Jet, but, to boot, he also had the first SCJ Mustang with 4.30 gears to hit the road.
  • mikeee
    very cool
  • Bob Dack
    Archaeologists have harnessed sophisticated technology to reveal lost cities and thousands of ancient structures deep in the Guatemalan jungle, confirming that the Maya civilization was much larger than previously thought.

    Experts used remote surveying technology to see through the thick canopy of forest, revealing more than 60,000 structures in a sprawling network of cities, farms, highways and fortifications. The extent of ancient Maya agriculture also stunned archaeologists, who said that the civilization produced food “on an almost industrial scale.”

    An international team of scientists and archaeologists took part in the PACUNAM LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) initiative, surveying more than 772 square miles of the Guatemalan jungle by plane. Their findings have been revealed in digital maps and an augmented reality app.

    LiDAR uses a laser to measure distances to the Earth’s surface and can prove extremely valuable to study what is hidden in heavily forested areas. LiDAR is also used extensively in other applications, including autonomous cars where it allows vehicles to have a continuous 360 degrees view.

    The incredible project will be shown on “Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings,” which airs on National Geographic on February 6.

    “It’s like a magic trick,” says one of the archaeologists leading the project, Tom Garrison, in the documentary. “The survey is the most important development in Maya archaeology in 100 years.”

    The study indicates that previous estimates that placed the population in the ancient Maya lowlands at between 1 million and 2 million need to be completely rethought. Based on the extensive survey, experts now think that up to 20 million people were living in the region.

    The Maya lowlands spanned Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, Guatemala and Belize. From its heart in what is now Guatemala, the Maya empire reached the peak of its power in the sixth century A.D., according to History.com, although most of the civilization’s cities were abandoned around 900 A.D.

    Archaeologists involved in the PACUNAM LiDAR project are also examining how an obscure royal dynasty known as the Snake Kings came to dominate the ancient Mayan world. The latest evidence suggests that the dynasty’s power stretched from Mexico and Belize into Guatemala. They conquered the great Maya city of Tikal in 562 A.D.

    New light is also being shed on Tikal, deep in the Guatemalan rainforest. Using LiDAR, archaeologists identified a previously unknown pyramid in the heart of the city that was thought to be a natural feature. The city was also found to be three to four times larger than previously thought, with extensive defenses on its outskirts. The fortifications support the new theory that the ancient engaged in large scale wars, according to National Geographic.

    LiDAR was also used to reveal new details of the swampy valley around the Maya city of Holmul near Guatemala’s border with Belize. The LiDAR data show that the thousands of acres were drained, irrigated and converted into farmland, creating a landscape that archaeologists have compared to the central valley of California.

    “There are entire cities we didn’t know about now showing up in the survey data,” says National Geographic Explorer Francisco Estrada-Belli, a joint leader of the project, in the documentary. “There are 20,000 square kilometers more to be explored and there are going to be hundreds of cities in there that we don’t know about. I guarantee you.”

    The discoveries are just the latest finds to offer a glimpse into the Maya civilization. Last month, for example, experts in Mexico discovered a vast underwater cave system that may hold clues to the Maya.

    Last year, archaeologists in northwestern Guatemala uncovered the tomb of an ancient Maya king that is thought to date back to between 300 A.D. and 350 A.D.

    In a separate research project published last year, experts also unearthed new clues about the civilization’s mysterious demise. Scientists have long believed that the civilization underwent two major collapses – the first of which took place around the 2nd century A.D., and the second, around the 9th century A.D. Using radiocarbon data, dating from ceramics and archaeological excavations, a team headed up by researchers from University of Arizona discovered new information on the collapses.

    The data show that the collapses occurred in waves and were shaped by social instability, warfare and political crises. These events deteriorated major Maya city centers, according to the team. In addition, the team used the information from a site at Ceibal, about 62 miles southwest of Tikal to refine the chronology of when population sizes and building construction increased and decreased.

    The new data point to “more complex patterns of political crises and recoveries leading up to each collapse,” the team explained.
  • Bob Dack
    Archaeologists find silver treasure on German Baltic island
    BERLIN — Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to the era of Danish King Harald Gormsson have been found on the eastern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea.

    A single silver coin was first found in January by two amateur archaeologists, one of them a 13-year-old boy, in a field near the village of Schaprode. The state archaeology office then became involved and the entire treasure was uncovered by experts over the weekend, the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state archaeology office said Monday.

    "It's the biggest trove of such coins in the southeastern Baltic region," the statement said.

    The office said the two amateur archeologists were asked to keep quiet about their discovery to give professionals time to plan the dig and were then invited to participate in the recovery.

    "This was the (biggest) discovery of my life," hobby archaeologist Rene Schoen told the German news agency dpa.

    Schoen said he and 13-year-old Luca Malaschnitschenko were using metal detectors on the field near Schaprode when Luca found a little piece that he initially thought was only aluminum garbage. But when they cleaned it, they understood it was more precious.

    Archaeologists said about 100 of the silver coins are probably from the reign of Harald Gormsson, better known as "Harald Bluetooth," who lived in the 10th century and introduced Christianity to Denmark.

    He was one of the last Viking kings of what is now Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and parts of Norway.

    His nickname came from the fact he had a dead tooth that looked bluish, but it's now best known for the wireless Bluetooth technology invented by Swedish telecom company Ericsson. The company named the technology, developed to wirelessly unite computers with cellular devices, after him for his ability to unite ancient Scandinavia.
  • Bob Dack
    What they thought was a rusty box in their backyard was a safe with $52,000 worth of treasure

    For years Matthew and Maria Colonna-Emanuel thought a piece of rusty metal behind some trees in their backyard was just part of a cable or electrical box.
    But it wasn't. It was a safe containing $52,000 in cash, gold and diamonds. And the story of how they discovered it -- and what the couple did next -- is remarkable.
    The couple saw the metal box between some trees when they moved in to their Staten Island home in New York, but never paid much attention to it.
    "I thought it was an electrical box," Matthew Colonna-Emanuel told CNN affiliate WCBS.

    They dug it up
    When trees in their yard were damaged by wildlife they got a better view. "It [the box] was really prominent when the deer ate away all the foliage," Matthew said.
    After digging it up they realized it was a rusty old safe. Inside they found wet money, and a lot of jewelry in plastic bags.
    "Hundreds, jewelry, diamonds, engagement ring. Dozens of rings, gold with jade. It was stunning," said Matthew.
    There was also a piece of paper with an address -- one of their neighbors.
    "First, I knocked on the door and I asked them if they were ever robbed and they said they were," Matthew said.
    According to the New York Police Department, a burglary was reported at their neighbors' home the day after Christmas in 2011. The only thing taken was the safe. It had a large amount of cash, jewelry and other items inside: a total of $52,000 worth of property, police said.
    "The cops told her, you'll never see your stuff again," said Matthew's wife, Maria.
    But eight years later, thanks to the Colonna-Emanuels, she did.

    They didn't keep it
    Matthew said their neighbor was shaking when he told her they had found her safe.
    When asked why they didn't keep the loot for themselves, Maria said, "It wasn't even a question. It wasn't ours."
    "The reward is karma. Good karma." added Matthew.
  • Bob Dack
    A robot submarine found the ‘Holy Grail of shipwrecks.’ It’s worth billions.

    Spanish treasure fleets that traversed the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas and back were a 16th-century invention as important as free two-day shipping.

    Organized 70 years after Columbus’s first voyage, the fleet was made up of several specialized ships with one primary goal: Exploiting the riches of the New World as efficiently as possible.

    The San José, the largest galleon and the flagship of one group of Spanish ships that started sailing in the 16th century, was big and — thanks to 62 bronze cannons engraved with dolphins — deadly enough to deter or destroy ships, whether pirates or rival nations.

    Except when it didn’t. On June 8, 1708, during the War of the Spanish Succession, the San José’s gunpowder ignited during a battle with British ships, sending 600 doomed sailors to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean — along with gold, silver and emeralds from mines in Peru, a total haul valued at some $17 billion in today’s dollars.
    It stands as one of the most expensive maritime losses in history. And “the Holy Grail of shipwrecks” stayed underwater, undiscovered for more than 300 years.

    Enter a tiny submersible robot named Remus 6000 — packed with sensors and cameras and capable of diving four miles underwater — that has discovered the centuries-old final resting place of the sunken ship.

    The unmanned underwater vehicle, operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), uses far-reaching sonar to identify objects on the seafloor — then circles back to take pictures of anything worthy of a closer look.

    Remus 6000 has used the same tactic to find the remains of Air France 447, two years after it crashed off the coast of Brazil in 2009.

    The wreckage of the San José was discovered two years ago, but the location off the Colombian port town of Cartagena and other details have been closely-held secrets.

    New details were released on Monday from the agencies involved in the search, including the Colombian military that ferried Remus 6000 to the search location.

    Researchers realized what they had found from a key distinguishing feature.
    Jeff Kaeli, one of the engineers who operates the Remus 6000, said he was in his bunk when the first pictures came in.

    “I’m not a marine archaeologist, but … I know what a cannon looks like,” he told CBS News. “So in that moment, I guess I was the only person in the world who knew we’d found the shipwreck,” he said.

    Those who know the coordinates of the find have not expanded much beyond the robot and the engineer in part because the remains of the San José are the subject of another international dispute:

    Do the precious metals and emeralds at the bottom of the Atlantic belong to the people of Colombia or to the people of Spain?

    “The San José discovery carries considerable cultural and historical significance for the Colombian government and people because of the ship’s treasure of cultural and historical artifacts and the clues they may provide about Europe’s economic, social, and political climate in the early 18th century,” WHOI said in a news release about the find.

    “The Colombian Government plans to build a museum and world-class conservation laboratory to preserve and publicly display the wreck’s contents, including cannons, ceramics, and other artifacts.”

    Still the researchers at Woods Hole say they have no financial stake in the haul.
  • Bob Dack

    Well when I watched the short Vid it looked like a cross between a Dolphin & a Bird?
  • Bob Dack
    Archaeologists excavated the burial site, in the ancient Chinese capital city of Chang’an, now part of modern Xi'an, in 2004. “I'm afraid we don't know much about the tomb,” said Helen Chatterjee, a biology professor at the University College London and a co-author of the study, published in Science, that describes the gibbon. The tomb is about 2,300 or 2,200 years old, and is possibly the final resting place of Lady Xia, grandmother of the Qin dynasty's first emperor.
    The tomb contained several dead exotic animals in 12 pits, including a leopard and a bear, befitting a member of the ancient Chinese elite. Among these remains, excavators found a small jawbone and skull with prominent canine teeth. The gibbon bones wound up in a museum drawer, until Samuel Turvey, at the Zoological Society of London, plucked them out of obscurity.

    “It's just luck that Sam found this specimen and immediately suspected it was a gibbon,” Chatterjee said.

    Turvey scanned the gibbon bones and sent the images to Chatterjee. With their students, the scientists began to pick apart the gibbon's features. Their analysis “revealed it to be significantly different from living gibbons,” Chatterjee said.
    Junzi imperialis had a steeper forehead than other gibbons, narrower cheekbones and more slender brow ridges, said Alejandra Ortiz, an anthropologist at Arizona State University and a co-author of the report. Its molars were unusually sized, too.

    All of these features combined, the authors say, make a strong case that the gibbon is not just a new species but a new genus. (A genus, you'll recall, ranks above a species — it's the Homo in Homo sapiens.) Living gibbons are split into 20 species over four genera.

    “There’s good reason to believe this represents a new species of gibbon,” said anthropologist Paul Garber, a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois who has studied gibbons in China and was not involved with this report. Whether it's a new genus is tough to say, he said, based on one specimen.

    What's more critical, in Garber's mind, is the gibbon's extinction.

    In China, wild gibbons stick to the dense forest canopies of the southwest. One species, the Hainan gibbons, lives at the nation's southernmost point; there are only 30 of these apes left, making them one of the rarest mammals alive. The Chang’an tomb, in the central province of Shaanxi, is 750 miles from the nearest known gibbon habitat. Shaanxi is mountainous, Garber said, and though macaques and snub-nosed monkeys live there, no gibbons do.

    It's possible, Ortiz said, that “Lady Xia’s gibbon was transported to Chang’an as a trade item or tribute.” (Ortiz pointed to old Chinese texts referring to the animals as “elegant” and symbols of “gentlemen.”) But the study authors say Junzi imperialis could have been a local. Except for the gibbon, the other mammals found in the tomb still occur in Shaanxi.
    “Gibbons had much wider ranges in the past,” Chatterjee said. She added: “It is unlikely specimens such as Junzi would have traveled this far just by humans.” Chatterjee and her colleagues suspect there are more Junzi bones in the area, waiting to be found. “We are keen to find them.”

    The scientists cannot say with certainty humans wiped the gibbons off the planet. They just think it's the most likely hypothesis. (The current study of this species, after all, depended on its cultural value to long-dead humans.) And, though we might think of ecological loss as a modern problem, ancient Chang’an had a dense human population. "We have been a threat for quite a while," Ortiz said.

    “Probably more than any country in the world, China has transformed its landscape,” Garber said. Two thousand years ago, the Han dynasty had an estimated population of 60 million people, a quarter of the world's total.

    Primate habitats shrank dramatically in China over the past two millennia. In September, Garber published a paper based on historical records of snub-nosed monkeys, taken from texts as old as zero A.D. As the population of China boomed from the 1700s onward, references to snub-nosed monkeys in eastern and central China vanished completely.

    Gibbons, who consume mostly fruits, are especially ill-equipped for shrinking forests. Because they rarely descend from the canopy, when forests splinter, the apes remain boxed in. Their ability to cross open gaps to between habitats, Ortiz said, is "extremely limited."

    “The Junzi find is a sobering lesson in the devastating effects that humans can have on the natural world,” Chatterjee said. “Nature cannot keep up.”

    The primate vanishing act has not stopped with Junzi. “Unless things dramatically change over the next 25 to 75 years, there will be a major primate extinction crisis,” Garber said. “Worldwide, 60 percent of primates are threatened, endangered or critically endangered.”

    China still has the opportunity to enact better policies that protect living primates, he said. But that window won't stay open forever.
  • Bob Dack
    30-Ton Sealed Black Granite Sarcophagus Discovered in Egypt

  • Bob Dack
    Man discovers strange rocks on the Shore of Lake Superior.
  • Donna
    Holy cow! I've always wanted to go there! Crater of Diamonds State Park!
  • Charlene Bovert
    - So that's where I dropped it as I use to live there when my dad was stationed there while in the Air Force.
  • Bob Dack
    You wish Eh or maybe not if you loose a Diamond? (lol)
  • godseeconomy
    You'll need to provide proof to get it back, Charlene. I lost a pure gold bangle many decades ago somewhere in Scotland, whilst out walking with my husband one evening!! Didn't notice the missing bangle until the next morning. Too late to retrace our steps to try and locate it!
  • godseeconomy
    WOW! Still more valuable artefacts to unearth undoubtedly.
  • Bob Dack
    Largest diamond in North America found in N.W.T., says Dominion Diamond

  • Bob Dack
    One of a Kind tomb found

  • godseeconomy
    Exciting. More to come....... Watch this space, eh???
  • Kingalfred

    They found 6 foot car thieving Squirrels, beware .,.,.,. may contain nuts ....
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