Lost Treasure You Can Still Find
We’ve compiled 10 lost treasure you can still find ,experts say are real and all that’s left for you to do is start looking these treasures just waiting to be found.
1-Dead Bishop’s Treasure Stolen by Pirates
In A.D. 1357, the São Vicente set sail from Lisboa (also called Lisbon) to Avignon, in France, carrying a treasure acquired by Thibaud de Castillon, arecently deceased bishop of Lisboa. The treasure included gold, silver, rings, tapestries, jewels, fine plates and even portable altars. While sailing near the town of Cartagena, in modern-day Spain, the São Vicente was attacked by two heavily armed pirate vessels whose crew seized its treasure. One pirate ship, commanded by a man named Antonio Botafoc (a name that means fire blast or fire fart) was later captured after it ran aground. However, the other pirate ship commanded by Martin Yanes, appears to have to have made a clean getaway. What happened to Yanes, his pirate crew and the stolen treasure is unknown.
History’s most famous pirate (real name: Edward Teach) is thought to have served as a British privateer during the War of Spanish Succession in the early 18th century before embarking on his brief but notorious career in piracy. From 1716 to 1718, Blackbeard and his 40-gun flagship , Queen Anne’s Revenge, prowled the West Indies and the Atlantic coast of North America, preying on ships heading back to Spain laden with gold, silver and other treasures from Mexico and South America. In late 1718, a British naval force led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard succeeded in killing Blackbeard after a hard-fought battle; Maynard had the infamous pirate decapitated and hung his head from the bowsprit of his ship. Before his death, Blackbeard claimed to have hidden his massive treasure, but he never told anyone its location. Treasure hunters have been searching for it ever since, seeking clues everywhere from Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay to the Caribbean and Cayman Islands.
3-Nazi Gold in Lake Toplitz?
Legend has it that near the end of the World War II, a Nazi force led by SS officer Ernst Kaltenbrunner sunk a vast amount of gold into Lake Toplitz in Austria, to keep it from being captured by the invading allied forces. Since that time, numerous searches have been undertaken, but, so far, no gold has been found.
It’s possible that the story is a legend and, in fact, there was no gold sunk into the lake; however, some researchers have noted that the lake has poor visibility and a vast amount of logs and debris that make attempts to locate gold through diving both difficult and dangerous. Some divers have been killed trying to find gold in the lake’s waters.
4-Treasure of Lima
In 1820, as the forces of the revolutionary leader José de San Martín advanced on Lima, Peru, Spanish authorities hurried to save the riches they had amassed since their conquest of the Inca Empire in the 16th century. They entrusted the British sea captain William Thompson to hide the treasure aboard his ship, the Mary Dear, and sail around until it was safe to return to Lima. Instead, Thompson and his crew killed the Spanish viceroy’s guards and took off with the loot. When a Spanish ship captured the Mary Dear, the entire crew was executed except for Thompson and his first mate, who promised to reveal where they had buried the treasure .But when they reached Cocos Island, near present day Costa Rica, Thompson and his mate escaped into the jungle, and were never heard from again. Since then, more than 300 expeditions have tried—and failed—to find the Treasure of Lima. The lost haul, which reportedly included a life-size solid-gold image of the Virgin Mary encrusted in gems, is thought to be worth around $200 million today.
5. Mosby’s Treasure
In early March 1863, the Confederate ranger Colonel John Singleton Mosby and his band of guerrilla raiders surprised more than 40 Union troops at the Fairfax Courthouse and overcame them without firing a shot. From the lodgings of Union General Edwin Stoughton, Mosby reportedly took a burlap sack stuffed with more than $350,000 worth in gold, silver, jewelry, candlesticks and other family heirlooms, all of them taken from the homes of wealthy Virginia planters. While Mosby was transporting Stoughton and the other prisoners back to the Confederate line, his scouts warned him of a large detachment of Union soldiers nearby. In case of a battle, Mosby told his men to bury the sack of treasure between two large pine trees, which he marked with his knife. Mosby’s raiders avoided the clash and got back behind Confederate lines, but when he sent back seven of his men to retrieve the riches, they were caught and hanged as accused guerrillas. Mosby never returned to get the treasure, and never told anyone else its exact location—as far as we know, it remains buried in the woods of Fairfax County, Virginia, today.
6-The amber room
Amber looks just like a yellow stone, but it’s actually made from fossilized tree sap that is millions of years old! And get this — the Prussian King had an entire room made out of amber panelling! The original amber room was constructed in 1701 to 1707 at Charlottenburg Palace in Germany and in 1716 the Prussian King Frederick William I gave the amber room to Tsar Peter the Great of the Russian Empire as a gift. The room was dismantled and more than 5,900 kilograms of amber was shipped to St. Petersburg in 18 large boxes.
Today the room would be worth $500 million dollars, but during World War II, the amber room was taken apart and stolen by enemy forces.
7-The Tomb of Tu Duc
While visitors can visit the Tomb of Tu Duc in Hue, Vietnam, the actual burial location of the Nguyen leader has never been discovered. When the Emperor died in 1883, he and his treasure were buried in a location so secret that everyone involved in its creation was beheaded afterward.
8-Treasures of Nimrud
The ancient city of Nimrud is located in modern-day Iraq and was a capital city of the Assyrian empire during the reign of Ashurnasirpal II . He built a new palace at Nimrud along with other amenities. Recent history has not been so kind to Nimrud. The terrorist group called the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) captured the ancient city in June 2014 during a military offensive; the ancient city wasn’t recaptured until November 2016.
By then, ISIS had blown up part of the city and used bulldozers to destroy and dig up other portions. Looting also took place in the period after the ancient city was retaken, when little security could be provided. While many treasures at Nimrud have been destroyed, others are damaged and can be reconstructed, and still others may be rediscovered on the black market.
9-Buried treasure on Coco’s Island
William Thompson, the captain of the ship, Mary Dear, was entrusted with 113 gold religious statues, 200 chest of jewels and 1,000 diamonds. However, he turned into a pirate and buried it all at Cocos island in 1820.
10-Genghis Khan’s tomb
There have been many attempts to find Genghis’ tomb by grave robbers, adventurers and archaeologists. Most have been centred on Burkhan Khaldun, in the Khentii province of northeastern Mongolia, the great warrior’s birthplace. According to The Secret History of the Mongols (1240), the oldest surviving literary work on the last days of Genghis, he sought refuge here, worshipped here, declared it the most sacred mountain in Mongolia and – most intriguingly – exclaimed, “Bury me here when I pass away.” However, all searches of the area have proved fruitless.