A relic hunter dubbed 'Indiana Bones' has lifted the lid
on a macabre collection of 400-year-old jewel-encrusted skeletons unearthed in churches across Europe.
posted by empath
on Sep 7, 2013 -
One man's trash is another man's treasure — we've all heard the old adage, but Nelson Molina, a longtime sanitation worker in Manhattan, takes the saying to an entirely new level: a self-curated, full-fledged art gallery — from other people's trash.
The New York Times toured Mr. Molina's gallery recently, getting a rare peek into the collection that contains everything from a Masters of Business Administration diploma (from Harvard!) to a portrait of Winston Churchill. Via
posted by infini
on Jul 27, 2012 -
Like a "modern-day pirate," 75-year-old Ray Ives has been diving for sunken treasure for decades. Wearing an ancient, bronze-helmeted diving suit, he searches the ocean floor and keeps a huge collection of marine salvage (including antique cannon balls, 'bottles, bells, swords, portholes and diving gear') in a shipping container "museum" at a British marina.
Ray: A Life Underwater: Vimeo
. (A short film documentary.) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Sep 23, 2011 -
Treasure Hunt Puzzle
I've been nutting my way through some of these puzzles with some difficulty but with a great deal of fun. Thought I would share...
posted by gnomesb
on Feb 12, 2007 -
work can be found all over the world. He is an artist that carves symbols on rocks and then leaves them at the site where they were created (sometimes burying
posted by tellurian
on Aug 2, 2006 -
Two years after the Abu Ghraib scandal, new research shows that abuse of detainees in U.S. custody in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at Guantánamo Bay has been widespread, and that the United States has taken only limited steps to investigate and punish implicated personnel. A briefing paper issued today, 'By the Numbers,' presents findings of the Detainee Abuse and Accountability Project... the first comprehensive accounting of credible allegations of torture and abuse in U.S. custody in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo. The project has collected hundreds of allegations of detainee abuse and torture occurring since late 2001 – allegations implicating more than 600 U.S. military and civilian personnel and involving more than 460 detainees. U.S.: More Than 600 Implicated in Detainee Abuse
See also Projected Iraq War Costs Soar
, See also The Trillion Dolllar War
posted by y2karl
on Apr 27, 2006 -
The treasures of the sea.
A fascinating look at underwater archeological sites in France. The Cosquer Cave is particularly enthralling due to the art and the difficulty in getting to it. (warning - annoying frames and popup info boxes that don't work so well in Mozilla)
posted by Irontom
on May 29, 2003 -
In 1900 a sponge diver called Elias Stadiatos discovered the wreck of an ancient merchant ship off the tiny island of Antikythera
near Crete. The corbita
, dating from the first century B.C., was heavily laden with treasure of all kinds, original bronze life-size statues, marble reproductions of older works, jewelry, wine, fine furniture and one immensely complicated scientific instrument.
The Antikythera mechanism was originally housed in a wooden box about the size of a shoebox
with dials on the outside and a complex clockwork assembly of gears inscribed and configured to produce solar and lunar positions in synchronization with the calendar year
. By rotating a handle on its side, its owner could read on its front and back dials the progressions of the lunar and synodic months over four-year cycles. The device has been estimated to be accurate to 1 part in 40,000
. (more inside...)
posted by lagado
on Sep 24, 2002 -