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.
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
RPG blog Hack & Slash
's Courtney Campbell has written a pair of expansive guides on trap design
) and treasure
). New treasure and traps
are also a mainstay of the blog itself. [more inside]
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]
A court-mandated opening of some secret chambers at the Sree Padmanabhaswami temple
in Kerala - family temple of the ruling royals of the former Kingdom of Travancore
- has led to the discovery of a treasure estimated to be worth billions of dollars
has the story of a circulation promotion gimmick that runs awry.
Renowned blacksmith, Phillip Simmons
, of Charleston, SC has died at age 98. [more inside]
"Songs From the Life of Leonard Cohen
. More a biographical documentary than a concert, the 70-minute program combines live performances--some complete, many abridged--mainly from Cohen's 1988 show at Carnegie Hall, in support of his then-current album, I'm Your Man, with interviews with Cohen himself, his original musical patron Judy Collins and protege Jennifer Warnes." Parts: one two three four five six seven eight nine [more inside]
Is salvaging sunken treasure a form of piracy
or the preservation
of history? Does commercial for-profit exploration
of historical shipwrecks taint the historical legacy
of these naval graveyards? Who owns
the treasures lost for so many centuries? Marine archeology is testing
its legal limits with one man's work
On August 7, 1979, under cover of darkness, artist Kit Williams
took a jeweled, 18-karat gold pendant in the shape of hare
and buried it near the monument
to Catherine of Aragon
in Ampthill Park
, England. Clues to its location were hidden the text and artwork of his book Masquerade
. The armchair treasure hunt
sparked a worldwide craze. The end
was disappointing. But 30 years later
, the quest is being commemorated with a new hunt
in the Cotswolds. (previously) [more inside]
A man seeking Confederate gold and his own family's hidden history uncovers a cryptic trail
that may stretch back to a secret society and Jesse James.
In 1840, the Cuerdale Hoard
- the greatest Viking silver treasure trove ever found outside Russia - is found in Lancashire. 2007:
a father and son find an amazing Viking hoard
while metal detecting in in Harrogate. The most important find of its type in Britain for over 150 years
, it reveals a remarkable diversity of cultural contacts in the medieval world, with objects coming from as far apart as Afghanistan in the East and Ireland in the West, as well as Russia, Scandinavia and continental Europe.
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...
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
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
On the Chilean island of Robinson Crusoe
, a small GPR
-enabled robot named Arturito (google translated page)
has apparently just found
"The biggest treasure in history
..." (estimated at $10 Billion
Scientific Sleuth Cracks Code to $54,000 Treasure
The treasure was the 12th and last set out in Treasure's Trove
, a children's book published last fall. People shared information
on many forums
. The solution
to the Beetle puzzle is in this forum. Missed out? All is not lost. Apparently, a new 14th puzzle has been announced.
Maybe we can solve it together.
"Sometimes wanting to be famous is really the downfall of people."
Funny how initial news reports often don't tell the full story. It seems the gents who claimed to have found buried treasure
in their back yard actually found it while doing paid repair work on someone else's house
. If they'd only kept their yaps shut...
is the treasures people discover in garbage, and Ted Botha has written an excellent book about it
and talked about it
. If your curiousity is peaked, you might want to try it yourself
Put MLK on the $20 Bill.
Conservatives have clamored to put Ronald Reagan on the dime
or the $10 bill
. One outfit
wants to name something after Reagan in each of the US's counties. Why not put one of "the greatest moral leaders of the 20th century"
on one of our most commonly used pieces of currency instead? (Better to have King on the $20 than Andrew Jackson
, whose unconstitutional Indian Removal policy
created the "Trail of Tears."
is one of the greatest treasure hunting mysteries
of the last 400 years. The Money Pit
as it is called, has stirred up a bevy of questions including how this simple pit has alluded treasure hunters and scientists to this day. Some believe
that it might be the location of the Holy Grail
, stashed by the Templar Knights. Other's believe
that it might be the resting place of Sir Francis Bacon's original plays acreditted to William Shakespear. The most common belief
is that The pirate Captain Kidd
hid his huge stash of gold deep within the pit
which accounts for all of the unusual traps.
Regardless of the wild speculation
there has been evidence
to suggest that there is deffinately something in the pit. But not all agree....
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)
Beer + Bums = Free Housing.
Being a bum isn't easy. You have to panhandle lots of money
, go Dumpster diving for treasure
and hit up the friendly neighborhood liquor store a few times a day. Luckily, Seattle is finally recognizing how tough it is to bum for booze. Fat Tire with that free apartment, anyone? (Via The Raven
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...)