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Midas and Dionysus by Poussin (1594-1665), showing the end of the myth in which Midas thanks Dionysus for freeing him of the gift/curse previously granted.

Everything he Touched Turned to Gold: The Myth and Reality of King Midas

Almost everyone has heard the story of King Midas, the legendary king who turned everything he touched to gold. But how much myth and how much reality is there around this character? Was there really...
One of the entrances to the Tayos Caves.

Expedition to Tayos Caves: Never Before Seen Photographs Shed Light on Mysterious Underground Network

The Tayos caves of Ecuador are a legendary vast natural underground network of caves spanning many kilometres, very little of which has been officially explored. The Tayos caves (Cueva de los Tayos)...
Postcard of butter sculpture tableau of the meeting of Jacques Cartier and Donnacona

Lost Kingdom of Saguenay: Did 16th Century Canadian Indians hoax Frenchmen with Tales of Gold and Riches?

According to legends, the Kingdom of Saguenay is a lost city supposedly ruled by blonde men rich with gold and jewels. No one knows if native Canadians in 1534 and 1535 hoaxed greedy Frenchmen and...
Tutankhamun’s death mask

Tutankhamun Death Mask was Made for Nefertiti, Archaeologist says

A new analysis of Tutankhamun’s golden death mask has led to a radical new theory – the mask was originally made for Nefertiti, step mother of Tutankhamun, as a co-regent to her husband king...
Leprechaun hat

Leprechauns: The Little People of Irish Folklore

The Leprechaun is a much-loved and sometimes feared magical creature of Irish folk legend. Short in stature and with a long-beard and pot of gold, leprechauns were once believed to pervade the Irish...
Ten Spectacular Golden Treasures of the Ancient World

Ten Spectacular Golden Treasures of the Ancient World

Throughout the centuries, people have long been captivated by the prospect of finding a long lost treasure. While many have dedicated their entire lives to the search for gold before ‘striking it...
A view of Bedford County, Va., where the supposed treasure of “The Beale Papers” is said to be buried.

The Lost Treasure of the Beale Ciphers

By April Holloway | The Epoch Times More than a century ago, a small pamphlet was published titled “The Beale Papers,” which contained three cipher texts. The mysterious codes supposedly gave...
A reconstructed segment of the Amber Room

Nazi gold train could contain lost Amber Room of Charlottenburg Palace

Last week headlines were made around the world as treasure hunters claimed to have identified a legendary Nazi train packed with gold and money, hidden in a long-forgotten tunnel in the Polish...
The remains of a Scythian warrior king and his horse.

Archaeologists unearth remains of Scythian warrior in golden cloak and his horse

The remains of an ancient Scythian warrior have been found buried in a cloak covered with gold. Archaeologists believe he ruled an area on what is now the Russian steppes around 2,500 years ago. He...
This gold vial may have contained incense. Its contents, which were fossilized, will be analyzed.

Priceless treasure hoard found in 1st century grave of Sarmatian woman in Russia

Archaeologists doing exploratory digging for an airport in Russia have found the grave of an apparent noblewoman with very valuable items, including a sword and knives, gold and silver jewelry,...
Funerary Mask, from Malagana 200BC-200AD on exhibit with the exhibit "The Spirit of Ancient Columbian Gold".

The Malagana Treasure: Gold and Greed, A Lost Civilization Plundered

When a Colombian sugarcane plantation worker and his tractor plunged into a hole which had suddenly opened up in the earth, the spectacular discovery buried under the soil would lead to a large-scale...
The "Tricentennial Royal" coin pictured here was die-cast, unlike most coins minted in the Spanish colonies during the 1700s.

Rare coin hoard worth $1m discovered by treasure hunters off the coast of Florida

Treasure hunters exploring the waters off the coast of Florida, USA, have discovered a hoard of long forgotten treasure that has been lying on the seabed for at least 300 years. At a depth of about...
The Mycenaean Death Mask of Agamemnon

Questioning the Mycenaean Death Mask of Agamemnon

The German archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann is perhaps one of the luckiest archaeologists in history. His discovery of the Mask of Agamemnon was not his first, but second remarkable discovery...
Spirals of Golden Thread Uncovered in Denmark

Beautiful and Enigmatic Spirals of Golden Thread Uncovered in Denmark

Two thousand winding spirals of golden metal threads have been discovered by archaeologists in a field in southwestern Zealand, Denmark. The glittering masses of golden metal threads spun into...
Treasures of Priam

The Treasures of Priam: Golden Riches from the Legendary City of Troy

Homer’s Iliad is often considered as one of the greatest works of Western literature. For many centuries, Homer’s Troy, the city besieged by the Greeks, was considered to be a myth by scholars...
The Eberswalde Hoard: Golden Treasure

The Eberswalde Hoard: Golden Treasure Trove of the Bronze Age

One of the highlights of an exhibition held in 2013 entitled ‘Bronze Age. Europe without Borders. Fourth - First millennia BC’, is a set of impressive artifacts known as the Eberswalde Hoard. The...

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