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The tomb and treasures of King Tut. Source: Jaroslav Moravcik / Adobe Stock.

10 of the Biggest Treasure Discoveries In History (Video)

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In the world of treasure hunting, incredible discoveries await. From ancient Egyptian tombs in Saqqara to the depths of the ocean, hidden riches have been unveiled throughout history. Colorful sarcophagi, statues, and papyrus writings have emerged from Saqqara's cryptic tombs, teasing the secrets that lie within. Off the coast of Caesarea, scuba diver Zvika Fayer stumbled upon a sunken treasure of over 2,000 24-karat gold coins. In England, the Cuerdale Hoard revealed over 7,000 silver coins and bullion, offering a glimpse into the Viking era. Eric Lawes accidentally discovered the Hoxne Hoard, the largest hoard of Roman silver and gold ever found in Britain.

The Staffordshire Hoard, discovered by a metal detectorist, contained 5 kilos of gold and thousands of garnet stones. Reg Mead and Richard Miles spent three decades unearthing the monumental Le Catillon II Hoard, while Sroda Slaska in Poland yielded a crown and precious pendants. Greek divers discovered a sunken trading ship off Antikythera, unveiling glassware, statues, and the groundbreaking Antikythera mechanism. Mel Fisher's search led to the "Nuestra Señora de Atocha," the most valuable shipwreck in the world. Finally, the "San José," carrying an estimated $17 billion in treasure, was located off Colombia's coast. These discoveries remind us of the allure of hidden treasures and the untold wonders that await us.

Top image: The tomb and treasures of King Tut. Source: Jaroslav Moravcik / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

 
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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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