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Search for the Lost City of Atlantis 8 years 3 months ago #1458

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By Tom Vawter aka Wreckdiver1715

GUATEMALA CITY: In the year 1250AD a group of Mayan Priests drafted a series of four documents; one of those documents is 74 pages and measures a total 3.56 meters long and contains a total of 74 different hieroglyphs.

Fast forward to the year 1739 when the documents were discovered in the possession of a wealthy man from Vienna. This man did not know how he came into possession of these documents, and he donated them to a library in Dresden where these documents are kept protected under glass today. Today this document is known simply as the Dresden Mayan Code.

For the last 40 years these documents have been studied by a German scientist by the name of Joachim Rittsteig, who has devoted almost his entire life to decipher the valuable document. "The Dresden Maya Code leads to a huge treasure in Guatemala of more than eight tons of pure gold," says Joachim Rittsteig mathematician, in remarks published by the German newspaper Bild.

It adds that "on page 52 speaks of the Maya capital of Atlan, which was destroyed by an earthquake on 30 October in the year 666 BC. The city kept 2,156 golden tablets on which the Maya recorded their laws. "

The treasure was buried near the city in the waters of Lake Izabal, located in eastern Guatemala, whose remains have been found by Rittsteig, thanks to radar images taken in the area.

"They can clearly see the remains of the city. In the ruins of a fortress can be seen the sarcophagus of stone that could hold 2,156 golden tablets. The information I have shown the place with a margin of error of 10 cm "says Rittsteig.

Rittsteig, who is currently seeking sponsors for an expedition to Guatemala, estimates that "only the value of gold in the tablets stands at 211 million Euros (290 million dollars).

Claudina Monica Urquizú, director of the Institute of Anthropology and History, Directorate General of Cultural and Natural Heritage, said he respected the opinions and data Rittsteig, but he is a mathematician and not epigrapher.

He added that the archaeological evidence indicates that the pre-Hispanic Maya never used gold in large quantities until the Post-classic period (900-1524 AD), and that there are very few examples.

The official explained that if Rittsteig wants to do any research on the Lake, he must request permission from the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage, and if he meets the requirements that the law requires, then a must have a signed agreement with that institution.

In any case, they had better hurry because the last page of the Dresden Mayan Code describes the apocalypse or end of the world, which should take place on December 21, 2012.
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Re: In Search of Mayan Treasure 8 years 3 months ago #1474

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Treasure Hunters Expected in Guatemala Today

By Tom Vawter

GUATEMALA CITY Sponsored by the German newspaper Bild, Joachim Rittsteig and a team of scientist and journalist left Germany on Tuesday on a mission to Guatemala in search of a Mayan Treasure. The expedition includes two reporters from the publication, a photographer, a television camera, and a professional diver who will submerge into Lake Izabal, located 3 hours north of Guatemala City, in an attempt to find eight tons of gold believed to have been lost there.

TreasureWorks.com reported yesterday in our story “In Search of Mayan Treasure”, that Rittsteig had broke the codex of an ancient Maya document revealing the location of the ancient Mayan capitol city of Atlan that was destroyed by an earthquake in the year 666BC. Near this location it is believed that Rittseig and his team will discover 2,156 gold tablets lost to the world when the city of Altan sank beneath the waters of Lake Izabal.

TreasureWorks.com is on site in Guatemala City, where Rittsteig and his team are expected to arrive later today in order to gain permission from the Directorate General of Cultural and Natural Heritage before the actual search can begin
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The Great Guatemala Treasure Hunt 8 years 3 months ago #1501

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By Tom Vawter, reporting from Guatemala City

GUATEMALA CITY - At this hour a team of German scientist and media have reportedly departed Guatemala City to start day one of the planned one year expedition. The team is now making the journey to Lake Izabal some 350 miles north east of the capitol city, and the reported location of the lost Mayan City of Altan, and what the expedition leader believes to be eight tons of Mayan gold treasure buried at the bottom of the lake.

The team headed by German scholar Joachim Rittsteig spent much of the day today buying provisions of food, water, insect repellant and clothing. They also had a meeting with the German Ambassador to Guatemala, Dr. Thomas Schäfer. However, it is not yet known if the expedition has secured the necessary permission from the Government of Guatemala's President Alvaro Colom.

President Colom said yesterday that "I do not think there's gold down there", He explained that scientific studies and research have determined that the Maya did not work metals like gold and silver, but instead gave a great use of materials such as jade, obsidian and quartz, and the development of pottery.

Meanwhile forces of the “Brigada de Fuerzas Especiales” or Special Forces Brigade, along with forces of the "Policía Nacional Civil" or the National Police have been mobilized to Lake Izabal due to fears that a flood of would be treasure hunters and adventurers will descend on the lake in search of the gold. Local news media now reports all vessel traffic on the lake is now subject to monitoring, so that no secret treasure hunters can steal the gold of the Maya.
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Re: In Search of Mayan Treasure 8 years 3 months ago #1503

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Tom,
I think the presidente got it wrong. The reason no evidence of Mayan gold has turned up is because it's all at the bottom of this lake!
Good opportunity to vacation in a Guatemalan Big House!
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Re: In Search of Mayan Treasure 8 years 3 months ago #1505

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Yea, its kind of odd that he would declare that there is no treasure, yet mobilize the Military and the National Police to "Lock down the lake" so treasure hunters cant steal the Maya Gold. Today it will be interesting to see if the Germans are allowed on the lake to conduct a search. If they do get permission I would assume they will need support in he way of specialized equipment like magnetomiters, dredges, lift bags and a ton of other equipment and experianced manpower.
I have attempted to contact the expedition leader about this issue with an offer to help with these search and recovery logistics. However, he has not yet responded. It would be good to see some of the Florida treasure finders get involved in this effort.
In any case I will keep everyone updated as things progress down this way.

Today is a perfect day to hunt for treasure down in Guatemala. Its 61F this morning, and not a cloud in the sky. The forcasters are telling us that we will hit 81F again this afternoon.

Tom
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Guatemala Treasure Hunt – Day 2 8 years 3 months ago #1515

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By Tom Vawter, reporting from Guatemala City

GUATEMALA CITY – The team of German treasure hunters that departed Guatemala City yesterday have not yet arrived at the site of the Lost City of Altas somewhere at the bottom of Lake Izabal. Instead they have taken an unexpected turn into neighboring Honduras and to the mysterious City of Copan.

The expedition led by Joachim Ritter left their Guatemalan security detail at the border as they traveled into Honduras to explore the ruins of Copan. In the steps of the large staircase mysterious characters are carved - the source of the puzzle, the researchers solved Joachim Ritter for treasure hunting. Ritter: "This is the stone of the decrypted version of the Dresden Codex, which tells of the lake and the ruined Mayan city-Atlan".

Later in the day the team learned that all the professional dive equipment of diver Steffen Crowd has not yet arrived. They fear new dive equipment may have to be procured. The planned dive into Lake Izabal has been delayed indefinitely.

The expedition plans to arrive at Lake Izabal in Guatemala sometime tomorrow to begin the search for the bridge which should have led to the City of Atlan.

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Search for the Lost City of Atlan - day 4 8 years 3 months ago #1523

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By Tom Vawter, Reporting from Guatemala City

Guatemala is still all abuzz about the team of German scientist and press that have arrived in this Central American country. Many of the local papers are running headlines, tesoro de los mayas, or Treasure of the Mayans, and the press as well as the Guatemalan Government is still very skeptical that the treasure hunting scientist will find any gold at the bottom of Lake Izabal.

The team of German scientist led by Joachim Rittsteig have arrived on Lake Izabal, and were elated to find that they had electricity and other modern conveniences available them as they began to establish a base camp from which to start there exploration of the Lost Mayan City of Atlan.

The team became a little concerned when they were separated from the Guatemalan security forces assigned to protect them during the journey back from there detour to the Ruins of Copan in neighboring Honduras on Friday. The convoy of stopped to refuel the vehicles as the security force continued on leaving the team unprotected from bandits and Norco drug runners that are prolific in many parts of the country. The treasure hunters were reunited with their security team about 30 minutes later.

Today the team of treasure hunting scientist are making final preparations to a catamaran that will take them to the location on the lake that they believe they will find part of the Lost City of Atlan. Expedition diver, Steffen Crowd is reportedly concerned about the amount of sediment that is on the lake bottom, and that they will have to do much dredging to reach the target at the bottom of the lake.
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Re: In Search of Mayan Treasure 8 years 3 months ago #1524

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BREAKING NEWS - The Guatemalan military has blocked the expedition from diving on the site of the Lost City of Atlan.
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Re: In Search of Mayan Treasure 8 years 3 months ago #1530

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That comes as no surprise.
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Re: In Search of Mayan Treasure 8 years 3 months ago #1531

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LOL, so true John. I hope to publish the next chapter in this saga within a few hours. It has been a very busy Monday down this way.
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Search for the Lost City of Atlantis – Day 5 8 years 3 months ago #1535

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By Tom Vawter, Reporting from Guatemala City

RIO DULCE, GUATEMALA – The team of treasure hunting scientist from Germany continue with their search today, for the fabled lost City of Atlan on Lake Izabal. In spite of a major setback late yesterday, when the team was stopped from diving on the site by Guatemalan security officials. The scientists have failed to secure the necessary permits from the Guatemala Ministry of Culture.

The expedition is headed by Joachim Rittsteig, a mathematician from Germany who claims that after 40 years of research he has deciphered the “Dresden Codex” that has lead his team to Lake Izabal in north eastern Guatemala, and to a treasure trove of eight tons of gold plates that are alleged to have been in the City of Atlan when the city sank into the lake during a major earthquake in the year 666 BC. The team of treasure hunting scientist believes that the City of Atlan is actually the legendary Lost City of Atlantis described in Plato’s dialogues Timaeus and Critias.

Rittsteig met Saturday with the Mayor of Livingston, Miguel Rax, trying to garner support of local authorities to search the lake. Rittsteig believes that the Lost City of Atlantis is just nine kilometers from the community and 30 meters below the surface and 20 meters of that being sediment.

"We demand the presence of the mayor to get her back to confirm our theory. We are not here to explore or take anything that belongs to Guatemala, we would like to confirm its existence, and if you were to perform a scan, which (the treasure) he is in this department for the attention of national and international tourism, "said Rittsteig.

Miguel Rax, the Mayor of Livingston has stated that before he can give an endorsement to the expedition he will need to verify that the alleged treasure is within his territory of control, and if so the expedition will still need to request the necessary permits from the Ministry of Culture and other agencies before the expedition can explore the site.

Meanwhile, other members of the team continue to explore the shoreline in search for the remains of the bridge and aqueduct system that connected the island city to the mainland.

Hugo Hidalgo, the representative of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Izabal, believes that it was irresponsible of Rittsteig to publish his theory without having first confirming his theory.

"They must have a permit from the Institute of Anthropology and History, and the Ministry of Culture and should review the environmental impact study based on the activity they plan to carry out on site. In addition, people Q'eqchi 'must be taken into account because for them the lake is an important part of their lives and livelihoods, "says Hidalgo.

Many members of the local communities on the banks of the lake consider the possible finding as a development opportunity for the depressed communities that are in poverty.
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Guatemala Treasure Hunt – Day 6 8 years 3 months ago #1541

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By Tom Vawter, Reporting from Guatemala City

RIO DULCE, GUATEMALA - The search for the Lost City of Atlantis continues at Lake Izabal in Guatemala. However, the search seems as though it has been restricted to searching the shoreline of Lake Izabal. The team of German treasure hunters was only able to make one dive at the site that expedition leader Joachim Rittsteig believes he will find 8 tons in the form of gold plates. The Guatemalan Navy stopped the team as they were preparing for a second dive, and escorted the Germans back to port because they have not yet secured the necessary permissions from the Guatemalan Government.

Even though the team is still prohibited from making anymore dives at the site identified by Rittsteig as the ancient capitol of the Maya Empire. His expedition has grown today by the addition of two French deep sea divers. German diver Steffen Haufe, has been joined by divers Jean-Claud Pisuan and Dominique Martin. Yet, still absent from the German team are any Professional Marine Archaeologists to lead the proper archeological excavation should the sunken city be found.

The team is dining with a local shaman tonight with hopes that he will be able to intercede on behalf of the expedition with the local Mayor. However, it will take more that finding a clay pot and dinner with a Shaman for the expedition to gain permission to dive on the site located at 15 degrees, 31.70 minutes north and 89 degrees, 4.178 minutes west.

Many locals in Guatemala are now wondering why Rittsteig left Guatemala City nearly a week ago without first meeting with Guatemalan officials in an attempt to secure the necessary search permits before heading to Lake Izabal.
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Re: Guatemala Treasure Hunt – Day 6 8 years 3 months ago #1546

Great Topic Tommy! Not surprised one bit that the government shut them down, let me know if they need a professor of archaeology to "bail" them out ;~) He saved our butts in Turkey last year, and you know how much they frown on "expeditions"...A LOT MORE than the Guatemalans...Midnight Express ring a bell!!! Look forward to the updates! Stay safe and enjoy the experience!
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This is great stuff!
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The sun rises over the mountains of the once mighty Mayan empire to reveal yet another beautiful day for treasure hunting. As I drink my Guatemalan coffee and watch the sun come up to reveal the new day pondering my list of things to do today. Its 57F this morning with clear skies, and forecast to warm up to 78F this afternoon.
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You're killing me!
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LOL, Its a tough job, but someone has to do it...
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Guatemala Treasure Hunt – Day 7 8 years 3 months ago #1564

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By Tom Vawter, Reporting from Guatemala City

GUATEMALA CITY – It was one week ago today the Team of German scientist, divers and Journalist from the German Newspaper Bild, who are sponsoring this expedition, arrived in the Guatemalan Capitol. They came to Guatemala intent on exploring Lake Izabal in search of 8 Tons of Gold buried at the bottom of the lake.

The team has been frustrated that they were only able to make one dive on the alleged site of the Maya City of Atlan, which they believe is actually the fabled City of Atlantis. The Guatemalan Navy stopped the team as they prepared for their second dive, stating that they did not have the necessary permits to search for the city or any gold that may be in the ruins.

The team has decided today to return to Guatemala City in an attempt to negotiate with the government for the necessary permission and permits to conduct the search for the city at the bottom of the lake.

The German treasure hunters would be well advised to seek the advice and counsel of professional treasure salvers and or marine archeologist before they meet with representatives of the government. The Guatemalan government will want to see a well developed plan on exactly how the team plans to proceed with the pre-disturbance survey.
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Re: Search for the Lost City of Atlantis 8 years 3 months ago #1568

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It looks like the team of German scientist, turned treasure hunters are packing their bags and heading back to Germany empty handed this morning It is still unclear this morning if the expedition leader will remain in an attempt to convince the government to give them permission.

more later...
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Re: Search for the Lost City of Atlantis 8 years 3 months ago #1569

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"The team of treasure hunting scientist believes that the City of Atlan is actually the legendary Lost City of Atlantis described in Plato’s dialogues Timaeus and Critias."

There's a red flag if I ever saw one. :laugh:
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