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Treasure hunter finds silver coins from 1715 shipwreck on Florida beach Email

Monday, 04 May 2020 14:21

A treasure hunter using a metal detector found 22 silver Spanish coins dating back to a 1715 shipwreck.

TC Palm newspapers report that 43-year-old treasure hunter Jonah Martinez located the coins, worth about $7,000.

Twelve Spanish galleons laden with treasures from the New World were bound for Spain on July 31, 1715, but 11 were lost during a hurricane off the coast of Florida. Most of the treasure lies beneath the ocean.

Florida law requires recovery permits for individuals who want to explore or recover artifacts on state-owned lands underwater, but not on a public beach.

Martinez said he has no intent to sell or polish the coins but will keep them with others of his historic finds.


Seafarer Exploration sues man who allegedly lied about being war veteran with multiple engineering degrees Email

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 13:30

A Florida man who was believed to be a war veteran with multiple engineering degrees is now at the center of a lawsuit in which his former employer accuses him of using a false resume. 

Seafarer Exploration, a treasure-hunting company, filed the suit last week and is calling for Mike Torres to pay back more than $96,000 that he received in wages, as well as nearly $7,000 in charged expenses, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

“This guy can spout this stuff off like no tomorrow," Kyle Kennedy, the CEO of Seafarer, told the newspaper. “Absolutely none of it was true, but unless you’re an engineer, you’d never know that." 

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Treasure & Shipwreck Recovery, Inc. About to Begin Salvage on Shipwrecks Email

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 13:45

August 08, 2019 08:00 ET | Source: Beliss Corp.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NetworkWire – Treasure & Shipwreck Recovery, Inc. (“TSR” or “the Company”), currently trading as Beliss Corp. (OTC: BLIS), announces that it anticipates shortly starting work on a cluster of shipwrecks, which have already been discovered by its COO, Dr. E. Lee Spence, off Cape Romain, South Carolina.

The wrecks appear to date from the 1600s through the late 1800s. Dr. Spence owns the shipwrecks through a federal district court order and has entered into an exclusive agreement with the Company for their salvage. They are inside U.S. Territorial waters offers strong legal protection of ownership, yet outside of South Carolina state waters meaning the Company does not have to share any recovery with the State. Although Dr. Spence has previously done some preliminary investigation and salvage on the wrecks, they have remained largely untouched since their loss and this will be the very first work done on the wrecks by the Company.

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Treasure hunting exploration company, Global Marine Exploration Inc. brings action against State of Florida DOS. Email

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 12:19

Bobby Pritchett CEO of Global Marine Exploration "You cannot trust the State of Florida, or at least the people whom run it, very dishonest and misleading. IMO



Over a period of time, the Division issued GME six exploration permits with dig addenda for different three-square areas off the coast of Cape Canaveral. These turned up shipwreck evidence (anchors) but mostly resulted in identification of rocket debris.

12. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of State Lands, provided salvage easements for GME to use State-owned submerged lands for the areas and time periods for which the Division agreed for GME to explore for and recover shipwreck sites.

13. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Federal Corps of Engineers contemporaneously issued construction permits to GME for it to use the designated submerged lands and navigable waters above for exploration and salvage.

14. On August 14, 2015, upon detailed application by GME, the Division issued a seventh Exploration Permit (# 2015-03) for GME to explore another three-square mile area of State waters in the Cape Canaveral vicinity to locate and report information about shipwreck sites in that designated area.

15. In proceeding with respect to Permit # 2015-03, as amended, GME discovered at least five separate locations of apparently distinct shipwreck sites which GME reported to the State as agreed. The locations of the discovered shipwreck sites and the methods used to identify those locations were proprietary, confidential trade secret information, and there is no requirement or agreement for public disclosure of such information.

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Why Guatemala's Archaeological Sites Remain Unprotected Email

Friday, 23 February 2018 14:11

Newly discovered areas of Petén are unprotected and experts recommend consensus on an inter-institutional agreement to safeguard new prehispanic structures found.


By Brenda Martínez, Prensa Libre

After it was announced, at the beginning of the month, the existence of 60 thousand structures hidden in archaeological sites under the Petén forest, scanned with LiDAR technology, the question remains as to how an expanded area can be protected from predation of 2 thousand 100 square km. 

Last Tuesday, the Minister of Culture and Sports, José Luis Chea, told the EFE news agency that state funds destined for "the protection of this immense number of new monuments do not exist". The 21 excavated archaeological sites can barely be protected, with part of the Q540 million destined for sports, heritage, development and arts.

"Unfortunately, the budget of the Ministry of Culture and Sports is inadequate to ensure that there is so much cultural wealth in Guatemala. The wildlife around the archaeological sites is the jurisdiction of the Conap -National Council of Protected Areas-, so there should be better integration of these institutions to be more effective, "says archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli, a researcher who participates in the LiDAR project.

When asked if widely disseminated maps of archaeological discoveries could alert looters to their location, Estrada-Belli indicates that there are no exact references to where the sites are located. "Also, these places are unknown to the archaeologist and the rest of the population. The looters are local people and have known them very well for some time, "he adds.

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Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle Email

Friday, 23 February 2018 13:07

Researchers have found more than 60,000 hidden Maya ruins in Guatemala in a major archaeological breakthrough.

Laser technology was used to survey digitally beneath the forest canopy, revealing houses, palaces, elevated highways, and defensive fortifications.

The landscape, near already-known Maya cities, is thought to have been home to millions more people than other research had previously suggested.

The researchers mapped over 810 square miles (2,100 sq. km) in northern Petén.

Archaeologists believe the cutting-edge technology will change the way the world will see the Maya civilization.

"I think this is one of the greatest advances in over 150 years of Maya archaeology," said Stephen Houston, Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Brown University.

Mr. Houston told the BBC that after decades of work in the archaeological field, he found the magnitude of the recent survey "breathtaking". He added, "I know it sounds hyperbolic but when I saw the [Lidar] imagery, it did bring tears to my eyes."

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A gold ingot was stolen from Key West Museum, seven years later two men were arrested Email

Thursday, 22 February 2018 12:49

The gold bullion valued at $ 550,000 was stolen from a display case designed to allow visitors to carry it, but could not get it out.


After someone stole a 17th-century gold ingot from a Key West museum more than seven years ago, federal prosecutors have charged two men with taking the valuable artifact. 

Richard Steven Johnson, 41, a resident of Rio Linda, California, and Jarred Alexander Goldman, 32, a resident of Palm Beach Gardens, were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime against the United States as well as theft of an important work of art. 

The theft took place at around 5:15 pm on August 18, 18, 2010, and since then, the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, located at 200 Greene Street, is waiting to retrieve the stolen piece. However, the gold bullion has not recovered, prosecutors said on Monday. 

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Blue Water Ventures International and Endurance Exploration Group Operations Team Recover Coins and Artifacts From Lost Steamship Email

Thursday, 04 January 2018 09:38


JACKSONVILLE, FL, Jan. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Water Ventures International (OTC PINK: BWVI), and Endurance Exploration Group (OTCQB: EXPL) are pleased to announce they have begun recovery of coins and other artifacts from a shipwreck site believed to be the Pulaski, a paddlewheel steamship that sank in the waters off North Carolina June 18, 1838. 

The coins being found by the operations dive team are dated no later than 1836 and consist of early United States silver issues AND Spanish silver coins from the late 1700’s. These recoveries provide further evidence that will lead to the identity of this shipwreck.  “Discovery of these coins and other artifacts validate the methodology of our recovery plan.  We are looking forward to these next months, as our team continues to recover this shipwreck, bringing pieces of our past back to the present,” states Keith Webb, President of Blue Water Ventures International.

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Indiana Joan: Meet western Australia’s real-life tomb raider, 95-year-old Joan Howard Email

Monday, 06 November 2017 01:07

The value of Joan Howard's collection of artifacts has appreciated beyond $1m. Photo: 7 News

By Joseph Catanzaro

Deep beneath the badlands of Palestine, alone in a darkened tomb, Joan Howard crawled forward on her stomach in search of lost treasures.

It was the late 1960s, a turbulent time in the Middle East, but the thrill of discovery drove Mrs. Howard deeper into the grave.

Sluggish scorpions scattered and clacked amid the bones of the ancient dead as she scooped artefacts and the detritus of ages into a bucket.

Only when it was full did she inch backwards. Ten meters above her, at the top of a vertical shaft hewn out of the desert bedrock, a colleague began to winch her swaying bucket of artefacts to the surface.

Five decades and thousands of kilometers away from that moment, sitting in the tastefully decorated surrounds of her riverside apartment in Perth this week, Mrs. Howard smiles and hefts a mummy mask pulled from the sucking sands of Egypt on one of her many expeditions.

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What happened to the Christopher Columbus ships Email

Saturday, 14 October 2017 14:54

525 years ago, Christopher Columbus first came to the continent that would later be called America aboard three ships: Santa Maria, La Niña and Pinta. In spite of being so important for the history of the humanity, there are no remains of its existence in any museum. 

For centuries, archaeologists and treasure hunters have tried to find them without success. Why? 

Poor conservation conditions 

The travel notes of the Genoese Admiral note that the most important vessel - the Santa Maria - ran aground during its first voyage on the coast of what is now Haiti and Columbus ordered to use its wood to build Fort Christmas, the first Spanish population in the New Continent. 

Three years ago, the American marine explorer Barry Clifford believed he had found his remains, but UNESCO denied this information when he concluded that they were from a later period. 

What would happen if Columbus had not come to America? "Europe would be plunged into obscurantism" 

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