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Amateur treasure hunter finds 40 Roman gold coins Email

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Sunday, 21 October 2012 16:19

Roman_coinsThese late Roman gold coins were been found by a metal detectorist on private land north of St Albans in Hertfordshire. The find is believed to be one of the largest Roman gold coin hoards ever discovered in the UK

By LEON WATSON

A novice treasure hunter who bought a basic metal detector returned to the shop in shock weeks later, clutching part of the country's finest ever hoard of Late Roman gold coins.

The man stunned staff by showing them 40 gold Solidi, before asking them: 'What do I do with this?'

They contacted local experts and together got the permits they needed, headed back to the scene and pulled up another 119 gleaming pieces.

The hoard could be worth more £100,000.

David Sewell, the lucky shopkeeper who joined the second search party, said: 'It’s a staggering thing.

'We sold this guy an entry-level machine and he went off and pulled off one of the largest ever hoards of Late Roman gold coins. We believe it’s the second largest.

'He came up with approximately 40 coins to start with. He came to see us and we looked at it and thought: ‘Is this a stunt?’

'I’ve heard in the past that the general reaction with things like this is that people are terrified. They don’t know what they (the artifacts) mean.'

They advised the man to get in touch with the local finds liaison officer and armed with a JCB they went to the woodlands spot near St Albans, Hertfordshire, and continued the work.

Mr Sewell, who founded metal detecting shop Hidden History with Mark Becher in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, last year, said: 'We went with them and took with us a couple of slightly more potent machines and we pulled 119 more coins out of the ground.

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Dr. Eugene Lyon Joins Board of Directors of Aqua Quest International, Inc. Email

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:23

TARPON SPRINGS, FL - OCT 15, 2012, Aqua Quest International, an ocean exploration and archaeological recovery company, today announced that Dr. Eugene Lyon has joined the Company on the Board of Directors.

Dr. Eugene Lyon is best known for his research in the Archives of the Indies which enabled Mel Fisher to find the famous sunken treasure ships Nuestra Senora de la Atocha and Santa Margarita.

Dr. Lyon has received the grade of Official of the Order of Isabella from King Juan Carlos of Spain ad the grade of Commendador in the order of Christopher Columbus from the President of the Dominican Republic. The City of St. Augustine has given him its highest honor, the Order of La Florida, and the Florida Historical Society has bestowed upon him the Jillian Prescott Award for lifetime service to Florida History. Dr. Lyon publications include "The Enterprise of Florida" and "The Search for the Atocha." He has written five National Geographic articles, including two cover articles. Dr. Lyon directed the St. Augustine Foundation for 14 years.

"We are honored to have Dr. Lyon guiding us with his experience and the benefit of his unparalleled research," said Aqua Quest President Captain Robert Mayne. "Dr. Lyon is another world leader in archaeological exploration and salvage and he will be invaluable to us."

Eugene Lyon, Ph.D.

Dr. Gene Lyon is a noted and well respected shipwreck historian and archivist. Dr. Lyon received his Ph.D from the University of Florida and later published his doctoral dissertation on Pedro Menendez de Aviles with the University of Florida Press, entitled, The Enterprise of Florida: Pedro Menendez de Aviles and the Spanish Conquest of 1565-1568.

About Aqua Quest International, Inc.

Aqua Quest International is an ocean exploration and archaeological recovery company headquartered in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Aqua Quest's focus is on archaeological recovery, combining the scientific method of traditional archeology with the bottom line business of shipwreck salvage. Aqua Quest's offices are located at 719 Pent Street, Tarpon Springs, Florida 34689

 

Courtesy Aqua Quest International (Press Release)

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Spain’s Queen Sofía in Bolivia for Odyssey Treasure Agreement Email

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 15:55

reina-sofiaLA PAZ, BOLIVIA - Spain's Queen Sofia will begin a visit to Bolivia on Monday in search of an agreement with President Evo Morales on the fate of coins found in a sunken Spanish ship, which were minted with metals mined at Potosi Cerro Rico. 

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia, Sofia will meet with Morales on Tuesday to facilitate the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries over the destiny of the coins found in the frigate Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes.

The agreement, however, will be signed by the secretary of Spain's International Cooperation agency, Jesús Gracia, and Bolivia's Minister of Culture, Pablo Groux.

The fortune that Nuestra Señora de Las Mercedes was carrying - about 600 thousand pieces of gold and silver - was rescued in 2007 by the U.S. company Odyssey, from the Atlantic Ocean and brought to this country without revealing exactly where they were found.

Spain, aware of the situation, argued that this was the ship sunk on October 4, 1804 by the English fleet, during a naval battle in front of the Portuguese coast, and initiated a legal proceedings to recover the treasure.

The Odyssey tried to keep possession of the loot, valued at about $500 million, but a judge ruled that it should be handed over to Spain, an action completed in late February this year.

Through its Minister of Culture Bolivia announced that it would claim its rightful treasure, because many of the recovered coins were minted at the Mint House of Potosi.

Morales's meeting with Queen Sofia, and the agreement to be signed by and Gracia and Group will clarify any remaining doubts about the future of the treasure, to which other countries of the region also aspire.

 

Courtesy Prensa Latina

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Digging up a bit of history for soldiers' families Email

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Monday, 15 October 2012 13:32

Ron_SandersRon Sanders, from Llanmorlais, who found American dog tags while using his metal detector in Scurlage

UK - When Ron Sanders heard a beep in his ear while carrying out his hobby in a field near Scurlage he had no idea he was about to find a link with two families more than 3,000 miles away.

The 62-year-old uncovered two dog tags which turned out to belong to a couple of American soldier who were stationed in the area during the Second World War.

Their unit was based in Gower in 1941 ahead of its role in the D-Day landings which were to liberate Europe and pave the way to ending the war.

Swansea Metal Detecting Club member Mr Sanders, who had permission from the landowner, said: "I knew this particular field was a World War Two American Army Camp in the weeks leading up to D-Day.

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Second ancient treasure hoard found Email

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Thursday, 11 October 2012 11:07

Jersey_TreasureUK - A second cache of ancient treasure has been earthed in a Jersey field – just months after the largest hoard of Celtic coins ever found was discovered in Grouville.

Metal detectorists found the 3,000-year-old Bronze Age hoard this week lying 30 cm down in a secret location.

The items – which include several bronze axe heads – were discovered in a clay pot about the size of a football.

Conservator at Jersey Heritage Nail Mahrer, who was present at the dig and will be working on the hoard, said that it was another very exciting find. ‘The metal detectorist pulled two axe heads out of the top of the pot and saw more inside,’ he said. ‘The pot measures around 30 cm across and was about 30 cm below the surface.’

Mr Mahrer added: ‘We are not quite sure why they were buried or why the hoard was buried where it was. We found other material with it, such as broken pots. ‘Bronze axes were high-value items and this amount of bronze would have been very valuable.’

It is not the first Bronze Age hoard found in Jersey, but Mr Mahrer said that it is the first time that such treasure has come out of the ground in a pot. Mr Mahrer now plans to X-ray the pot to discover what else might be inside. ‘It is very exciting,’ he said. ‘To have two hoards in one year is just amazing.’

The hoard of an estimated 70,000 Celtic coins, which includes items of gold and silver jewelry dating from around 50 BC, was found by metal detectorists Reg Mead and Richard Miles in June.

Since they were removed from the ground, Mr Mahrer has spent hours cleaning the mass of precious metal which attracted thousands of visitors to the Museum when it went on display for three days last month.

 

Courtesy This is Jersey

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Go on a treasure hunt in Russia Email

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Monday, 01 October 2012 13:35

russia_treasureDiscover Russia's 12 most mysterious treasures. Source: Getty Images / Fotobank

RUSSIA - Reports of treasure-trove discoveries appear in the Russian media about twice a year. With its vast territory and tumultuous history of war, pillage and sudden power shifts, Russia is hardly a surprising destination for flocks of treasure hunters. Given the fact that Russia’s banking system developed relatively late and left people to bury valuables in the ground for safekeeping, Russia has become something of a treasure hunter’s paradise.

In reality, treasure is discovered in Russia much more frequently than the press would have us believe. Current legislation, however, means that treasure hunters are generally better advised to keep quiet about their findings: any unearthed treasure must be equally divided between the finder and the landowner. If the find is thought to contain items of “cultural or historical significance,” half of the appraised value goes to the state, while the finder can claim only half of the remaining 50 percent.  Moreover, the treasure is often fraudulently appraised, so the finder really only receives a fraction of the real value.

Of course, this is not just about the money. Treasure hunters believe in fairy-tales, and, in their minds, they are never far from discovering a legendary find.  RBTH details the 12 most sought-after treasure-troves in Russia.

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Treasure hunters show off their finds Email

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Monday, 24 September 2012 13:34

By Christopher Nichols

silvercityTAUNTON, MA — The Silver City Treasure Seekers held their third annual New England Treasure Show on Saturday, featuring a variety of historical artifacts that have been found across New England.

The Silver City Treasure Seekers was founded in 2001 as a hobby metal detector club. Members range from students to retirees and hail from Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island

“Our aim is to recover, preserve and share our love of history with others,” said club president Joseph Baker.

The Silver City Treasure Seekers meet the first Friday of every month to share finds, invite guest speakers, hold raffles, trade stories and declare the Find of the Month. For three of the past four years, the club has hosted this expo, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School.

“Once a year we host this New England Trade Show, and it’s an opportunity to have a liaison with like-minded hobby clubs throughout the New England area and showcase our finds to the public,” Baker said. “We invite anyone who’s interested in the hobby... or just local history.”

One vendor at the expo, Hank Phillips, of Hudson, N.H., displayed multiple tables of artifacts he has gathered in his 17 years as a treasure seeker.
Among the many items in his collection are a set of buttons, buckles and coins belonging to Edward Hilton, one of the first settlers of New Hampshire, according to Phillips.

“He was the first fish merchant to arrive from England, and he moved to New Hampshire with his brother William Hilton,” Phillips said, adding that he also researches his finds in addition to treasure seeking. “So Edward and William were some of the first settlers of America.”

He also boasts in his collection a ring that he believes belonged to Captain Samuel Wadsworth who was killed during an ambush in King Philip’s War in 1675.

“He was ambushed by like 500 Indians, and 27 Englishmen were killed,” Phillips said. “When we went up there, we found lots of musket parts, gun parts. It was obvious there was a battle.”

He is still trying to independently verify if the ring did in fact belong to Wadsworth, but he said the ring has been dated to the same time period.
The New England Treasure Show also featured raffles, food and items, such as metal detectors, for sale.

More information on the Silver City Treasure Seekers can be found on their website www.silvercitytreasureseekers.net.

Courtesy; Taunton Gazette

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Florida man claims N.J. shipwreck site Email

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Monday, 24 September 2012 13:22

By Marilyn S. D'Angelo

A Florida man has staked his claim to a sunken treasure off the coast of Asbury Park. He posted an ad in the classifieds of a local newspaper announcing to "modern day pirates" that the previously undiscovered 19th century steamship, the Ella Warley, was his for the taking.

It was a clear winter's night in 1863. The Ella Warley was heading south along New Jersey's coast. She was steaming for New Orleans with 30 passengers and cargo worth about $175,000 when she collided with the S.S. North Star. Both ships were damaged, but the Warley never made it back to port. She sank in just 20 minutes, with all her booty still aboard: jewelry, a safe containing $5,000 and at least $8,000 in gold coins.

According to NJ.com,

Allan Gardner, a Florida diver who is seeking to salvage the ship "has asked the courts to recognize him as the sole owner of anything he unearths at the wreck site, a little-known niche of maritime law that would permit the arrest of anyone else who tries to poach his watery bounty."

"Anyone who feels they have a legal claim to the Ella Warley or its contents, be they a family member of a crewman or an insurance company that covered the ship, has until Thursday to notify the U.S. District Court in Newark. If not, it's all Gardner's."

 

Courtesy; NewsWorks

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Odyssey to Begin Commodity Wreck Program Email

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Monday, 24 September 2012 13:12

Tampa, FL – September 20, 2012 – Odyssey Marine Exploration (NasdaqCM: OMEX), pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, today announced that the company has received project approval and salvage contracts from ship owners for a major multi-year commodity shipwreck program with a potential total recovery value of more than $230 million based upon current commodity prices and related assumptions. The company has negotiated salvage contracts with ship owners that will award 90% of the net recovered cargo value to Odyssey for four separate deep-ocean shipwrecks carrying valuable commodities when they sank. There are additional valuable shipwrecks that do not require salvage agreements that can be added to the program and undertaken while Odyssey has a ship and equipment nearby.

Planning is underway to assemble the necessary ship and equipment for the recovery of these cargoes, which is targeted to begin as early as the second quarter of 2013. Search operations are anticipated to be completed very quickly with the recovery vessel so operations can flow directly from confirmation to cargo recovery. In addition, Odyssey has received an expression of interest from an investment group interest in providing non-dilutive funding to take the project to the stage where it will generate positive cash flow. Odyssey will evaluate this proposal, other potential non-dilutive options, and the possibility of self-funding the operation to determine the best course of action for long-term shareholder value.

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Shark attacks treasure hunter Email

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Thursday, 20 September 2012 14:26

Kylie_MaguireTONGA, SOUTH PACIFIC - Kylie Maguire has worked on Ice for four months, a boat owned by wreck-hunting company Tonga Blue. This year the company has been working with the Tongan Government to uncover the area's "hidden maritime past".

The 29-year-old is an experienced diver, surfer, photographer and conservationist.

Kylie's father, Mike Maguire, yesterday told The Northern Star he was told on Monday afternoon his daughter had been attacked by a shark while swimming with another woman, Kim Hands.

"Kylie told me that she didn't see the shark, but it hit hard on her thighs and buttocks," he said.

"She was fighting it ... she doesn't really remember what happened next but then she was back in the kayak."

Doctors who treated Kylie in Tonga estimated the length of the shark to be 3m, with teeth about 25mm across and a 40-45cm bite circumference,

It was possibly a bull shark.

Mr Maguire and his wife, Denise, were originally told that Kylie would recover well in the Tongan hospital.

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