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Fort Pierce man named rightful owner of treasure he found off coast of Panama Email

Treasure
Friday, 12 February 2016 10:38

 Florida Treasure Salvor Dan Porter, Photo courtesy of Dan Porter

FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- A Fort Pierce treasure salvor has been named the rightful owner of Spanish treasure he discovered in the waters off the Panamanian coast by Federal officials. 

The Spanish treasure laid on the floor of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Panama for 400 years. For the last six months, a portion of that treasure has been held by the United States government in the Customs and Border Patrol vault in Fort Pierce, during a legal dispute between the government of Panama and local treasure salvor Daniel Porter, who first found the wreck of Spanish treasure galleon San Jose in 2012. 

According to attorneys for Porter, Panama convinced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to seize the treasure when he returned to port in Fort Pierce from Panama in September 2015. Since then a legal battle between Porter and Panama over the ownership of the treasure has been waged, ending with Federal officials agreeing that Porter is the rightful owner.

 

Porter's attorneys say his salvage contract with Panama gave them not only a generous portion of all treasure recovered, but also gave Panama the first pick of any antiquity item. Porter and his crew dove the 42-mile trail of the shipwreck for nearly four years, recovering over 10,000 silver coins and other rare artifacts. Porter's reps say all retrieved artifacts were divided with the Panamanian government. 

"Mr. Porter holds no animosity towards the Panamanian people and is hopeful that the pending legal disputes over the San Jose treasure is quickly resolved so he can return and complete the salvage operation he started. There are over 400,000 silver and gold coins still on the ocean floor. It would be a shame if they're left to rot there," said attorney Richard Kibbey in a statement. 

 

Courtesy: WPTV

Offerings in the Cenote at Chichen Itza are from Panama and Peru Email

Archaeological
Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:23

MEXICO, MERIDA (Notimex) .- Studies optical microscopy, fluorescence spectrometry and X-ray diffraction applied to various rescued offerings cenote at Chichen Itza confirmed that mostly came from what is now Panama, Costa Rica and Peru. 

Jose Luis Ruvalcaba Sil, researcher Institute of Physics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), said that these results prove the religious significance of the site and the existence of extensive exchange networks.

The specialist explained that along with the University of California, Berkeley, the Institute of Anthropological Research of UNAM and School Conservation, Restoration and Museology INAH analyzed various parts obtained from Chichén Itzá to know its composition, technology and determine its origin. 

Read more: Offerings in the Cenote at Chichen Itza are from Panama and Peru

600-YEAR-OLD SHIPWRECK RECOVERED INTACT FROM DUTCH RIVER Email

Archaeological
Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:00

A medieval 20 meter long and 50 ton heavy cargo ship was slowly, but steadily lifted out of the IJssel near Kampen on Wednesday. The ship’s emergence from the water was met with loud applause from about a thousand spectators who came to watch the operation. Thousands more followed the progress via livestream, Dutch newspaper AD reports. 

The operation to lift the wreck out of the water started around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The ship was lifted in its entirety with a new technique involving hanging it in a basket of bonds and joists, according to the newspaper. 

Once above the water, the ship – which is still intact for the most part – was placed on a pontoon. A special frame is being built around the ship, after which it will be transported to Lelystad. 

The shipwreck was discovered in the summer of 2011. It is believed that the ship was sunk deliberately some 600 years ago to increase the water level in an adjacent fairway. 

A spokesperson for the Rijkswaterstaat called it an historical event. “This is an important moment in maritime history”, the spokesperson said to the newspaper. Archaeologists and historians have high expectations on what can be learned from this mostly intact medieval ship.

 

 

Courtesy: NL Times

Storm Surf Exposes Shipwreck... Email

Treasure
Thursday, 28 January 2016 23:38

Photo by Joe Ditler

CALIFORNIA, USA: Storm after storm battered Coronado’s beaches throughout December and January, carrying away masses of sand. Suddenly, without warning, the outline of an old ship lay exposed at low tide and under gray skies. It was the shipwreck Monte Carlo, the 300-foot gambling casino that crashed on our beach New Year’s Eve 1936. It was a sin ship, according to local evangelists, who prayed for its demise. And, when the storms broke her mooring cables three miles offshore and pushed her onto our beach, every evangelist in the land took credit for the act. Rumors are that $100,000 in silver dollars remains, trapped under tons of cement and iron and sand to this day. 

Courtesy: Coronado News

Safe found in Pablo Escobar's former Miami Beach mansion Email

Treasure
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 15:10

 

A team armed with picks and metal detectors that were searching the former Miami Beach mansion of late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar found a locked safe this Monday weighing some 600 pounds (270 kilos), media outlets reported.

The safe was discovered under the foundation of the Miami Beach house once owned by Escobar, who was gunned down in a 1993 shootout in Colombia, and will now be stored in a bank until the proprietors decide to open it to see what it has inside, El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-speaking sister publication of The Miami Herald, said.

As yet unknown is whether the safe is full or empty.

The current owners of the mansion, Christian de Berdouare, founder and general manager of Chicken Kitchen restaurants, and his wife, journalist Jennifer Valoppi, are hunting for a fortune in money or drugs that the kingpin of the Medellin cartel could have hidden in his Miami lair.

Read more: Safe found in Pablo Escobar's former Miami Beach mansion

Treasure hunter from Colorado vanishes while looking for gold in New Mexico Email

Treasure
Monday, 25 January 2016 13:59

BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- A treasure hunter is now the one being hunted.

In early January Randy Bilyeu set out on his search for a hidden treasure he believes is buried near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

His raft, dog and car have all been found, but still no sign of the Broomfield, Colorado man.

Two years ago Carissa Nieves said her dad, Randy, discovered a new love.

“He read Forrest Fenn`s book and he read the poem and got really into it, just trying to find the treasure,” she said.

Randy has been hunting for a treasure of gold buried somewhere in the Rocky Mountains six years ago by eccentric millionaire Forrest Fenn.

Read more: Treasure hunter from Colorado vanishes while looking for gold in New Mexico

Searching for the lost wrecks of the Dry Tortugas Email

Archaeological
Monday, 25 January 2016 13:46

If the ocean had highways, the intersection at the Dry Tortugas and the Florida Straits might well have ranked among the planet’s most dangerous, at least in ye olde times.

Ships threading its treacherous reefs wrecked for centuries, sometimes at a rate of once a week, leaving behind an untold fortune in booty. Key West was built on a good chunk of those spoils. And modern-day treasure hunters still scour the region in search of loot. Which is why the National Park Service, guardian of a vast swath of potentially wreck-laden waters in Dry Tortugas National Park, has for the first time started surveying the deep waters within its boundaries.Brett Seymour National Park Service 

While no one knows for sure what remains on the sea floor, it could be bountiful: since 1988, federal law has largely blocked treasure hunters armed with new technology that one marine archaeologist says has allowed any “half-wit” to strike gold.

“Can you imagine what would have happened if 120 years ago every archaeological site in Egypt had been dug up?” said Filipe Castro, a professor of nautical archeology and director of the Ship Reconstruction Laboratory at Texas A&M. “Anybody can get a magnetometer and side-scanner. These people are finding shipwrecks nonstop and sacking them and destroying them.”

Read more: Searching for the lost wrecks of the Dry Tortugas

Ancient coins found at underwater basilica in Bursa Email

Archaeological
Monday, 25 January 2016 13:28

Archaeological works are still continuing in the ancient Roman-era basilica discovered at the beginning of 2015 under Lake İznik in Turkey’s northwestern province of Bursa. Forty bronze coins have been found recently in the basilica.

Embossments on the coins have almost completely faded over time but scientific work will reveal their era and the civilization they date back to, according to archaeologists.

Experts say the coins might date back to anytime between the 3rd and 16th centuries A.D. 

The underwater works are being carried out by archaeologists from the Uludağ University Archaeology Department, with the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality aiming to transform the basilica into a touristic attraction. 

The Roman-era basilica, which lies in up to 2 meters of water, was discovered while the area was being photographed from the air in order to make an inventory of historical and cultural artifacts. Archaeologists, historians and art historians believe the structure collapsed during an earthquake in the region in 740 A.D.

 

Courtesy Doğan News Agency

 

Archaeologists remove the first pieces of the White City in Honduras Email

Archaeological
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 13:12

It is a vessel decorated with the head of a vulture and an artisan with jaguar heads and man, which were presented by the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, in the area of ​​El Aguacate.

 

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A group Archaeologists extracted for scientific purposes the first two parts of the White City, in the Honduran Mosquitia, which holds the remains of an ancient and unknown civilization.

It is a vessel decorated with the head of a vulture and an artisan with jaguar heads and man, were presented Tuesday by the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, in the area of ​​El Aguacate, at the airport in the eastern department of Olancho.

The president accompanied equipment Archaeologists of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History (IHAH), National Geographic and the University of Colorado (USA), who extracted two of the more than 60 pieces identified during a visit in 2015 to Caha Kamasa, White City in Miskito dialect.

Read more: Archaeologists remove the first pieces of the White City in Honduras

Odyssey Explorer Seized in Cyprus Email

Treasure
Thursday, 24 December 2015 10:15

 

LIMASSOL CYPRUS: Cypriot authorities have confiscated the cargo of a Bahamas-flagged ship suspected of illegal treasure hunting, and are questioning its crew. 

Acting on a tip, police on Wednesday secured a search and seizure warrant for the vessel, which has been moored at Limassol harbor since December 17. 

The ship was active out at sea prior to that date. 

Police, assisted by antiquities department and customs officials, boarded the ship and discovered in its hold, which was locked, 57 crates in which several ancient artifacts were being held. 

Read more: Odyssey Explorer Seized in Cyprus