There have been many tales of tomb raiders and their connection with the Egyptian Pyramids. Numerous tombs were discovered throughout the 1900’s, and all were nearly emptied of all artifacts. But it wasn’t until the discovery of King Tut’s tomb that raiders finally got their hands on a great amount of untouched treasure – so much so that it took a decade to make a record it all.
Grave robbers might not be the only reason for the missing treasure of the tombs. It is believed that Egyptian rulers, in the 20th century, would reuse the treasures of a past ruler. They would take the treasure and move it from one tomb to another.
During the rule of Ramses the XI, there was a high court official named Herihor. When Ramses died, Herihor managed to take the throne for himself. He split the kingdom with his henchman, Piankh, who just happened to be the husband of one of his daughters.
Herihor became the overseer of the re-burial procedures, which meant that he could demand that all treasure from other tombs be moved into his own. No one has succeeded in finding Herihor’s tomb, which makes it even more mysterious. Many believe that whoever locates the tomb will also find a vast amount of treasure which disappeared without a trace hundreds of years ago.
Everyone is familiar with the tale of the infamous pirate lord, Blackbeard and his heaps of treasure. However, many are mistaken, thinking that he is only a character of legend. He was in fact very real, as was his treasure.
Any story surrounding Blackbeard is about his cruelty, but he was also a very intelligent pirate lord. He begot his treasure by being smart, not by working hard. He let the Spaniards do all the dirty work – raid, pillage and plunder their way through South America and Mexico accumulating vast amounts of treasure. And when they would pass through his corners of the sea, he would simply steal everything for himself.
However, his years of glory didn’t last very long. He was beheaded only 2 years into his pirate life. Unfortunately, before he passed over to the other side, he buried his treasure and he was the only one who knew of its location. Treasure hunters have dedicated long years searching for his treasure, comprising their sanity and fortunes, but none have been successful.
The Ark of the Covenant
The famous Hollywood film, Indiana Jones opened the eyes of many treasure hunters to the Ark of the Covenant. Made of wood and covered in pure, priceless gold, the Ark of the Covenant was a priceless relic to the Israelites, and was said to have been constructed under the order of God.
When Babylonians pillaged Jerusalem and proceeded to kill tens of thousands, the Ark of the Covenant disappeared. There have been numerous conspiracy theories as to what happened to it. Some say it was hidden before the Babylonians could get it, and others believe that the Babylonians destroyed it. And there are those who claim that God himself whisked it away to safety before the attack. Many claim to have found it but none have spoken up under the scrutiny of skeptics.
However there is a tale of caution if one decides to brave all and attempt to find it. According to the Bible, the last person perished in his attempt to touch the Ark.
The Gold of Yamashita
Many historians are skeptical about existence of this treasure, but there has been plenty of evidence to keep treasure hunters searching. The legend is that during WWII, Japanese soldiers accumulated large amounts of treasure from Southeast Asia and buried all of it in complex tunnels somewhere in the Philippines. It has been said that the treasure is worth a fortune and that has been cause for numerous expeditions into the jungles of the Philippines, attempting to locate it.
But beware – such wealth in a very poor country is important to many, and there are those who have perished searching for it.
The Lost Gold of the French
In the 1700’s, the French, were preparing for a battle with the English. They made the decision to take their treasure, which consisted of gold and silver, to a safer location, in case they got defeated. Ten soldiers were selected to transport the treasure to a location assumed to be Fort Detroit. They were under strict orders to hide the treasure if they were threatened.
The French soldiers decided to take The Great Trail, previously used almost exclusively by Native Americans. While traveling on their way, they preserved an attack and decided to bury the entire treasure. Their decision turned out to be incredibly fortunate since they were attacked a short while after burying the treasure and all but two men perished.
Years later, a relative of the survivors learned of the hidden treasure from documents and set out to find it. He told many others of the great amounts of gold and silver, who rushed to search for it as well. According to the papers he read, the treasure was buried between 2 natural springs. There were also two trees – one had a carving of a deer upon its bark and the other held a rock among its branches
The original search party was unsuccessful in finding anything. However, in the 1800’s the trees were located along with hidden shovels, muskets and other such items from the time of the attack, and everything was very near to the Great Trail.
Today, the treasure of gold and silver is believed to be near Minerva, Ohio. There have been numerous attempts to find it, however none were successful. If someone does indeed succeed one day, he will be one of great wealth and fortune.