Ancient Treasures: The Discovery of Lost Hoards, Sunken by Brian Haughton

By Brian Haughton

Why are such a lot of humans thinking about treasure? Is it only a hope for wealth, or is it additionally the romantic allure of stories of misplaced historical artifacts?

It is unquestionably precise that the tales in the back of the loss and restoration of a couple of historical treasures learn like edge-of-the-seat fiction, someplace among Indiana Jones and James Bond.

In Ancient Treasures, you'll learn interesting tales of misplaced hoards, looted archaeological artifacts, and sunken treasures, including:
• The Sevso Treasure, a hoard of enormous silver vessels from the overdue Roman Empire--estimated to be worthy $200 million--looted within the Seventies and offered at the black market.
• The Amber Room, a whole chamber ornament of amber panels subsidized with gold leaf and mirrors, stolen via the Nazis in 1941 and taken to the citadel at Königsberg in Russia, from which it disappeared.
• The impressive wealth of Roman and Viking hoards buried within the flooring for safekeeping, purely to be unearthed centuries later via humble steel detectorists.
• The wrecks of the Spanish treasure fleets, whose New international plunder has been the objective of intricate salvage makes an attempt via smooth treasure hunters

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Therefore, the most important occupation phases issuing from the stratigraphical and archaeometrical analysis will be considered. Later, in order to achieve the objectives of this study, the pottery will be presented and analyzed in a final chronological framework. The extreme heterogeneity of the site, as previously mentioned, means that the stratigraphical sequence shows different characteristics for each test-pit. The test-pits analyzed here will not include all those on the Qohandez. The most representative among them were selected to give a general, but complete, framework of the site.

11 II. The Excavation and the Absolute Chronology 29 can be recovered from the magnetic properties of well-dated baked clay archaeological materials, such as fragments of kiln, oven, tile, brick or ceramic. g. Dunlop and Özdemir 1997). Structures found in situ, such as kilns which have not moved since their final heating– cooling, can provide information on both the direction and intensity of the ancient magnetic field. In contrast, for displaced artefacts, such as ceramics for which one cannot retrieve their original position during their manufacturing (and thus during the acquisition of their TRM), the directional information is lost but it is still possible to determine the ancient geomagnetic field intensity.

Chapter II The Excavation and the Absolute Chronology with contributions by A. Zink1, E. Porto2, A. Genevey3 and Y. Gallet4 1. Introduction to the Irano-French excavation The Qohandez of Nishapur covers a surface area of c. 60 m above sea level (Figs 8–9). Today, the site presents an extremely damaged and jumbled mass, rendering archaeological analysis arduous (Fig. 10). In fact, the landscape of the citadel is composed of shapeless masses of mud brick, resulting from the active exploitation of this material for agricultural purposes as well as by treasure-hunters.

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