The Curse of Oak Island: The Mystery Behind It All
There are very few real mysteries left in the world. Virtually everything can be known in just a few seconds of searching on the internet. Not so with the Oak Island mystery, which provides far more in the way of questions than it does with answers. For those of us who love a good mystery more than we do a firm answer, the Oak Island mystery provides a rare gem of the unknown in a world filled with certainty.
Sutton Hoo Treasure: One of the Richest Treasures Ever Found in British Soil
What do you do when you have multiple Anglo-Saxon burial mounds on your property? You ask your local archaeologist to come by and check it out. And what if he happens to find one of the biggest treasures of the era?
Well, we don’t have to speculate, because this actually happened. The Hoxne Hoard might have led to a change in the British law regarding uncovered antiquities, but the Sutton Hoo Treasure changed how the British were able to understand their history. Indeed, it’s difficult to know where to even get started explaining the story of the Sutton Hoo Treasure because it is so deeply embedded into the history of the time.
The 1715 Fleet: The Archetypal Sunken Treasure
Caesarea National Park isn’t the only place where divers have found vast riches in living memory. There’s also the 1715 Treasure Fleet (also known as the 1715 Plate Fleet -- “Plata” being the Spanish word for silver), which was unearthed by an amateur diver and enterprising Florida Man, William Bartlett. He went down to do what many divers do -- check out a shipwreck that is hundreds of years old. What he found was so much gold he had to start packing it into his gloves.
The Cuerdale Hoard: The Largest Viking Hoard of Silver
From the waning days of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England comes the Cuerdale Hoard. Unlike the Hoxne Hoard, which was Romano-British, and the Staffordshire Hoard, which was from Mercian Anglo-Saxons, this Hoard came from the Vikings, who ruled over a great deal of England prior to the arrival of the Normans in 1066. More than just English treasure, there were also a lot of Carolingian objects from the Continental empire of Charlemagne.
The Staffordshire Hoard: The Largest Hoard of Anglo-Saxon Metalwork
The Anglo-Saxons were and are renowned for their metalwork. This is not the crude metallurgy of an uncultivated barbarian horde, but the beautiful design work in the noble metals of silver and gold that only a truly cultured people could produce. Nowhere is this exemplified more than with the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon metalwork ever uncovered, even larger than the famous Sutton Hoo Hoard.
Caesarea Sunken Treasure: The Largest Discovered Treasure in the State of Israel
Most of the treasure hoards we have covered elsewhere on this site (namely the Hoxne, Staffordshire, and Cuerdale Hoards, among others) come from the West. But we will now turn our attention toward the Levant, where, in February 2015, a vast hoard was found in the Holy Land. Much like the other treasure troves we have discussed on this site, this was uncovered not by professional treasure hunters, but by hobbyists simply doing their thing who hit the proverbial lottery.