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Captain Kidd’s Treasure is a Big Lump of Lead

Captain Kidd’s treasure turns out to be a bar of lead!

Back in May we reported on the discovery of a 50kg (110lb) silver bar, recovered from what was believed to be the wreck of Captain William Kidd’s ship, the Adventure Galley, off the coast of Madagascar. The press quickly jumped on the story, claiming Captain Kidd’s treasure had been discovered.

Portrait of Captain William Kidd, captain kidd's treasure found in Madagascar?
Portrait of Captain William Kidd

The United Nations have released a statement saying that the wreck is not Captain William Kidd’s ship and the ‘silver bar’ is, in fact, 95% lead:

“The mission showed that several historic wrecks lie indeed in the bays of Sainte-Marie island,”

“However, what had been identified as the Adventure Galley of the pirate Captain Kidd has been found by the experts… to be a broken part of the Sainte-Marie port constructions.”

More on the BBC web site.

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The BBC Reports Captain Kidd’s treasure found in Madagascar

Captain Kidd’s treasure found in Madagascar?

The BBC is reporting that Captain Kidd’s treasure may have been found off the coast of Madagascar. What has actually been found is a single large  50 kilogram silver bar, believed to have originated in 17th Century Bolivia.

Portrait of Captain William Kidd, Captain Kidd's treasure found
Portrait of Captain William Kidd

Famed underwater explorer Barry Clifford believes the silver bar came from the wreck of Captain William Kidd’s (executed for piracy in London in 1701) ship.

Captain William Kidd after being executed in 1701. Captain Kidd's treasure found
Captain William Kidd after being executed in 1701.

Forensic tests will be made on timbers from the ship to see if it originated in England.

I have set up a forum thread to discuss this find, please comment on this story here or on the forum!

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‘Treasure house’ of the North Thames tribes discovered – largest find of Iron Age gold in UK history

‘Treasure house’ of the North Thames tribes discovered – largest find of Iron Age gold in UK history

Metal detectorists in Hertfordshire discover the ‘Treasure house’ of the North Thames tribes – the single largest find of Iron Age gold in history. Found just outside St. Albans, the hoard of 52,504 gold staters and over 200 neck torcs is set to re-write the history books.

A group of archaeologists called in to excavate the find videoed the recovery of what has been called ‘the most stunning metal detecting find in history’ and are releasing the tapes on YouTube:

'Treasure house' of the North Thames tribes discovered

Expect to see plenty about this incredible discovery on the news all day today!

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Roman Silver Leda mirror from the Boscoreale treasure

Roman Silver Leda mirror from the Boscoreale treasure

Roman first century silver Leda mirror from the Boscoreale treasure, photo courtesy of the Louvre.
Roman first century silver Leda mirror from the Boscoreale treasure, photo courtesy of the Louvre.

Another superb piece of roman silversmithing – the Leda and the Swan mirror from the Boscoreale treasure. This piece dates from the first century AD and was found in the remains of the Boscoreale Villa, a high status dwelling just outside Pompeii, that was destroyed in 79AD by the eruption of mount Vesuvius.

Silver cup with Athena seated from the Hildesheim Treasure

Probably the finest known example of the Roman silversmith’s art:

Silver cup with Athena seated from the Hildesheim Treasure. Photograph by Andreas Praefcke from Wikipedia
Silver cup with Athena seated from the Hildesheim Treasure. Photograph by Andreas Praefcke from Wikipedia

Silver cup with Athena seated from the Hildesheim treasure, discovered on October 17, 1868 on Galgenberg Hill in Hildesheim, Germany. Dating from the first century AD, this cup may have been owned and used by the commander of the lost Varus legions.

Alan Turing’s Silver Bars – Story From an Old Issue of Treasure Hunting?

Alan Turing’s Silver Bars – Story From an Old Issue of Treasure Hunting?

Anybody remember this story?

Alan Turing, the genius who cracked the German Enigma coding machines, was said to have converted all of his money into silver bars and then concealed them somewhere in Bletchley Park. At the end of the war, Turing returned to dig up his hoard using the map he had drawn when he buried the silver bars several years earlier, try as he might, he was never able to relocate them.

It seems a pretty unlikely story, but nevertheless, I am trying to find out where and when the story was originally published. I am pretty sure it appeared in an old issue of Treasure Hunting Magazine, but does anybody know which one?

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The Corbridge Lanx Treasure, Undiscovered Roman Treasure in the River Tyne?

The Corbridge Lanx Treasure

The Corbridge Lanx has fascinated me for many years. The Lanx is now safely housed in the British Museum, but what happened to the rest of the Corbridge Treasure?

Does an important hoard of fourth century roman silverware await discovery in the river Tyne at Corbridge? Click the link and decide for yourself!

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Metal Detecting Clubs in the USA and Canada

Metal Detecting Clubs in the USA and Canada

By popular demand I have added lists of metal detecting clubs in the US and Canada:

Metal Detecting Clubs in the US

Metal Detecting Clubs in Canada

If you want your metal detecting club to be added to one of the above lists drop me and email at the usual address, or leave a comment here or on the forum and I’ll get in touch.

My next task is to compile lists of gold prospecting clubs, if you know of any or would like your club on the list, let me know!

Half a Million Dollar Gold Bar Stolen From Mel Fisher Museum

Half a Million Dollar Gold Bar Stolen From Mel Fisher Museum

A 75 ounce gold bar, salvaged from the wreck of the spanish galleon Santa Margarita by treasure hunter Mel Fisher, has been stolen from the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. Police are searching for two suspects caught on the museum’s CCTV cameras.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of the gold bar, estimated to be worth $550,000.

The Santa Margarita was wrecked in a storm off the Florida coast in 1622, along with her far more famous sister ship the Atocha.

Video about the theft at CNN.

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