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ISSUE # 113     November 1, 2007     Volume 5, Number 17
 
FROM THE EDITOR:  ( FLOYD MANN )
Did all of you "treat or treaters" get a lot of candy last night ?  I sure gave away a LOT !  Let's hope that we ALL find a LOT of "treats" in the next few years---with a minimum of "tricks" played on us !!
 
ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS
 
RISING SEAS LIKELY TO FLOOD U.S. HISTORY
 
MAGNA CARTA TO BE AUCTIONED
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/09/25/america/magna.php
 
COLLECTOR PAYS $5M FOR RARE COIN
 
EXPERTS FIND SHIPWRECK EVIDENCE IN RIVER
 
FAKE BUDDHA FRAUD CASES UNCOVERED BY POLICE
 
HER LOST TREASURE CAVE
 
PIRATE ATTACKS SURGE WORLDWIDE
 
FAMED PIRATE'S CANNON POSSIBLY RAISED FROM DEEP
 
ARCHAEOLOGY FORUM
 
A YAHOO VIDEO
 
TREASURE-RELATED BOOKS
 
MILLION DOLLAR PAINTING FOUND IN TRASH
 
DIVERS SEARCH LAKE FOR SKELETON OF ST. MATTHEW
 
ARTIFACTS UNEARTHED IN UTAH
 
GOLD CACHE IN BRAZIL
 
MAN FINDS BIG DIAMOND
FLORIDA GEOLOGY
 
U.S. ARMY CORPS TAKING ARTIFACTS ?
 
A "DOUBLE-DOZEN" ( Plus One ! ) OF T-NET'S BEST !
http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.php
 
MOUNTAIN MAN
Submitted By HERB KEISTER ( UTAH )
 
ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION
Submitted By DALE ZAGER ( FLORIDA )
 
EASTERN GHOST TOWN TREASURES
Submitted By B.J. VERRET ( AKA TXKAJUN )
 
THE GOLD CACHE
Submitted By FLOYD MANN ( UTAH ! )
A very informative website with very frequent "updates":
 
THE TREASUREHUNTER TWINS
ME ( FLOYD ) & my "evil twin" LLOYD:
 
THE TIMELESS PURSUIT OF GOLD
 
TREASURE IN THE HEADLINES
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MAN CLAIMS DIAMOND IS LARGEST IN THE WORLD

A man who claimed to be a shareholder in a mining company said recently that the firm had unearthed a diamond twice the size of the world’s largest.

Industry experts said the report needed to be verified.

Brett Jolly, a British property developer based in Cape Town, said the stone was about 7,000 carats and had been found at their operation in North-West province.

The world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan, the centerpiece of the British crown jewels, was discovered near Pretoria in 1905 and weighs about 3,000 carats.

From the Milwaukee Journal, submitted by Dan Knuth, Thiensville, WI.

MADRID POLICE SEIZE VESSEL IN TREASURE TUSSLE

Spanish Civil Guards recently heightened a battle in Madrid, Spain, over a $500 million treasure of gold and silver coins from a shipwreck when they seized a vessel belonging to a Tampa-based company.

The Ocean Alert was seized around 3 miles off the south-eastern coast and taken to the nearby port of Algeciras to be searched, the Civil Guard said.

The Civil Guard acted on an order of a Spanish judge who in June instructed police to seize two vessels of Odyssey marine Exploration if they entered Spanish waters.

From The Chicago Tribune, submitted by Bob Bolek, Hometown, IL.

PHILADELPHIA DIG IS UNEARTHING COUTRY’S PAST

On the stretch of land where the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Constitution drafted and the Liberty Bell first tolled, pre-Independence Day crowds peered from a wooden platform into a 10-foot-deep dirt hole that is revealing more complex notions of the nation’s history.

Digging through layers of soil, brick and mortar, archaeologists for the city and the National Park Service have exposed remains of a four-story brick-and-stone mansion that was home to George Washington and John Adams and was the seat of the executive branch before the White House was finished.

Historians and community activists began demanding the excavation in 2002, after the site, which is next to the Liberty Bell Center, was found to be above the mansion’s living quarters for nine household slaves that Washington brought here from Mount Vernon.  Thousands of people have visited since digging began in March, the makeshift observation deck atop the hole serving as a platform for reflection and dialogue on the nature and roots of liberty.

Nathan Buchanan, 25, a graduate student from Spruce Pine, N.C., said recently that the excavation presented him with “the whole picture of history.”

“It’s a historical site that gives a voice to all the sides,” Buchanan said.

Built from 1767 to 1769, the mansion, which stood at 190 High St., was used by the British during the Revolutionary War and later leased to the city by Robert Morris, a financier who was among the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  It was there that Washington signed the Fugitive Slave act of 1793, by which Congress ensured the right of owners to reclaim slaves as lost “property,” and from there that Martha Washington’s personal slave, Oney Judge, and the family’s cook, Hercules, eventually fled to freedom.  John Adams, who never owned slaves, lived in the house until he moved to Washington in 1800.

Many visitors to the site, a 60-by-90-foot hole on what is now Market Street, say it speaks to the complicated bond between freedom and slavery, crystallizing a debate about injustice that Americans continue to struggle with.  “It challenges what people know and what they thought they knew about the country they live in,” said Jed Levin, an archaeologist for the Park Service.

“It’s up to us now to look at our own lives,” said Tom Hill, 55, an accounting manager from Petersburg, KY.  “Someone may look back at us and say, ‘How could those people have done that?’”

From The Providence Journal, submitted by Bill Ladd and Bob Bolek.

MEDIEVAL CROSS FOUND IN TRASH COULD BE WORTH OVER $500,000

A medieval cross that was hidden from— then seized by— Nazis and ended up in the trash could be worth more than $500,000, the Vienna police said recently.

A woman looking for old crockery in a trash container stumbled upon the piece in 2004, police said when they announced the find.

Now experts say the cross could fetch more than $500,000 at auction.  A museum has custody of it for the moment, and it’s unclear whether the finder will get so much as a penny.

The London-based Commission for Looted Art in Europe is representing the heirs of the former owner of the cross.

From the Chicago Tribune, submitted by Bob Bolek, Hometown, IL.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS DIG UP ANCIENT TANNERY

Archaeologists excavating an ancient tannery believed to be the largest ever found in Rome, Italy, said recently they might need to move the entire work site, which is being threatened by railroad construction.

The 1,255-square-yard complex includes a tannery dating to the second or third century.  At least 97 tubs, some measuring more than three feet in diameter, have been dug up so far in the tannery, which lies between two tunnels of a high-speed railway being built to link Rome and Naples.

“(Even though) there are only 109 yards of railway left to build, the archaeological complex has no chance of surviving,” said Stefano Musco, the director of the archaeological excavations.  “Either it stays the way it is and the works are stopped or, if the railway must be built, these remains will have to be cut out and rebuilt entirely.”

He said they might be moved to a nearby park.

From the Napa Valley Register, submitted by Jerry R. Hallett, Napa, CA.

KENDALL COUNTY CAVE A GEOLOGICAL GOLD MINE

Millions of years before dinosaurs roamed the earth, a river slowly washed sediment into a limestone cave in what is now Kendall County.  Four years ago, a University of Illinois at Chicago class stumbled upon that cave during a field trip to a quarry.

They expected to find fossils from 450 million-year-old marine life, such as nautilus, because scientists believe a sea once covered northeast Illinois.  Instead, the site turned out to be a treasure trove of exceptionally well-preserved life from 310 million years ago.

They found plant spores, scorpion parts and needles from a coniferous tree that may be the oldest ever found on the continent.  Tucked into a cave, that material was protected from compression and the decomposing effects of oxygen.

“Finding this was pure serendipity,” said UIC earth and environmental sciences professor Roy Plotnick, who led the field trip.  “The material in there is almost pristine.”

Plotnick presented the findings, discovered at the Central Limestone Co. quarry 10 miles north of Morris, to a recent gathering of the Geological Society of America.

Buried about 60 feet below the surface until the quarry unearthed it, the exposed area of the one-time cave stretches more than 900 feet long and is about 30 feet high, although Plotnick believes it may continue for another half-mile or more underground.

The cave filled during Pennsylvanian period, 310 million to 290 million years ago, when much of southern Illinois was a kind of basin covered by shallow seas and swampland.  Rivers emptying into these seas formed vast deltas clogged with sediments on which forests grew— an organic stew that formed peat that later turned into coal.  Coal miners are often the first to find clues of Illinois’ ancient history.  One of the world’s richest Pennsylvanian-era finds was in the Mazon Creek area of Grundy, Will, Kankakee and Livingston counties, where a mother lode of 300-million-year-old fossils was discovered in the 1800s.

More recently, scientists found a 300-million-year-old fossilized rain forest deep in a mine south of Danville.  Scientists believe the 4-square-mile area was buried in a major earthquake and thus preserved in intricate detail, including fern fronds and ancient trees with diamond-patterned bark.  It is thought to be one of Earth’s first rain forests.

Plotnick’s find in a quarry closer to Chicago also is noteworthy because it represents life about 10 million years earlier on the northern edge of that Illinois basin, upland from the shallow seas and swamps.

While swampy matter can be preserved from decomposition beneath water and mud, the more exposed material at drier, higher elevations was more likely to erode, making them more elusive to paleontologists today.

The Kendall County cave was a kind of loophole protecting those remains, Plotnick believes, and much of it was further preserved as charcoal formed in a wildfire burning the ancient trees before water rushed the remnants into the cave.

The cave was produced what is believed to be the earliest predecessor to the modern pine in North America— a specimen now in the Field Museum’s collection.  The oldest conifers previously described are at least 2 million years younger, Plotnick said.  “We could be sampling for years to come.”

It’s not the first cave deposit like this to be discovered, but others are “not this big and this good,” said Philip Heckel, a professor in the University of Iowa’s department of geoscience who specializes in the Pennsylvanian period.

“It is very significant and what’s interesting is there’s so much of it,” Heckel said.

From the Chicago Tribune, submitted by Bob Bolek, Hometown, IL.
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ARCHAEOLOGISTS LOCATE WHAT THEY BELIEVE ARE FUNERAL CHAMBERS OF AZTEC EMPEROR

Mexican archaeologists using ground-penetrating radar have detected underground chambers they believe contain the remains of Emperor Ahuizotl, who ruled the Aztecs when Columbus landed in the New World.  It would be the first tomb of an Aztec ruler ever found.

The find could provide an extraordinary window into Aztec civilization at its apogee.  Ahuizotl (ah-WEE-zoh-tuhl), an empire-builder who extended the Aztecs’ reach as far as Guatemala, was the last emperor to complete his rule before the Spanish Conquest.

Accounts written by Spanish priests suggest the area was used by the Aztecs to cremate and bury their rulers.  But no tomb of an Aztec ruler has ever been found, in part because the Spanish conquerors built their own city atop the Aztec’s ceremonial center, leaving behind colonial structures too historically valuable to remove for excavations.

One of those colonial buildings was so damaged in a 1985 earthquake that it had to be torn down, eventually giving experts their first chance to examine the site off Mexico City’s Zocalo plaza, between the Metropolitan Cathedral and the ruins of the Templo Mayor pyramid.

Archaeologists told The Associated Press that they have located what appears to be a six-foot-by-six-foot entryway into the tomb about 15 feet below ground.  The passage is filled with water, rocks and mud, forcing workers to dig delicately while suspended from slings.  Pumps work to keep the water level down.

“We are doing it very, very slowly... because the responsibility is very great and we want to register everything,” said Leonardo Lopez Lujan, the lead government archaeologist on the project.  “It’s a totally new situation for us, and we don’t know exactly what it will be like down there.”

As early as this fall, they hope to enter the inner chambers— a damp, low-ceilinged space— and discover the ashes of Ahuizotl, who was likely cremated on a funeral pyre in 1502.

From the Napa Valley Register, submitted by Jerry R. Hallett, Napa, CA.

SALVAGER HOPES RELIC REVEALS PIRATE’S GOLD

As pirate treasure goes, it does not look like much.

About the size of a small car, the mass of fused black metal is spotted with rust and studded with barnacles.  It smells like low tide, and at one point a crab scurried from under it.

But to Barry Clifford, an underwater explorer, and the two dozen or so people gathered here to see it raised from the ocean after 290 years, the object is a treasure, a tangible piece of pirate lore.

Clifford has spent about 25 years looking for and salvaging the remains of the Whydah, a pirate ship sailed by Samuel Bellamy, who was known as Black Sam.  The ship sank off the coast of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, during a storm in April 1717.

The mass, about 12,000 pounds, is thought to be part of the wreck and to contain at least seven iron cannons.  Clifford and his team plucked it from below 30 feet of sand last week.

The cannons twisted together and probably preserved artifacts.  The exact contents will be determined through X-rays in the next few weeks, but Clifford expects the concretion, as the mass is called, to contain coins, weapons and perhaps bone, as others have.

Clifford said the mass may prove to be the best clue yet as to the location of more than 5 tons of gold and silver the ship supposedly carried.

He said his crews would continue to comb the ocean floor.  His discoveries are documented by the National Geographic Society, which is sponsoring a touring exhibition of the Whydah’s artifacts based at the Cincinnati Museum Center.  Others are displayed at Clifford’s museum in Provincetown.

Although the gold and silver may still lie somewhere below, Clifford believes he has already hauled riches from the sea. 

“It’s history, and people are learning,” Clifford said.  “Every artifact that’s brought up is a treasure.”

From the Chicago Tribune, submitted by Bob Bolek, Hometown, IL.

ANCIENT APE TEETH ARE CLUES TO EVOLUTION

Researchers working in Ethiopia have unearthed the fossilized teeth of a previously unknown type of gorilla that lived 10 million years ago, a discovery they say suggests humans and African great apes may have split millions of years earlier than previously thought.  The Ethiopian and Japanese research team named the species Choroapithecus abyssinicus and said it represents the earliest known relative of modern-day gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos.  “The human fossil record goes back 6 to 7 million years, but we know nothing about how the human line actually emerged from apes,” the researchers said in a statement recently that accompanied publication of their study in today’s Nature.  Researchers determined that the molars were from a great ape because they shared characteristics with modern gorillas for eating fibrous food such as stems and leaves.

From USA Today, submitted by Bob Bolek, Hometown, IL.

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CONCLUSION
In last month's issue I made a mistake ( my FIRST one in 6 years ! ) & I stated that Daylight Savings Time started on October 28th.  WRONG !  Turn back your clocks one hour at 2 AM on Sunday Morning November 4th.  Ignore what my 6 household calendars said !  Thanks to the 4,441 readers that "corrected" me !  EVERYONE have a wonderful November !
 
EDITOR'S NOTE #2:
OOPS !  I just made ANOTHER mistake !  I just recounted all of the emails that corrected me on the time change and it was NOT 4,441 readers---it was 4 readers.  See how easy it is to make mistakes ?
 
DEDICATION
To my FAVORITE person ( who ALWAYS looks the other way on MY mistakes & forgives them ALL ! ):
 
TARA---my wife
 

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