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August 10, 1990 | Reuters
Treasure hunters have found what they believe are the remains of a gold- and silver-laden Spanish galleon sunk by pirates in 1792 in the River Plate's muddy waters off the Uruguayan capital's coast. Ruben Collado, an Argentine who heads a team of 15 divers searching for the galleon El Preciado, told reporters Thursday that he had located the spot where the ship went down.
March 5, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The news of a Northern California couple's discovery of more than 1,400 gold coins hidden on their property has experts, history buffs and regular folks speculating on the treasure's origin. Though officials said it is unlikely the coins were stolen in a turn-of-the-century theft at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco, some wonder if the cache could be one of many believed buried by the  Knights of the Golden Circle . The secretive, subversive Confederate group is thought to have hidden millions in ill-gotten gold across a dozen states to finance a second Civil War. PHOTOS: California couple discovers cache of gold coins The coins very well could be a fortune buried by a wealthy businessman, but the time period, markers near the cache and manner in which the coins were buried fit the mold of the KGC, said Warren Getler, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who coauthored “Rebel Gold,” a book about the group.
They are as much a part of the beach scene as the surfers and skaters and volleyball players. Yet to most beach-goers, the treasure hunters toting beeping, high-tech wands remain a mysterious lot. Perhaps it's their solitary nature, the odd-looking devices they carry, or just a curiosity about what they could be finding buried in the sand.
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March 28, 1985 | JENNINGS PARROTT
--Treasure hunters who found the wreck of the ship Whidah off Cape Cod last summer are searching for a British payroll ship that sank during the Revolutionary War off the coast of the South Bronx. Barry Clifford, president of Maritime Explorations, said the ship, the frigate Hussar, may have been carrying gold and silver now worth as much as $500 million when it sank in 1780. One report at the time said 14 wagons of gold were loaded on board shortly before it left Lower Manhattan, he said.
Jan Pazzi's diamond wedding ring survived last year's Altadena fire just fine, but it took a treasure-hunting hobbyist from Downey to retrieve it from the pile of debris that was once Pazzi's home. George Johnson said he and his crew were also able to find most of Pazzi's other jewelry, including seven rings and a jumble of gold chains, in the ruins of her Kinneloa Canyon Road home during a daylong search one day before Pazzi's lot was scheduled to be cleared by a county crew.
August 12, 1988 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Along the ridgeline under a broiling sun, the land is a fallow moonscape, pockmarked and littered with debris. Shards of a terra-cotta cooking pot, 2,300 years old and newly broken, lies next to a plastic water bottle abandoned a few weeks ago by a thirsty treasure hunter. Morgantina, site of an ancient Greek city in the heartland of rural Sicily, is the battlefield of a nightly war between greed and scholarship. Greed is winning.
July 13, 1985 | LORENA OROPEZA, Times Staff Writer
Wearing survival shirts, carrying canteens and swinging metal detectors, a group of determined treasure hunters has found an estimated $28,000 in jewelry, coins and silverware in six homes destroyed by the Normal Heights fire. They didn't keep even a buffalo nickel. About 15 members of the Gem & Treasure Hunting Assn.'s search and salvage team volunteered their time for nine days along Mountain View Drive, which rims the canyon wall and was devastated by the June 30 blaze.
September 25, 1988 | DENIS ROSE, Reuters
Treasure hunters in the Seychelles are puzzling over the positions of the stars and obscure references to Greek mythology in their search for the fabulous hoard of an 18th-Century French pirate. A team of eight laborers wearing T-shirts emblazoned with a skull and crossbones began digging at this secluded beach on Mahe island last month for the hidden treasure of Olivier Le Vasseur, a French pirate hanged in 1730.
When Ed Milota, a 40-year resident of Ventura, checked his answering machine one day several years ago, he had seven calls from a desperate-sounding man who said, "My phone has been disconnected. I buried $25,000 in gold Krugerrands in my backyard and now I can't find them. I need them right away for a down payment on a house." Milota went to the address given in the message and, using his metal detector, found the coins in three minutes. The man paid him $400.
September 13, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Fairmont Pittsburgh has enlisted the help of Edie, a white boxer/Labrador retriever mix, as the hotel's official canine ambassador and welcome committee. The former service dog is also available to accompany guests on walks around the hotel . . . . Heads up, treasure hunters: San Luis Obispo hosts the Remnants of the Past Vintage Show on Oct. 8-9. The event features more than 70 vendors displaying and selling refurbished antique and vintage treasures from all over the country and Europe . . . . Which towns throw the best NFL tailgate parties?
August 9, 2010 | By Faye Fiore, Los Angeles Times
When Paul Brachfeld took over as inspector general of the National Archives, guardian of the country's most beloved treasures, he discovered the American people were being stolen blind. The Wright brothers' 1903 Flying Machine patent application? Gone. A copy of the Dec. 8, 1941, "Day of Infamy" speech autographed by Franklin D. Roosevelt and tied with a purple ribbon? Gone. Target maps of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, war telegrams written by Abraham Lincoln, and a scabbard and belt given to Harry S. Truman?
January 3, 2010 | Mcclatchy Newspapers
Robert Bohrn cannot forget the black Union soldier whose bones he and another Civil War relic hunter uncovered on Folly Island, S.C., more than 20 years ago. "It's one thing to find a coin, a slave tag, a person's ring," Bohrn said. "It's way different to turn your shovel blade over and see a human being." Feeling as though he is a caretaker for that soldier and the 18 others whose skeletons were found at the lonely outpost, Bohrn, 53, now is working with South Carolina to erect a historical marker near the site.
February 24, 2008 | Joerg Aberger, Associated Press
There's something big and metallic 60 feet below the ground in this town near the Czech border. Whether it's the fabled Russian Amber Room, gold or even scrap metal isn't known. But treasure hunter Christian Hanisch hopes to snake a camera into an underground cavern to prove he has discovered Nazi plunder buried in the final weeks of World War II. "I am sure that there is gold or silver down there," said Hanisch, who hopes to begin drilling within days. Hanisch was led to the spot on the fringes of Deutschkatharinenberg, about 100 yards from the Czech Republic, by a set of coordinates he found in a notebook belonging to his father, a former Luftwaffe radio operator who died last year.
January 3, 2008 | Pete Metzger Special to The Times
More than just Tomb Raider with a hip dude instead of a hot babe, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is Indiana Jones for the new millennium. Move over Lara, now there's something manlier. Like the jungle classic Pitfall souped up on human growth hormone, the well-written adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake make Uncharted an instant classic.
May 19, 2007 | Alan Zarembo and Karen Kaplan, Times Staff Writers
Deep-sea treasure hunters said Friday that they had recovered what could be a record haul of gold and silver coins from a colonial-era shipwreck -- but their failure to provide many details has set off a galleon-sized controversy over their claims. The hunters from Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., a Tampa, Fla.-based company, said their haul had so far totaled about 17 tons of coins, more than 500,000 in all.
August 1, 2004 | Wilson Ring, Associated Press Writer
Almon Farrar, 88, has heard stories all his life about missing treasure in the White Mountains where he grew up. His uncle, a game warden who crisscrossed the mountains through much of the first half of the 20th century, always kept an eye out for it while he pursued poachers. "Everybody's hunted for it," Farrar said as he took a break from cutting firewood in the yard of his home in the Cascade and Castle ravines. "I tell you it's rough up there."
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