If you love interesting facts, make sure to read our list of the 10 biggest hidden treasures ever found in the world.
We live in the 21st century and we always think that we cannot be surprised or amazed anymore since everything is known and possible. However, there are still some things that can amaze and impress us, convincing us that we still live in the world that is quite mysterious and incredible, and that our knowledge is quite limited. Generally speaking, the history of the world is impressively rich and if you are into it, and you like to read about unusual things, don’t forget to read our list of 10 Most Successful Pirates in History.
I know how amazed I was when I first heard about the Terracotta Army in China, and how unbelievable for me it was that something like this could be made within the period of 211-206 BC, but we needed to step into the second half of the 20th century to discover it. That immediately poses the question; how many things in the world are still waiting to be discovered, and what is going to be discovered next by archeologists to amaze the people and to prove that the old civilizations were very much in front of the time they lived in?
If you start searching for such facts, you will see that the Internet is full of interesting information and that it offers a lot of data to those people who are thirsty for such knowledge. I had a hard time making the list of biggest hidden treasures ever found in the world since there were so many options and different ways of classifications, but eventually, I decided to go through various lists from sources like TheCultureTrip and History, and Quora discussions. After gathering these options, I made a new list by combining these things, according to the approximate value of these treasures. I have learned so many new things, since when you read about the treasures, you get to know a lot about the period they date from, about the people they belonged to and about various, usually unhappy destinies.
So, get ready to read an interesting list of the 10 biggest treasures ever found in the world.
10. The Temple of the Feathered Serpent Treasure
An archeologist Sergio Gómez, from the Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, got the government’s permission to dig the tunnel within the temple in 2009. He found out that the tunnel was full of pottery, jewelry, coins, but also some creepy things, such as the human skin; altogether, there were around 70, 000 artifacts.
9. Frome Hoard
This treasure number nine on our list of biggest hidden treasures ever found in the world was found by Dave Crisp, in Somerset, England, in 2010. It consisted of 52,503 Roman coins within the pot, approximately dating from AD 253 to 305. Today, this treasure may be seen at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton.
8. The Barley Field Treasure
The Barley Field treasure is next on our list of biggest hidden treasures ever found in the world and is one of those treasures discovered by amateurs at places where they were not even searching for one. This thing happened to Martin Eliot who just wanted to teach his cousin how to use a metal detector, eventually discovering more than 9, 000 antique coins buried in the field.
7. Ringlemere Gold Cup
The Ringlemere Gold Cup, definitely one of the biggest hidden treasures ever found in the world was found near Kent in England, in 2001, and the person who discovered it was Cliff Bradshaw. Though it was made in the Neolithic style, which initially made them believe it dates from around 2300 BC, it is actually from the later period. The cup now belongs to the British Museum.
6. Viking Hoard
$1, 3 million
David Whelan and his son Andrew accidentally found this treasure in in North Yorkshire, England, in 2007. It consisted of 617 silver coins and 65 other items that resembled various cultures, including Islamic and Christian, and even some Pagan symbols. The treasure dates from the 10th century and may be found in the British Museum.
5. Hoxne Hoard
The farmer Peter Whatling accidentally found this treasure, probably not being aware of its value from the very beginning. Actually, the only thing he wanted was to find his lost hammer but eventually ended up finding coins, jewelry, gold and silver spoons and so many other worthy things. Today, they all belong to the British Museum and are one of the biggest hidden treasures ever found in the world.
4. Staffordshire Hoard
$4, 2 million
Terry Herbert is the person “guilty” for discovering one of the most worth Anglo-Saxon treasures, and this happened in 2009. He found more than 3,500 items, with military and religious symbols, all of them being very valuable and unique. It has been estimated that the treasure dates from the 8th century, and it belongs to the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
3. The Sroda Treasure
The year of 1985 was the year when probably one of the biggest treasures of Poland was discovered. This was also quite accidentally; while people working on the renovation of one old building, they found a vase full of coins, but that was not everything. A couple of years after, near the same place, another treasure was found, including more coins, jewelry and a gold and unique crown.
2. The Black Swan Project
We are continuing our list of biggest hidden treasures ever found in the world and with probably the biggest shipwreck, and while providing more than 17 tons of coins, it also brought many misunderstandings and hard times regarding claiming it, since it was discovered in an uncertain territory. However, it has been believed that the ship is Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, sunk in 1804 and that it should belong to the Spanish government.
1. Billion Dollar Hindu Treasure
$7, 5 billion
Eventually, the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Indian Kerala province is the place where probably one of the biggest treasures of the world has ever been found. It was full of gold, including jewelry, cups, vases, as well as diamonds and emeralds. Additionally, there were some Napoleonic coins and seals, and without any doubt, this Hindu treasure deserves the first place on our list of the 10 biggest hidden treasures ever found in the world.