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What did Hitler, Buda, Alexander the Great and Jesus have in COMMON? ExpeditionHistory.org InvestigatingHistory.org

Yes, I know very provocative question.  But Hitler, Buda, Alexander the Great and Jesus DID have a common connection.

That connection was ancient symbology and the symbol was a Swastika.  Long before Hitler turned the Swastika into a universal symbol, for evil, death and hatred, the Swastika was a symbol of Love, Enlightenment and the Quest for Truth!

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The earliest known swastika was found in 10,000 B.C. in the Ukraine, carved on mammoth ivory.

Its meaning has been a good one for thousands of years. However, Adolf Hitler appropriated it in the 20th century, establishing its association with tragedy, death, and destruction.

The symbol is found not only in one ancient civilization, but in ancient civilizations all over the world, bespeaking its deep connection with humanity and human culture.

Aztecs and Mayans used the symbol on burial mounds, clothing and jewelry. In Europe, such symbols can be found in Roman catacombs, in churches, on plaza stones, and graves.

The word swastika is Sanskrit: swa means “higher self,” asti means “being,” and ka is a suffix. The word may be understood as “being with higher self.” It is also known as srivatsa.

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It has an especially strong connection to Buddhism in India, which was then transmitted to China. The srivatsa is often found on Buddha sculptures, and it is believed to be a sign displayed by

Buddhas to the people who first depicted it—a symbol with profound and heavenly meanings. It has been understood over the ages as a symbol of good luck, a symbol of purity, and other positive attributes.

Hitler sought to connect the symbol’s power and purity to his doctrine of establishing a “pure” race.

The shadow cast on the symbol by the Nazis is slowly being lifted. The Jewish Virtual Library, an American-Israeli Enterprise, has addressed the history of the Swastika positively.

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The swastika (卐 or 卍) (Sanskrit: स्वस्तिक), (also known as the gammadion cross) is a symbol that generally takes the form of an equilateral cross, with its four legs bent at 90 degrees.

It is a symbol among the ancient Celts, Indians, and Greeks, as well as in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Nazism, among other cultures and religions.

The word swastika derives from the Sanskrit roots su (“Good”), asti (“to be”), and ka (making) The older term gammadion cross derives from its appearance, which is identical to four Greek gamma letters affixed to each other.

GhanaSwastikaIts use in India dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization city of Harappa, and came to represent Vishnu in Hinduism. In Chinese Taoism, the swastika is a symbol of eternity.

For Tibetan Buddhism, it is emblematic of the element of Earth.

It is a common practice for Hindus to draw Swastika symbols on the doors and entrances to their houses during festivals, which is believed to symbolize an invitation to goddess Lakshmi.

Swastika_iranThe symbol has a long history in Europe reaching back to antiquity. In modern times, following a brief surge of popularity as a good luck symbol in Western culture, a swastika was adopted as a symbol of the Nazi Party of Germany in 1920, who used the swastika as a symbol of the Aryan race. A right-facing 45° rotated swastika was incorporated into the flag of the Nazi Party, which was made the state flag of Germany during the Nazi era, after Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933.

Hence in many Western countries the swastika is stigmatized as being associated with Nazism and related concepts like antisemitism, hatred, violence, death, and murder.

Notably, the swastika has been outlawed in Germany and other countries if used as a symbol of Nazism in certain instances. Many modern white nationalist and Neo-Nazi groups such as the Russian National Unity use stylized swastikas or similar symbols.

 

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Treasure that rewrites History? Why calling it FAKE stops the DEBATE! ExpeditionHistory.org InvestigatingHistory.org

fuenta manga bowlNowadays, want to just shut some one down? Call them a racists!

Have you ever noticed how calling someone that word (which no one wants to be associated with) shuts down ALL discussion?

Well, the same short-shighted and frankly chicken-poop way to stop a debate about a discovery of something Ancient yet unexplained, is to…

YOU GUESSED IT!  Call it a FAKE- FRAUD – FORGERY!

This is standard practice among many academic circles, yet this is getting harder and harder to scream (thank G-od) with

all the advances in technology that are actually PROVING some formerly labels FAKES to be FANTASTIC FINDS!

Here is a great example:

THE FUENTE MAGNA BOWL!

Before I get into all the details and facts, ask yourself a few questions:

1.  How can someone call FAKE if they NEVER have inspected the artifact in question?

2.  How can they call it a fake, if they have never interviewed the surviving discoverers?

3. How can they call it a FAKE when there are actual Sumerian Symbols which CAN be decoded, but this artifact was found in in the 1910’s and was made public in 1958 and Sumerian was not fully decoded until 1923, and was not available at the academic level until some 30 years later (certainly not at the public level for study)

4.  Ask questions and the FAKE CALLERS facts and reasoning may fall apart!

BUT FIRST- I am promoting DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND!

The Fuente Magna bowl was found accidentally by a worker from the CHUA Hacienda, property of the Manjon family located near Lake Titicaca about 75-80 km from the city of La Paz, Bolivia (see Photo). The site where it was found had not been studied for artifacts previously. The Fuente Magna is beautifully engraved in earthen-brown both inside and out and bears zoological motifs and anthropomorphic characters within (Please see Bernardo Biados for further detail).

The Bolivian archeologist, don Max Portugal-Zamora, learned of the Fuente Magna’s existence around 1958-1960 from his friend Pastor Manjon. Both gave the site the name it bears today, “Fuente Magna” (see Spanish account)

A controversy arose about the cuneiform script on the Fuente Magna. Dr. Alberto Marini, translated it and reported that it was Sumerian.. After a careful examination of the Fuente Magna, linear script Dr. Clyde A. Winters determined that it was probably Proto-Sumerian, which is found on many artifacts from in Mesopotamia. An identical script was used by the Elamites called Proto-Elamite.

Dr. Winters believed that researchers had been unable to read the writing because they refused to compare Proto-Elamite and Proto-Sumerian writing with other writing systems used in 3000-2000 BC. He compared the writing to the Libyco-Berber writing used in the Sahara 5000 years ago. This writing was used by the Proto-Dravidians (of the Indus Valley), Proto-Mande , Proto-Elamites and Proto-Sumerians.

These people formerly lived in Middle Africa, until the extensive desertification of the Sahara began after 3500 BC. A Mr. Rawlinson, was sure that the Sumerians had formerly lived in Africa, and he used Semitic and African languages spoken in Ethiopia to decipher the cuneiform writing. Rawlins called the early dwellers of Mesopotamia: Kushites, because he believed that the ancestors of these people were the Western Kushites of Classical literature.

Winters noted that the Libyco-Berber script couldn’t be read using the Berber language, because the Berbers only entered Africa around the time the Vandals conquered much of North Africa. Although the Libyco-Berber script cannot be read using the Berber language, it can be read using the Mande language. This is because the Proto-Mande formerly lived in Libya, until they migrated from this area into the Niger valley of West Africa.

The Vai script has signs similar to the Libyco-Berber, Indus valley, Linear A of Crete, Proto-Elamite and Proto-Sumerian signs. The Vai people spoke a Mande language.

Using the phonetic values of the Vai script, Dr. Winters has been able to decipher the Indus Valley and Linear A writing. The Sumerian language is closely related to the Dravidian and Mande languages, and the Proto-Sumerian , Libyco-Berber and Vai scripts are similar. Thus, it is possible to read the script on the Fuente Magna by using the phonetic values of the Vai script. Once Winters had transliterated the Fuente Magna signs, he was able to translate the inscription using the Sumerian language.

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The Fuenta Magna is a large stone vessel, resembling a libation bowl, that was found in 1958 near Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. It features beautifully engraved anthropomorphic characters, zoological motifs characteristic of the local culture, and, more surprisingly, two types of scripts—a proto-Sumerian ancient alphabet and a local language of the ancient Pukara, forerunner of the Tiahuanaco civilization. Often referred to as “the Rosetta Stone of the Americas,” the stone vessel is one of the most controversial artifacts in South America as it raises questions about whether there may have been a connection between the Sumerians and the ancient inhabitants of the Andes, located thousands of miles away.

The ancient relic was discovered accidentally by a farmer working on a private estate owned by the Manjon family. The owners subsequently delivered it to the city hall of La Paz in 1960 in return for land near the capital. Around the same time, Bolivian archaeologist Max Portugal Zamora learned of its existence and attempted, unsuccessfully, to decipher the unusual inscriptions, not least because he failed to recognize that the writing upon the bowl was a type of cuneiform text dating back some 5,000 years.

The Fuente Magna bowl remained in storage in the Museo de los Metales Preciosos (“Museum of Precious Metals”) for approximately 40 years, until two Bolivian researchers, Argentine Bernardo Biados and archaeologist Freddy Arce, sought to investigate the origins of the mysterious relic. They were eventually put in contact with Maximiliano, a 92-year-old local who, after seeing a picture of the bowl, claimed it was once in his possession. Not realizing its significance, Maximiliano admitted that he had used the bowl to feed his pigs.

fuenta-magna-detail-2-480x308The two researchers took detailed photographs of the bowl and sent them to epigraphist Dr. Clyde Ahmed Winters, in the hope that he may be able to decipher the inscriptions. Dr. Winters, an ancient languages expert, compared the inscriptions to Libyco-Berber writing used in the Sahara approximately 5,000 years ago. The writing was used by the Proto-Dravidians (of the Indus Valley), Proto-Mande , Proto-Elamites, and Proto-Sumerians. Dr. Winters, in his article “Decipherment of the Cuneiform Writing on the Fuente Magna Bowl,” concluded that the writing on the bowl “was probably Proto-Sumerian,” and offered the following translation:

“Approach in the future (one) endowed with great protection the Great Nia. [The Divine One Nia(sh) to] establish purity, establish gladness, establish character. (This favorable oracle of the people to establish purity and to establish character [for all who seek it]). [Use this talisman (the Fuente bowl)] To sprout [oh] diviner the unique advice [at] the temple. The righteous shrine, anoint (this) shrine, anoint (this) shrine; The leader takes an oath [to] establish purity, a favorable oracle (and to) establish character. [Oh leader of the cult,] open up a unique light [for all], [who] wish for a noble life.”

This translations suggests that the Fuente Magna bowl may have been used to make libations to the Goddess Nia to request fertility. The figure on the Fuente Magna, which appears to be in a “Goddess pose,” with open arms and legs spread, is believed to support Dr Winters’ translation.

If Dr. Winters’ translation is correct, this has major implications for our understanding of both Sumerian civilization and the ancient culture of Bolivia. Researcher Yuri Leveratto aptly poses the question: “How is it possible that proto-Sumerian inscriptions were found in a bowl that has been found near the Titicaca Lake, 3,800 meters [2.3 miles] above sea level, thousands of kilometers far away from the area where the Sumerian people used to live?”

According to Bernardo Biados, the Fuente Magna was most likely crafted by Sumerian people who settled in Bolivia sometime after 2,500 B.C. According to Biados, the Sumerians were known to sail to the distant Indian subcontinent and some Sumerian ships may have made their way around South Africa and entered one of the currents in the area that lead across the Atlantic from Africa to South America. It is possible that some chose to stay and explore into the Andes, perhaps searching for areas high on the plateau of Bolivia where food was being produced. Yuri Leveratto says, “the Sumerian culture influenced the people of the plateau, not only from a religious point of view, but also in the language. In fact, some linguists have found many similarities between the proto-Sumerian and Aymara languages.”

However, this perspective, and indeed the initial translation work of Dr. Winters has not been without its critics. Jason Colavito, a known skeptic and “debunker,” suggests that there is only a small degree of correlation between the script on the bowl and Proto-Sumerian characters. Colavito points out that the bowl has a highly problematic provenance, and may simply be a hoax. Biados says this is incorrect, citing the overwhelming support from major portions of the academic community.

It is clear that the Fuente Magna bowl remains a matter of contention between academics. It is hoped that further archaeological and linguistic research may help to unravel the story behind this mysterious artifact, as doing so may help to expand our understanding of the great civilizations of our past and their influence throughout the world.

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Lost Treasures of King Solomon- Can They Be Found? ExpeditionHistory.org TreasureForce.com

Stone worm, pic 1History tells us King Solomon really existed.  History tells us the Temple of Solomon existed (two Temples to be exact).  

So, why does history doubt the existence of the Shamir was one of ten miraculous items created by God at twilight upon the Sixth Day of the Hexameron?

Could G-d of really created “Ten Miraculous Items” that have been lost to history?  Did these items really exist?

Just as Heinrich Schliemann  proved – “that what could be considered as Ancient Myths could have a basis in Truth and be PROVEN, can Solomon’s Shamir be proven to exist, and more importantly rediscovered?

For this of you who don’t know the story of Heinrich Schliemann, here is what you should know about him:  BUT FIRST – Schliemann was like me and YOU.  

A dreamer who believe we don’t know enough about history and that ancient legends and myths could be originally based in truth, and he used his own funds and resources to go out and PROVE IT!

Heinrich Schliemann: (German: [ˈʃliːman]; 6 January 1822 – 26 December 1890) was a German businessman and a pioneer of field archaeology. He was an advocate of the historical reality of places mentioned in the works of Homer. Schliemann was an archaeological excavator of Hissarlik, now presumed to be the site of Troy, along with the Mycenaean sites Mycenae and Tiryns. His work lent weight to the idea that Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid reflect actual historical events.

Here is the reason I commander quote ion exploram providing this information:  read this historical report and then DECIDE FOR YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING:

(1) Could something like the Shamir exist?

(2) What does the “technology” sound like to you?

(3) Does it lead you to believe that Ancients had use of “Modern Technology” akin to what we have today?  

(4) Have we LOST more history than we have gained?  

(5) If this “Biblical Treasure” could exist, what about the others?  

This is an exercise in getting you to OPEN your mind and CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITIES and NOT be shut off by preconceived aides and prejudices!

WHY?

If Heinrich Schliemann (SHLEE MON is how you say it, BTW) listened to common theory  and the prevailing predujices of his time, we still quite possibly of never known Ancient Troy was a real event and place.

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The Nature of the Shamir

The shamir (from shamira in Aramaic, meaning “like a flint stone”) was a supernatural organism. The word “shamir” in biblical Hebrew was used in two senses: a) a penpoint made out of a hard substance (Jeremiah 17:1); or b) sharp thorns (Isaiah 5:6).

Each usage relates to the ability of the shamir to pierce hard surfaces. The “glance” of the supernatural shamir could carve great stones. The Talmud and later great rabbis described how the passage of the shamir along the surface of a stone would cause it to split perfectly into two pieces.

Was the shamir mineral, plant, or animal? In an Abyssinian legend the shamir is supposed to have been a kind of wood or herb. Maimonides, however, and Rashi, considered it to be a living animal. The Talmud says that the “glance” of a living creature caused wood and stone to split. A pseudepigraphic work, the Testament of Solomon,however, regards the shamir as a green stone perhaps similar to the pitda set in the High Priest’s breastplate representing the tribe of Shimon.

Small as a barleycorn (less than one centimeter), the shamir did not have an inspiring physical appearance. Its supernatural essence came from having been created at the twilight of the first Sabbath Eve during the Six Days of Creation. According to R’ Bachiya in the Talmud, the shamir was first used at the time of the construction of the Tabernacle to engrave the names of the tribes on the precious jewels of the High Priest’s breastplate.

For safekeeping, the shamir could not be put directly into any kind of metal vessel, including iron, which would be split apart. It was kept wrapped in wool, placed in a lead basket filled with barley bran (Talmud, Sota 48b.) The choice of these materials was specific, since no other materials were able to resist its penetrative powers.

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Even King Solomon had no idea where to find the Shamir

The rulers of the Canaanites and other nations realized the value of the shamir, but they were never able to locate it. The Midrash recounts that even King Solomon had no idea where to find the shamir, although he knew that he needed it to build the Temple. Solomon went to great lengths to obtain the shamir, even to the point of contacting demons. Also created at the twilight of the Sabbath Eve of the Six Days of Creation, these beings had some relationship with the shamir and the other supernatural phenomena created at this exceptional twilight. The Midrash relates that Solomon consulted the king of the demons, who did not have it but knew that the angel of the sea had given the shamir to the hoopoe bird (dukhifat, Lev. 11:19), a type of fowl who needed it to survive. In the end, King Solomon captured the shamir from the hoopoe.

The shamir was used by man only in the construction of the Tabernacle and the Temple. Supernatural beings created by G-d for specific functions do not exist forever. The Mishna (Sota 9:12) states that the shamir existed until the destruction of the Second Temple. Tosafot (Gittin 68a) says that the shamir existed into the Common Era. According to the Tosefta, the shamir disappeared after the destruction of the Temple, since it was no longer needed. Correspondingly, the tachash, which had been created so its skin could be used for the Tabernacle, disappeared after the Tabernacle was completed. Considered a kosher animal, the tachash was similar to a unicorn with a single horn on its head (Shabbat 28b).

Another creature, the caper-spurge, shared characteristics with the shamir and was therefore mistaken for the shamir. But because the caper-surge existed into the Middle Ages (1000 CE), the rabbis argue that the two were not identical.

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The “glance” of the Shamir could split wood and stone

What Caused the Penetrating “Glance”?

By definition, a supernatural creature made by G-d to perform specific miracles cannot be explained rationally. However, theories abound in science which correlate natural phenomena with the supernatural. In this spirit, the “glance” of the shamir that could split wood and stone might be explained by: 1) the production of high or low frequency waves that could resonate the molecular structure of materials and disrupt them, 2) the production of confluent light rays as a “laser beam”, or 3) radioactivity.

The essence of the “glance” remains speculative, but the late Immanuel Velikovsky 1, an expert on the times of Solomon, and Frederic Jueneman 2,a noted scholar, have suggested that the shamir was a radioactive substance. They reason that a leaden box would be the most logical means to sagely contain such a highly energetic radionucleotide. Thus, the “glance” of the shamir may have been alpha radiation. Alpha radiation is a high energy particle, which could destroy or discolor whatever is exposed to it. The reported weakening of the powers of the shamir in the course of time to the point of inactivity possibly indicates radioactive decay and half-life of its former radioactive potency.

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If the shamir was a mineral, it could have been any one of a number of native green stones. It may have come from the copper sites in Armenia or Cyprus — or from King Solomon’s own mines in the Sinai, where malachite or verdigris also would have been found in the parent ore body. In fact, Jueneman cites ancient writings by Zosimos the Panopolitan (also called the Theban) state that malachite is an “enemy of Topaz, clouding its color and spoiling its lustre.” A highly prized material for ornamental objects, malachite, however, also was known to produce sores in the bowels and inflame the eyes — two symptoms known today as characteristic effects of radiation exposure. The malachite of today (or chrysocolla as it was known by the ancients) is not radioactive, but exceptions could have existed when combined with other minerals. Chalcolite (or torbenite), for example, a green copper uranyl phosphate, exhibits radioactivity.

The reported weakening of the powers of the shamir possibly indicates radioactive decay.

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Carving the Stones

The Talmud says that the precision required to engrave the names of the tribes onto the precious jewels of the high priest’s breastplate without losing any material was not humanly possible. Using a radioactive compound (following the line of thought of F. Jueneman), this would not be difficult to accomplish. The tufts of wool and barley bran cradling the shamir would be transparent to its radiation, while the lead container would be impenetrable. If the ink used to write on the stones contained lead, a graduated discoloration would be highlighted on the gems after exposure to the shamir. The subsequent removal of the ink would leave such calligraphy contrasted with the background, also giving the appearance of depth to the writing. Most precious minerals, such as diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, or topaz, are discolored by radioactivity. Other gems, such as opals, are silicates containing water of crystallization. Exposure to alpha radiation disintegrates these crystals by releasing the chemically bound water, which volatizes without residue. That means, not even a splinter would be lost, leaving a cloudy or granular texture.

The creation, existence, and function of the shamir and the organisms that guarded it were all miraculous.

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The “True” Essence of the Shamir

LM-Laser-Processing-Systems-automotive-laser-cutting-metalThe Mishna (Avot 5:6) relates that the shamir was created on the Sixth Day of Creation, at the twilight of Sabbath Eve. The Maharal elaborates on the significance of this point: The entire physical world created during the Six Days is governed by the laws of nature. Not having been created exactly within this time frame, the shamir is therefore supernatural.

The other exceptional phenomena created during the first Sabbath Eve twilight relate, in some way, to the shamir.

They include the demons, the ram which Abraham sacrificed in place of Isaac, the first pair of tongs, which were then used to make other instruments, Moses’ staff, Adam and Eve’s clothes, fire, the mouth of Balaam’s donkey, the Pillar of Fire and Pillar of Clouds that led the Children of Israel through the desert, and the vessel in which the manna was preserved in the Holy of Holies in the Temple.

The creation, existence, and function of the shamir and the organisms that guarded it were all miraculous.

The Midrash relates the concept that a softer substance may have the ability to pierce a harder one. For example, the stone that David flung at Goliath pierced the giant’s helmet and killed him (Samuel I 17:49).

The shamir, too, had no physical limitations. It could effortlessly penetrate the hardest materials, and yet it was preserved in a basket of lead (a soft metal), attesting to its other than natural origin.

Although by definition miracles do not have to be explained as scientifically observable phenomena, the miraculous shamir which cut the stones for King Solomon’s Temple matches the description of alpha radiation.

BREAKING NEWS! NEW “Nazca Lines” Found 9275 MILES AWAY! 50 Aircraft Carries sized Ancient Glyphs! ExdpeditionHistory.org InvestigatingHistory.org

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BREAKING NEWS! NEW “Nazca Lines” Found 9275 MILES AWAY! 50 Aircraft Carries sized Ancient Glyphs!

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Did the Nazca Lines move 14,928 Kilometers away, or did all the Ancients WATCH AND TALK TO THE SKY?  

A brand new discovery may produce MORE answers!

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The Nazca Lines are HUGE NEWS and for decades they have been talked about among the Ancient Astronaut Theory set, but now Giorgio A. Tsoukalos has a brand new destination -Kazakhstan.

Here ist eh breaking news story:

More than 50 geoglyphs with various shapes and sizes, including a massive swastika, have been discovered across northern Kazakhstan in Central Asia, say archaeologists.

These sprawling structures, mostly earthen mounds, create the type of landscape art most famously seen in the Nazca region of Peru.

Discovered using Google Earth, the geoglyphs are designed in a variety of geometric shapes, including squares, rings, crosses and swastikas (the swastika is a design that was used in ancient times). Ranging from 90 to 400 meters (295…

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The images of the stone figure of Easter Island are known around the globe, but the debate has taken a new turn and the images below may show secret tombs, a secret language and hidden facts about these stunning works of rock!

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The initial debate over the “Easter Island Heads” was over their age and of course, there will always be the “Ancient Astronaut Theory”, but does archaeology and academia know all there is to know about the “Heads on Easter Island”?  Seems the answer is NO!

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Here is the scoop:

Thanks to enterprising enthusiasts and archaeologists the “Heads of Easter Island” are getting a “deeper” look, and that deeper look has revealed the heads are only the tip of the iceberg.

Seems the “heads” themselves are only about 25% of the total stone carved monoliths.  A full 75% has been hidden underground.  Not by intentional burying, but by some alluvial…

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Ancient 2200 Year Old Computer Shipwreck to be REINVESTIGATED! ExpeditionHistory.org TreasureForce.com

Antikythera MechanismIn the world of exploration and archaeology contradictions and controversy abound and the great debate is about to heat up once again as an advanced dive team prepares to make another dive on the 2nd Century B.C. Shipwreck.  The ancient Greek Antikythera wreck in the Agean Sea produced a highly controversial “out-of-place-artifact” debate by giving the world a look at the possible sophistication of ancient mankind with the discovery of a 2200 year old astrological computer hidden within this historic shipwreck.

The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient analog computer designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses. It was recovered in 1900–01 from the Antikythera wreck, a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera.  The instrument has been designed and constructed by Greek scientists and dated between 150 to 100 BC.  Technological artifacts approaching its complexity and workmanship did not appear again until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks began to be built in Western Europe. 

The so-called Antikythera Mechanism, a 2nd-century BC device known as the world’s oldest computer, was discovered by sponge divers in 1900 off a remote Greek island in the Aegean.
The highly complex mechanism of up to 40 bronze cogs and gears was used by the ancient Greeks to track the cycles of the solar system. It took another 1,500 years for an astrological clock of similar sophistication to be made in Europe.

Now archaeologists returning to the wreck will be able to use a new diving suit which will allow them to more than double the depth they can dive at, and stay safely at the bottom for longer.

 

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oopART 2exosuit 5The deep water dive has deployed one of the most advanced dicing apparatuses ever used – called the Exosuit. 

 

 

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(Phys.org) —Marine archeologists with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture research program (with support from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) are planning to explore the ancient Greek Antikythera wreck in the Agean Sea, using an exosuit developed by Nuytco Research—originally for use in helping workers in New York’s water treatment facilities. The iron-man looking exosuit allows a diver to descend to 1000 feet for hours at a time without need for decompressing upon returning to the surface.

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The Antikythera was discovered by divers in 1900—attempts to explore the wreck resulted in recovery of many artifacts, mostly famously, one that is known as the Antikythera mechanism—now referred to as the world’s oldest computer. But it also led to injury and death due to the extreme depth (120 meters). Subsequent attempts more recently have led to more discoveries, but time constraints have prevented a thorough study of the wreck. Wearing the exosuit, the researchers hope will not only allow for mapping the wreck, but for discovery of more artifacts, some perhaps as interesting as the Antikythera mechanism.

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Deep water exploration technologies like these shown in this article are changing the world of underwater exploration.  Now divers can literally go to deeper depths and stay underwater for over 100 hours if necessary.  The depths are getting deeper and deeper as technological advances are made and the more mankind explore the deep, the more strange creatures we keep discovering.

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The need for the Exosuit for this dive is to give the exploration team more time to work underwater.

exosuit 2The Exosuit, built in Canada by Nuytco Research, will permit divers to reach depths of 150 metres (492 feet) and still perform delicate tasks, says archaeologist Theotokis Theodoulou.

The suit, which resembles a puffy space suit, “expands our capabilities”, Theodoulou told AFP as the team set off for a month-long expedition to Antikythera, which lies between Crete and the Peloponnese.
“I’ll be able to grasp, pluck, clench and dig… for several hours,” he said.

Archaeologists believe many other artefacts are yet to be discovered in and around the wreck. Up to now they had only been able to operate at a depth of 60 metres.

The suit, which is essentially a body submarine, allows for both arm and leg movements, courtesy of multiple patented rotary joints. It also has 1.6 horsepower thrusters that are activated by the “pilot” via pads inside the boots.

It’s made of mostly aluminum, and weighs 530 pounds. The hands are claw-like, which has meant many hours of training in pools for the research team.

The suit also has external LED lights and cameras, an oxygen replenishment system and a tether to the surface with a fiber optic gigabit Ethernet that allows for two-way communications, a live video feed, and monitoring of the suit and its wearer. In the event of an emergency, the suit has backup batteries and systems to maintain life support—if necessary, the four man crew up top can take over control of the suit to bring the diver out of harm’s way.

BUT THE ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM IS WHAT MAKES THIS DIVE EVEN MORE DRAMATIC!  

The mechanism was found with a spectacular bronze statue of a youth in the wreck of a cargo ship apparently carrying booty to Rome, and researchers are certain that other items on board still remain to be discovered.

“We have good signs that there are other objects present,” said Angeliki Simosi, head of Greece’s directorate of underwater antiquities, after exploratory dives in the area in 2012 and 2013.

“There are dozens of items left, this was a ship bearing immense riches from Asia Minor,” added Dimitris Kourkoumelis, another archaeologist on the team.

The archaeologists also hope to confirm the presence of a second ship, some 250 metres away from the original discovery site.

Antikythera, which now has a population of only 44, was on one of antiquity’s busiest trade routes, and a base for Cilician pirates, some of whom once captured and held the young Julius Caesar for ransom. He later had them all captured and crucified.

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Deep water exploration technology is changing history and to read mores about this historic dive, their results and the cool technology used, click on the links below:

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Who is buried in Alexander’s Great Tomb? Watchers waiting on pins and needles ExpeditionHistory.org TreasureForce.com

Who is buried in Alexander’s Great Tomb?  When you say it, this sounds like the old childhood joke we used to tell “Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?”

One of biggest mysteries of modern archaeology might be solved in the coming days—and all eyes are on a huge circular structure that lies beneath an ancient Greek mound.

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tomb location200px-Ptolemy_I_Soter_Louvre_Ma849Who’s Buried in Largest Tomb in Northern Greece? New Finds Raise Intrigue.
A relative of Alexander the Great may lie in the 2,300-year-old burial site.

Fans of ancient history are laying bets on who was buried in the dark heart of a massive marble-walled tomb that is slowly coming to light in northern Greece

Dating to the tumultuous years surrounding the death of Alexander the Great, between about 325 and 300 B.C., the tomb is the largest ever found in northern Greece—a resting place monumental enough for royalty.

The burial borders the ancient Aegean port of Amphipolis (near modern-day Amfípoli), which once served as the base for the fleet that Alexander the Great took on his invasion of Asia.

After nearly two years of digging at the site (known as the Kasta tumulus after the name of the hill it lies beneath), archaeologists are now exploring its inner chambers.

Its entrances are guarded first by a pair of sphinxes, then by columns in the form of women—each stretching out an arm to ward off intruders. Beyond them lies one of the greatest mysteries of modern archaeology, one that might be solved in the next few days—or might trouble the sleep of scholars for decades, as the last great find in the territory of the ancient Macedonians, the nation once ruled by Alexander the Great, has done.

The structure that now holds much of Greece and Hellenists around the world in suspense stands at the site of ancient Amphipolis, about a hundred miles east of Thessalonica, on territory conquered by Alexander’s father Philip in the 4th century B.C. Amphipolis was a major Greek city and a stronghold of the vast Macedonian empire, but today the site is all but deserted. On grasslands where goatherds graze their flocks, under a hill called Kasta—now protected by a military cordon from throngs of onlookers—lies one of the most puzzling finds ever unearthed in the Aegean region.

blogarrator logoRound in shape and vast in size, the building beneath the hill has been called a tomb for lack of a better label. Circular buildings, though rare in antiquity, were sometimes used for royal burials, but no other known tombs approach the scale of this one: 500 meters in circumference (half again larger than Stonehenge) and surrounded by a superbly built marble wall. Atop the center of the building’s roof once stood a crouching stone lion, long ago removed from the site but still intact—a sign that the tomb, if such it is, probably held a great soldier or ruler. The structure’s date, fixed by analysis of the lion and the stonework, seems to be the last quarter of the 4th century B.C., the decades just after Alexander’s death in 323.

Only Alexander himself, it would seem, could have merited such an enormous and expensive resting place, yet Alexander’s remains are known to have gone elsewhere—stolen by Ptolemy, the Macedonian ruler of Egypt, for interment in Alexandria and later visited by thousands. So unless an ancient legend is true, that Ptolemy swapped a dummy Alexander for the real one, the greatest corpse in the ancient world is already accounted for (at least until its unexplained disappearance many centuries later). So too, apparently, are the bodies of Alexander’s father and son, widely believed to be the occupants of two sumptuous tombs discovered, totally intact, in the late 1970s, near Vergina, on the site of what was once the Macedonian royal capital.

 

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Two female figurines, known as caryatids, once guarded the entrance to the tomb with outstretched arms.

 

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Find Treasure Faster! 5 Must-Have Treasure and History Hunting Tools everyone can afford! ExpeditionHistory.org

freeOne does not have to be a former tech billionaire to afford the best lost treasure and lost history hunting gadgets.  In fact, nowadays – the best and most useful gadgets to improve your effectiveness as scoring a forgotten fortune are FREE!

Who can argue with Free?  Especially when it could mean the difference in finding your fortune or leaving empty handed?

 Let’s take a look at some of the most effective lost treasure and lost history hunting gadgets and best of all, the ones at the end of this blog post are free!

WITHIN YOUR RANGE?

rangefinder twoYes, this one does cost money, but you can now find them dirt cheap on ebay and other “sale” websites.

laser-range-finder-1One thing you never want to encounter is “seeing” a treasure sign and heading out towards it, only to find out the distance to it was much father or higher than you expected.  You feel you are making progress and then you realize the target site was just too far or too high to make and now you  are even closer, but you just don’t have the energy and are forced to turn back from the target.  One way to better gauge the missions needs and whether or not you can reach the target this mission is to be able to KNOW the distance to the target.  To do that you will need (and should always carry with you) a range finder.  With just a simple click of a button, you can electronically obtain range and elevation and then make a better decision as to (1) how and (2) when you can reach the target, and more important (3) are you properly equipped to reach the target.

Here is how they work:

Range Finder, an optical instrument for measuring distance. Range finders are used mainly in photography for focusing cameras and in gunnery for aiming artillery. There are various non-optical, electronic devices that perform the same function as range finders.
The range finders used with cameras are coincidence range finders. Such a range finder uses mirrors or prisms to produce two or more images of an object. The viewer sights the object through a viewfinder and adjusts a knob or other mechanism to bring the images into alignment. The amount of adjustment is shown on a scale from which the viewer can read the distance to the object. The range finder is usually coupled with the camera’s focusing mechanism so that the viewer does not need to know the distance; when the images in the range finder are in alignment, the lens is in focus.  In gunnery, both coincidence and stereoscopic range finders have been used. A stereoscopic range finder has a pair of eyepieces through which the viewer sees a single image of the object and a pattern of lines that appear to float in a space. The viewer turns a control mechanism until the pattern appears to be at the same distance as the object; the viewer then reads the distance from a scale.Range finders are also a golf product.  Yes golfers use the device to ascertain their distance from the pin.  Now find your distance from the pin with one of these.

FINDING YOUR TARGET A SECOND TIME!

GPS_Location_FinderLet’s say you are out with your history hunting or artifact recovery buddies and you all agree to meet back at the car or at camp in two hours and share your finds.  During your two hours out (we always hunt in patios and highly recommend you do as well) you come across an amazing man influenced carved rock structure.  Problem is you took a long circuitous route to get there and there really is not a direct path to this location.  So, needless to say, you are somewhat concerned at your ability to re-find the site to show your treasure hunting buddies.  When have ALL been in this situation and how many times have you found something and wanted to show everyone in your party, to only have it take hours to re-find the “special spot” where you made your discovery?  The following is a piece of urban technology re-purposed for lost treasure and lost history purposes.  Most people refer to the device as a “back tracker”.

Originally designed for urban shoppers and then expanded to “less than  frequent – orientation challenged hikers” these devices work on a simple premise.  Click the button from where you start on your adventure, and then the device will read that setting always displaying your distance from and direction to a specific location. Most use this device to find their way back to base camp or a trail head, but they can be used in reverse.  Here is how the manufacture of the device we use, promote this device:  “With the Bushnell BackTrack, getting back at the end of the day is as easy as pushing a button and following an arrow. The BackTrack has only two buttons and stores up to three locations-just mark it and forget it until it’s time to return.  Whether it’s marking a car in a crowded parking lot or a campsite in the woods, the BackTrack provides distance (yards/miles or meters/kilometers) and a directional arrow to any of the three saved locations at the push of a button. In addition, the BackTrack can be used as a digital compass. Use it to find your car in a crowded parking lot, your favorite fishing hot spot, your campsite after a day of hiking, and more!”  Carry one of these devices (they are very small) and when you make a discovery, CLICK and then when you get back to base camp or rendezvous, you can take your group right back to it!

FOLLOW THE EYES TO YOUR FORTUNE!

In lost history and treasure hunting, the expert hunter KNOWS to follow the eyes.  What does “follow the eyes” mean?

In ancient times, when those who deposited treasures in the ground for safekeeping chipped away at rocks and made directional markers, one of the most frequent markers they used where “faces and heads” carved in rocks and these were meant for the ones following the clues to the hidden hoards to “follow the eyes”.  Remember, when ancients (and the same would apply to you as well), only a FOOL would carve a small rock, pointer, arrow or even a boot – the size of a magazine and leave it on a trail to “point the way to treasure”.  Why?  Pointers and way markers that small can be washed off of the trail, blown over, knocked over by wildlife or moved by snow drifts and totally make the marker UNUSABLE to find the “treasure vault” – so EVEN THOUGH you see hundreds of hundreds of hundreds of social media posts and books with these tiny markers – THEY ARE NOT MARKERS!  Unless the original depositor is a FOOL and did not account for rain, wild animals, snow and such – and then if they were FOOLISH and DID use such “portable markers” then YOU TOO will not be able to “follow the pointers” to the treasure. (As you can see this is a hot button educational point of mine). Moving on.  Authentic treasure or lost history markers are monolithic and carved out of immovable stones!  WHY?  Who wants their valuable stash to be lost and not refundable due to the markers falling away? NO ONE – NOT EVEN THE ANCIENTS (who I think were booth smarter and more resourceful than us as modern advanced people).  They would carve LONG STANDING MARKERS and most would have EYES that one is to FOLLOW.

To show you what I mean, I offer the following two photos:

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These authentic treasure “monoliths” are 12 feet exposed above ground (by that I mean – we really do not know how deep the bodies go into the ground.  But they are in fact in the ground).  As you can see you have a “head and shoulders” man carved monolith.  You can see the “hat or brow”, the “eyes”, the “nose” and the “chin”.  These are all “pointers” but for this article I am only going to use the “eyes” for your current focus.  In ALL AUTHENTIC TREASURE SYMBOLS and MONOLITHS where a head or head/face is featured- you are to follow the eyes to where the “sentinel” is looking.  These types of markers have been proven time after time to “watch over” the actual site, burial place, vault or treasure room.  So, if you want to find any of these types of things, you MUST FOLLOW the eyes.  So, how does one follow the eyes?  With laser guided precision of course.

laser-pointer-beam-greenNow I am assuming we are all adults here and we do not have to be told, don’t point these at people, or peoples eyes, or at aircraft, so the only instruction I am going to tell you isLaser_pointer_safety_distances “use such a laser to point your way to fortunes”!

These “green” lasers can be viewed for over 3 miles and when you find a monolith which “looks out over or watches over” a possible lost treasure or lost history location” you need one of these devices to “sight in” what the monolith is “looking at”.  NOTE:  HIS WILL NOT WORK WITH THE RED LASERS – THE RANGE OF VIEWING IS TOO TOO SHORT.  MUST be green laser only.

What you do is place the green laser into the “eye” and then “you can see” what the monolith sees.  In the instance of this monolithic man above, we found the exact location of the tomb just about three miles away (route distance) or 1.3 miles away as the crow flies.  When placing the laser in the eye of the monolith, we were able to “see the exact spot” where he looked (BTW, he look at a black rock and under the back rock was an entrance to a complete hidden system).

These devices can be as inexpensive as $10 at a thrift store and we recommend getting several if you buy the chapter ones.  The cheap ones tend to eat batteries and the lasers can become jumbled.  But since they are so prevalent now-a-days, even the top quality ones are just about $49.00 NOTE:  These are more effective when you use them at dusk to site, or do your sighting before sun up.  Set the laser, not the spot (take photographs) and then let the sun rise and “see in daylight” your next target.

POCKET GOLD DETECTOR

Sometimes you cant carry a large metal detector with you, but at times you wish you really had one you could carry around in your pocket.  Well there is such a thing and it is called a Falcon Gold Tracker.  mimfalconlg

I actually own two of these devices and we have found them to be the most dependable “pocket carried” metal detector, so whenever you want one (usually when facing a vein or in a gully or tunnel) then you can just pull this one out and go to town and at least get a reasonable indication of your possible gold finds.

Here is what the manufacture says about their device:

Currently produced in Mesa, AZ, the most popular Falcon model, the MD20, has become an industry standard for electronic probes of all kinds.  Its high frequency of 300 kHz and unique electronic design have given it excellent ability to find super fine gold particles that other detectors and probes cannot find.  The Falcon can find particles of gold barely visible with the human eye.  The Falcon’s superior ability to detect gold, silver, copper, platinum and other valuable metals in rock formations provide the prospector with a tool unavailable until now.   Historically, tailings piles were created by miners selecting good ore from “worthless rocks” by sight alone.  Millions of dollars of valuable ore were discarded because the miner couldn’t see the metal!!  Those metals are still lying in those tailings piles waiting for someone with the electronic sight of a Falcon.   Small enough to fit in you pocket and rugged enough to be used in the field,  the MD20 will be a necessary tool for every serious prospector.

AND NUMBER 5 YOU ALREADY OWN AND IT COMES WITH TONS OF FREEBIES!

This headline and ad is what caught my attention: We used to pay $3,054.82 in 1991 to buy all the stuff in this ad that you can now do with your phone. That amount is roughly equivalent to about $5,100 in 2014 dollars.  LOOK

Everything From This 1991 Radio Shack Ad You Can Now Do With Your Phone

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Just think about that for a moment.  What we used to pay thousands for, now is FREE in the form of various apps.  When you think about it, what a great was to justify your continued use of your smart phone!  So now, lets make your smart phone, Lost Hsitory and Lost Treasure Smarter!

To SAVE SPACE here, I am must going to give you a few screen shots and a sentence, but all of these are searchable and FREE on Google Play:

1.  Turn you Phone into a Powerful Flash Light! Yep, It’s Free!  Amps up the flash of your cell camera and makes it a FLASHLIGHT!

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2.  Turn your cell phone into a Magnetometer for finding Treasure (Yep, It’s FREE)

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3.  Turn your cell phone into a METAL DETECTOR (Yes, its FREE TOO!)

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4.  Turn your cell phone into  GPS Layover and Advanced Mapper Tracker (yepper, another FREE ONE!)

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5.  Turn your cell phone into a Long Running Audio Recorder (Its free and this is how I audio document all my finds as I find them and what I use to transcribe my books)

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6.  Turn your cell phone into a UV Spectrum Light for finding Gems, Diamonds and Minerals (yep its free and did you know 1/3 of all gems and minerals that are valuable turn bright colors when exposed to UV lights?  Use this to make them POP)

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I really could keep going and going and I did not even begin to touch all the GPS logging apps.  There are many tools which are now highly valuable in the field to lost history and lost treasure hunters and they a FREE, all you have to do it load them on your smartphone.

Enj0y these and happy hunting!

 

Archaeological Laws Killing New Discoveries – “Age of Piracy” Proven Unfounded! ExpeditionHistory.org TreasureForce.com

Sometimes even the best intentions create horrible unintended consequences.  

Celtic TreasuresFor example:  In recent decades terrorist which have attacked western countries have actually fit into a specific “cultural” profile, yet “profiling or racial profiling” has become almost as “taboo” as “being a chain smoker”.  The laws were designed to protect one group of people, in America “racial profiling” came about to help prevent racial prejudices and harassment and they served a meaningful purpose – INITIALLY.  However, over time “racial profiling” was read over into other areas or laws and now the Transportation Safety Administration can no more stop someone of “cultural interest or identifiers” as a potential terror threat, due to now wanting to be subjected to “racial profiling laws”.    As such, a dead ringer for a militant Islamist wearing a “Jihad” t-shirt can salts right through NYC TSA Security unencumbered, while the red haired, 80 year old grand mother using a walker top hobble around, could be subject to body cavity searches with no ramifications.

Lessons here?  Laws can help, but some time the laws can create a worse situation than there really was prior – all in the name of protecting the “people”.   Thus TSA will conduct diligent body searches, not of real possible terrorist targets, but of those “safer” to target and not get into “legal trouble”.

See the vicious cycle?  It can actually create more chaos and can actually hurt humanity as a whole.  So, how does this relate to Treasure Hunting and Lost History Recovery?

During the late 19th and early 20th century — an era former Met director Thomas Hoving called “the age of piracy” — American and European art museums acquired antiquities by hook or by crook, from grave robbers or souvenir collectors, bounty from digs and ancient sites in impoverished but art-rich source countries. Patrimony laws were intended to protect future archaeological discoveries against Western imperialist designs.  But as it turns out, those laws may not be an unalloyed good. In country after country, empirical data show that when rigid cultural property laws are put in place, major archaeological excavations and discoveries slow markedly, making source countries — and the world at large — culturally poorer.

In fact, with various Archaeological Laws on the books and more (MANY MORE) coming, society and humanity ARE LOSING OUT – BIG TIME!

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Here is how the Los Angeles Times studied this issue of “Unintended Consequences”:

The Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and Sotheby’s auction house — these are just some of the major institutions that have been forced to repatriate artworks in recent years. Italy, Egypt, Greece, Turkey and Cambodia have all successfully used their cultural property laws to secure the return of important antiquities from collectors and museums.

Treasures from King Tutankhamen’s tomb that had been in the Met’s collection for almost a century went back to Egypt. In 2006, the Met agreed to return the Euphronios krater, a masterpiece Greek urn that had been a museum draw since 1972. In 2007, the Getty agreed to return 40 objects to Italy, including a marble Aphrodite, in the midst of looting scandals. And in December, Sotheby’s and a private owner agreed to return an ancient Khmer statue of a warrior, pulled from auction two years before, to Cambodia.

Cultural property, or patrimony, laws limit the transfer of cultural property outside the source country’s territory, including outright export prohibitions and national ownership laws. Most art historians, archaeologists, museum officials and policymakers portray cultural property laws in general as invaluable tools for counteracting the ugly legacy of Western cultural imperialism.

During the late 19th and early 20th century — an era former Met director Thomas Hoving called “the age of piracy” — American and European art museums acquired antiquities by hook or by crook, from grave robbers or souvenir collectors, bounty from digs and ancient sites in impoverished but art-rich source countries. Patrimony laws were intended to protect future archaeological discoveries against Western imperialist designs.

But as it turns out, those laws may not be an unalloyed good. In country after country, empirical data show that when rigid cultural property laws are put in place, major archaeological excavations and discoveries slow markedly, making source countries — and the world at large — culturally poorer.

I surveyed 90 countries with one or more archaeological sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list, and my study shows that in most cases the number of discovered sites diminishes sharply after a country passes a cultural property law. There are 222 archaeological sites listed for those 90 countries. When you look into the history of the sites, you see that all but 21 were discovered before the passage of cultural property laws.

 

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