10 Most Amazing Treasures Recently Discovered
10. Diamond Rings In A Used Board Game After moving from Sydney, Australia to Toronto, Canada in 2018, couple Chris Lightfoot and Mandy Flack paid $2 for a used board game called Mind Trap at a local thrift shop. Has anyone played this game? I love board games but I’ve never played this one. The couple bought the game during a family trip to Prince Edward Island with Lightfoot’s parents, since “we’re not exactly going to have a wild night out drinking,” the man explained to Seven News.
9. Stolen Books Recovered A treasure trove of historical books, including works by Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, and Spanish artist Francisco Goya, was recently recovered in Romania after being stolen from a Feltham, London warehouse three years ago. Estimated to be worth £2.5million ($3.2 million, detectives recovered the books in the country’s northern region, from beneath the concrete floor of a rural home.
8. Fifth-Century Brooch While strolling through a forest in a village in northwestern Poland during winter 2019, a man named Grzegorz came across something flashing on the ground. He had discovered a golden brooch dating back to the fifth century peeking out from a pile of leaves! Local foresters were astonished, and scientists and explorers were summoned to the scene, where they excavated a 16-by-16-foot (5×5 meters) area of land where the brooch was found. Altogether, they collected three silver, gilded clasps.
7. Vintage Beer Cans and Whiskey While carrying out renovations in mid-2019 in Kansas City, Missouri’s affluent Brookside neighborhood, a worker named Cody Marval discovered over 100 beer cans and whiskey bottles dating back to the 1940s stashed inside a porch column. Homeowner Danielle Molder, who purchased the house several years earlier, had no previous knowledge of the stash that had sat hidden for over 70 years, since about 20 years after the home was built.
6. Planggenstock Crystals In 2005, crystal hunters Paul von Känel and Franz von Arx discovered the largest collection of crystals found in the Alps over the last several hundred years inside a mountain called the Planggenstock.
5. Missing Medieval Chess Piece In 1831, a collection of medieval chessmen pieces, known as the Lewis Hoard, was found buried on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. Ninety-three pieces from at least four chess sets and other games, were unearthed altogether. Made from whale tooth and thought to be manufactured in Norway during the late 12th or 13th century, the rare, ornate pieces are worth a pretty penny.
4. Gold Handbag While cleaning out their garage in 2018, sisters Linda and Margaret Pritchard of Denbigh, Wales came across a damp, seemingly worthless handbag. The accessory had sat in the garage for years after Margaret had inherited it from a widower she had cared for, named Gwyn Jones, and the pair nearly threw it away.
3. Rare Tudor Manor Artifacts During a multimillion dollar roof restoration at Oxburgh Hall, a 15th-century Tudor mansion in Norfolk, England, workers recently discovered a stash of over 2,000 valuable archaeological artifacts, including textile and embroidery scraps, handwritten music dating back 450 years, and a page from a copy of John Fisher’s The Kynge’s Psalmes from 1568.
2. Coin Hoard In Poland When a farmer named Mariusz Dyl went out looking for antlers earlier this year in southern Poland’s Lublin region, he noticed some coins that had been churned up out of the ground by farming equipment. He immediately contacted staff at the local museum in Hrubieszow, who reported to the scene.
1. Huge Diamond In April 2019, the Canadian company Lucara Diamond Corporation unveiled the world’s second-largest diamond ever mined. Excavated from the Karowe Diamond Mine in Botswana in southern Africa, the 1,758-carat gem measures 3.3 by 2.4 by 1.8 inches (83x62x46 mm) and weighs nearly 12.4 ounces (352 grams).