Friday, September 30, 2005

£5.6bn treasure find on Crusoe island

"A REMOTE island off the coast of Chile where the real-life Robinson Crusoe was stranded has now provided treasure hunters with a find which could be worth as much as £5.6 billion.

A group of adventurers on the hunt for booty from the Spanish colonial era on Mas-a-Tierra - also known as Robinson Crusoe Island - have found an estimated 600 barrels of gold coins and Incan jewels buried deep on the remote Pacific outpost.

Fernando Uribe Etxeverria, a lawyer who is advising the Chilean team, said: "It is the greatest treasure in history."

Bounty-seekers have visited the famous island for centuries, seeking the treasure rumoured to have been abandoned by a Spanish sailor in the 18th century. But a new expedition using a metal detecting robot which can scan soil up to 50 metres deep has finally uncovered the haul.

The island is the spot where Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk was marooned in 1704 after arguing with his captain. Selkirk lived on the tiny island for four years and four months before he was rescued. His adventures later inspired Daniel Defoe to write the book Robinson Crusoe.

Last week, a team of archaeologists, including Scottish expert Dr David Caldwell, found the site of the Fife-born sailor's base camp, where he would hopefully look out for ships, after finding a bronze tip that belonged to a pair of Selkirk's navigational dividers."- Scotsman News

I know that "£" equals 1.7655 US dollars, so sometime I'll do the convertion. But anyway, it's really a cool discovery.


  • Now that rocks!!

    By Blogger Polka Dotted Pickles, at 10:35 AM  

  • Just found some interesting stuff on the upcoming Chronicles of Narnia film. c.s. lewis

    By Blogger narniafan123, at 2:36 PM  

  • Thanks!

    By Blogger MVB, at 11:13 AM  

  • Aww....the Yankees lost. Oh, well. :) This is the second year that they lost. lol

    By Anonymous Sara E, at 12:04 PM  

  • The Red Sox were swept! At least the Yankees put up a fight.

    By Blogger MVB, at 12:29 PM  

  • Very sad about the Yankess. Very sad indeed. But now the World Series will be a bit less stressful for me. I'll enjoy the game more. :D While rabidly rooting for the Houston Astros...:)

    More on topic, this article is very cool! And Danika, you are freaking me out with that avatar...

    By Blogger Ashley, at 2:07 PM  

  • Yeah, you're right, the series will be less stressful, so maybe I'll enjoy it more...

    By Blogger MVB, at 9:53 AM  

  • The Red Sox lost because they were letting another team win. They were just being nice. I am not crying about it. I am just glad that the Yankees are not in. :)

    By Anonymous Sara, at 1:07 PM  

  • Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!

    By Blogger MVB, at 12:06 AM  

  • :)

    By Anonymous Sara, at 12:53 PM  

  • The only thing that matters to me as far as baseball goes is that the Yankees lose.

    I don't really care about any other team, I just want the Yankees to fail.

    Why? It's a long story.

    By Blogger Rabenstrange, at 5:01 PM  

  • I think you're right on track and not many people are willing to admit that they share your views. lost naveen andrew is an AWESOME place to discuss LOST.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:59 AM  

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