Historical Sites and Treasures
The world is full of mysteries, and some of the most fascinating are the lost and not found historical sites and treasures. From the Ark of the Covenant to the Dead Sea Copper Scroll Treasures, these elusive items have captivated people for centuries.
ThinkFives explores the Top 5 most famous lost and not found historical sites and treasures – The Ark of the Covenant, The Dead Sea Copper Scroll Treasures, Lost Inca Gold, The Continent of Atlantis, and The Lost Wonders. We’ll share the history, potential locations, and any clues that could lead us to them.
Ark of the Covenant
The Ark of the Covenant remains one of the most sacred and famous relics of the ancient Israelites. According to the Bible, it is described as a wooden chest covered in pure gold, with an elaborately designed lid called the mercy seat. But, most importantly, the Arc contained the two stone tablets of the 10 commandments, as well as Aaron’s rod and a pot of my manna.
The Ark is believed to have been lost during the conquest of Jerusalem by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar in 587 BC or earlier, as it was not mentioned among the relics and treasures looted from Solomon’s temple. Unfortunately for archaeologists not named Indiana Jones, there are no reliable records as to the whereabouts of the Ark after that time.
Dead Sea Copper Scroll Treasures
According to “TheCollector,” a society of humanities scholars, the Copper Scroll was discovered in 1952 in the back of a cave at the northern end of the Dead Sea. The scroll contained a detailed list of 64 places where significant amounts of gold and silver were supposedly hidden.
“Unfortunately, the locations are written as if the reader would recognize the mentioned places without the need for precise instructions, which is why the mystery remains unsolved to this day.”
It is believed to have been created in the last century B.C.
Although many historians believe that some of the treasures may have been found by the Romans during their invasion of the region, it is reasonable to think that some of the sites were never discovered.
Lost Inca Gold
Legend of the lost Inca gold reaches back to the 16th century when Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro invaded the great Incan empire. According to legend, Pizarro captured the Inca king, Atahuallpa, and held him hostage, for his gold. After his release, the king reneged, and Pizarro put him to death.
The legend alleges the gold was buried in a secret mountain cave, and the stories have only grown in popularity and suspense over the centuries. Among the figures tied to this legend is Valverde, the shadowy guide who has been said to have created the map to the location.
This map was supposedly found in the 1850s by British explorers and has been used on several occasions to search the caves. Unfortunately, archaeologists are not sure that a map ever existed, and to this day, there are few clues as to where the Incan gold was buried.
The Continent of Atlantis
The continent is legendary, and its mystery has been enduring. Atlantis has been the focus of stories, songs, expeditions, movies, and intrigue. The first reference to the lost colony continent of Atlanta could be found in 355 BC when the Greek philosopher Plato shared an account of Atlantis.
“There had been a powerful empire located to the West of the pillars of Hercules on an island in the ocean. The nation there had been established by Poseidon, the God of the Sea.” Supposedly Atlantis was a marvel of architecture and engineering. The city was composed of a series of concentric walls and canals with a temple to Poseidon in the middle.
A violent earthquake supposedly shook the land, and giant waves rolled across the shores, forever sinking the island into the sea and never to be seen again.
Scholars and archaeologists have long debated whether Atlanta ever existed, and if it did, where was it? Historically people have proposed many locations, including the Mediterranean Sea near the islands of Santorini and Cyprus. Others have speculated that Atlantis lived in the Atlantic Ocean near the Canary Islands or Madeira. Still, others have said Atlantis could have been off the coast of Europe anywhere from England to the North Sea.
The Lost Wonders of the World
#1 on our list of the lost treasures of the world that remain a mystery or several of the 7 wonders of the world. To this day, only one has been found, the great Pyramid of Giza. Many others are thought to have been destroyed or sunken beneath the ground.
Several wonders were destroyed, but artifacts remain. That includes sculptures from the Tomb of Mausolus and the Temple of Artemis. They can be found in the British Museum in London.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria, which for many centuries was believed to have been the tallest man-made structure in the world, fell into the sea from earthquakes between 956 and 1323 Ad. However, archaeologists have found some remnants on the sea floor in Alexandria’s harbor.
As for the others
- The Statue of Zeus was a giant seated figure made by the Greek sculptor Phidias around 435 BC and located in the temple of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. There are detailed descriptions of the statue, but unfortunately, the statue itself was lost and destroyed before the end of the 5th century A.D., and no remnants have ever been found.
- The Colossus of Rhodes stood over the marina in that city and stood over 108 feet tall. According to historical documents, the statue was destroyed in 653 AD when arid forces conquered roads and completely destroyed the statue, and sold its remains. Remnants have never been found.
- The most mysterious and elusive of the seven wonders is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. To this day, scholars debate whether they ever existed. According to legend, they were marvels of beauty created between 6:05 and 562 BC. To this day, the possible location of the gardens has never been established. No Babylonian texts refer to the gardens, only Greek and Roman writings. Some believe the gardens might be the Sennacherib’s gardens at Nineveh. Which archaeologists have found.
Other Lost Treasures
- Romanov Easter Eggs
- Jewels of King John
- Stone spheres in Costa Rica
- Antikythera mechanism
- Cleopatra’s tomb
- Qin Shi Huang’s tomb
Is there a lost treasure you would love to discover?