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The first breakthrough was made by Heinrich Schliemann in 1870. He was something of an amateur but he had other qualities ... They placed Troy in the north west corner of what is now Turkey ... Fifteen metres down he found a walled palace with a paved ramp leading to a gate. Schliemann thought he had found Homer’s Troy. The rest of the world wasn’t so sure. But in this trench he answered the doubters with a breathtaking discovery: treasure. Horizon: The Truth of Troy, BBC 2004
No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire. L Frank Baum, The Lost Princess of Oz
Hundreds of millions of dollars of government and private treasure was shipped south. Nazi Underworld: Nazi Gold, National Geographic 2013
The treasures were sent to salt mines for safe keeping. ibid.
The Staffordshire hoard’s intricate and beautiful artefacts display the skills of Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths at their very best. Time Team: Secrets of the Anglo-Saxon Gold, Channel 4 2012
The Treasury Valuation Committee later priced the hoard at over £3,000,000. ibid.
Sutton Hoo: an undisturbed magnificent royal ship burial and a whole series of spectacular artefacts. ibid.
Garnets weren’t mined in England so where on earth did the Anglo-Saxons get their gem stones? ibid.
In July 2009 one lucky find lifted the lid on a long lost world: an astonishing treasure-trove of gold and silver hidden in a field in Staffordshire in the Midlands. Dan Snow, Saxon Hoard: A Golden Discovery, BBC2 2012
This is the story of the greatest find in generations. ibid.
7th century England, about the time when the Staffordshire Hoard was hidden ... An Anglo-Saxon settlement of the 7th century. A thriving community with more than sixty buildings. ibid.
When the Anglo-Saxons built they used wood ... They didn’t leave too many clues behind them. ibid.
The find of a lifetime ... The true extent of the hoard soon became clear. ibid.
Behind us is the Valley of the Kings, burial place of the most famous pharaoh of them all, Tutankhamun. He lay undisturbed right here under these sands for more than 3,000 years. Until they discovered his treasure-filled tomb in 1922. Dan Snow, The Tutankhamun Mystery II, Channel 5 2020
In 1939 as Britain prepared for war, a team of archaeologists were preparing to excavate an Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo in East Anglia. What they found astonished them. It was a longboat eighteen metres from stem to stern, and inside it was full of precious artefacts, the like of which no-one had seen before. Janina Ramirez, Treasures of the Anglo Saxons, BBC 2010
These pieces show us just how sophisticated and international the Anglo-Saxons were. ibid.
Summer 1939: A golden age of exploration and archaeology is coming to an end. It was an era that saw adventurers set out to explore the remotest corners of the globe in search of clues to unlock our ancient past. And it was during that last summer of peace as the world stood on the precipice of a war that threatened to end civilisation itself, that three extraordinary treasures were discovered, treasures that would radically change our understanding of the origins and diversity of human culture. And bring us closer to our distant past. Janina Ramirez, Raiders of the Lost Past I, BBC 2019
The discovery of an incredible Anglo-Saxon ship burial in Suffolk, dating from the early seventh century A.D. The final resting place of a supremely wealthy warrior king. ibid.
The single greatest archaeological discovery ever made in England: the Sutton-Hoo hoard. ibid.
Ship burials are incredibly rare in Britain: there are only two others ever discovered at this time. ibid.
Oserberg ship, Norway, excavated 1904-1905. ibid.
Treasures of unimaginable quality emerged thick and fast. ibid.
These Saxons, Angles came together and gave us the basis of the English language. ibid.
A pair of spectacular shoulder clasps. ibid.
The miraculous story of the hoard’s survival. ibid.
This was Page One of England’s history. ibid.
So why did the Romans come here to the edge of the world and run the gauntlet of all these ominous totems? There was the lure of treasure of course. Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Beginnings, BBC 2000
Enter the riddle of the Copper Scroll. In the National Archaeological Museum in Oman, Jordan, sits the most perplexing of all the texts found next to the Dead Sea, the Copper Scroll. It describes a treasure, gold and silver, measured in tons. Since its discovery in 1952 scholars have wondered why this Scroll would be found among documents written by a people who swore themselves to poverty, and awaited the end of the world. Dead Sea Scrolls Mystery
A Scroll etched in pure copper containing a text that many archaeologists believe to be a treasure map. Secret Worlds: Copper Scroll, PBS 2014
Millions in missing gold. Priceless art lost for decades. And precious documents in the hands of thieves. What are the real stories behind these lost treasures? And are there some cases the American government would rather we didn’t reveal? America’s Book of Secrets: Lost Treasure s2e11
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21
The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith. Confucius, The Ethics of Confucius
That was Flint’s treasure that we had come so far to seek, and that had cost already the lives of seventeen men from the Hispaniola. How many it had cost in the amassing, what blood and sorrow, what good ships scuttled on the deep, what brave men walking the plank blindfold, what shot of cannon, what shame and lies and cruelty, perhaps no man alive could tell. Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
Sealed walls believed to be cursed. Mysterious relics under guard from above. And riches so great it has cost men their lives. On every continent these are stories of incredible treasures that have been lost for centuries. But how have these vast fortunes remained lost for so long? Is it possible that the world’s greatest lost treasures have a connection to other-worldly beings? Ancient Aliens s7e4: Treasures of the Gods, History 2014
Hidden in a cave for almost 2,000 years a copper scroll, a treasure map from the time of Jesus. Could these brittle fragments of corroded metal hold the clues to finding ancient buried gold and silver that today would be worth millions of pounds? But who wrote the mystifying text? Is the scroll genuine? If it is, where did these vast treasures come from and why were they buried? And most intriguing of all, could they still be out there? Ancient Mysteries s1e6: Dead Sea Treasure Map, Channel 5 2017
Whoever buried the treasure wanted to make sure that it could be found again. ibid.
The Austrian Alps: A few had gold in their bags. Secrets of the Nazi Treasure, Youtube 2017
In April 1945 disturbing intelligence reports reached the Allies: Nazi leaders were planning to retreat to a national redoubt they called the Alpine fortress. ibid.
Some forty boxes were sunk into the dark waters of Lake Toplitz. ibid.