I keep thinking that it’s amazing there are still lost treasures in the world, but I really shouldn’t. Human civilization, when it’s not being neglectful or forgetful, has a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later, leading to things being misplaced indefinitely. If an ancient hoard is found, it was not buried with the intent of it being hidden long term. It only remained there because everyone who knew about it ended up dead.
Take the Staffordshire Hoard
, discovered in a field in 2009. This was an Anglo-Saxon trove that contained what archaeologists and academics generally refer to as a “sh*t-ton” of gold. It was most likely buried while the owners were on the run from someone, with said owners either being killed or unable to return, not because a hole in the ground was considered a bank in ancient times.
Being on the lam, you ditch what’s slowing you down, especially if what you’re carrying will give your pursuers more reason to beat the crap out of you. Which brings us to Ze Nazis.
More and more of the lucre plundered by the Third Reich is turning up thanks to modern tech. At the end of the war, they were hurriedly secreting it around Europe as armies from several pissed off nations closed in.
Turfing crates into lakes was a popular SS pastime in 1944.
Ground penetrating radar may have turned up something new, near the city of Walbrzych in south-west Poland: a buried train.
There are local legends about an armoured Nazi train, loaded with valuables, which went missing in the closing years of the conflict, and an apparent death-bed confession of one involved in its hiding led a pair of unidentified treasure hunters to the area.
The radar images apparently show a train with gun turrets, we can assume sealed up in a forgotten tunnel.
Through lawyers, the treasure hunters have been discussing the matter with the German and Polish authorities, mostly to negotiate their cut of anything found.
Though the site has not been disclosed, the Polish Deputy Culture Minister has warned the public about potential dangers that may be present. The tunnel could be booby trapped. The train might be carrying now-unstable bombs or chemicals. Maybe even Nazi zombies!
It is an exciting thought (the loot, not the zombies). Quite a few famous treasures are unaccounted for, such as the famed Amber Room. If anything like that is on board, this story and the people who found the train will become legends! www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europ…