The search for the "Golden Fleece..."

For those who have not read the book, ‘Pirate Hunters’ by Robert Kurson is actually two stories in one: first, the story of a well-respected sea captain, Joseph Bannister and how he ‘went rogue’ and made off with one of the ship under his command, the Golden Fleece, to become one of the most wanted pirates of the 17th century. The second story is of how two American divers, John Chatterton and John Mattera, managed to track down and locate this 17th century wreck, using ancient documents and maps, as well as oral legends passed down from generation to generation in the Dominican Republic–once a haven for piracy in the Golden Age of Piracy.

The collapsed hull of the Golden Fleece after excavation. www.alertdiver.com

Full article here

Good Luck and HH

JC Johnson

"Treasure of the Trinity" Snake Island...

NEW DISCOVERY CHANNEL SERIES ‘TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND’ SETS OUT TO FIND LEGENDARY TREASURE IN ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST DEADLY PLACES

Cork Graham, Expedition Leader:  Cork has dedicated his life to searching for lost treasure.  At the age of 18, he participated in a covert search for Captain Kidd’s treasure off the coast of Vietnam but was captured and accused of being a spy.  He is now focused on the Treasure of the Trinity and determined that it will not escape his grasp.

Cork Graham, Expedition Leader:  Cork has dedicated his life to searching for lost treasure.  At the age of 18, he participated in a covert search for Captain Kidd’s treasure off the coast of Vietnam but was captured and accused of being a spy.  He is now focused on the Treasure of the Trinity and determined that it will not escape his grasp.

In 1524, a horde of Incan gold – known as the “Treasure of the Trinity” – was stolen.  For 500 years, Jesuits priests, privateers such as Thomas Cavendish and mathematician Paul Thiry have all searched the coast of Brazil for this legendary bounty, but in all that time, no one has cracked the code as to where the treasure might have been hidden… until now.

Discovery Channel will follow the adventures of these real-life treasure seekers who set out for two months in search of this priceless booty. TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND, an all-new series premiering Friday, July 17, at 10 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel

TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND is produced for Discovery Channel by MAK Pictures.   For MAK Pictures, Executive Producers are Mark Kadin and Will Ehbrecht.  For Discovery Channel, Executive Producer is Joseph Boyle with Associate Producer Sara Van Acker. To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discovery. 

 

40,000 year old bracelet is the oldest ever found...

Photo from http://siberiantimes.com/

Located next to the Anuy River, about 150 km south of Barnaul (Russia), the Denisova Cave is a popular tourist attraction, such is its paleontological importance. Over the years a number of remains have been found there, including some of extinct animals such as the woolly mammoth. In total evidence of 66 different types of mammals have been discovered inside, and 50 bird species.

The most exciting discovery was the remains of the Denisovans, a species of early humans that dated back as early as 600,000 years ago and were different to both Neanderthals and modern man.

In 2000 a tooth from a young adult was found in the cave and in 2008, when the bracelet was found, archaeologists discovered the finger bone of a juvenile Denisovan hominin, whom they dubbed the 'X woman'. Further examination of the site found other artifacts dating as far back as 125,000 years.

The institute's deputy director Mikhail Shunkov suggested that the find indicates the Denisovans - though now extinct - were more advanced than Homo sapiens and Neanderthals.

Outstanding artifact and article found here.

 

Life long goal achieved...

Last weekend of April 2015 Lake Phoenix, cold...

After years of putting it on the back burner, I finally did the necessary training to become a scuba diver. I have been after my good friend Robbie to do the training with me, we both signed up and started the course in February.

First part was a Saturday and Sunday, were we had class the first part of the day and then a pool section the second half of the day.  Next up was the confined Open Water dives. For this we went to Rawlings, VA. Lake Phoenix is an old quarry that has been turned into a Scuba Park. With visibility at 40+ feet and depths 60+ feet. This place is really cool...sunken boats, a helicopter, a plane and many other sunken objects to explore. Check out Lake Phoenix here.

Here are a few guys that treasure hunt in the water. DetectorComparisons, Frogmaster Rivieragijsjan1971, and Jiri Miketa. Gives these guys a look and subscribe to them. Obviously my reason for learning to dive is to find more treasure. Look for some articles, videos and photos of some up coming hunts while diving.

Good luck and HH...

Chris