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Oerdin
28-09-2005, 23:58:32
It looks like the tales of buried treasure on Robinson Crusoe Island were real after all. $10 billion will buy a lot of rum. Arrrr, matie.


600 barrels of loot found on Crusoe island

Jonathan Franklin in Santiago
Monday September 26, 2005
The Guardian

The archipelago is named after Robinson Crusoe, but perhaps it should have been called Treasure Island.

A long quest for booty from the Spanish colonial era appears to be culminating in Chile with the announcement by a group of adventurers that they have found an estimated 600 barrels of gold coins and Incan jewels on the remote Pacific island.

"The biggest treasure in history has been located," said Fernando Uribe-Etxeverria, a lawyer for Wagner, the Chilean company leading the search. Mr Uribe-Etxeverria estimated the value of the buried treasure at US$10bn (£5.6bn).

The announcement set off ownership claims. The treasure hunters claimed half the loot was theirs and said they would donate it to non-profit-making organisations. The government said that they had no share to donate.

It also prompted speculation about the contents of what is considered to be one of the great lost treasures from the Spanish looting of South America. Chilean newspapers were filled with reports that the stash includes 10 papal rings and original gold statues from the Incan empire.

The hoard is supposedly buried 15 metres (50ft) deep on Robinson Crusoe island, also known as the Juan FernŠndez island, home to Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, the adventurer immortalised by Daniel Defoe as Robinson Crusoe. Selkirk was dumped on the island and lived alone for four years before being rescued. His exploits brought worldwide attention to the islands.

For centuries treasure hunters have scoured the island in search of booty which was reportedly buried there in 1715 by Spanish sailor Juan Esteban Ubilla y Echeverria. Using everything from old Spanish ship manifests to teams of islanders with shovels and picks, foreigners have made so many claims of discovering the lost treasure that islanders are usually sceptical of the proclamations.

This most recent announcement, however, deserves greater credence because of the equipment used by the treasure hunters: a mini robot that can scan 50 metres deep into the earth. The robot, dubbed "Arturito", was invented by Chileans and over the past year has grabbed headlines by breaking some of the country's biggest criminal mysteries.

First, the robot detected the buried arsenal of a rightwing sect known as Colonia Dignidad. The guns and rocket launchers were buried at some 10 metres and while the authorities had searched for years, the robot found the buried weapons almost instantly. Then, in the case of missing businessman Jose Yuraszeck, Arturito was able to analyse the soil and identify the molecular composition of human bones, allowing investigators to dig straight to the body of the murder victim

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1578135,00.html

protein
29-09-2005, 00:09:20
WOW!

protein
29-09-2005, 00:20:40
that's enough loot to feed everyone on the planet.

protein
29-09-2005, 00:28:19
i hope it's true

it's like the most amazing story ever

paiktis22
29-09-2005, 00:35:56
still not interested in reading all this :D

Debaser
29-09-2005, 00:58:28
Your loss dude, it's actually quite interesting stuff.

Oerdin
29-09-2005, 01:41:16
Originally posted by protein
that's enough loot to feed everyone on the planet.

That really puts the $400 billion Bush has blown in Iraq in perspective, doesn't it?

fp
29-09-2005, 06:58:50
The cynic in me tells me that the treasure is probably worth 1% of what they claim, but even if that's true it's still an amaing find and hugely valuable.

It does sounds like the kind of story that gets printed on 1st April though, doesn't it?

Drekkus
29-09-2005, 08:33:52
Robinson Crusoe will kick himself for living like a bum on that island for four years, sitting on the biggest treasure of all time.

Gary
29-09-2005, 09:24:07
I wanna robot
I wanna robot

Arturito :heart:

Drekkus
29-09-2005, 09:26:59
Little Arthur?

Funko
29-09-2005, 09:41:42
Originally posted by Drekkus
Robinson Crusoe will kick himself for living like a bum on that island for four years, sitting on the biggest treasure of all time.

There weren't any shops even if he did find it.

Drekkus
29-09-2005, 09:43:36
But it would have made his wait a lot more worthwhile.

LoD
29-09-2005, 09:54:03
Originally posted by fp
The cynic in me tells me that the treasure is probably worth 1% of what they claim, but even if that's true it's still an amaing find and hugely valuable.


This reminds of National Treasure.

"Lousy 1%..."

Drekkus
29-09-2005, 09:56:40
Can't remember that quote, what were they talking about?

LoD
29-09-2005, 12:02:42
At the very end, the wussy guy was griping how they didn't take the proposed 10% finder's fee.

MDA
29-09-2005, 12:29:51
I want that robot, and an Incan statue.

Please don't ask me to choose between the two.

I need to dig out my pics from Chichen Itza (Mayan, not Incan, but they're all good)

MoSe
29-09-2005, 12:39:01
Originally posted by Debaser
Your loss dude, it's actually quite interesting stuff.

I lasted until reading "Fernando Uribe-Etxeverria" ...

King_Ghidra
29-09-2005, 13:37:51
Originally posted by Oerdin
That really puts the $400 billion Bush has blown in Iraq in perspective, doesn't it?

and MS's Xbox divison alone has lost $4bn in the last four years too...

Lurker the Second
29-09-2005, 14:50:51
I bet that robot has some ninja blood in it.

Drekkus
29-09-2005, 14:54:17
It's beating the pirates, 400 years after the fact.