The 10 Greatest Lost Treasures in the World

The whole world is constantly shifting forwards and backwards, as one part of the population is constantly overwhelmed by progress and the next step in technology, while the other part of the population is more concerned with things in the past. All of these people share one thing in common; they all think that their direction contains all the answers the whole globe is looking for. We may never get some of the answers we are looking for, as they are lost in time. In this article you will find greatest lost treasures in the world, and remember that those are only the ones we know about.

The Copper Scroll


The Copper Scroll is famous for being one of the 981 texts found at an Israelian archaeological site, named Khirbet Qumran. This scroll is part of a collection of scrolls known as the Dead Sea Scrolls and is known for being a big treasure map, as it mentions over 60 locations along with how much gold and silver is hidden in all of them. Apart from the scroll, no other evidence was found confirming the existence of these treasures, and they still aren’t found. Some people believe that Romans already pillaged everything that was hidden.

The History of Cardenio


For those of you who don’t know, ‘The History of Cardenio’ is a lost play from Shakespeare. The play is supposed to be centered on a character from the novel ‘Don Quixote’. There is evidence regarding the existence of this play, including a list of plays performed by Shakespeare’s acting company dating back to May 1613. In the 18th century, a man named Lewis Theobald claimed to have found a copy of this play, improved it and turned it into a play called ‘Double Falsehood’. Even if that were true (some people think that it is), we still don’t have the original play from Shakespeare himself.

On Sphere-Making


Back in the 3rd century BC, a genius by the name of Archimedes developed a device that is known as a ‘planetarium’. This device is practically a sphere that was able to show the movements of the moon, sun, and planets, as viewed from Earth. The Planetarium was completely unmatched in its mechanical complexity. Although not one copy of this device is known to have survived, a similar invention called the Antikythera mechanism is thought to be related. The mechanism for the planetarium was written in his work named ‘On Sphere-Making’. However, not much is known about this book, apart from evidence from other authors, like Pappus, the Greek Mathematician.

Treasure of Lima

Cocos island

When someone mentions a lost treasure, most of us will think of pirates first. This pirate treasure is supposed to be stashed on the Cocos Island (located near Costa Rica), and is thought to be worth around 300 million dollars. One of the more impressive things included in the treasure is a gold life-size Virgin Mary. The treasure is also supposed to contain everything the Catholic Church was able to acquire during their time in South America.

The Maxberg Specimen


One of the earliest prime examples of a transitional fossil is otherwise known as an Archaeopteryx. It shows a transition between a dinosaur and a bird, and was considered as a very important find in the fields of paleontology and ornithology. Only 11 of these fossils were ever found, making every single one of great value. This specific one was discovered by two men in Germany in 1956, which was owned by a man named Eduard Opitsch, who lent it to the Maxberg Museum for study. He wanted to sell it, but upon finding out that he would have to pay taxes on it, he removed it from the museum and stashed it in his house, where he died. After it was found out that he died, no one ever saw the fossil again.

Treasure of La Noche Triste


La Noche Triste means ‘The Night of Sorrows,’ and represents a night when certain Spanish troops tried to escape from entrapment by the Aztec civilization. Many lives from both sides were lost that night, along with incredible amounts of treasure taken by the Spanish troops. It is thought that the treasure was later retrieved by the Aztec population, who had hid it in order to stop a similar incident from ever happening. Not a trace of the treasure has been found since.

Duchamp’s Fountain


Marcel Duchamp, known as one of the most revolutionary artists of the whole 20th century is best known for his work by the name of ‘Fountain’. This work was created in 1917 with a goal to challenge what could be considered art by using items that he found lying around somewhere, including a signed urinal. ‘Fountain’ completely shifted what people considered art, and was very famous some time after its creation, even though it was not well received when it was made. The original ended up lost somehow, and was thought to be thrown out by a photographer friend of Duchamp.

Remains of Peking Man


During the 1920s, a great paleontological find was discovered in China. A number of skulls were found, belonging to hominids that lived more than 500,000 years ago, known by the name Homo erectus pekinensis, or simply Peking Man. It is believed that they were killed by hyenas, as they were all found in an animal’s den. It was stored in Peking until World War II broke out. In 1941, it was decided to be shipped to the United States. Since then, they are presumed to be lost at sea, probably in the middle of the ocean in a ship sunk by the Japanese.

The Kusanagi Sword


Otherwise known as the ‘Grass-Cutting Sword,’ it represents one part of a trio of artifacts known as the Imperial Regalia of Japan. It is very significant, as it was used during an ascension ritual that takes place every time a new emperor is crowned, and was regarded as a symbol of the ruler’s legitimacy. A copy of this sword is now used during this ritual, while the original is believed to be at the bottom of the ocean. It was lost during a battle in the 12th century. It represents a very important factor in Japanese mythology.

The Battle of Anghiari


You may know this painting by the name of ‘The Lost Leonardo’. The painting shows the Battle of Anghiari in 1440, and was intended to be the largest painting Leonardo ever done. However, technical problems that were present during the making of ‘The Last Supper’ were also bothering him here, after which he decided to abandon the project. However, a painter by the name of Giorgio Vasari was commissioned to paint a new mural by the name of ‘The Battle of Marciano’ in the same location where Leonardo was supposed to paint his. It is recently believed that the original Leonardo can be found underneath Vasari’s mural, and that Vasari maybe decided to salvage it intentionally. However, art historians don’t want to follow that hunch, as it can damage Vasari’s work, which is also hailed as a masterpiece. So, we may never know if this treasure is forever lost or not.

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