History's Mysteries II
All treasure hunts are mysteries. What precious items are we looking for? Were they hidden on purpose to keep someone from finding them? Or was the treasure simply lost and forgotten… maybe for hundreds of years? Sometimes, people find unimaginable riches entirely by accident. Today, we will explore incredible treasures of all types and find that many unanswered questions remain! By the end of the day, you will be inventing your own hunt.
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Today’s adventures include references to King Tut’s cause of death and a news item about a treasure hunt that notes five hunters had died seeking the treasure.
The Biggest Treasures Ever Discovered
Imagine that you are out walking your dog and you stumble upon 1,400 pure gold coins. Suddenly, you are wildly rich! Could that really happen? It did. And that’s just the first of 13 amazing finds we will explore. Remember, treasure could be anywhere, just waiting to be uncovered.
Secrets of King Tut
How Did King Tut Die?
Now that we know what was in Tut’s tomb, let’s explore what caused his death at the young age of 18. Scientists have changed their minds over time. Now, advanced DNA testing may have solved the riddle. You decide!
Meet a Modern Treasure Hunter
In the 1980's, explorer and underwater archeologist Barry Clifford discovered the remains of the Whydah, a pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717. Since then, he and his team have been bringing the trove—worth more than $400 million—up to the surface to be preserved in a museum. See the treasure for yourself and get to know Clifford in this video from Great Big Story.
A Real Life Treasure Hunt
A man living in New Mexico, Forrest Fenn, filled an ancient chest with gold and jewels and buried it in the mountains for anyone to find - if they could follow his clues? Why did he do that? Did anyone find this treasure, worth millions? It took a long time, but it looks like someone succeeded!