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Treasure of the Atocha: A Four Hundred Million Dollar Archaeological Adventure Hardcover – October 7, 1986


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pisces Books, E.P. Dutton; 1st edition (October 7, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525244972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525244974
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Lost during a hurricane off the Florida Keys more than 350 years ago, the Spanish galleon Atocha has finally yielded its secrets and treasure. Fisher and his salvage crew searched the shallow waters near Key West for 16 yearsat a cost of four lives, eight million dollars and court battles with both federal and state governments for ownership of the Atocha's immense wealth. When Mathewson joined Fisher in 1973, he became suspect among his professional colleagues, for reputable archeologists simply did not work with treasure hunters or adventurers. He trained divers and applied the basic techniques of land archeology with notable success. Mathewson tells a compelling story of mystery and adventure, of piecing together a complex puzzle. Excellent photographs and diagrams complement the text, enabling us to go beyond the treasure for a glimpse of early 17th century travel. A fitting sequel to Eugene Lyon's The Search for the Atocha.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Many books are inspired by the romance of the sea, the drama of a shipwreck, the lure of buried treasure. Few succeed as well as Treasure of the Atocha, written by the archaeological director of the underwater "dig" that is recovering both intellectual and monetary treasures from the Atocha , a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast of Florida in 1622. Mathewson's book recounts the search for the Atocha, which culminated in 1985, as well as the controversies and tragedies that hounded that quest. And it reveals the author's struggles as an archaeologist to bridge the worlds of archaeologists/historians, committed to understanding the past, and treasure hunters seeking immediate financial gain. A compelling book that raises and addresses important and exciting questions Jay R. Kaufman, Massachusetts Bay Marine Studies Consortium, Boston
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lory on May 12, 2013
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The story is quite engrossing, and reads almost like a novel since it pulls the reader in. If you like reading about sunken galleons and treasures which lie beneath the deep and the lure that it has for those treasure seekers such as Mel Fisher and others, then you'll enjoy this true tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Rodriguez on November 19, 2013
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Excellent way to learn the search for a treasure. Shipwreck, fully loaded on its way to Spain. Not a pirate adventure reading, if you are looking for it. Very easy to read and understand.
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