- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (July 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601632495
- ISBN-13: 978-1601632494
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Ancient Treasures: The Discovery of Lost Hoards, Sunken Ships, Buried Vaults, and Other Long-Forgotten Artifacts 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Brian Haughton is an author and researcher on the subjects of ancient civilizations, prehistoric monuments, and supernatural folklore. He previous books include Hidden History; History's Mysteries; Lore of the Ghost; and Haunted Spaces, Sacred Places. Born in Birmingham, England, he is a qualified archaeologist with a BA in European archaeology from the University of Nottingham and a master's in Greek archaeology from Birmingham University.
Top customer reviews
I found this book to be at once quite captivating but also heartbreaking: the circuitous routes that some of these treasures travel can be breathtaking as well as puzzling but the lack of care taken when they are sloppily dug up by looters with the resultant loss of much information about the civilization that produced them is depressing.
The author writes well in a prose that is clear, absorbing, lively, adequately detailed and highly accessible. This book should appeal to anyone with a fascination for ancient history, the discovery of ancient treasures and what can happen to them once they see, once again, the light of day.
And then there's Afghanistan. Most of us know that, due to its position on the Silk Road, it's been historically important despite not being that great of a place to live and not having an abundance of resources. We also know it's important today because of its strategic position. What tends to escape popular notice is the fact that significant treasures have been lost (and found) there. The who, what, why, and so forth form some truly fascinating stories. Have you heard any of these?
Enter Brian Haughton, and his book Ancient Treasures. Having enjoyed and reviewed a previous book of his, Hidden History, I was eager to see what he had to say on the topic of ancient treasures. As with his other book, he did not disappoint.
Some of the hype I've seen about the book makes it sound like he wrote an action adventure novel. That's not what you get, though the writing style is engaging. Mr. Haughton provides sixteen different discussions (each in its own chapter) about specific treasures. Then he provides a final chapter on fake ancient treasures.
That last chapter is important. One of the difficulties of writing a book like this is sorting through all the fraud that's so endemic in the world of treasure seekers, archaeologists, and others exploring artifacts from the past. I don't mean fraud by these people, but by others who try to ply their scams in this space. Sometimes it's for fame and glory, sometimes it's for money. Sometimes, the frauds go on for years before experts can expose them. That's one reason the bibliography is as large as it is (12 pages) relative to the text (203 pages).
Of the sixteen treasures, I had previously heard of only four. That's a 75% ignorance rate on my part! So I'm guessing the typical reader will get plenty of new material from this book.
In addition to the problem with fakes, there's a huge black market in stolen antiquities. As you read about some of the sixteen treasures, you get insight into just how bad this problem is. And it's not just individual criminals doing the stealing. In many cases, it's a national government behind the thefts. Some treasures are today the center of bitter claims and counterclaims of ownership.
The treasure account I found most interesting was the one about Amber Room. This treasure's pretty legendary, and I knew it had something to do with the Nazis and Soviets. Far from being a linear story, it has twists and turns that, despite Haughton's skill at explaining, require the reader to stop and back up from time to time. It's so crazy, it brought to mind the famous refrain, "You cannot make this stuff up." While meant to be informative, it was truly entertaining as well.
We may never recover the $49 trillion the Federal Reserve gave to the large banks between 2007 and 2012 (that heist isn't mentioned in this book, as the treasure isn't ancient), but it's fascinating to read the stories of ancient treasures that have been lost and then discovered. Or just lost.
I'd say the book is easily worth its cover price.
Readers will not find fantasical stories of treasure hunters, but instead the real truths, history and little known facts behind the discoveries of some of the world's greatest archeological finds. Haughton shares the history of the treasure held by Queen Nedjmet (c1087-1080 BC), Tutankhamun, Priam's Treasure (The King of Troy), the Lydian Horde, and even Treasures of Pompeii. These are just a few of the many examples that can be found between these pages.
In many cases of discovered treasure it wasn't because someone was reminiscent of an Indian Jones character, most were Bedouins or thieves selling artifacts on the black market. For example: The Dead Sea Scrolls were recovered in 1947 by goat herders looking for a lost goat. Later, it was stated that looters discovered a tomb by accident. Locals were kept away from the site by an old legend of the afrit, a enormous winged fire creature. The mythical creature was said to smell like death. Looters placed a rotting carcass of a donkey so any curious local would immediately steer clear.
Another interesting true heist known as the Treasure of Benghazi, was reported as recently as October of 2011, although the actual event took place in May of the same year. It is considered to be the biggest archeological heist in history. Thieves made off with ancient coins, jewelry and statuettes from the site of Cyrene. Ancient Greeks referred to this site as Kyre, the site of the God Apollo. "The remains of ancient Cyrene are still some of the largest and most impressive in the Mediterranean," according to Haughton's research.
Anyone interested in archeology, treasure hunting or history will love Ancient Treasures. Black and white photos of treasures will leave readers wide-eyed wondering if there are more artifacts of this magnitude to be found. The bibliography in the back of the book provides readers a list of other books that share related treasure hunting, hunters and archaeological finds.
About the Author
Born in Birmingham, England, Brian Haughton is an author and researcher on the subjects of ancient sacred places, ancient cultures, and supernatural folklore. He is a qualified archaeologist with a BA in European Archeology from the University of Nottingham, and an MPhil in Greek archeology from Birmingham University. Haughton's articles have appeared in magazines across the world including Awareness, All Destiny and the Uks Paranormal Magazine and Ghost Voices Magazine, and his work on the princess Caraboo hoax has been used by the BBC on a number of occasions.