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The latest SEA Treasure & Archaelolgy NEWS here! / Myanmar divers say famed bell found
« Last post by admin on August 30, 2014, 03:39:03 AM »
Myanmar divers say famed bell found
Aug. 27, 2014 /

YANGON - A team of Myanmar divers claims to have discovered a legendary bell in the murky depths of the Rangoon river -- with the help of dragon spirits -- in the latest twist to a 400-year-old drama that has gripped the nation.

Dozens of divers, equipped only with goggles and plastic oxygen hoses, have plunged into the fast-flowing waters in search of the long-lost Dhammazedi bell, in a spectacle that has generated scepticism but also attracted lines of spectators along the riverbank since the search began earlier this month.

The group is the latest in a series of treasure hunters eager to try to raise the near-mythical giant bell, which is said to have sunk without trace after being stolen from Rangoon's revered Shwedagon Pagoda by a Portuguese mercenary in the 1600s.

It was reputedly loaded onto a boat which sank under the weight.

"After asking permission from all noble persons and saints, we definitively declare that we have found the Dhammazedi bell," said a statement from lead organiser San Lin.

He has not so far provided any proof.

The search has attracted criticism among Myanmar historians, some of whom question the very existence of the bell.

Organisers have rejected hi-tech equipment in favour of spiritual practices, performing rituals on their boat in the centre of the swollen river to appease dragon spirits said to be protecting the bell.

"It can be found if we organise and research systematically. But it cannot be found like this -- following astrologers' advice and inviting Nats (spirits), dragons and galouns (mythical birds)," Chit San Win, of the Myanmar Historical Commission, told AFP.

San Lin, who says he originally saw the bell on the riverbed during a 1998 salvage attempt and has received funding from a local private bank, vowed to lift the bell from the water within days.

- As heavy as a Boeing 777 -

Fashioned mainly out of bronze, the Dhammazedi bronze bell is said to have weighed 294 tonnes -- about the same as the maximum take-off weight of a Boeing 777.

Historians believe it was donated to the Shwedagon pagoda in 1484 by the Mon King Dhammazedi, who ruled the southern part of Myanmar at the time.

It was then believed to have been stolen from the revered temple by Portuguese merchant Filipe De Brito e Nicote -- known locally as Nga Zinka -- who had seized control of an area south of Rangoon and wanted to melt down the bronze to make cannons.

While no definitive proof has yet been uncovered of the bell's existence, the search operation has garnered a following of hopeful supporters.

"I came here to encourage the salvage operation -- I really want them to get it," said housewife Aye Aye Mar, who had travelled for hours from her home to witness the salvage attempt.

But others are more cynical, with social media buzzing with posts mocking some local media reports that appeared to present as fact the involvement of a dragon in the salvage.

"Can I get the phone number of the dragon?" asked one of many similar posts.

PHOTO : A dredger ship used by a local salvage team in the search of the missing King Dhammazedi's bell makes its way on the Yangon River, August 15, 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar
Hunt on for huge bell in Myanmar river
Aug. 14, 2014 /

YANGON A team of divers is trying to retrieve a bronze bell that has been lying for centuries at the confluence of three rivers south of Myanmar's old capital, Yangon.

The 270-tonne bell, believed to be one of the largest ever cast, was made on the order of King Dhammazedi in 1476 and donated to the revered Shwedagon pagoda. In the early 1600s, it was stolen by Portuguese despot Philip de Brito. The vessel carrying the historic treasure sank where the Yangon and Bago rivers meet the Pazundaung creek.

Private and foreign groups have tried unsuccessfully to retrieve the bell in the past. Buried deep beneath the mud, they have been deterred in part by murky waters and torrential currents.

More than 70 divers - including 10 "sea gypsies" from the country's Myeik archipelago, famous for their ability to dive deep without external breathing equipment - were taking part in the latest mission, said Win Myint, the 52-year-old expedition organizer.

They have made exploratory dives over the last several days, but because of heavy silt and mud on the riverbed have not been able to locate the bell, and were set to dive again on Thursday, Mr Myint said.

He said he has always dreamt of salvaging the Dhammazedi Bell and returning it to the Shwedagon pagoda.

As divers wearing goggles and attached to safety ropes jumped into the water, Buddhist monks in a separate boat prayed for their safety, Mr Myint said, expressing confidence that the mission would end in success.

Mr Myint added the project would last up to 45 days and would cost about $200,000, most of which had come through donations.

PHOTO 1: A ship taking part in the search for the Great Bell of Dhammazedi is seen along the Pegu River in Yangon. A salvage team is attempting to retrieve the ancient bell, which is believed to have sunk to the bottom of the Rangoon River some 400 years ago after being stolen from the nearby Shwedagon Pagoda. If found, the 270-ton bell, said to be the largest bell ever cast, will be returned to its original home at the pagoda. (Reuters photo)

PHOTO 2: A buoy marks the location for salvagers to search for the Great Bell of Dhammazedi, around the convergent point of the Yangon River, Pazundaung Creek and the Pegu River in Yangon. (Reuters photo)
Shipwrecks & Sunken Treasure / Treasure, with a side of history
« Last post by admin on August 30, 2014, 02:49:06 AM »
Treasure, with a side of history
Aug. 27, 2014 /

TAMPA (FOX 13) - Gold coins and gold bars are lifted from a depth of more than 7,000 feet off the South Carolina coast. The treasure is being brought up by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) owned by Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration.

In court papers, experts say there could be $50-million to $100-million worth of gold on this shipwreck, first discovered in the 1980's, but untouched in decades.

"What we've brought up includes gold bars and an amazing array of gold coins," said Mark Gordon, Odyssey's CEO.

The coins are more valuable than their weight in gold because of when and where they were minted.


It's the wreck of the SS Central America, a steamship that went down in a hurricane in 1857. Five hundred passengers were on board; only 75 survived.

Also lost was tons of gold on its way east from California and the famous gold rush. The money was sorely needed in New York where a worldwide financial crisis had left thousands of people unemployed.

When the Central America's cargo of gold didn't arrive, it was worsened. It further dragged down the economy of the north and, according to some historians, contributed to the start of the Civil War.

"So the loss of this shipwreck had a lot of impact on our economy, and ultimately our country," continued Gordon.


When this so-called ship of gold was first discovered in 1988, only part of it was brought up before the expedition ended in a court fight. Odyssey was hired to go back and find the rest.

Along with riches, they've brought up historical artifacts. There's a ring that's actually a series of rings.

"If you put them together just right, they form a band and then they're held together with two hands clasping," said Gordon.

Looking at the artifacts is like looking through a window in time.

"We found a saddlebag, for instance," Gordon explained. "You can almost imagine this was a Wells Fargo pony rider's saddlebag filled with gold nuggets from the gold fields."

To see pictures and learn more about the wreck of the Central America and other Odyssey Marine Exploration projects, visit

it is not unusual to find round stones (some of them are perfectly round) at the foot of a waterfall
Treasure Marks, Signs and Symbols of the Yamashita Treasure / Re: Twin Rock
« Last post by vance on August 28, 2014, 10:18:46 PM »
The third rock from the left looks like a heart-shaped rock to me. Try using a dowsing rod, metal detector or GPS right at its base. I guess you have a good site there.
It is rounded rather than diamond-shaped. Is this not made of metal? Might be a cannon ball.
hi caped! deepen your research in treasure hunting thru LUZVIMIND AND THAPI CODE so that you cannot be fooled by your imagination.. thank you
caped, gudevng! my advice is dont waste your time for that would-be foxhole? am surely negative to your spots. find another man-made marker and symbols. thank you
FRB / FRN / WELLS FARGO / Re: Historical Bonds Wanted ASAP!!
« Last post by curscute on August 24, 2014, 09:36:24 PM »
1 box is equivalent to 250pieces in pairs.... (not sure) 
FRB / FRN / WELLS FARGO / Re: Historical Bonds Wanted ASAP!!
« Last post by curscute on August 24, 2014, 09:30:16 PM »
1 box is equivalent to 250pieces in pairs....
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