Buried Treasures: 14 Historical Artifacts Waiting To Be Discovered!

History abounds with treasures. Our books tell tales of glorious bounties beyond the imagination. 

These 14 treasures are still lost to time, though historians are sure they exist. 

First Qin Emperor’s Tomb

The Terracotta Army warriors at the tomb of China’s First Emperor in Xian
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Archeologists know precisely where the tomb of the First Qin Emperor of China lies but refuse to open it because all historical records indicate it’s filled with booby traps. 

Flor de la Mar

A diver swimming near a shipwreck in the ocean.
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The Flor de la Mar set sail from the West Indies loaded with treasure but never brought the riches back to Portugal. It sank off the coast of Sumatra and has still never been found. 

Portrait of a Young Man

Raphael's statue in Urbino is a monument to the Renaissance artist in his birthplace.
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Famed Renaissance artist Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man was lost during World War II. Historians believe it was sold on the black market. 

Spanish Treasure Fleet Wreck

A spooky looking abandoned ghost ship that looks wrecked.
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In 1715, a fleet of treasure-laden ships en route to Spain got caught in a hurricane. All 11 ships were lost. Though divers have recovered pieces of the wreck, much of it is still under the sea. 

Museum Theft

A robber running out of a vault with loot.
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In 1990, thieves made off with 500 million dollars worth of artifacts from the Garnder Museum in Boston. The heist was never solved, and the works never recovered. 

Alexander the Great

Monument to Alexander the Great on Thessaloniki embankment, Greece.
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Archeologists still haven’t found the tomb of Ancient Greece’s most renowned ruler. It’s believed to be somewhere in Alexandria, but no one knows for sure. 

Faberge Eggs

Alexei Nikolaevich faberge egg during a 2016 exhibit in Canada.
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There are at least seven Faberge Eggs unaccounted for. We know they were made because they appear in books, but nobody knows whether these seven pieces were destroyed or stolen for a private collection. 

King John’s Crown Jewels

A set of crown jewels resting on a red velvet pillow.
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Over 800 years ago, King John lost his crown jewels trying to cross an estuary. The sea claimed the treasures and has refused to return them over the centuries. 

The Amber Room

A recreation of the lost Amber Room in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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The world lost an entire room enshrined in amber and gold during looting in World War II. Nazi soldiers dismantled the room, taking the panels to Germany, where it was stored in a building that suffered massive losses during Allied bombing. Nobody knows if the panels survived and, if they did, where they went. 

The Golden Menorah

A golden Menorah on a gold background.
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When the Romans sacked Jerusalem in the first century, they stole a giant golden menorah from the 2nd temple. It may still be in Rome, hidden by the Vatican, or someplace in Turkey. Sadly, it may have been melted down for coin.  Nobody knows. 

A Horde of Aztec Gold

A pile of Precolumbian golden jewelry.
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Spanish conquistadors attempting to run off with Aztec gold faced a surprise uprising. Many lives were lost in the battle, along with most of the gold, which historians believe fell into the lake. 

The Forbidden Vault

View of the Padmanabhaswamy temple from across a lake in Thiruvananthapuram, India
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The Padmanabhaswamy Temple in India is rumored to hold immeasurable treasures, but no one dare open it. According to legend, a horrific curse awaits anyone who attempts to remove the treasure. 

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Close view of the Gefion Fountain near Langelinie Street. The bronze scultpture depicts Gefjon, one of the Norse Goddesses.
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A black and white photo of Albert Einstein, one of the most famous scientists in history, in front of a chalk board.
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Celebrating the Divine Feminine

Silloutte of a woman dancing on water in a gorgeous light to represent the Divine feminine.
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