Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Guest Post: Brian Haughton author of Ancient Treasures

Brian Haughton, author of Ancient Treasures, stopped by to share with us a piece he wrote.






About the book:

Why are so many people fascinated by treasure? Is it purely a desire for wealth, or is it also the romantic appeal of tales of lost ancient artifacts?

It is certainly true that the stories behind the loss and recovery of a number of ancient treasures read like edge-of-the-seat fiction, somewhere between Indiana Jones and James Bond.
In Ancient Treasures, you will read fascinating stories of lost hoards, looted archaeological artifacts, and sunken treasures, including:
  • The Sevso Treasure, a hoard of large silver vessels from the late Roman Empire--estimated to be worth $200 million--looted in the 1970s and sold on the black market.
  • The Amber Room, a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors, stolen by the Nazis in 1941 and brought to the castle at K√∂nigsberg in Russia, from which it disappeared.
  • The fabulous wealth of Roman and Viking hoards buried in the ground for safekeeping, only to be unearthed centuries later by humble metal detectorists.
  • The wrecks of the Spanish treasure fleets, whose New World plunder has been the target of elaborate salvage attempts by modern treasure hunters


About the author:

Brian Haughton is an author and researcher on the subjects of ancient civilizations, prehistoric monuments, and supernatural folklore.

His 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.




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