Treasure hunters
One piece. Vol. 52, Roger and Rayleigh
story and art by Eiichiro Oda ; [English adaptation, Megan Bates ; translation, Taylor Eagle, HC Language Solutions, Inc.]
San Francisco, Calif. : Viz Media, 2010.
In his effort to save Camie from being sold to the highest bidder, Luffy attacked an exalted Celestial Dragon which has given the Navy the green light to send the Admirals in after him. But the Straw Hats get help from an unexpected source--a mysterious outlaw who knows all about Gold Roger, the original King of the Pirates!
Guide to the world's greatest treasures
Michael Bradley with Ted Streuli.
New York : Sterling Publishing Co. Inc., 2008.
Every year lost treasures are still being discovered that force us to re-examine our place in the world and even in the universe. Join some of the world's greatest explorers on a treasure hunt, which crisscrosses the globe, from the salt-encrusted shores of the Dead Sea to a remote cave in the Himalayas via the clear blue waters of the Bahamas and the icy cold depths beneath the Atlantic waves. Book jacket.
The atlas of lost treasures : rediscover ancient wonders from around the world
Joel Levy.
London : Godsfield, 2008.
Includes index.
Lost loot : ghostly New England treasure tales
by Patricia Hughes.
Atglen, Pa. : Schiffer Pub. Ltd., c2008.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-246) and index.

Underwater treasure huntiing gained popularity when scuba gear became widely available during the 1950's. For the adventurous, it might be a career to consider.

Treasure hunters go on wild adventures looking for massive ships, filled with great fortunes, that never made it to their destination because of equipment failure, collisions, bad weather or warfare. Experts estimate there are more than 3 million shipwrecks on the ocean floor. There are several types of shipwrecks:

  • Civilian shipwrecks are open game
  • Military shipwrecks are under the jurisdiction of the government that lost the ship
  • Historic shipwrecks are more than 50 years old

Finding the sunken ship is only the beginning. Next treasure hunters need to present their research and evidence of where the wreck may be to the people that can help bring it above the surface. Treasure hunters may have to divide the discoverie between:

  • Investors who give financial support for supplies and equipment.
  • The crew who does the manual work of excavating the treasure.
  • Marine Archaeologists who can identify what kind of treasure is found.
  • The state or country which gives permission to dig up the sunken treasure.

Anyone working in the field of underwater cultural heritage should strictly comply with the rules of The Annex of the 2001 Convention. They include regulations for the excavation, project design, qualifications and conservation management.

read the rules

The waters the ship submerged under of can affect the treasures down below. A vessel that has sunk down into sandy bottom has a good chance of being well preserved.

Sunken treasures are not only limited to sinking ships. There are cities that have been lost due to flooding, earthquakes or volcanoes. As artifacts are discovered, we also can learn how people had lived.

Treasure hunting is hard work, but it can also be an exciting way to discover a piece of forgotten history.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff