This Is What Real Buried Treasure Looks Like

An Austrian man who has been identified as just Andreas K. is one lucky bastard. While digging around in his yard back in 2007, he managed to find a treasure trove of jewellery and ornaments buried 650 years ago.

Excited authorities have called the discovery a fairytale find, saying in a statement Friday that it amounts to "one of the qualitatively most significant discoveries of medieval treasure in Austria".

Austria's department in charge of national antiquities said the trove consists of more than 200 rings, brooches, ornate belt buckles, gold-plated silver plates and other pieces or fragments, many encrusted with pearls, fossilized coral and other ornaments.

So how did all of this only come to light now? Andreas didn't know what he had - he stuck the treasure in his basement and only found it again two years later while moving out. Not until he posted pictures of the loot online were collectors able to let him know how potentially valuable the treasure was. Because if you don't know what a buried treasure looks like, Reddit will. [SFGate image credit: AP Photo/Bundesdenkmalamt/Bettina Sidonie]


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    You may find it interesting to know that, in Australia we have a "treasure trove" law, which states that gold/silver/diamonds/doubloons etc all belong to the crown (the government) and not the finder, lol.

      Oh hell no, why would they even still have those laws, the Crown. What is Australia still back in the 1500's when they made this loot.

        They were actually made in the 60's

      You may also find that the first fleet was in 1788 so 650 years is not possible, maybe the goods are of that vintage perhaps?

        You may also find that Austria and Australia are not one and the same.

        The Dutch had many wrecks here more than 100 years prior, the Vergulde Draek, for example, their cargo in today's value est. $250 000 000. Its quite possibly the Portuguese , Chinese and maybe even the Phoenicians visited Australia's shores much earlier.

      According to this Article, in the voice of Maury, "that is a lie"

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-05-27/buried-treasure-in-albany-may-be-lost-forever/2734524

    Those Austrians sure love to hide a wide variety of stuff in their basements...

      I shouldn't have LOLed, but I did.

      ^__^

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