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12 Lost Treasures You Can Search For

In the mood for an adventure? Here are a dozen places to begin your search
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2010 12:59 PM CST
12 Lost Treasures You Can Search For
A Maricopa County Sheriff Mountain Rescue helicopter searches for three lost hikers who went missing while looking for the legendary Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, July 13, 2010, in Apache Junction, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – There are still some places in the world where X marks the spot. The Huffington Post lists a dozen locations ripe for real-life treasure hunting:

  1. Superstition Mountains, Ariz.: The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine is supposedly hidden somewhere in these mountains ... and full of ancient Apache treasure.
  2. Kaliningrad, Russia: The Amber Room was a chamber decorated completely in amber panels, gold leaf, and mirrors contained within a palace near St. Petersburg—but it was looted by the Nazis and last seen in Kaliningrad in 1943.
  3. Cocos Island, Costa Rica: An estimated $60 million worth of church treasure from Lima, Peru, is supposedly buried here—and is rumored to be the inspiration for Treasure Island.

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  1. Lake Toplitz, Austria: Stolen gold, artwork, and counterfeit money was supposedly tossed into this lake by the Nazis at the end of WWII.
  2. Little Big Horn Battlefield, Mont.: A lost shipment of miner's gold may have been buried here in 1876.
  3. Mindanao Island, the Philippines: Loot stolen by Japanese forces during WWII is said to be hidden here.
  4. Mojave Desert, Calif.: Somewhere in the desert's Salton Sea Basin, the wrecks of Spanish galleons are said to be buried.
For the complete list, including the supposed whereabouts of Captain Kidd's treasure, click here. (Read more treasure stories.)

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