How a Diamond Rush Led to an Ancient, Underwater Secret

The ship is believed to be called The Bom Jesus (“The Good Jesus”), a Portuguese vessel that set sail for India but never made it out of the Southern Atlantic. One of numerous trade vessels to make the journey, archeologists discovered great riches in gold coins, copper and ivory among the ruins.

The ship is believed to be called The Bom Jesus (“The Good Jesus”), a Portuguese vessel that set sail for India but never made it out of the Southern Atlantic. One of numerous trade vessels to make the journey, archeologists discovered great riches in gold coins, copper and ivory among the ruins.

In 1908, a German prospector found a diamond in the Namibian Desert. The area came to be known as the Sperrgebiet, or ‘forbidden territory’, and was soon overrun by Germans on the hunt for the precious stone (they annexed 10,000 square miles of the desert for themselves). Today, DeBeers and the Namibian government still run a joint operation in the area.

But on April 1, 2008 a worker discovered something far more valuable. He’d been searching for diamonds but struck on gold – only this gold had been missing for nearly half a millennia.

What was found that day had not been seen since the Fifteenth Century. The miners themselves did not know what they had hit on when they discovered pieces of metal, wood and pipes while they were bulldozing. At a loss, they called in an archaeologist.

– CNN, read more: http://cnn.it/1U7hPFP

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