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Test Your Knowledge: Famous Found Treasures Quiz
by Staff
Humans stash (or lose) their loot in all sorts of weird ways, leaving other people to speculate on those riches. How much do you know about these famous treasures?

In which country is the legendary city of Paititi, which is supposedly home to an entire civilization's gold?

  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Venezuela

How old was the Uluburun shipwreck, which was found in 1982?

  • about 300 years old
  • about 1,800 years old
  • about 3,300 years old

How many individual items were found in the Cuerdale Hoard?

  • nearly 9,000
  • nearly 900
  • nearly 90

How much of the Cuerdale Hoard was given to the workers who unearthed it?

  • none of it
  • one piece each
  • all of it

What treasure did a Bedouin shepherd find in 1947?

  • Holy Grail
  • Ark of Covenant
  • Dead Sea Scrolls

How long did it take to find the San Jose, a Spanish galleon loaded with treasures that could be worth billions of dollars?

  • 112 years
  • 215 years
  • 307 years

Where was the Saddle Ridge Hoard found?

  • North Carolina
  • Western Montana
  • Northern California

How many gold pieces were found in the Saddle Ridge Hoard?

  • about 400
  • about 1,400
  • about 100

What was farmer Peter Whatling looking for when he found the Hoxne Hoard in 1992?

  • a horse
  • a hammer
  • a child

In today's dollars, about how much would the Hoxne Hoard be worth?

  • $4.7 million
  • $9.2 million
  • $18.1 million

How many ships were in the Spanish Treasure Fleet that sank in 1715 off the coast of Florida?

  • 44
  • 33
  • 11

What is the approximate value of the treasures found in the Padmanabhaswamy Temple in India, even though there is still one unexplored vault?

  • about $13 million
  • about $39 million
  • about $22 billion

Why has India's famed Vault B remained sealed even though it is thought to contain ancient treasure?

  • doing so would unleash a curse
  • It is guarded by dragons.
  • no one in India needs the money

What happened to the Spanish Treasure Fleet after it set sail for Spain?

  • set on fire by the British
  • hit by a storm
  • attacked by pirates

In 1857, the S.S. Central America was loaded with gold. How did it sink?

  • hurricane
  • pirates
  • intentionally grounded

What was the weight of the biggest gold ingot found in the shipwreck of the S.S. Central America?

  • 30 pounds
  • 80 pounds
  • 120 pounds

Why did the 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet leave Florida for Spain when captains knew hurricane season was brewing?

  • to trick pirates
  • the winds meant faster sailing
  • They hated Florida.

On the coast of which country was the famous Diamond Shipwreck found?

  • Namibia
  • Mali
  • Senegal

The Diamond Shipwreck was loaded with 22 tons of ingots made of what material?

  • silver
  • copper
  • gold

How long did treasure hunter Mel Fisher search for the Nuestra Senora de Atocha before locating the wrecked ship?

  • eight years
  • 16 years
  • 28 years

How big is the largest diamond in the lost Patiala Necklace, which disappeared in 1948?

  • 98 carats
  • 428 carats
  • 888 carats

The SS Gairsoppa was loaded with silver when it was sunk by the navy of which country?

  • Germany
  • Spain
  • France

Why did mobster Arthur Flegenheimer bury much of his ill-gotten fortune in the Catskill mountains?

  • He gave up his life of crime.
  • He was on a hit list.
  • He was going to prison.

The Whydah Gally was captured by which famous pirate?

  • Black Sam
  • Blackbeard
  • Black Caesar

In 1216, how were King John's Crown Jewels lost?

  • fire
  • unexpected tide
  • ship sank

How did the 200-year-old Amber Room (made of amber and gold) become lost to history in the 1940s?

  • It never existed.
  • It was destroyed by fire.
  • Nazis took it.

In the 2000s, what was the name of a secret project to retrieve treasure from a wrecked 1804 Spanish frigate?

  • Goose head Project
  • Black Swan Project
  • Cormorant Project

What happened to the treasures found by the Black Swan Project?

  • sold at auction
  • confiscated
  • lost in an accident

In the late 1980s, why did an art collector named Forrest Fenn bury treasure in the Rocky Mountains?

  • He was suicidal.
  • His child died.
  • He was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Where is the supposed location of the rumored "Lost Dutchman" gold mine from the 1840s?

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Nevada