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Construction Workers Dug A Trench In Spain And Discovered A Trove Of Priceless Roman Treasure

Leslie Tander

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Construction workers in Tomares, a town in Seville province in Spain, took to working like they would on any other day. Their task was to dig a ditch so they could install electricity to a park. However, when they begun to dig, they hit upon something that clearly was not soil. They immediately stopped working, as they did not want to break anything that such as cables or metal that they were not expecting. However, when they stopped digging and went to investigate, both they and the world would be shocked at what they found.

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When they took a look down in the trench they were working on, they found 19 amphora. Amphoras are a type of Roman jug. The jugs itself were both huge and heavy and would have been an amazing archeological and historical find on their own. Unfortunately, due to the drilling, 10 of the 19 were broken. But thanks to the broken jugs, they were able to look down and see coins. They did not realize it at the time, but all total, the jugs contained more than 1300 pounds of bronze Roman coins. These coins dated back to the 3rd century, evident by the inscriptions of emperors Maximian and Constantine, meaning they had been stuck under the ground for thousands of years. And judging by the condition and the lack of wear on the coins, it is believed that they were new coins, not circulated coins.
It took quite a lot of digging and manpower, but all of the amphoras and coins that were visible were unearthed. After historians had a look at everything, they have stated it is all authentic and they do believe it has been buried all of this time. They also believe that there is at least one complete set of coins that was contained in the jugs.

After news broke of the story, both the townspeople and historians began to wonder how so many Roman coins had found their way to Spain. Obviously, it is unknown the exact reason, but your average person would have never had this many coins in their possession. And it took more than a couple of strong construction workers to lift each jug, and there were over 19, so this was not one person’s individual treasure stash. As such, it is theorized that these coins were to be given by the Spanish government to the Romans for some sort of payment, possibly taxes or to pay army or civil servants. However, how they came to be buried is unknown. There could have been a sudden flood or mudslide that buried the treasure.

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At this time, the value of the collection has not been made public, but it is estimated to be worth several million Euros. All construction in the area has been halted and archeological teams have been brought in to further excavate the area in hopes of finding more treasure or clues as to why this was buried where it was.

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NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping

Mackenzie Freeman

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The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.

A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond

Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.

Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.

A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance

When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.

Millennium Returns from Connecticut

Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.

Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.

Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.

But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.

Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.

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Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!

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No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!

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Airline Passengers Attention Please: Avoid Wearing These Items While You Fly!

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With the state that the airline industry is currently in, flying comfortably can be a challenging quest to undertake. Despite how uncomfortable flying can be, air travel has become the beating heart that connects every nation on our planet. Knowing that air travel is so important, we felt that it was vital to understand what best to wear during our travels. Today, we are going to highlight everything that airline passengers should avoid wearing while flying!

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