Sunday, October 17, 2010

Treasure in the news

This one comes from our good buddy Homer, he's always looking out for us!

From the internet:

Search in Greece for legendary treasure
A Greek-Australian treasure hunter has begun a search in the mountains of central Greece for the treasure of a notorious 19th century Ottoman pasha believed to be enough to plug the country's vast debts, state TV says.

Vangelis Dimas is financing the excavation to locate the hoard of Ali Pasha near the village of Vassiliki, 352km northwest of Athens.

"The sensors show me that there is great treasure hidden below," Dimas told state television NET on Friday as a crew manned a heavy drill on a small hill a few metres from the local road.
According to Dimas, the treasure could be worth millions of euros, NET said.

Vassiliki mayor Vaios Ziakas told AFP the state-approved operation is proceeding slowly and would likely extend into next week.

"So far we have drilled to a depth of 23 metres but the rock is very tough," he said.

"If at 30 metres we have a breakthrough, it will mean that there is an underground chamber below."

A drill has been brought from Athens for the purpose and cameras will be inserted to help locate the chamber believed to hold the treasure.

Ali Pasha was an Albanian-born potentate who ruled the area for the Ottoman Empire in the early 19th century, shortly before the Greek revolution that ended the country's four-century Turkish occupation.

He was killed in 1822 in an unsuccessful revolt against the Ottoman Sultan but his treasure was never found.

Prior attempts to locate it near his stronghold in the northwestern city of Ioannina have been fruitless.

The village of Vassiliki is named after the pasha's Greek-born wife who hailed from the area, and lies on his old tax caravan route to Ioannina.

The Greek state is entitled to 50 per cent of the finds and the municipality will also be given a percentage, officials say.

Greece is battling a debt crisis and growing recession after coming close to bankruptcy earlier this year. The Greek debt stands at more than 300 billion euros ($426 billion).

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