The findings of archaeologists have been fundamental throughout history in teaching us about our ancestors, culture, and changes in human societies through time. Stretching back to 2.5 million years ago when we find the first stone tools, the understanding of our history is essential for paving the way for our future as a species.
While the historical value of these findings are invaluable, some discoveries have been extremely lucrative and incredibly expensive. Golden treasure chests and vaults with fortunes of jewels have been excavated and discovered by man in very unexpected places. Here is a list of some of the most valuable archeological discoveries in history.
Where It Was Found: Off the coast of Cartagena, Columbia
What It’s Worth: $17 Billion in 2018*
The San Jose Galleon was a huge, 64-gun, 3-masted sailing ship belonging to the Spanish Navy and was part of the Spanish Treasure Fleet. The gold, silver, and emerald loaded ship sank during a conflict with a British fleet off the coast of Cartagena, Columbia in 1708.