Diamond Rush led to an Ancient Discovery

While mining for diamonds in the Namibian desert, one prospector found something much more valuable: a 15th-century shipwreck, filled with gold coins.

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.

READ MORE AT Source: How a diamond rush led to an ancient, underwater secret – CNN.com

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