Our latest articles delivered to your inbox, once a week: Our mission is to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide. Some people believe their spirits still guard it today. "Three weeks later his wife died. All the stores and businesses shut down every day so they could dig. By the end of the episode, Wolter says there is good reason to believe a treasure is hidden there, but for now it can't be proved without drilling. Finally, he was interested in the arts, astrology and philosophy. "Is it feasible that they really brought the gold up here? But protected by whom? The Great Aztec Emperor Montezuma had ordered the treasure to be hidden in their homeland, Aztalam, to protect it from the Spanish. Is this just a myth? It showed a canyon with seven mountains: four mountains to the north, one on the east side, one on the west, and another on the south. A petticoat government! Missing Treasure Of Montezuma The mighty Aztec’s originated in the south west of what is now the United States. He did, however, return nine months later, this time with his Tlaxcalan allies and, after a lengthy siege, the city finally fell. In 1914, a crazy eyed man named Freddie Crystal entered Johnson Cannon in Kanab, Utah. Enter Wilf Blum of Deep Blue Marine, who says some of his friends have been diving in the lake and have had weird experiences, but he agrees to take a team down with Wolter anyway. According to Freddy, marshlands dry up so he didn’t worry about it. Motecuhzoma was the son of the great leader Axayacatl (r. 1469-1481 CE) and was one of the best warriors under his uncle Ahuitzotl (r. 1486-1502 CE). 8 August 1519: Beginning of the march to Tenochtitlan. Mark is a history writer based in Italy. "We are still pretty stressed," says Dr. Kencee Graves the U of U Health Associate Chief Medical Officer for Inpatient Care. A legend? The pond that lies along U.S. 89 is the site of Montezuma’s lost treasure that could be worth more than $3 billion, according to local legend. Subsequently, with the help of their Tlaxcalan allies, the conquistadors set up their base in one of the city’s temples, and began ransacking Tenochtitlan for its treasures. Even before the Spanish arrived, all was not quite well with the Aztecs for their empire was based not on military might but existed as a loose binding of subject states run by puppet rulers who extracted the tributes mentioned above and imposed the worship of the Aztec deity Huitzilopochtli. How awesome is that! He claimed they had been set on purpose by the Aztecs. According to the Spanish sources Motecuhzoma allowed them entry to the city. The wonders of pyramids, gold, and silver... A chemical analysis of a gold bar in Mexico revealed that it was part of the treasure stolen by the Spanish conquistadors during the conquest of the Aztec Empire. But once again, the common problem of equipment malfunction resurfaces. When Cortez arrived in Mesoamerica in the early 1500s, Montezuma thought he was the Great White God Quetzalcoatl, who had promised to return one day. This failed, however, and Montezuma was killed, either mortally wounded by the conquistadors themselves, or by rocks thrown by the inhabitants of Tenochtitlan. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Many tribes believe that the treasure is protected. The Strict Rules Dividing Ancient Roman Social Classes, Thor Heyerdahl, Reviving The Solar Cult Of Ancient Mariners, Mount Pleasant And Other Mega-Henges: Evidence Of A Construction Boom, Ancient Anomalous Human Skeletons: Humanity Could be Much Older Than We Think, The Faces of Ancient Hominids Brought to Life in Remarkable Detail, The origins of human beings according to ancient Sumerian texts. The Evidence is Cut in Stone: A Compelling Argument for Lost High Technology in Ancient Egypt, Beaver's teeth 'used to carve the oldest wooden statue in the world’, Where Death Rings in the Hour: The Amazing Medieval Astronomical Clock of Prague. For the next two years, at the bottom of White Mountain, a large tent city was erected and townsfolk went everyday to help Freddy search for the gold. The question is, does it really exist? [Online] Available at: http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/montezumas-treasure-buried, Editors of Publications International, Ltd., 2014. That doesn't deter Wolter. The Neanderthals, Homo neanderthalensis, were stocky hunters adapted to Europe’s cold steppes. Georgia will have a recount in presidential race, Secretary of State says, There are still betting lines on who will be president. In particular, he distinguished himself in the Aztec campaigns in Tehuantepec and Xoconochco. "I don't know if it's actually here. Maguey is a fibrous plant that is cultivated in Mexico. They dug and blasted until they found a cave with a series of rooms. Motecuhzoma seems to have had some instinct that troubled times were ahead as he gave great importance to omens such as a comet sighted in 1509 CE and he constantly consulted soothsayers for advice. One of the lakes just happens to have an entrance to a underwater cave where many people believe the treasure may be hidden. For three years the town cleared the tunnels in the stone face. The companies film in Kane County for a variety of reasons, including the rumored treasure. The last straw came in late May 1520, when the conquistadors massacred many of the Aztec nobility during a religious festival at Tenchtitlan’s main temple. My interests range from ‘conventional’ to ‘radical’ interpretations of the archaeological/textual/pictorial data set. The episode "Montezuma's Gold" aired a few weeks ago and begins with forensic geologist/host Scott Wolter receiving a mysterious map that indicates ancient Aztec territory possibly reached as far north as Southern Utah. So off they go to explore another site. The Spanish Conquistadors arrived and were welcomed by the Aztec. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Montezuma's treasure is a legendary buried treasure said to be located in the Casa Grande ruins or elsewhere in the southwest United States and Mexico. Freddy said that he met a descendant of Montezuma who gave his interpretation of the second map. [Online] Available at: http://people.howstuffworks.com/6-of-the-worlds-greatest-missing-treasures.htm#page=6, Wikipedia, 2014. When Cortez finally won the battle and entered the room where the treasure was kept, he found nothing. [Online] Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moctezuma_II, Wikipedia, 2014. It was an exciting time for everyone. The archeologists figured the rest had been transported to a faraway land where Cortez would never find the treasure. The Aztecs, led by Cuauhtemoc and ravaged by lack of food and disease, finally collapsed on the fateful day of 13th August 1521 CE. When, lo! Freddie was in search of a certain petroglyph he had seen in the vision. 07 Nov 2020. After a three-month siege the city fell on 13 August, 1521. He searched for two years before a man came into town saying the bluff the petroglyph was on had been blasted off. Child was there himself as the company began to work, moving along the hillside with the radar unit and a laptop to view the images. When they brought the drill bit back up, there was gold on its tip. It has been noted that it does seem strange that such a powerful ruler as Motecuhzoma should cut such a passive figure in the record of events brought down to us. Taking the position of tlatoani, meaning ‘speaker’, in 1502 CE he would rule as an absolute monarch until 1520 CE, during which time he expanded the empire and was considered a god by his people and a manifestation and perpetuator of the sun. Written by Mark Cartwright, published on 10 October 2013 under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. MIDVALE, Utah (ABC4 News) -An investigation is underway after two people were shot near a grocery store in Midvale on Friday evening. Naupa Iglesia: An Egyptian Portal in the Andes? June 30, 1520: A fierce battle breaks out in the capital of a great empire. They lowered a camera into the hole to see a pile of objects in the middle and a figure standing near what should be the exit. He claimed to have had a vision from Indians showing him the approximate location of the treasure. It was the very map the Aztec had drawn with the location of the treasure. The wind advisory was extended to include eastern Utah late Friday night. Montezuma. While the Spaniards were taking care of their wounded, the Aztecs quickly bundled up their treasure and took off with it. Ancient History Encyclopedia Foundation is a non-profit organization. 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Motecuhzoma also elevated the status of the nobility by further differentiating them from the rest of society through an increased emphasis on titles, distinguishing clothes and insignia and etiquette at court. A team of specialists made the find in one of the... Cuitlahuac only ruled the Aztec Empire for 80 days. © 1998 - 2020 Nexstar Inc. | All Rights Reserved. Aztec mythology foretold that the present era of the 5th sun would eventually collapse just as the previous four eras had done. The search for Montezuma’s treasure has intrigued many people. This marked the final fall of the Aztec empire and Cortes became the ruler of a vast Mexican empire. We've put a lot of time and effort into going in, and every time we did, something bad happened.". The excavation ended when they reached the end to find a lone Spaniard warrior helmet. The Kanab area has a long history of playing host to film crews. The petroglyphs matched his first map, but the topography matched his second map. No doubt, some of the men would have been killed holding on to their ill-gotten gains. I Found Forrest Fenn’s Treasure-What Do I Do.. Motecuhzoma is represented in the Histories of the Indies by Dominican Diego Durán where he is seated as a statue is carved of him. In fact, these good women made sure the county court opened and closed with prayer every time they met. Freddie Crystal would later go missing but many claimed he was murdered.. It turns out in 1914, a prospector found an etching made on the side of a cliff that matched a marking on an old treasure map that was said to lead to Montezuma’s treasure. “Montezuma’s treasure is in some place in North America,” said Matt Brown, a journalist and historian in southern Utah. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. During this rebellion, Montezuma was killed, either by the Spaniards or his own people.