Archaeology has always been regarded as a job that is both serious and requires professional skills, but with the popularity of archaeological blockbusters such as "the return of the Mummy", ordinary people gradually have a great interest in archaeology. For a time, it set off an upsurge of "archaeology" and "treasure digging".
Let's take a look at the top ten famous "treasure digging" resorts in the world.
- Ica Desert, Peru
Mining targets: fossilized whale skeletons, shark teeth, seashells formed by extinct creatures.
In ancient times, the Ica Desert in Peru used to be the seabed, inhabited by a variety of marine life.
Today, it is one of the driest places on earth and the best place to look for fossils.
Greg Dickham is a writer from San Francisco.
He spent two days hiking in the desert with a local guide, looking for huge shark teeth, fossils and seashells formed by creatures that became extinct a long time ago.
Under the ravines in the desert, Dickham and his guide even found a complete fossil whale skeleton.
- North Carolina, USA
Excavation targets: pottery, tools and other relics of early European settlers.
Every year, Warren Wilson College's Archaeology Department offers a one-month summer camp for adults and children over the age of 14, where participants can dig in the field. to bring to light a 16th-century Indian town or an early Spanish settlement.
The 2008 Mel 2009 inspection camp is located in an area of about 1 acre, which is said to be the San Juan fortress and is currently the earliest known settlement of European immigrants in the United States.
- Colorado, USA
Excavation target: Anasazi cultural relics.
In Colorado, adults and children alike can dig together with archaeologists to find Anasazi artifacts that have not been seen for a long time.
The Goodman Point Archaeological Project, currently organized by the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, has entered its second phase, focusing on the excavation of an area inhabited by Indians during the 13th century.
- Polynesia, Easter Island
Excavation targets: prehistoric houses, home-made stoves, ancient gardens and other ruins of the ancient Rapa Nui people.
Through the Easter Island Cultural Adventure, the Earthwatch Institute has brought a different kind of treasure digging experience to volunteers.
At a quarry near the famous boulder statue on Easter Island, volunteers can work with scientists to dig for randomly distributed uncarved stones to prove that the ancient Rapa Nui lived scattered on the island.
From September to May, the Earthwatch Institute organizes a two-week cultural adventure.
- North Dakota, USA
Excavation target: fossilized dinosaur bones.
For $100, visitors can take part in a trip to paleontological sites organized by the Pioneer footprint Museum, where visitors can dig for fossils of dinosaurs, large reptiles and extinct plants in person. And get a lot of fun out of it.
Long ago, the area was tropical and inhabited by many large terrestrial creatures, including Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as 73 million-year-old invertebrates and early mammals, such as camels, horses and giant pigs.
- Beit-Gufflin National Park, Israel
Excavation targets: pottery, ancient oil lamps, and other Greek-style household items.
At the Beit-Gufflin National Park, the archaeological seminar organized a three-hour "dig one day" project in which participants dug into unexcavated caves to dig and sift for various Greek-style objects.
This area has long been regarded as King Herod's palace, so many tourists have dug up a lot of pottery and objects more than 2200 years old, such as old oil lamps, from underground mazes and man-made houses.
- Minnesota, USA
Excavation target: fossils of marine life.
In Lily Valley Park in St. Paul, Minnesota, several hills are an undeveloped reserve on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Paleontology enthusiasts can bring hammers and shovels to look for all kinds of fossils here.
The sedimentary cliffs in the park are part of the ancient seabed, so people can find fossils of millions of kinds of marine life.
The Sao Paulo Park Licensing Office issues licenses for fossil digging enthusiasts so that they can dig, collect fossils and take them home as they wish.
- Arkansas, USA
Digging target: diamonds.
In the Crater of Diamonds State Park in southwestern Arkansas, visitors can dig and screen for free the diamonds in the topsoil that were blown here tens of millions of years ago by a rare volcanic eruption.
In 2007 alone, 1024 diamonds were found in the park, small as grains of sand and large enough to be embedded in the ring.
The park has always adhered to the principle of "he who finds it", so visitors will always find that after a day of digging, their pockets are always full, including diamonds, semi-precious stones and other minerals.
- British Columbia, Canada
Mining targets: fossilized plants and insects.
At the "McAbby fossil bed (McAbee Fossil Beds)" site, visitors can find lake sediments formed 50 million years ago, which contain fossils of more than 50 species of plants, as well as fossils of fish and insects, such as wasps and leafhoppers.
Every day, local guides guide tourists to dig and search on the cliffs, and tourists can keep all kinds of fossils they find.
- Russia, Siberia
Mining target: gorgeous blue gemstone.
Photographers photographed spectacular ice mounds on Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia, reaching a height of 15 meters, like gorgeous gems on the lake.
The ice mound structure was formed in harsh weather conditions, and photographer Alexei Trafimov marveled at the spectacular scenery. Lake Baikal is located in southern Siberia, where the temperature plummets to minus 38 degrees Celsius. Contains 1/5 of the world's freshwater resources.
Lake Baikal itself is a miracle. It has been around for at least 25 million years and is one of the largest and deepest lakes in the world. "I live in the vicinity of Lake Baikal," said photographer Trafimov, 42. But these beautiful and spectacular scenes have not been photographed before.
The ice mounds formed by the movement of glaciers on the lake are very beautiful, like huge gems inlaid on the surface of the lake. "