Valuable Footnotes

Complementary to the game is an informative twenty-page booklet listing actual treasure findings, archaeological discoveries, and historical facts relating to the drawings on the game board. This information, while not directly pertinent to play of the game, may enhance the learning experience. A sample of part of the booklet is as follows:

Alexander the Great’s Treasure: No one knows for certain where his treasures are. However, today it is thought that part of his loot remained in Afghanistan where his conquering army was 23 centuries ago. In 1978, Russian archaeologists discovered a treasure of gold artifacts, some over 2000 years old. Valued at over 120 million some authorities speculate this was part of his lost wealth. (See Bactrian Hoard)

Art Treasure: In 2003, a lady in New York City found a painting in the trash. She liked it and by good fortune decided to take it home. It turned out to be an abstract masterpiece titled “Tres Personajes,” done by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo. It auctioned for over 1 million dollars.

Atlantis: There is probably truth to the fabled legend that there was a long ago city lost to the ocean waters by some cataclysmic natural disaster such as an earthquake or volcano.

Atlantis of the Sands: The nomadic peoples of the Arabian desert for centuries told the story of a legendary city of riches. Known by names such as Ubar, Iram, and Eruma. The Koran speaks of an ancient city of the desert that had gold and wealth but because the people turned to evil deeds, the city was destroyed. The term “Atlantis of the Sands” was possibly coined by the British desert adventurer, Lawrence of Arabia, when he was told of such a city. (See Ancient Cities)

Bactrian Hoard: In 1978, Russian archaeologists in Afghanistan found a hoard of over 20,000 ancient gold ornaments. It is one of the world’s greatest archaeological collections. Afghanistan’s president had it secretly hidden from the Russian army during their invasion of the 1980’s. Fortunately, it was also kept safe from the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan during the 1990’s. It was rediscovered in 2003, and the treasure now belongs, rightly so, to the people of Afghanistan and their cultural heritage. (See Alexander the Great’s Treasure)