Photo: Joachim Rittsteig, Looking for Mayan Gold in Guatemala
A German expert believes he has cracked an ancient code, which will lead him on an expedition to $290 million in lost gold!
Joachim Rittsteig a professor emeritus at Dresden University and Mayan language expert, seems to have cracked the “Dresden Codex,” a document written back in 1250 A.D, which details the exact location of a treasure, buried somewhere in Guatemala.
Rittsteig’s interpretation of the document appears to be legitimate, so much that he was able to get the entire expedition—two reporters, a TV crew and a scuba diver, financed by the German newspaper, Bild.
The expedition is exploring Guatemala’s Lake Izabal with radar imaging, attempting to find the lost treasure.
“The Dresden Codex leads to a giant treasure of eight tons of pure gold […] page 52 talks about the Mayan capital of Atlan, which was ruined by an earthquake on October 30th in the year 666 BC. In this city, they kept 2,156 gold tablets on which the Maya recorded in their laws.”
The “Dresden Codex” is an approximately 74 page long document. It took Rittsteig more than 40 years to decipher its contents; as well as the location of the treasure, the Codex is rich with insights about Mayan philosophy, astrology and medicine.
The Codex was discovered in 1739 in the hands of a wealthy man in Vienna, but it is not clear how he got a hold of it. He then donated it to the Dresden Library, where it is kept under bullet-proof glass in a room with other treasured documents.