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Fri Sep 21, 2012, 08:50 PM

Low water in Polish river makes it possible to recover 17th-century looted artifacts

Low water in Polish river makes it possible to recover 17th-century looted artifacts
By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, September 21, 12:04 AM

WARSAW, Poland — Capitalizing on low water levels in Warsaw’s Vistula River, police are teaming up with archaeologists to recover gigantic marble and alabaster treasures that apparently were stolen from royals in Poland by Swedish invaders in the mid-17th century.

A police Mi-8 helicopter hovered over a riverbed on Thursday, lifting ornaments such as the centerpiece of a fountain with water outlets decorated with Satyr-like faces.

For police, it was gratifying to provide the chopper and assist Warsaw University archeologists in “this very important mission of retrieving priceless national treasures,” said Mariusz Mrozek, a spokesman for Warsaw police.

Archaeologists have long known that such well-preserved treasures were located in the riverbed in the Warsaw area, but not exactly where.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/low-water-in-polish-river-makes-it-possible-to-recover-17th-century-looted-artifacts/2012/09/21/cadd9018-03a9-11e2-9132-f2750cd65f97_story.html

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Reply Low water in Polish river makes it possible to recover 17th-century looted artifacts (Original post)
Judi Lynn Sep 2012 OP
beac Sep 2012 #1
xchrom Sep 2012 #2
h2ebits Sep 2012 #3
They_Live Sep 2012 #4
Judi Lynn Sep 2012 #5
marble falls Sep 2012 #6
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Sep 22, 2012, 12:22 PM

1. Interesting. Thanks for the link! n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Sep 22, 2012, 12:39 PM

2. cool. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Sep 22, 2012, 01:35 PM

3. Why is the water in the river so low?

I'm really pleased that the Polish people can recover some of their stolen artifacts but why is the water level so low? Are they also in a drought?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Sep 22, 2012, 01:57 PM

4. cool news

but no photos.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Sep 22, 2012, 07:32 PM

5. Found some photos, and info here:

17th-century treasures being recovered in Poland
September 21, 2012 by Monika Scislowska

http://phys.org/news/2012-09-17th-century-treasures-recovered-poland.html

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It mentions the river is very low due to heat wave and drought...

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More:
Vistula River Sunken Treasures From 17th Century Revealed In Receding Waters
The Huffington Post | By Ron Dicker Posted: 09/17/2012 1:24 pm EDT Updated: 09/17/2012 2:25 pm EDT
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17/sunken-treasures-400-year_n_1889944.html

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Sunken treasure reappears after 350 years thanks to Polish drought
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/poland/9548808/Sunken-treasure-reappears-after-350-years-thanks-to-Polish-drought.html

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 08:27 AM

6. You answered my question - where's some photos? Thanks!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 03:25 AM

7. Thanks!

I was being lazy.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 10:55 PM

8. Rats, hoping there were pictures.

While this is a great recovering opportunity, is there a drought in Poland as well?



Oh duh! I didn't read far enough.

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