(Sept 26, 2005) Myth became reality last Wednesday when astonished explorers discovered what could be US$10 billion worth of gold, silver, and jewels buried on Robinson Crusoe Island. Using robot technology, a team from Wagner Technologies claims they have found the lost treasure of Spanish Conquistador Juan Esteban Ubilla y Echeverría.
According to legend, the treasure was originally stolen from the Incan Empire during the Spanish conquest of Peru in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Spanish navigator in charge of bringing the treasure back to Spain buried it on the island in 1715. Years later, an English pirate Cornelius Webb uncovered the treasure and reburied it somewhere else.
Last week the team brought one of their robots “Arturito” to search for the lost treasure buried on the island. The robot can detect and analyze the atomic composition of elements from metals to petroleum located up to 50 meters underground. It was used by the Chilean government to unearth an arms cache buried at the German compound Colonia Dignidad, as well as the body of businessman Francisco Yuraszeck, missing since 2004.
Representatives from Wagner Technologies and the government are now trying to decide how to proceed with the excavation of what could be the most valuable treasure ever discovered in the world.