Treasure of Crease

The story of Treasure of Crease appeared in Turkey: in the land of the hill Ikiztepe, near the town of Ushaka, local peasants discovered an ancient tomb. At first the hoe came across something solid: as it turned out, it was a two-winged marble door leading unknown where. Open it amateur "archaeologists" could not, but the desire to look inside the mysterious underground structure forced to look for another entrance. Finally one of them managed to penetrate through the roof. Here is what he later said: "In the crypt, I saw an open sarcophagus. Mummy completely decayed, only the hair of the buried man was well preserved. With the lantern lighting the room, I saw a lot of jewelry, decanters and jugs of gold and silver. " Within a few days, the discoverers and other interested persons looted the tomb's treasures. When scientists entered it, they only had to admit that the burial found was truly unique from a historical point of view: it seems that the tomb belonged to Crease himself, the famous king of the powerful state of Lydia, once located in the territory of modern Turkey, and the looted treasures were called treasure of Crease.

The story of treasure of Crease appeared in Turkey: in the land of the hill Ikiztepe, near the town of Ushaka, local peasants discovered an ancient tomb

About Crease, who lived and ruled as far back as the 6th century BC, there are many legends, in which mostly treasured treasures of Crease were sung. It is not by chance that the proverb "rich as Crease" has appeared for many centuries already. But fortune, generously endowed the Lydian king with gold, eventually turned away from him: defeated in the war with the Persians, Crease was executed. However, there is another historical version, according to which the Persian king Cyrus II first sentenced the defeated king to be burned, but then pardoned. So it is for certain it is not known where the owner of the legendary state ended his life.

According to Turkish archaeologists, the tomb discovered near Ushak is the last refuge of Crease. Over the past two and a half millennia, historians have lost sight of it, and once laid in the crypt, along with the remains of the king, the treasures of Crease turned into treasure, which was found by the Turkish peasants. How did the fate of the treasures of the last Lydian king, Crease, develop?

Trying to find and return the plundered historical treasures of Crease, the gendarmerie carried out dozens of searches and interrogations, but it was not possible to find out anything: the strands led to Izmir, where the kidnappers smuggled most of the treasures. There they were bought at a fair price by a certain merchant who called himself Ali Baba. Finding this real or mythical "heir" of King Crease was also a difficult task. One of those "Ali", on whom suspicion fell, told that he was allegedly offered to buy treasures "extracted" from the depths of the hill Ikiztepe, but he, realizing the illegality of such a sale, had to abandon a profitable deal.

The search continued. There was no doubt that "Ali Baba and forty robbers" who plundered the royal tomb managed to sell the historical treasures of Crease. One of the most likely versions was very disappointing: the Crease treasures were bought secretly by the American antiquarian John Kleiman, and they already smuggled Atlantic Ocean.

A few years later, Turkish journalists who continued to be interested in the fate of the stolen treasures of Crease, managed to find out that the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art received jewelry related to the Lydian period. In the official catalogs of the museum they did not appear, and the museum management did not indulge the worried Turkish public with information on this topic. In short, everything remained covered with a veil of suspense.

And suddenly in 1984 the Metropolitan openly expose the sought-after Lida treasures of Crease - more than two hundred items, indicating in the exhibition that they are allegedly found in Eastern Greece. Asked correspondents of Turkish newspapers, the press office of the museum gave the following explanation: "The historical values exhibited in the museum were acquired by three parties from John Kleiman in 1966-1968, the museum paid for these items 1 million 117 thousand dollars, which are historical monuments from East Greece". And although Lydia was really east of Greece, and some Greek colonies-policies were once located on its territory, the sly meaning of such a "harmless" renaming was obvious: thus, Turkey was deprived of the right to claim the treasures of Crease found in her land.

The controversy surrounding the treasures of Crease has not ceased to this day.