If this proves to be true, there will be more than a few embarrassed Guatemalan and foreign archaeologists. Rittstieg or Rittsteig is a retired math teacher who has a wide range of interests from the Norse Eddas to Southern German dialects to Central America and Mayan studies. The Rosetta Stone, it may be remembered, was discovered by a French soldier in Napoleon’s campaign to the East.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_Rittstieg
There have been several comments on the story below. I have appended them at the bottom – carlos
Cracked Mayan Code May Point to 8 Tons of Lost Treasure
Scientist says he deciphered Mayan codex way to sunken treasure in Lake Izabal in Guatemala
-Todanoticia.com-German mathematician Joachim Rittsteig has dedicated his life to analyzing the so-called Maya Code of Dresden.
A German scientist claims to have cracked the so-called Maya Code of Dresden and discovered one of its chapters for specific information which would lead to a great treasure of gold from a vanished culture in the waters of Lake Izabal in Guatemala.
“The Dresden Maya Code leads to a huge treasure in Guatemala than eight tons of pure gold,” said the mathematician Joachim Rittsteig , 40 years studying the document, in remarks published on Monday (28/02) the German newspaper Bild .
It adds that “on page 52 speaks of the Maya capital of Atlan, which was destroyed by an earthquake on 30 October in the year 666 BC. The city is guarded 2000 156 golden tablets on which the Maya recorded their laws. ”
The treasure was buried near the city in the waters of Lake Izabal, located east of Guatemala, whose remains were found by the German scientist, thanks to radar images taken in the area.
“They can clearly see the remains of the city. In the ruins of a fortress can be seen the stone sarcophagus where they could find the tables 2 000 156 gold. The information I have shown the place with a margin of error 10 cm “said Rittsteig.
The expert, who is currently seeking sponsors for an expedition to Guatemala, estimates that “only the value of gold in the tables stands at 211 million euros (290 million dollars).
Dresden Maya Code, drafted on the year 1250 AD by Mayan priests, is one of the four major documents that remain from that culture and is held by the Saxon State Library , East Germany, since 272 years.
The code was discovered in 1739 in the hands of a wealthy man in Vienna, without knowing how he came to his hands, who gave it to the library in Dresden, which keeps it under glass in his room shielded documentary treasures.
Joachim Rittsteig has devoted almost his entire life to decipher the valuable document, composed by 74 pages long and 3.56 meters for a total of 74 different hieroglyphs.
Dresden Maya Code contains almost all knowledge of Mayan culture, including astronomical and medical, and in his last sheet describes the apocalypse or end of the world, which should take place on December 21, 2012. bl.With information from EFE, Translation Powered by Google Translate
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The Proyecto Arqueologico Izabal (1989-1993) did extensive survey both on land and in the water and found no evidence of such a lost El Dorado. We did extensive testing with a proton magnetometer of large areas of lake and Rio Dulce. In addition we did land survey on every accessible area of the lake and river bank, including the area around Livingston. We mapped the site across from Livingston and proposed it as a park. Although we did not do any excavation there, we felt it might correspond to the community described by Cortez as Nito. Again, there was no evidence of a sunken city. There were 17 volumes of data completed and turned into IDEAH and are available there. The project was funded by Shell Oil to do archaeological survey in the area where they were doing seismic testing for oil. Rebecca Orozco Director - Center for Lifelong Learning Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus: 520-515-5382 Douglas Campus: 520-417-4772 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cochise.edu/cll 1. Lost Maya City (Eric Hanneman) 2. materials concerning Salvadoran archaeology now on line/materiales con refrencia a la arqueologia de El Salvasor ya disponibles en linea (Karen Olsen Bruhns) == == ==- Message: 1 Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2011 13:35:56 -0500 From: Eric Hanneman <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [Aztlan] Lost Maya City Message-ID: <893E5FC8-A2E6-4A5C-AEDB-80FDB6CCBAD4@nc.rr.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"; Format="flowed" Does anyone care to comment on this latest "El Dorado"? http://www.prensalibre.com/noticias/Cientifico-respaldo-autoridades-Lago-Izabal_0_439156198.html Buen viaje! Eric == == == Dear Rebecca, dear Listeros, I just wanted to let everyone of you know that we (German speaking anthropologists/Mesoamericanists) have put online a statement regarding the absurd and nonsensical treasure-hunt initiated by Mr.Rittstieg and the german newspaper BILD. The statement (german version) can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.mesoamerika-gesellschaft.de/Documents/Stellungnahme_Mesoamerikanistik.pdf Both a spanish and english translation of the statement will be posted tomorrow. The statement will also be sent to major institutions such as IDAEH, the German Embassy in Guatemala, the Guatemalan Embassy in Germany - as well as Guatemalan and German Newspapers. The list of signees will continuously be updated. If anyone wants to sign the list to support our statement, please send a mail (with your name, academic degree (if that applies), institution and/or city) to the following e-mail-address: email@example.com Best regards from Germany,