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Treasure

 

(1) Objects considered valuable by the owner that are secreted, most often by being buried in the ground. Such treasures are known everywhere and usually contain important historical remains. The most ancient treasures date from the Neolithic and Aeneolithic and comprise stone implements and weapons. Treasures of battle and ceremonial weapons, axes, sickles, copper ingots, and ornaments have been preserved from the Bronze Age. Later treasures primarily contain a variety of valuables and coins. By tracing the sites of treasures on maps, the expansion of settlements and the direction of trade routes can be determined. The largest number of treasures have been buried during times of national misfortune and major historical events. Thus, most ancient Russian treasures are connected with the Mongol-Tatar invasion of the 13th century. The abundance of treasures of 17th-century Russian coins (mostly found in clay vessels) is the result of the stormy events of the century—the wars and national rebellions.

(2) In law, a treasure, or more properly treasure trove, is money or valuables buried in the ground or otherwise secreted whose owner cannot be established or by operation of law has lost his right to the money or valuables. According to the.existing legislation of the USSR, a treasure is considered to be the property of the state. Not all valuables are considered as treasure but only those that were intentionally concealed by the former owner. Thus, a treasure is distinguished from found property, which is property lost against the will of the owner. The locator of a treasure must turn it over to the finance organs. He is entitled to receive compensation amounting to 25 percent of the value of the articles turned over if the discovery was not the result of an excavation or search conducted within his work duties. The appropriation of a treasure is considered a criminal offense (Criminal Code of the RSFSR, art. 97).

What does it mean when you dream about a treasure?

Discovering treasure may indicate that the dreamer has some hidden skills or talents that can be unearthed if the dreamer can determine the hidden meaning of the symbol.

Treasure

Ali Baba
uses magic to find thieves’ storehouse of booty. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”]
Comstock Lode
richest silver vein in world. [Amer. Hist.: Flexner, 177]
Dantés, Edmond
digs up the treasure revealed to him by a dying fellow prisoner. [Fr. Lit.: Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo]
El Dorado
legendary land of gold in South America. [Span. Myth.: NCE, 846]
Fort Knox
U.S. depository of gold bullion. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 984]
forty-niners
participants in California gold rush of 1849. [Am. Hist.: LLEI, I: 270]
Golconda
fabled Indian city, meaning “source of great wealth.” [Indian Hist.: NCE, 1101]
gold bug
leads to finding of Captain Kidd’s buried treasure. [Am. Lit.: Poe “The Gold Bug”]
Golden Fleece
fleece of pure gold from a winged ram, stolen from Colchis by Jason and the Argonauts. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 406]
Kidd, Captain
(c. 1645–1701) pirate captures prizes and buries treasure. [Am. Lit.: Hart, 444]
King Solomon’s mines
in Africa; search for legendary lost treasure of King Solomon. [Br. Lit.: King Solomon’s Mines]
Legrand, William
uncovers chest of gold by deciphering parchment. [Am. Lit.: Poe “The Gold Bug”]
Mother Lode
name applied to gold-mining region of California. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 569]
Nibelung, the
more gold and jewels than wagons could carry. [Ger. Lit.: Nibelungenlied]
Nostromo
inadvertently gains hoard of silver ingots. [Br. Lit.: Nostromo]
Ophir
Red Sea area noted for gold. [O.T.: I Kings 9:28; 10:11; 22:48]
Sutter’s Mill
site of first strike precipitating Gold Rush. [Am. Hist. Flexner, 175]
Treasure Island
search for buried treasure ignited by discovery of ancient map. [Br. Lit.: Treasure Island]
Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The
in Mexico, written by the reclusive, pseudonymous B. Traven. [Am. and Mex. Lit.: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre]
References in classic literature ?
When the king arrived great was his surprise at finding a strange lady in company of the grand treasurer who had no actual right to enter the private apartment.
Come, Planchet, let us pay a visit to the king's treasurer and then set off.
Well, since the king possesses a million, he must want a treasurer.
I am the secretary, and Tommy Trafford is treasurer.
By an odd coincidence, however, a mysterious but magnificent donation of a hundred guineas was almost simultaneously received in notes by the treasurer of the Founder's Fund, from one who simply signed himself "Old Boy.
Choice of rooms and of seats at the tables apportioned in the order in which passages are engaged; and no passage considered engaged until ten percent of the passage money is deposited with the treasurer.
After reflecting a moment, temporarily sheltered beneath the little wicket of the prison of the treasurer of the Sainte- Chappelle, as to the shelter which he would select for the night, having all the pavements of Paris to choose from, he remembered to have noticed the week previously in the Rue de la Savaterie, at the door of a councillor of the parliament, a stepping stone for mounting a mule, and to have said to himself that that stone would furnish, on occasion, a very excellent pillow for a mendicant or a poet.
Carey often stopped at the bank to deliver a message to Josiah Graves, the manager, who was choir-master, treasurer, and churchwarden.
At the end of the week I went to the treasurer of the Hampton Institute, General J.
Bulstrode, treasurer and chairman, being among those who were still absent.
For it has occurred to me that it is a good thing to have a Royal Treasurer who is made of money.
Aora, who might be described as his prime minister and treasurer, had received the tithes as fast as they were paid over, and filled them into large, fine-netted bags of coconut sennit.