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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 ?
As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye, ever open to every symptom of culinary abundance, ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn.
Emma was quite eager to see this superior treasure.
Similarly in that moment I seemed to have dived into this unknown girl's eyes, to have walked through the treasure palaces of her soul, to have stood before the flaming gates of her heart, to have gathered silver flowers in the fairy gardens of her dreams.
Then the King had to send again and again to fetch his treasures, which the strong man shoved into the sack, and the sack was only half full.
My dear sir, the government is rich and does not want your treasures," replied the inspector; "keep them until you are liberated.
What then, in sober earnest, were the delusive treasures of the chest?
He died two years afterwards, still raving about the treasures that lie at the bottom of the sea.
He tarries not for such an obstacle, but, rending it asunder a thousand feet from peak to base, discloses its treasures of hidden minerals, its sunless waters, all the secrets of the mountain's inmost heart, with a mighty fracture of rugged precipices on each side.
These accounts of pots of money and Spanish treasures, buried here and there and everywhere about the rocks and bays of these wild shores, made him almost dizzy.
There are no riches like these riches--the treasures of a hundred kings.
I must go into the forest and guard my treasures from the wicked dwarfs.
In his tree he had constructed a rude shelter of leaves and boughs, beneath which, protected from the rain, he had placed the few treasures brought from the cabin.