Last year, treasure hunters were in a flurry over a supposed lost treasure at Pulau Nangka, an island off the state of Melaka in Malaysia. The last hunt was unsuccessful, but that has not deterred a renewed interest in finding the supposed lost treasure.
Salvage firm keen to resume treasure hunt
The Star, 16 February 2015
Like the enduring appeal of the 18th century tale Treasure Island, Pulau Nangka here continues to draw companies keen on finding ancient treasure that is reputedly buried in a cave on the island.
Treasure Heritage Sdn Bhd, a salvage firm, has shown interest in resuming the search for valuables in Pulau Nangka, an island 17km from the coast here.
A source said the company had requested an agreement with the state government on the matter.
It is believed that Treasure Heritage initially attempted to salvage the buried treasure about two decades ago.
Full story here.
Earlier this year there was a treasure hunt in Pulau Nangka, Malacca, that was a wild goose chase. However, the chief minister of the state wants to commission a new hunt for treasure – where are the heritage authorities in all this?
Source: The Star 20141104
Excavation of treasure in Pulau Nangka to continue
The Star, 04 November 2014
The state government has granted the company in charge of the treasure hunt an extension til August 1. While the search has been unsuccessful so far, a pair of divers have reportedly found some treasures in other parts of the island!
Malacca treasures found — by foreign divers
The Star, 21 June 2014
Company told to end search for treasure on Pulau Nangka on Aug 1
Bernama, via Astro Awani, 17 Junee 2014
Malacca’s Chief Minister announces that the ‘coins’ found from Pulau Nangka were probably Majapahit amulets. Similar amulets have been found in other sites in Malacca, making its link to the treasure less likely.
Idris Haron: Pulau Nangka relics probably Majapahit amulets, not coins
The Star, 16 May 2014
Artefacts found in Pulau Nangka believed to be Majapahit amulets
The Rakyat Post, 16 May 2014
Elemental analysis of the coins discovered from Pulau Nangka have indicated that they are not gold – what does this mean for the treasure hunt?
Pulau Nangka treasures contain no gold
New Straits Times, 09 May 2014
On the Pulau Nangka trail, nothing new seems to have emerged from the excitement of the previous weeks. These collection of recent articles do not reveal anything new about the hunt.
Pulau Nangka, Pulau Besar and St Paul’s Hill form Sultan’s Treasuries, says expert
The Star, 07 May 2014
Pulau Nangka’s ancient coins planted? [Link no longer active]
Malaysia Chronicle, 06 May 2014
Do not be obsessed with search for hidden treasures- Malacca CM [Link no longer active]
Bernama, via New Straits Times, 06 May 2014
CM: Old coins will be tested [Link no longer active]>
New Straits Time, 03 May 2014
Sounding almost too good to be true – which I why I think it isn’t – the salvage company tasked with finding ‘treasure’ on Pulau Nangka reportedly discovered two coins at the very last hour of their operation. Certainly a far cry from the treasure that was promised!
Source: The Star 20140501
‘Treasure’ believed from Malacca Sultanate era found on Pulau Nangka
The Star, 01 May 2014
Coins found at site of excavation [Link no longer active]
New Straits Times, 02 May 2014
Ancient coins found in Malacca are historical artifacts [Link no longer active]
New Straits Times, 02 May 2014
I’ve reported about the Pulau Nangka story earlier (see here and here), and there doesn’t seem to be any sight of the supposed treasure thus far. This is because, there isn’t any!
Source: The Star 20140429
Councillor: Tunnelling at site on Pulau Nangka has reached 90%
The Star, 29 April 2014
Presence of treasure on Nangka Island will be known this Wednesday
New Straits Times, 29 April 2014
Possible discovery of treasure on Nangka Island to be confirmed in two days
Malay Mail, 28 April 2014
Nangka Island ‘treasures’ to be known Wednesday
The Star, 28 May 2014
Malacca treasure no longer a myth
The Star, 24 May 2014
The treasure hunt at Pulau Nangka takes an interesting turn as one of the companies commissioned to search for the relics reports finding some in a cave. I remain extremely skeptical.
Hundreds of relics sighted inside cave
17 April 2014
Treasure hunting and the illegal looting of archaeological sites are becoming an increasing and worrying trend in Sri Lanka.
Archaeological Crimes in Sri Lanka 2012. The Sunday Times 20130210
Archaeological sites islandwide plundered for priceless artefacts
The Sri Lanka Sunday Times, 10 February 2013