Over recent months, the whereabouts and authenticity of King Alarico’s tomb has been greatly discussed and debated. King Alarico, the King of the Visigoths, was famous for his role in the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century.
As the legend goes, he died in Cosenza and is believed to have been buried along with his massive treasure under the Busento and Crati rivers at the point where they meet. To do this, the Busento River was temporarily redirected in order to build Alarico’s tomb in the riverbed. This was done using slaves who were then killed so that the location of this precious grave would be kept a secret.
The famed treasure of Alarico is believed to include gold, silver and the Menorah from the Second Temple in Jerusalem, originally looted by the Romans. Many, including the Nazis, have tried to find this coveted treasure but this massive wealth has yet to be found.
In October 2015, Italian archaeologists along with the support of local authorities began an official and intensive search for the treasure, enlisting the use of many technological gadgets. With the advancements we have today, will the treasure finally be found or will it forever remain a mystery?