Euhemerism Or A Made-Up Myth?
People have been searching for the hidden treasure for the last 206 years. And now, Russian historian Viacheslav Ryzhkov claims that he has solved the age-old mystery of where Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops had hidden 80 tonnes of gold while retreating from Moscow in 1812!
Once, the emperor of the French stated that he had ordered his troops to hide the treasure in Russia’s Semlevo Lake or Napoleon Lake in the Smolensk region. Even, some historians believe so. They are of the opinion that Napoleon sent his loot to Lake Semlevo in order to fool the forces of Alexander I and the gold items were there in the lake near Moscow since 1812.
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
However, Ryzhkov has claimed that Napoleon’s loot is hidden in a place near Lake Bolshaya Rutavech in Rudnya, the historian’s hometown. He also claimed that the near and dear ones of the emperor had helped him hide the treasure close to the Belorussian border. According to Ryzhkov, some of the treasure was melted into ingots before being packed off in 400 wagons accompanied by 500 cavalry and 250 members of Napoleon’s elite Old Guard. Some historians believe that the emperor deployed nearly 500 mounted security personnel and 250 elite guards to protect the treasure before packing it off.
Ryzhkov told the press that the emperor himself complicated the place where the treasure was eventually hidden by setting up a platform at the centre of the lake. The platform ensured that the bounty was buried at the bottom of the lake. It is to be noted that scientists found a high concentration of silver particles in Bolshaya Rutavech water in the 1980s. In his 1825 biography ‘The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte’, Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott had mentioned about the treasure. The Russians recovered huge troves of weapons and ammunitions from Semlevo Lake in late 1960s and early 1970s, but oddly, no gold items.
Lake Bolshaya Rutavech
Meanwhile, Vladimir Poryvaev – a Russian who has hunted the treasure for years – said that Ryzhkov’s claim was absurd! He argued that Ryzhkov cited the idea of 400 wagons as particularly outlandish, saying that Napoleon’s secret convoy would have stretched for miles for the complex underwater burial at the bottom of an icy lake in December (the middle of winter).
It is important for researchers to devise a proper method to salvage the gold in order to discover the way in which the loot was hidden, it seems, as the process might have required advanced technology. Till then, the 200-year-old mystery can NOT be solved properly!
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