They had been rewarded with little greater than a World Struggle II-era bullet, some twisted scrap steel, a crumpled automobile wheel and muddy boots.
Municipal officers hope that the failure of the staff — that included members of an area historic society and archeologists from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam — to search out treasure will put an finish to newbie sleuths visiting the village.
“I feel there’s minimal likelihood of discovering something. We dug three holes right here of locations the place we may discover via the magnetometer. There was a sign, and none of those holes have discovered the treasure,” mentioned archeologist Martijn Bink. “So I feel that is all what we’ll do. We received’t go any additional.”
The native municipality helped fund the most recent search after the publication early this 12 months of a hand-drawn map with a crimson letter X supposedly marking the spot the place Nazi troops buried jewellery stolen from a blown-up financial institution vault.
The looks of the map sparked a modern-day treasure hunt, with prospectors utilizing steel detectors digging up websites round Ommeren regardless of a ban.
“Lots of people got here digging right here … with out permission. Brought on loads of inconvenience for the residents,” mentioned Pieter Neven of Buren municipality.
The treasure hunts started after the Dutch Nationwide Archive printed a mountain of paperwork — because it does firstly of every 12 months — together with the map, which swiftly went viral.
“We’re fairly astonished in regards to the story itself. However the consideration it’s getting … as effectively,” Nationwide Archive researcher Annet Waalkens mentioned in January.
She mentioned the story began in the summertime of 1944 within the Nazi-occupied metropolis of Arnhem — made well-known by the star-studded film “A Bridge Too Far” — when a bomb smashed a financial institution vault, scattering gold, jewellery and money throughout a avenue.
German forces scooped up as a lot of the loot as they may and saved it in ammunition containers, she mentioned, citing an account by a German soldier interviewed by Dutch authorities after the conflict. Because the Germans had been pushed again by an Allied advance, they buried the ammunition containers in Ommeren, in keeping with the soldier’s account.
Dutch authorities recovered the map and searched Ommeren shortly after the conflict with out discovering something. Then the scent went chilly till publication of the map triggered the January hunt.
Monday’s archeological efforts additionally dug up nothing and should have buried the final hope of recovering the loot.
Corder reported from The Hague.