Deserts such as Gobi, the Sahara and the Namib conjure up images of endless expanses of nothingness, perhaps enlivened by the occasional camel train. But, surprisingly, they can yield items of high value. People who have been either incredibly lucky or who know just where to look have turned up objects of high value more times than you might expect.
Indeed, some of the objects found in various deserts are truly unexpected. A shipwreck, an entire fleet of fighter jets and thousands of buried video games are among the more perplexing things that have come to light in the desert. Which just goes to show that deserts can offer much more than just an unlimited supply of sand.
We’ve collected 18 of the most valuable – and often weirdest – items that have been turned up in the desert both by expert researchers and people blessed with nothing more than dumb luck. Whether it’s a huge gold nugget, an ancient Egyptian artifact from pharaonic times or a rock from outer space, the things uncovered in barren deserts never cease to amaze.