One thousand and one… Indian nights?

The world is a big place, and archaeologists don’t typically run around shoveling dirt just anywhere; usually, they have a pretty good idea of what they hope to find.

The dig that began late last week beneath the Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh fort in Uttar Pradesh, India, is no exception. The archaeologists knew exactly what it is they were looking for: gold. 1,100 tons of it, to be precise. And what makes them think there’s a chance in Naraka they’ll find it?  A guru dreamt it was located there, of course. Per Newser:

Swami Shobhan Sarkar passed along news of his dream to officials, reports the AFP. He says he was told by Raja Rao, who was hanged by the British in 1857, that the gold was there and should be given to the government.

The guru didn’t stop there: he also told archaeologists they could find another 2,750 tons of gold beneath the village of Adampur.

You may recall that I once related how the story of an elephant’s rescue from the bottom of a well in India weirdly incorporated a large number of children’s’ stories. After reading this curious story from India, only one such tale comes to mind, but if you’re at all familiar with 1001 Arabian Nights, you know exactly how it’s going to end: while the government’s off digging for gold underneath Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh, Swami Shobhan Sarkar should get a good headstart digging underneath his own house.

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