Forrest Fenn, a New Mexican art dealer, decided to hide a treasure chest more than a decade ago. He tucked a chest full of treasure away in the Rocky Mountains. People died searching for it over the years. It’s been a subject of mystery. Some wondered if it even existed.

  • Over the weekend, Fenn announced the treasure has been found.

What’s going on:

  • Fenn said in a new post on his website that the treasure — a Romanesque bronze chest from the 13th century — has been found. It reportedly holds $2 million in gold, jewelry and gems, according to NBC News.
  • Fenn said (via CBS News): “It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago. I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot.”

Where was it?

  • Fenn hid the treasure between 2009 and 2010. The treasure was hidden “somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe.” It was reportedly hidden somewhere around New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, NBC News reports.
  • Fenn did not explain where it was found. “The guy who found it does not want his name mentioned. He’s from back East,” he said, per Santa Fe New Mexican.
  • He wrote: “It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago.”

Bigger picture:

  • Fenn reportedly left nine clues for treasure hunters to discover the chest. He said it was meant to get people outside so they could discover and embrace nature, according to NBC News.