Boobytrapped Treasures To Make Indiana Jones Quake With Fear

By | June 14, 2019

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American actor Harrison Ford on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Source: (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Every Indiana Jones movie, as well as many other, like Tomb Raider, Goonies, and Aladdin, have one thing in common—boobytraps. After watching these flicks, you may come away with the belief that all ancient people devised elaborate defense measures for their treasures and tombs. While it is true that most of the movie boobytraps are just a plot device and a way to show off more special effects, there were, in fact, several known boobytraps from antiquities. Let’s take a look at some of the real-life boobytraps that are so cleverly designed that they would make Indiana Jones quake with fear. 

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The boobytrapped Money Pit of Oak Island. Source: (

The Money Pit of Oak Island

The Money Pit on Oak Island in Nova Scotia is probably the best-known example of a historical boobytrap. Since 1795, treasure hunters have been trying to unearth a mysterious treasure that they believe was buried at the foot of an oak tree. Teenage boys exploring the island noted a square depression in the ground where the dirt had been disturbed. Digging down, the lads discovered wooden planks in the shaft at 10-foot intervals and then the shaft suddenly filled with salt water. The boys had triggered an underground boobytrap that protects the treasure under a never-ending flow of ocean water. Still today, treasure hunters have been unable to reach the treasure. Just as the brothers on History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, who have been throwing money at the endeavor for several seasons now, but with no avail.