The story of father Crespi is one of the most enigmatic stories ever told – an unknown civilization, unbelievable artifacts, massive amounts of gold, depictions of strange figures connecting America to Sumeria, and symbols belonging to an unknown language.
The account of what occurred reveals once again a conspiracy to hide the truth from the eyes of the public.
Father Carlos Crespi Croci was born in Milan, Italy, in 1891 and died in 1982.
He was a Salesian monk who dedicated his life to worship and charity and lived in the small town of Cuenca in Ecuador for more than 50 years. He was a person of many talents – he had been an educator, botanist, anthropologist, musician, and above all, humanitarian. 
Because of his missionary work he became close to the indigenous people of Ecuador and was a highly respected person among the tribes, who considered him a true friend of theirs. The indigenous people gave Father Crespi gifts of ancient artifacts to thank him for the work he was doing to help them.
They said the items brought to him had been found in subterranean tunnels in the jungles of Ecuador, spanning more than 200 km starting from the village of Cuenca. The amazing artifacts given to him had uncanny similarities with civilizations of the East, and were enough to fill up a large museum.
However the location was never revealed and is still unknown. Many were killed by the indigenous people in their search for the mysterious subterranean tunnels with the hidden treasure.
Father Crespi was trusted by the Vatican to open a museum in the Salesian School at Cuenca, and up until 1960 it was the largest museum in Ecuador. However, Crespi suggested that there was an (obvious) connection between the artifacts and the ancient civilisations of Babylon and Sumeria.
What he did not consider is that such a suggestion would go against mainstream opinions. A short time later, the museum was burnt down and most of the artifacts were destroyed – with the exception of a few that he managed to save. However, when father Crespi died all the remaining artifacts were hidden from public view forever. Rumors suggest that the artifacts were shipped to the Vatican.
Father Crespi allegedly said that most of the symbols and prehistoric representation on the artifacts are older than the Flood. 
Explorer Richard Wingate mentioned that the artifacts were identified as Assyrian, Egyptian, Chinese and African.
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, was a member of a 1976 British military scientific expedition in search of the caves in Ecuador, but ended up in the wrong caves, following von Daniken’s directions.
Another, more controversial theory, is that the treasure hidden in the caves is related to Atlantis, a continent that, if proved real, predates all other known civilizations.
Just to make clear that the credibility of Father Crespi and his collection is not under doubt. However the age and the origin of the items is still unknown, and the fact that all of them vanished makes it more difficult to research further into their origins.
Just imagine what the revelation of such a treasure would mean for the books of archaeology and our perception of human origins. The possible discovery of that cave system would change history forever.
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