Have you ever found something strange that just has no explanation? Most likely your brain began to come up with wild fantasies in order to make some sense of it all.
Well, the same thing happens with mysterious archaeological discoveries. Thousands of these abstract artifacts exist and not even the best archaeologists have an answer as to what they are, where they came from, or why they exist.
Year after year, more of these discoveries pop up in the news. It’s hard to keep track of them all, so here are the 10 weirdest we could find to get you started. Number eight might make you question reality.
10. Antikythera Mechanism
Looking at a picture of the Antikythera Mechanism might make you think of a prop from an Indiana Jones movie, but it’s certainly real. However, that doesn’t mean it makes sense to archaeologists. The best answer they can come up with is an advanced astronomy calendar of some kind. What do you think?
9. The Lost City Of Atlantis
Ever since Plato first mentioned Atlantis around 360 B.C, archaeologists have debated whether this “lost city” was ever lost to begin with. Apparently, people have found ruins of Atlantis everywhere from the Bahamas to Japan. To this day, no one has any real answers, but the search continues on.
Without a doubt, Stonehenge is one of Earth’s most notable mysteries. According to historians, this ancient ring of stones was built 4,000 years ago, making it a mind-boggling task for the primitive people of that era. From aliens to religious miracles, there are no shortage of outlandish explanations for Stonehenge.
Maybe someone will find concrete evidence for this someday (pun intended). If you think Stonehenge makes for some creepy stories, just wait until you read number five.
7. Nazca Lines
The Nazca lines have been around for nearly 2,000 years, but it wasn’t until commercial aircraft spotted them in the 1920’s that they became known to humanity. Archaeologists say these complex geometric lines depicting images of plants, animals and people were made nearly 2,000 years ago. Why they exist at all continues to confuse us.
6. Shroud Of Turin
When it comes to controversy in the field of archaeology, the Shroud of Turin always enters the conversation. While the Catholic Church claims this to be the official shroud of Jesus Christ, other say radiocarbon dating proves this to be a medieval hoax. Still, the debate continues on without any real progress.
5. Gobekli Tepe
Many believe that humans began settling into villages, farming and then building places of worship (in that order) starting in 8,000 B.C. However, Gobekli Tepe turns that theory around. Carvings found at Gobekli Tepe are traced back to the 10th millennium B.C. So what came first? It’s a question archaeologists continue to work on today. As strange as Gobekli Tepe is to many, it pales in comparison to number one.
4. King Tut’s Death
Perhaps one of the most exciting archaeological mysteries is that of King Tut’s death. For the most part, many believe the young king died unexpectedly. On further examination of the mummy though, King Tut looks to have caught fire after the tomb was sealed. While experts believe the embalming oils simply caught aflame, others are not so sure.
3. The Ark Of The Covenant
You can’t talk archaeology without an Indiana Jones reference or two. The Ark of the Covenant is the gold-plated, wooden chest that is said to hold the original 10 Commandments. Yes, those 10 Commandments from the Bible.
In 587 B.C, the Ark disappeared and since then, many people have sought out to find it. Famous Hollywood movies aside, no one ever found it. Furthermore, some think no one ever will. That is, until the coming of the Messiah.
Hobbits aren’t just fictional characters from The Lord of the Rings. In 2003, scientists found remains of miniature humans on the island of Flores in Indonesia. At first, experts believed this to be a fluke, but as more discoveries came about, some say they stumbled upon a new species altogether.
1. The Lost Mayan Civilization
For a thriving civilization that reigned for over six centuries to disappear, one would think there was a better explanation. Unfortunately, archaeologists have been trying to solve this mystery for decades and with little progress. Did the Mayans run out of game to hunt? Did they fall victim to shifting trades routes? Perhaps a giant plague wiped them all out. There are more theories than answers at this point.
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