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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