Top 10 Most Mysterious Archaeological Discoveries of All Time
Humans have always been more interested in the past, rather than focusing on the future or even the present. And why should not they? After all, history always repeats itself and in order to prepare ourselves for the future, we must always look for the cautionary tales kept hidden in the shadows of the past. Furthermore, the recent archaeological discoveries of today will gradually turn into the ancient discoveries of tomorrow, as we dive deeper into the past ventures of our ancestors.
Located in the northeast of Sanliurfa, a Turkish city which was once known as Edessa, the Gobekli Tepe is also known as its literal translation, the “Hill with a Navel”. Famous archaeologists have concluded the temples built in the site to be as old as 10,000 BCE.
The Great Pyramids - Egypt
The last of the original Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza truly is an ideal symbol of the long-lasting reigns of the Pharaohs. The structure of this archaeology find was built over a time period of some twenty years and is considered to be the second highest man-made one, after the Eiffel Tower.
Mount Owen Moa
Only three decades ago, a team of archaeologists, while on an expedition inside the caves of New Zealand’s Mount Owen, came across the claw of a huge moa bird with the flesh and skin still fresh. On analysis of the Mount Owen Moa incident, it was found that the claw was mummified around 3000 years ago.
Built during the Inca reign of the king Pachacuti during the 14th century, the huge and well-constructed foundations of this archaeological discovery served as a demonstration of the power and status of the Inca tribes. Even now, the fort is used for the reenactments of those ancient Inca ceremonies.
The Nazca lines, one of the great archeological finds, refer to the geographical lines that were drawn across the desert and hills of Peru during the reign of the Nazca civilization in the period between 200 BCE and 500 CE. It is widely believed that they were used as a part of the many Nazca religious ceremonies.
The lost city of Atlantis was first found in the scripts of the Greek philosopher Plato who described it as a majestic and rich civilization which had been swept away by the tides of the sea and shall never be found again. This is one of those only archaeology finds that have never actually been found.
Discovered in 1974, the Terracotta Army refers to the tomb house of the first emperor of China, Shi Huangdi. This most mysterious mausoleum is filled with thousands of life-like clay models of soldiers and horses surrounding the tomb of the emperor, believed to be placed in order to protect him.
Moai Statues, Easter Island
Moai were monolithic human figures, carved by the inhabitants of Easter Island, or as formerly known, Rapa Nui. As part of the archaeological discoveries, as many as 1000 Moai statues were found in the Polynesian island. The statues were considered as representatives of the ancestors of the Rapa Nui tribes.
Widely considered a Bronze Age archaeological find, this Southern England’s personal heritage is thought to have originally consisted of a ring of 56 wooden posts. Later on, another structure of timber gradually was built within the original foundation. Many more centuries after that, henges were added to the circular monuments as forms of boundaries, thus the name.
Now situated at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, this 15th-century handwritten manuscript has been puzzling famous archaeologists from all around the world since its composition. While various hypotheses have been suggested over the years, the unknown language it has been written in has remained a constant barrier in resulting in the formation of any concrete theory.