Friday, August 26, 2016

Unexplained Ancient Mysteries

History in itself is an interesting subject which take us to a mysterious world of the past.

We are all well acquainted with the major heritage sites like the Pyramids and the Pharaoh’s tombs in Egypt, but you will be astonished to know that there are other archaeological discoveries that are considered historically important which are hardly ever mentioned in a history books. That is because for most people archaeological explorations and various artifacts on their own seem rather boring unless we experience them in a movie. So, we are going to take you on a historical voyage which will be both an adventurous and thought provoking experience of a lifetime. Are you ready? If so, let’s begin.

L’Anse aux Meadows

This very small but also very interesting settlement in Canada was built by the Vikings. It had the capacity to support up to 160 people. No one knows exactly where they came from or why they disappeared. What makes this settlement really incredible is that it was built 500 years before Christopher Columbus was wrongly credited with discovering the Americas.

Saksaywaman


This Rock Fortress is outside of Cusco, Peru, was the capital of the Incan Empire. One of the unique feature of this fortress is that giant rocks of this complex compound are fitted so tightly that even after ages, a person is not able to insert even a piece of paper between them. And, we still have no idea exactly how they did it.

Mohenjo-Daro


Mohenjo-Daro is one of the most remarkable sites of the Indus valley civilization which  is also known as the Harappan civilization. It was built in 2600 BCE and can be found in modern-day Pakistan. It  is one of the first examples of  city planning.  It is also considered to be pioneer in the field of drainage systems that worked as a sewer as well.

Gobekli Tepe

Discovery of this took the world of archaeology by storm. It put forward the question: How much do we actually know about the evolution of human beings? It was found near a mountain top in Turkey. It was pre dated somewhere around 9000-10000 BCE.  As a result, this lays the foundation of Church and worship as the establishment of a civilization before trade and commerce.

The Longyou Grotto

The Lomgyou Grotto is an extensive, magnificent and rare ancient underground world unearthed in China and is considered ‘the ninth wonder of the ancient world’. It has unique tunnels covered from floor to ceiling evenly spaced 60 degree lines which are carved into them. It is spread over 30,000 square meters .and is awe-inspiring.

Stone Spheres of Costa Rica

These stone spheres or stone balls are commonly attributed to the extinct Diquis culture which existed from 700 to 1530 AD.  They are also known as ‘Diquis spheres’. There are numerous myths regarding these spheres. Some claim them to be relics from Atlantis or just a natural creation.

Yonaguni Monument

You know what is the most amusing fact about this underwater monument? It confused  and confounded even the most renowned archaeologists whether it is natural creation or man-made. It is a massive underwater structure off the coast of Yonaguni, China.. This monument is an obelisk put up in such a way that it appears to be like a ‘turtle’.  It is both an incredible and a baffling  discovery.

The Unfinished Obelisk


This recent discovery was found in Aswan, Egypt. It was an obelisk built on orders of Hatsheput in the mid 1500 BC which is left incomplete due to unknown  reasons. This is considered the  largest obelisk ever constructed in the history of Egypt.

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