(ORDO NEWS) — Our world is full of mysteries. Over time, many secrets of history are revealed to scientists, but there are also those that do not lend themselves to any scientific explanation and only produce many mystical stories around them. We offer you to learn about the seven most intriguing finds of archaeologists, the secrets of which are still beyond the control of modern man.
We’ll never know all the stories of the past, but that’s what makes them so compelling.
Lost City of Atlantis
The first mention of Atlantis dates back to 360 BC. The city was described by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato in the dialogue Critias. Plato writes that this mysterious city belonged to a great maritime power before it sank to the bottom of the sea over 10,000 years ago in a cataclysmic event.
Since then, if you believe all the allegations about this city, then Atlantis has been found off the Bahamas, off the coast of Greece, and not far from Cuba and even in Japan!
However, archaeologists are still arguing about the actual existence of the island, as well as its most likely location (if it existed at all). But even without definitive proof, Atlantis continues to excite the imagination.
Cleopatra VII was the last queen of the Ptolemaic dynasty, who ruled Egypt between 305 and 30 BC. Legends are still made about her, and her beauty and intelligence are often sung in films. Historians know a lot about this queen, but one fact about Cleopatra is still shrouded in mystery – the place of her burial.
Cleopatra and Mark Antony committed suicide after their former ally and future emperor of Rome, Octavian Augustus, defeated Antony’s fleet in a naval battle off Actium in 31 BC. The lovers were buried together, but exactly where their tomb is located remains a mystery. If anyone ever finds the lovers’ grave, there’s a chance it could be empty, as tomb looting was common in ancient times.
Stone balls of Costa Rica
Giant stone spheres, some of which date back to 600 AD, are considered monuments of pre-Columbian civilization. Most of them are made from gabbro, a rock that forms from molten magma.
Many speculate that these mysterious orbs were used for astronomical purposes, while others believe that they could point the way to important places. The truth is, it’s all just speculation. The Chibcha people who once inhabited Costa Rica and other parts of Central America disappeared after the Spanish conquest, and the purpose of the spheres disappeared with them.
“Kites” of the deserts
The low stone walls that cross the deserts of Israel, Egypt and Jordan have puzzled archaeologists since their discovery by airmen in the early 20th century.
A 64 km long chain of lines, nicknamed by scientists as a “kite”, dates back to 300 BC. Its purpose has not yet been understood, but a recent study suggests that the purpose of these walls was to “guide” wild animals into a small pit where they could be easily killed.
Shroud of Turin
Perhaps no archaeological discovery is more discussed than the enigmatic Shroud of Turin, considered by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. On a long piece of cloth traces of blood are visible, as well as a darkened imprint of a human body.
It was first documented by the Catholic Church in France in 1353, but the legend itself dates back to the 30s of our era. According to stories, the shroud was transported from Judea (now southern Palestine) to Edessa (Turkey) and then to Constantinople (now Istanbul). When the Crusaders sacked Constantinople in 1204, the cloth was taken to Athens, where it was allegedly kept until 1225.
Scientists received this tissue for research only in the 1980s. Using radiocarbon dating, they determined that the supposed burial cloth of Jesus was actually created between 1260 and 1390 AD. In other words, scientists have determined that the shroud is most likely a medieval forgery. However, critics of this study argue that the scientists dated the newer pieces of fabric that were sewn together centuries after Jesus’ death.
One of the most mysterious finds, of course, is an ancient copper scroll discovered in 1952 off the coast of the Dead Sea. It is believed that his text tells about an incredible treasure of gold and silver.
A copper scroll was found next to other writings that were written on parchment and dates back to 50-100 AD. The researchers believe that the scroll could describe a treasure that was hidden by the locals to protect the treasure from Roman troops during the area’s frequent uprisings against the Roman Empire.
One of the most discussed books of the 20th century was an ancient text that no one could read. The Voynich manuscript was discovered by an antique bookseller in 1912, it is a 250-page book written in an unknown alphabet and with quite understandable illustrations (female nature, plants), and dates from the publication of the 600s.
The book is now in the Yale University Rare Manuscript Library. While some scholars believe that the manuscript is just a Renaissance hoax, there are those who think that the text of the book is written in an unknown language. Others believe that the texts contain some kind of code that has yet to be “hacked”.
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