Archaeology has played a great role in helping humanity understand the history of humanity. The data collected from some of these archaeological digs have also helped scientists predict future events based on particular historical patterns. However, some archaeological discoveries have had scientists scratching their heads. The mystery behind such archaeological discoveries is the fact that they do not fit in the way we understand history or they do not fit in their timeline. Another name for research conducted in this field of archaeology is “forbidden archaeology.” These artefacts or their locations are so mind-blowing that many egg heads have chosen to ignore them altogether. Here is a list of ten such archaeological discoveries.
10. Radioactive Human Remains found in India and Pakistan
Mohenjo-Daro and Harrap are two ancient cities found in the present day India and Pakistan. Archaeologists were doing what they did best when they came across dozens of human bones. As expected this was a big breakthrough in their work. After half a dozen high fives, they proceeded to conduct some tests on the human bones as well as the surrounding areas. To their surprise, they found out that the bones had fused with other bones and intense radiation had crystallized the bricks. After a careful analysis of the archaeological site, there was only one plausible explanation, a nuclear explosion. Up until today, scientists do not know anything else that could have caused this damage except a nuclear bomb. If you were planning for a trip to India make sure you avoid that area because it is highly radioactive.
- Antikythera Mechanism
Antikythera Mechanism is dated almost a hundred years before Christ. This mechanism is a carefully designed machine that was found in a ship that had sunk near Greece. The most baffling thing about this artefact was that it contained structures and gears that were not found the machines hundred years before Christ. After careful study, the scientists concluded that it was used to calculate astronomical positions. The scientists cannot agree who made the machine or where it was made. There is a popular belief that it was made in Greece since the instructions on it are in Greek (this genius conclusion was arrived at after spending more than a million dollars of the taxpayers’ money). The most baffling thing about this machine is that it was used to measure astronomical positions at a time when nobody alive knew anything about heavenly bodies or laws of gravity.
- The Voynich Manuscript
This ancient book has thwarted all efforts to decipher its contents for over a hundred years. No one even knows which kind of alphabetic system is used in that book. The strange thing about this manuscript is that whoever wrote it did it in a very organized way. That rules out the concept of some idiot scribbling rubbish. It has pictures of herbs (most of which are unknown to modern scientists) as well as astronomical drawings. That alone increased the confusion tenfold since no one knew for sure where it belonged to an alchemist or an astronomer. Cryptographers, military code-breakers have, linguists and mathematicians have tried to decipher it without success. Different people have given their opinions about the manuscript and as you can guess their ideas have been all over the table, and some are completely insane. Some insane ideas include glossalalia (writing things that you do not understand because they are being channelled to you by God, aliens or spirits).
- Costa Rica’s Giant Balls
We have all at one time, or another came across civilizations in our history books that were really into shapes and other weird stuff. While that may be true, the spherical balls in Costa Rica bring another set of data in our equation leading us to assess our understanding of the people who lived centuries ago. These spherical balls range in size and weight. There are a small spherical ball and big ones that weigh several tonnes. The baffling thing about these balls is that they are in perfect spherical shape. No one knows why they were made or why considering they have been lying there for years. However, the small ones have been stolen, and some have been destroyed by treasure hunters who thought there might be rich minerals inside those balls.
- 320 Million Year Old Iron Screw
This ancient screw was discovered about 300 kilometres south of Moscow. Russian scientists were investigating the remains of a meteorite when they came across the iron screw that had been enclosed in a rock. The rock enclosing the iron screw was found to be 320 million years old. All those years ago there were no intelligent life forms on earth, even dinosaurs. Looking closely at the screw there is no doubt that it is a screw and the nut and head are visible. It is about 4 centimetres and 3 millimetres in diameters. The origin of the screw has left scientists scratching their heads (many of them secretly think it belongs to the aliens).
- Ancient Chinese Plumbing (Baigong Pipes)
On Mt. Baigong, there are hundreds of ancient pipes that reach from the caves onto the lake below. There are also more pipes inside the lake. It is worth noting that this part of China is inhabitable for humans. The big question is who made those pipes and why. Some of the pipes on the mountains go deep into the mountain. Another strange thing about this piping system is that these pipes are placed in a purposeful pattern. This indicates whoever did it had a pretty good idea of what they were doing. Tests conducted on these pipes indicate that they were constructed during the nomadic times (before humans discovered there was an activity called farming leave alone iron casting or drilling mountains). Another strange thing is that despite these pipes being rusted, they are clear of debris. This strongly indicates that they were there for a purpose other than trying to drain the lake. Some scientists believe that it was a landing base for alien ships or an astronomy lab.
- The Klerksdorp Spheres
Klerksdorp spheres were found in Pyrophyllite (crystallized rock deposits) by South African miners. They are around five millimetres to ten centimetres in diameter. Nobody knows the origin of these spheres. Some of them have concentric rings engraved on their surface running along the equator. The craziest and most insane fact about these small spheres is that the Pyrophyllite they were found to be 3 billion years old! That pretty well blows the theory of intelligent life out of the window. Another interesting fact about these spheres is that they have near perfect balance. It beats the technology used by NASA and does not forget that these are the same guys who make gyrocompasses. The spheres have a balance of one-thousandths of an inch. It takes zero-gravity environment to create such balance. Finally, these spheres rotate on their axis twice a year without any surrounding vibrations! Cool, right?
- Baghdad Batteries
These batteries have been found all over Iraq. They usually date from 200AD to 600AD. This indicates that people who lived all those centuries ago knew more about electricity than we thought. Initial studies seem to suggest that they were used to electroplate jewellery with silver and gold. However, after more research, this seems not to be the case. That did not help the scientists answer that nagging question; who knew about electricity several centuries before Ben Franklin?
- Mexican City of Power
Teotihuacan, Mexico is an ancient city whose walls are embedded with extensive sheets of mica. In modern times, mica is used in energy production and technology. The strange thing about the mica found on the walls of the ancient city is that the nearest quarry containing mica is thousands of miles away in Brazil. The big question is why did the people who built this city go to such extremes and incorporate mica into their buildings. Many scientists believe that the civilization that built the city may have been trying to harness some form of energy to power their city which is long forgotten.
- Fossil of a Giant
December 1895 was a strange day in Ireland for the men of science. A mining operation that was being conducted in Antrim, Ireland had led to the discovery of a giant. The giant was over 12 feet tall, his girth of the chest was six feet, and six inches and the arms were four feet and six inches in length. As if that was not spooky or disturbing enough, the giant had six toes on his right foot. After scientists hit a stone wall in solving the giant’s mystery, the men of the cloth could not let the chance pass without reminding the scientists of 2 Samuel 21:20 “And there was again war at Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.”