The history of the world is full of surprising mysteries. None of us will live long enough to see them resolved. But it’s always interesting to take a look at some of the really weird stuff that’s under the surface.
Discoveries That Scientists Can’t Explain
8. Moa Birds
The Moa birds were birds that did not fly and inhabited New Zealand, which became extinct around the year 1500. According to one theory, the Māori people killed them.
During an expedition in the 20th century, scientists stumbled upon a very large claw from one of the birds that had somehow been incredibly well preserved for centuries.
7. The Temple Complex Of Saksaywaman, Peru
The perfect stonework of this ancient temple complex, which was completed without the use of a single drop of mortar, is truly amazing.
In some cases, it is impossible to pass a piece of paper between the stones. Additionally, each block has a smooth surface and rounded corners. How was it built? Nobody knows.
6. Gate Of The Sun, Bolivia
The Gate of the Sun can be found in Tiwanaku, a mysterious and ancient city in Bolivia. Some archaeologists believe that it was the center of a great empire during the First Millenium AD.
No one has any idea what the sculptures on the Gate mean. Possibly they have some astrological or astronomical significance.
5. Longyou Caves, China
These caves were gouged out of sandstone by human hands. Such a difficult job would require the participation of thousands of people.
However, these caves and the methods used to build them are not mentioned anywhere in historical records.
4. The Underwater City Of Yonaguni, Japan
This ancient complex was discovered by chance by the diving instructor Kihachiro Aratake. The underwater city has confused all scientific theories.
The rock from which it was excavated submerged about 10,000 years ago, long before the Egyptian pyramids were erected.
Some archaeologists believe that, during this early time, people still huddled in caves and lived on edible roots rather than hunting; they certainly failed to build stone cities.
3. Mohenjo-Daro (‘The Mount of the Dead’), Pakistan
The secret of this city’s downfall has perplexed experts for decades. In 1922, Indian archaeologist R. D. Banerji discovered ancient ruins on one of the islands in the Indus River.
Questions arose: how was this great city destroyed? What happened to its inhabitants? Countless excavations offered no answers.
2. Stone Age Tunnels
The discovery of an extensive network of underground tunnels, spanning all of Europe, from Scotland to Turkey, shows that the Stone Age communities were not simply hunter-gatherers.
But the true purposes of the tunnels remain a mystery. Some researchers believe that they were used as protection against predators, while others believe that they provided a way to travel safely, protected from the rigors of the weather and various conflicts.
1. The Giant Stone Spheres Of Costa Rica
These mysterious stone formations are intriguing not only for their perfectly spherical shape but also for their unknown origins and purposes.
They were discovered in the 1930s by workers who cleared the forest of a banana plantation. Local legends suggested that the mysterious spheres contained hidden gold, but ended up empty.