Many interesting things are discovered every year; we have already published numerous posts with different kinds of remarkable discoveries. To name a few, we showed you 25 Most Shocking Discoveries In The Last Year, these 25 Recent Space Discoveries That Blew Our Minds, and these 25 Intense Archaeological Discoveries Which Rewrote History. Today’s post is also dedicated to notable discoveries, but this time around, we will show you some of most disturbing, terrifying, and scariest discoveries that have ever been made. From decapitated gladiators to frozen sacrifice mummies, here are 25 Creepiest Discoveries Ever Made.
Mass Baby Grave
One of the most gruesome recent archeological discoveries was made in Southern Israel. In the ancient seaport of Ashkelon, more than a hundred infant skeletons were found. It was determined that the skeletons date back to the Roman Era. Who the babies were and why they were killed remains a mystery.
The Indonesian island of Flores became the site of a spooky discovery in 2003 when scientists unearthed the bones of the petite ancient hominin Homo Floresiensis, also known as the Hobbit. At first, the researchers believed the bones may have belonged to a human with Microcephalia (condition characterized by small head and short stature), but later discoveries of similarly sized skeletons suggested the Hobbit is not just a tiny human — it is a species.
In June 2009, archeologists made a shocking discovery in the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset, England. While preparing for the Weymouth Relief Road, they discovered a mass grave containing the remains of 54 headless skeletons and 51 skulls in a pile within a Roman quarry no longer in use. Experts think the men may have been executed for some sort of treason.
Any discovery of a human skeleton is somewhat creepy, but what happened after the discovery of four prehistoric mummies in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides in 2001 is downright horrifying. Radiocarbon dating and stable isotope analysis revealed that the mummies were actually made of body parts from several different people, arranged to look like one person.
Moa Bird Foot
In 1987, a team of archaeologists was carrying out a routine expedition in a cave on Mount Owen in New Zealand when they stumbled across a scary object – a gigantic, dinosaur-like foot still intact with flesh and scaly skin. It was so well-preserved that the scientists thought it came from an animal that had only died recently. Further examination revealed it actually was the 3,300-year-old mummified remains of the large prehistoric Moa Bird.
Photos: 25. Gulustan, Guba mass grave (1), CC BY-SA 3.0 (not actual grave), 24. Ryan Somma, Homo floresiensis, CC BY-SA 2.0, 23. Mario Modesto Mata, Spanish Civil War – Mass grave – Estépar, Burgos, CC BY-SA 4.0, (not the actual grave), 22. Wikimedia commons (public domain), 21. Ryan Baumann, Moa foot, CC BY 2.0, 20. PLoS, Neandertal skull from la chapelle aux saints, CC BY 2.5 (not the actual skeleton), 19. Alan Levine via flickr, CC BY 2.0, (not the actual foot), 18. Didier Descouens, 9 October 2010, Sépulture de Teviec (6), CC BY-SA 4.0, (not actual grave), 17. Billie Owens, Ovarian teratoma, CC BY-SA 3.0, (not the actual teratoma), 16. Oregon State University, Mating ball of garter snakes, CC BY-SA 2.0, 15. Jin Zan, Peder Winstrup’s coffin, Lund Cathedral, Lund, CC BY-SA 4.0 , 14. publicdomainpictures.net (public domain) (not the actual cemetery), 13. Airman st Class Perry Aston via lakenheath.af.mil (public domain), 12. max pixel (public domain), 11. 120, Otzi-Quinson, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 10. grooverpedro, Llullaillaco mummies in Salta city, Argentina, CC BY 2.0 , 9. Wikimedia commons (public domain), 8. Bin im Garten, Vampire skeleton of Sozopol in Sofia PD 2012 06, CC BY-SA 3.0, (not the actual grave), 7. I, Peter Potrowl, Sarcophage de la reine Arégonde, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 6. http://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/obf_images/3e/8e/db54c227cbb344e97fcc04585eb7.jpg, Skeleton, mature female, showing effects of leprosy, from a Wellcome L0058449, CC BY 4.0 (not actual skeleton), 5. Wikimedia commons (public domain), 4. Ikiwaner, Aberdeen St Nicholas Kirk, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 3. © Copyright Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence, (not actual tree), 2. publicdomainpictures.net (public domain), (not actual car), 1. pixabay (public domain) (not actual barrel)