Despite all the things we’ve learned about ancient history, there’s still many unexplained archaeological discoveries. Most discoveries give us a window into the past. However, there are some discoveries that defy popular knowledge about ancient civilizations and their capabilities. Like, how was Stonehenge built? What are the Nazca lines for? What’s the deal with the devil’s bible? But, just because we don’t understand something, doesn’t mean we can’t try and learn from it. Eventually, we’ll figure it out. In the meantime, it’s fun to enjoy the mystery of the past. Check out these 25 mysterious archaeological discoveries no one can explain.
Dating back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, Roman Dodecahedrons still puzzle archaeologists. About 3 cm to 10 cm in size, the object is in a shape of a pentagon with large holes on all sides and knobs on each point. Many theories have pointed to the artifact being a possible measuring device or religious relic. One thing we do know is they were highly valued by their owners and hundreds of them have been found all over Europe.
The Big Circles
Eight mysterious large circles have been discovered in Jordan and Syria using satellite imagery. Ranging from 720 ft to 1,490 ft (220 meters to 455 meters), no one knows their purpose or their date. Archaeologists still need to excavate to discover more, but the materials found suggest they could date back to the early bronze age up to the Roman period.
The Copper Scroll Treasure
A part of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Copper Scroll was found in 1952. The mystery with this scroll is how different it is from the other Dead Sea Scrolls. When they opened it, they translated the text to read, “In the fortress which is in the Vale of Achor, forty cubits under the steps entering to the east: a money chest and it [sic] contents, of a weight of seventeen talents.” That’s right. It’s a treasure map. People are actively trying to find the Copper Scroll Treasure but its location still puzzles hunters.
The Rongorongo Writing
Discovered on Easter Island in the 19th century, the Rongorongo Writing is a series of tablets with glyphs on it. The glyphs have not be deciphered but some believe it could explain the mysterious disappearance of the ancient civilization on Easter Island.
Located in Scotland and dating back 4,000 years ago, the Clava Cairns is an unusual and unexplained formation of standing stones. What troubles researchers is how people of that era could move all the large stones into one place. While they aren’t sure what the cairn could be meant for, some theories have suggested a burial site, a tool to map the solstice, and even aliens.
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