25 Mysterious Archaeological Discoveries No One Can Explain

Posted by , Updated on November 20, 2017


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.

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superhengeSource: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/picture-%E2%80%98super-henge%E2%80%99-buried-near-stonehenge

Near Stonehenge, archaeologists discovered a bigger monument buried under the ground. Called Superhenge, the site features 90 massive stones similar to Stonehenge lined up together. Using ground penetrating radar, the researchers were able to discover the monument. But they aren’t sure what it was used for. They believe the stones were deliberately buried in the ground.


The Bolshoi Zayatsky Labyrinths

stone labyrinthSource: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bolshoi-zayatsky-island

A small island off the coast of Russia, Bolshoi Zayatsky Island is less than one square mile in size but features an ancient site called The Bolshoi Zayatsky Labyrinths. Dating back to 30,000 B.C., these stone heaps and earthen mounds cover most of the island. Archaeologists don’t know who built them or their purpose but have guessed it may have been an altar or ritual ceremony.


The Cochno Stone

cochnoSource: https://www.livescience.com/56287-ancient-cochno-stone-reburied.html

Archaeologists in Scotland excavated a 5,000 years old stone slab with swirling geometric decorations. The Cochno Stone measured about 43 feet by 26 feet and the decorations are called “cup and ring marks” which have been found in prehistoric locations all over the world. The meaning of the artwork is unknown. After unearthing the stone, they reburied it to protect it from being damaged by vandals.


300,000 year old nanostructures

uralSource: http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/ancient-nanostructures-found-ural-mountains-are-out-place-and-time-002046

In 1991, coil-shaped artifacts were discovered near the banks of Russia’s Kozhim, Narada, and Balbanyu rivers near the Ural Mountains. After examining the artifacts they determined they were mostly made of copper. While some tried to dismiss the artifacts as debris from test rockets at the nearby space station, Moscow Insitute said they were far too old to be debris, claiming they were at least 318,000 years old.


The Tomb of Sunken Skulls

skullSource: http://www.history.com/news/human-skulls-mounted-on-stakes-found-at-stone-age-burial-site

Archaeologists in Sweden discovered an 8,000 year old burial site, with the remains of 11 human skulls of men, women, children, and infants. It’s believed Stone Age hunter-gatherers at the time mounted the skulls on stakes and buried them in a lake as part of a ceremony. However, why they would do such a macabre practice remains a mystery.

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