Archaeologists are always digging things up and good, because that’s literally what they’re paid to do, but while some of the things they find are no more interesting than a rusty old coin, some of the things they find are truly peculiar.
These are the most amazing finds archaeologists still can’t explain.
Number 15: – Nazca lines.
The mysterious nazca lines are located in the Nazca Desert in Peru, South America.
They are massive geometrical shapes in the ground that represent different animals.
Some lines are 30 meters wide and can stretch as long as nine kilometers.
They were discovered in the 1920s when a plane flew over them, and are so big it’s impossible to see them from the ground.
They were created between 500 Bc and 500 ad by people digging incisions in the desert floor, but the precision of the geoglyphs is so accurate that it’s very hard to explain how they did them and what tools they used.
In the years leading up to 2020, between 80 and 100 new figures had been found with the use of drones, and archaeologists believe that there are more to be found.
The Nazca lines have been naturally preserved for so long because of the stable and dry climate of the plateau where they are.
It’s so dry there it rains only one inch of water a year, but the true mystery is how and why they were made.
Some archaeologists seem to think they made them to be visible to the deities in the sky.
Other people think they represented the constellations they saw in the night sky.
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Now it’s time for the odd topic.
This photo showcases a horrifying find that was dug up as part of an archaeological dig.
That’s gotten everybody talking.
This bird’s eye view shot reveals the sheer scale of what was found, and we don’t know about you, but as far as we’re concerned, this thing is terrifying.
It appears to be the skeleton of a leviathan sized angel.
Shortly after it was found, somebody came out and said that it was nothing but a prop from a movie set, but when that person was asked what movie, they stopped answering their emails.
That’s gotten people wondering if this excuse was a cover up and this skeleton actually is real.
What do you think?
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With that said, let’s keep things moving.
Valley of the Whales
Number 14: – valley of the whales.
Imagine one day walking in the western Desert of Egypt, miles away from the coast, and finding the fossilized skeleton of a 50-foot long marine mammal.
That’s what happened to Philip Gingrich when he stumbled upon Wadi Al-Hitan, also known as the valley of the whales.
The fossils in question were those of a Basal Asaurus Whale, and the outstanding discovery is that it had delicate hind legs.
Yeah, You heard that right: a whale with feet.
After that first discovery, the fossils just kept coming.
They found over 1500 marine vertebrate skeletons.
Amongst them are other early animals such as sharks, crocodiles, sawfish, turtles and rays, and even fossilized shark teeth from 41 million years ago.
So how’s it possible to find such a large number of marine fossils in the middle of the desert, all perfectly preserved?
Well, thousands of millennia ago, there was a shallow sea there, before even the first human ancestor stood up on their hind legs to walk, and even before the shifting and tectonic plates crushed India into Asia, thus creating the Himalaya.
And because the western Desert of Egypt is so extremely dry, the bones were perfectly unharmed, waiting for us to discover them and telling a perfectly written story of how the oceans used to be.
Number 13: Gobekli Tepa.
Gobekli Tepa is believed to be the oldest built structure in the world.
It was discovered in 1994 on the crest of a mountain also called Gobekli tepa in Turkey.
The site is a number of t-shaped limestone megaliths, some of which are 16 feet in height and can weigh 50 tons.
They’re arranged in circular formations, but the size wasn’t the most mind-blowing discovery, but how old it actually is.
We thought for a long time that stonehenge in the Uk was the oldest structure in the world, but Gobekli Tepa was radiocarbon, dated to before 9000 bc, that’s more than 11 000 years ago.
That’s over 6 000 years before Stonehenge was even beginning to be built.