Fun Facts about Lost Artifacts:
– Stone Spheres known as Las Bolas are scattered throughout the Diquis Delta of southern Costa Rica. They were the works of a pre-Columbian civilization.
– In 1938 in China’s cave were discovered hundreds of ancient stone discs with a story of a spaceship that crashed into the mountains, piloted by a race called the Dropa.
– A fossil of a human handprint was found inside limestone that was estimated to be 110 million years old.
– Nearly 6000 mysterious artifacts known as fulachtai fia were found in the waterways and marshes of Ireland and the UK that date back to the middle-bronze age.
– The artifact, known as the Antikythera mechanism, was found in the wreckage of a 2,000 year-old Greek cargo ship, and it’s the most sophisticated device from that period.
– In 1898, a bird-shaped artifact made of sycamore wood was discovered during the excavation of the Pa-di-Imen tomb in Saqqara, Egypt.
– The Codex Gigas is the world’s largest known ancient manuscript. It’s often referred to as the Devil’s bible.
– In 1974, workers along the Mures river discovered an object that was composed of 89% aluminum, with traces of copper, zinc, lead, dated 300-400 years old.
– In the 1950s, a photograph emerged of a giant stone head of the ancient civilization known as the Olmec in Guatemala.
– Metal springs, eyelets, spirals and other metal objects were found in layers of 100,000-year-old sediment, while people start working with metal 9,000 years ago.
– On Bolshoi Zayatsky Island in Russia were found at least 13 stone labyrinths made by Prehistoric people, as early as 3000 B.C
– About 300 ancient labyrinths are known to exist world-wide, but exactly what they were used for is unknown.
– London hammer is believed to be as old as 500 million years, which were found in 1934 or 1936, by a walking couple in Texas.
– Stonehenge – the ring of stones were erected approximately 4,000 years ago,
– In 1885 in France, a metal cube was found inside a block of coal, and in 1912, an iron pot was discovered in a large chunk of coal.
– Twenty-four mysterious carvings have been discovered on Easter Island (famous for its giant head statues) made for unknown reason.
– The low stone walls crisscrossing the deserts of Egypt, Israel and Jordan have puzzled scientists ever since their discovery in the early 20th century.
– An ancient copper scroll was discovered at the archaeological site of Qumran in 1952 that possibly describes a hidden treasure of gold and silver.
– The old map was drawn in 1513 by Pri Reis- an admiral of the Turkish Navy shows Antarctica without ice, which supposedly wasn’t discovered for 300 more years.
– The Nazca Lines are giant glyphs carved into the ground located in a Peruvian desert. The glyphs cover more than 450 square km
– In the Urfa plain of southeast Turkey, there is a temple whose ruins are thought to be the oldest known organized place of worship in the world.
– The Voynich manuscript dates back 600 years is written in an unknown alphabet that nobody can read.
– In 1929, a worker who was repairing a sewage ditch in China uncovered multiple jade and stone artifacts of the Sanxingdui civilization.
– Somewhere between 200 BC and 800 A.D., the city of Nan Madol was built on a coral reef near Micronesia. The city consisted of roughly 100 artificial islands.
– The Ubaid statues of Iraq were found mostly in Tell Al’Ubaid, as well as in Ur and Eridu. They are hand-sized statuettes depicting lizard or snakelike people.
– Dodecahedrons holes of varying sizes on each face date back to the Roman empire, but nobody has ever found a record of what they did.
– A shoe-print fossil discovered in a seam of coal in Fisher Canyon, Nevada is believed to be about 15 million-years-old.
– The Nazca drawings depict lines, geometrical figures, animals, and figures that we haven’t entirely figured out yet.
– Near the city of Cuzco, amazing Sacsayhuaman walls first fascinated the Spanish conquistadores. Made from limestone blocks that weigh about 300 tons each.
– The decree on the Rosetta stone is inscribed in three scripts: ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, Egyptian demotic script and ancient Greek.
– The Library of Ashurbanipal includes more than 30,000 pieces of historical texts, administrative and legal documents, medical treatises, ‘magical’ manuscripts and literary works
– Dead Sea Scrolls include more than 900 manuscripts in 11 caves in the surrounding area in Qumran.