Historians, archaeologists and numerous others have stumbled upon the strangest finds that makes us believe that our ancestors were far superior and more intelligent than we thought they were. Brilliant artifacts such as a wooden airplane model to devices that could calculate the motion of stars and planets, they had it all. Can you believe they had a map showing Antarctica covered in ice way before we discovered it? Scroll down to look at these and many more interesting discoveries you never knew about. Trust us! They are fascinating.
1. The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica
Monolithic sculptures made of granodiorite were discovered in the Diquis Delta of Costa Rica. Hundreds of these were found and were thought to be mysterious in be beginning since their origin and purpose was a mystery. These strange man made spheres can now be seen adorning official buildings such as Asamblea Legislativa.
2. The Baghdad Battery
The Baghdad Battery, more commonly known as the Parthian Battery was created during the Parthian period, perhaps used for electroplating gold and silver objects. They are terracotta pots containing a copper cylinder made of a rolled copper sheet with an iron rod inside.
3. Iron Pillar In Delhi
Standing tall at the center of Quwwatul Mosque is one of the most intriguing structures in Delhi. It is known to have been erected in honor of Hindu God, Vishnu, and in memory of the Gupta King Chandragupta II. The most interesting thing about this Iron pillar is that it has stood the test of time without showing any sign of rust or corrosion.
4. Aztec Calendar
Aztec Calendar was followed by the Aztecs which consisted of a 365 day cycle called Xiuhpohualli (year count) and a 260-day ritual cycle called Tonalpohualli (day count). Xiuhpohualli is considered to be the agricultural calendar, since it is based on the sun, and the Tonalpohualli is considered to be the sacred calendar.
5. Crystal Skulls
This was initially claimed to be a discovery made by a renowned British explorer F. A. Mitchell-Hedges‘s daughter. But the truth was that Mitchell Hedges purchased this skull at an auction at Sothebys in London. The skull which is made of quartz crystal is now believed to be in possession of Anna Mitchell Hedges. Many claim that the skull is Mesoamerican, possibly from the Mayan era, but scientific tests have not supported this claim.
6. The Catalan Atlas
The Catalan Atlas was used by the Majorcan Cartographic School and is the most important Catalan Map of the medieval period. The Atlas has six vellum leaves painted in many colors including Gold and Silver. It covers information on cosmography, astronomy and astrology. It also provides information to sailors about the tides and how to tell time at night.
7. Nazca Lines
Mysterious lines etched on the surface of the Nazca desert in Peru show various geometric shapes and also display pictures of animals and birds. These geoglyphs are known as Nazca lines. The origin and history behind these massive lines is a mystery. Some of these figures are over 200m across in size and can be seen clearly only from the sky.
8. Celtic Cross
This was probably introduced by St. Patrick in Ireland to convert the pagan Irish. This is believed to combine Christianity with the Sun Cross to emphasize the importance of life giving properties of the sun.
9. Alien Skulls
In the 1930’s, in a small village, 100 miles southwest of Chihuahua, Mexico,
two mysterious remains were found: a complete human skeleton and a smaller, malformed skeleton. Although, the smaller one looked malformed, the skull’s symmetry was astonishing and the bones were intricately shaped.
Talismans are normally objects that bear magical symbols and often worn to ward off evil spirits. Such Talismans are found across many periods and religions. For instance, ‘The Cross’ is a Talisman for Christians and the ‘Eye of Horus’ for the Egyptians.
11. The Georgia Guidestones
This 6m tall monument in Elbert County, USA is unique in the sense that the North Star is always visible when stood at the base and observed. It is made of 6 astronomically aligned granite slabs, a capstone, one slab stand in the center and around it are four vertical slabs.
Djed is a pillar like symbol that symbolise stability according to the Egyptian mythology. It is associated with the Creator god Ptah and Osiris. It is believed to represent his spine.
13. Dendera Lamps
In Hathor temple at the Dendera Temple, Egypt shows the use of electrical lighted technology on three stone walls. The evidence of electricity during that time is still a speculation which is based on many assumptions.
14. Phaistos Disk
The disc of Phaistos is the most important example of hieroglyphic inscription from Crete discovered in 1903, found near the depositories of the archive chamber, in the north – east apartments of the palace.
15. Fuente Magna
A large bowl engraved with zoological motifs and anthropomorphic characters was discovered by a country peasant CHUA Hacienda, property of the Manjon family located near Lake Titicaca about 75-80 km from the city of La Paz, Bolivia.
16. Ancient Airplanes
An airplane like model was discovered in 1898 in a tomb at Saqquara, Egypt. This was later dated as been created around 200 BC. It was thrown into a box and named ‘wooden bird’ as planes were not known at that time.
17. Voynich Manuscript
Voynich Manuscript is a hand written book in an unknown writing system. This has been carbon dated to the early 15th Century. This manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish book dealer who purchased it in 1912
18. Antikythera Mechanism
A clock like resembling device was found in 1901 at the isle of Antikythera. From the looks of it, it appears like some device used to calculate the motions of stars and planets.
19. Piri Reis Map
In 1929, a bunch of historians found a map shows the western coast of Africa, the eastern coast of South America, and the northern coast of Antarctica. What is interesting to note is how they managed to draw an accurate map of the Antarctic region 300 years before its discovery. Another startling observation is that the map shows the coastline under the ice.
20. Shroud Of Turin
The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man, a man that most people believe to be the Jesus of Nazareth. It is not certain whether it is really the cloth that was used to wrap his crucified body or a medieval forgery.