Throughout history sensational discoveries have been made. Spectacular cities, tombs, documents and objects have been unearthed. Most finds had to be painstakingly researched for years before answers became clear and an understanding could be made. However, there are those discoveries that continue to evoke awe and remain just as puzzling as the day they were found.
Discovered by divers searching an ancient shipwreck 200 feet below the surface of the Isle of Antikythera, the Antikythera Mechanism still baffles scientists to this day.
The 2,000 year old device is like a clock which contains gears, dials and plates bearing Greek inscriptions and appears to have been used as an astronomical calendar.
Later x-rays of the mechanism showed the absolute sophistication of the device. It could predict the movements and positions of the sun, moon, Venus and Mercury and could possibly even have predicted the movements of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
It is known the Greeks were mathematically advanced and had knowledge of simple mechanics, but nothing on record alludes to the complexity of this particular device and none like it have been found since.
13 strange, crystal skulls have been found in Mexico, Central America and South America around ancient Mayan and Aztec sites; certain evidence even links some of the skulls as having come from ancient Peru.
Thought to be anywhere from 5,000 to 36,000 years old, natives to the lands of these finds have no idea as to where they originated but say they contain magical, and even healing, properties.
The construction of these skulls defies all that is known regarding the art of cutting crystals. Examinations of the skulls and how they were carved and formed indicates they should have splintered, broken or fallen apart.
Todays most skilled sculptors and engineers, who have studied the skulls and their workmanship, admit even they could not create something from crystal in the way the skulls were made.
Piri Reis Map
In 1929 an unusually accurate map for its time was discovered. Created on the skin from a gazelle, the map was examined and deemed absolutely genuine.
Created in 1513 by the Turkish navy’s admiral, Piri Reis, the map details very accurately the coastline of Antarctica as it would appear beneath the ice. The map was created some 300 years before Antarctica was ever discovered.
Science today states the earliest the Antarctica coastline could have been mapped out in such a way to where there would have been no ice covering it would have been about 6,000 years ago.
Piri Reis wrote on the back of this map and noted that he simply copied the map from other, much older, maps; some dating back as far as the 4th century BCE. It is widely thought these source maps Piri Reis mentions may have come from the legendary Library of Alexandria.
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