Here are a few ancient secrets that our contemporaries managed to unveil. Read to the end to find out an astonishing fact about Christianity!
The vanished Nazca civilization
The people of Nazca became famous because of huge drawings made on the surface of the Nazca Desert in Peru. There were theories of their alien origins until scientists determined the Nazca people used these geoglyphs to communicate with gods by moving along the lines. The vanishing of their civilization had been no less mysterious until recently. Cambridge University researchers proved that it was defeated by a drought caused by deforestation. So scary!
The underground secret of the Easter Island heads
Did you know that the Moai heads actually have bodies? Some of them reaching 20 feet in height. Yet the greatest discovery was an experiment that proved the statues could really be made with the tools believed to have been popular among the people of that time.
The whale graveyard in Chile
An enormous whale graveyard was found in the middle of the Atacama Desert in Chile. Scientists couldn’t understand what might have caused such a mass suicide of whales until it was found that the remains belong to different time periods, the first of which occurred about 20,000 years ago. The death of the sea giants was caused by the flowering of toxic algae.
Mysterious notes in a copy of the Odyssey
A 500-year-old copy of Homer’s Odyssey featured strange handwritten notes in an unknown language. Italian enthusiasts Daniele Metilli and Giulia Accetta determined that the notes were a peculiar type of shorthand invented by Jean Coulon de Thévénot. Only the latest technological advancements and full data access allowed for the discovery to happen. However, the shorthand itself proved to be much more interesting than its meaning: it was just a French translation from Greek.
The black sinkhole in Florida
A diving expedition found mastodon tusks that had long grooves left by human tools — and those were found nearby as well. The discovery strongly suggests that humans inhabited the Florida area much earlier than had been thought initially, dating back 14,500 years.
The first computer of the Greeks
The Antikythera mechanism has been dubbed the world’s first computer. It was found on a sunken ship in about 80-50 B.C. The wooden case rotted off and metal parts corroded. Only recently have scientists finally managed to find out its purpose: it was a navigation device. It’s amazing that such a sophisticated machine could’ve existed at the time. Another such mechanism was only invented over a millennium later. Great job Greece!
The lost army of Cambyses II
In 524 B.C., the army of Persian King Cambyses II moved against the Ethiopians. Over 50,000 soldiers went to conquer the oases, but all of them vanished without a trace, leaving only a legend behind. It’s been only recently that the scientists Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni have found the remains of the legendary army, proving that during their 13 years of hard work the warriors didn’t just disappear but were killed in a violent sandstorm. Amazing!