Top 10 Most Incredible Recent Discoveries
The past is like another planet one we can never reach it is a land where the answers to all our questions irretrievably lie, but now and then the archaeologists of the world discover something cool that inches us closer to picking apart the mysteries of our planet and eventually solving the greatest conundrum of them.
All that were our ancestors really like when a broken piece of a human's upper jaw was found in Israel, in late 2017 it dumbfounded experts until this discovery all fossil records had suggested that our species first appeared in East Africa around about 200,000 years ago.
This idea was completely subverted in June of 2017, when fossils found on the jebel in hoods site in Morocco looked to be about 350,000 years old significantly pushing back the potential early origins of Homo sapiens and rewriting what we knew about the history of our species, the Israeli upper jaw find compliments.
The Moroccan discovery as studies shows it is 180,000 years old, meaning homo sapiens were also taking their early steps into Eurasia far earlier than we would have ever previously hypothesized it seems humans were exploring the world and potentially conquering it far quicker than we could have associated and evidence of such conquering has turned up in the strangest of places.
When an 8-year old Swedish American girl was playing in her local lake, she stumbled upon something her father initially mistook for nothing but a stick however both he and his daughter would soon realize it was something significantly more curious than that and they had no idea.
How it had got there they're at the bottom of the Vito Stern lake in tunnel smullin young sega Bennett check found a very real sore sadly pulling a sword out of the water didn't grant her dominion over a kingdom like Arthur once her father realized she was wielding something far more dangerous than an average lump of wood.
He quickly took it from her hands and reported it to the authorities, but how did it get there they swiftly realized this wasn't exactly a modern a blade that had been recently dumped this was something far older donated to a local museum staff member Chao Mord Sturm was quick to estimate that the blade may date back to the fifth and sixth-century ad making.
It pre Viking Age historians and archaeologists the world over were immediately fascinated with this once water-dwelling curiosity these sorts of projects take the time which is something medieval archeology expert Amit Ram needed when trying to decipher the true meaning of the graffiti stone Israeli researchers and Greek workers discovered something incredibly mysterious that has been hiding in plain sight for hundreds of years in a shadowy corner of Jerusalem's very own Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
There has long sat a black rock roughly the size of the average dining-room table for years, this two-ton block has been affectionately known as the graffiti stone because tourists tend to scribble their unique carvings into it in 2017, a Greek team of architects and engineers were working on restoring the integrity of the church.
It had been long in danger of collapse, and in doing so used a crane to move the mysterious graffiti stone the first time it had shifted in centuries as it was being moved Amit Ram of the Israeli antiques Authority who had been tasked with monitoring the renovation noticed.
Particular intricate circular carvings in the limestone that had been previously shielded from view there was no way a tourist had carved, these strange circular patterns their origin was all the more mysterious Bram was quick to lock himself away in a library and research desperately hunting for evidence of other stones with similar decorations after significant work.
He found that the geometric patterns on the stone matched his style popular in Rome in the 12th century the design on the stone was used to symbolize both temporal and spiritual power by the papacy suggesting, that it was no mere slab of rock and an ancient altar of significant spiritual value in his studying ray M has concluded.
That it was used for mass until a sudden fire consumed the church in around about 1808, the catastrophe destroyed the building and in the rebuild, the altar wound up buried under the new floor archaeologists in 1969 began excavating and found the stone later leaving.
It to the side sat for decades presumed to be unimportant as an ancient Mesoamerican city and the site of many of the most architectural II significant to Mesoamerican pyramids to have been in the pre-Columbian era of the Americas Theo - Akan is already steeped in wonder and intrigue and is exactly the sort of place.
Where you would expect to find such an ancient altar home of the incredibly complex and iconic structure the pyramid of the moon-- you would think that the city had thrown everything it had to offer at us, but in 2018 archeologists discovered Teotihuacan had yet more secrets when they confirmed the existence of a hidden tunnel in the city.
That had remained unknown for centuries, but why did the tunnel exist what purpose did it serve the tunnel leads to a previously unaccessible deep underneath the aforementioned lunar pyramid the purpose of the creepy room is unclear but the more they have studied it the more researchers have come to believe the chamber was possibly used for funerals with the tunnel itself representing.
The route to the underworld this idea of marching the body of the deceased down a pathway designed to symbolize such a concept was common among the Maya Aztecs and many other pre-Columbian societies safe passage to the other side is something that was sorely needed in the Western Roman city of Pompeii.
When nearly 2,000 years ago, the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius unleashed a natural disaster unlike anything there had ever been before or since claiming, the lives of as many as 30,000 people, but as the lava flowed clouds of ash blanketed the city and in doing so preserved the paintings on the walls of a newly discovered room by keeping out all water and life in recent years.
Archaeologists have found the said room and in doing, so have seen what was painted on those walls the mural in question is an epic shrine known as scenario a name given to artworks that honor household spirits such shrines were a common feature of Roman households, but most have fallen victim to the brutal touch of time or in the case of those in Pompeii and utterly destroyed.
But the natural preservation process triggered by the Ash means the Laurium in this one home are as bold bright, and vibrant as they were back in their day while Pompeii may be lost a whole new city of some kind has been found a September 2018 article for history calm revealed that the largest ever survey of a region from the Maya civilization revealed 60,000 structures in northern Guatemala.
That had previously been a secret the structures include everything from houses to canals to farms completely subverting the previously established assumption that this area was sparsely populated instead there was an entire population up and running as revealed by the plethora of crumbled Billings found buried beneath.
The dirt for some discovering an entire city is true, the holy grail of archeology and here, it is others, however, would consider something more theologically themed the holy grail of archeology, Israel is something of a treasure trove when it comes to mysteries discoveries and some of those are intriguing ancient art archeologists from the University of Haifa stumbled upon a 1500-year-old painting.
In the ruins of a farming village from the Byzantine era in southern Israel Negev desert, it is a simplistic doodle-like something a child might do that you might put onto a fridge, but art historian Emma Mayen phone is convinced it is an artistic recreation of Jesus at his baptism looking down at us you would be forgiven for saying that it doesn't look all that much like the Son of God.
But here's the curious thing the Gospels never actually described, Jesus's appearance every image of him is based on later artistic versions in earlier centuries Jesus was depicted in many different ways before the classic images of the long hair and beard became the norm in the 6th century.
This wall picture depicts a priest 6th-century idea of Jesus with a clean-shaven face and short curly hair as opposed to long flowing locks, if the image is what my Infinera thinks, it is it's a significant piece of history the man Jesus Christ depicted as he truly was and it's not just elements of Christian stories.
The archaeologists unearthed we all know the story of the Jojen whores the tale of how men's snuck themselves into the city of Tenaya by hiding themselves inside a giant wooden horse, but where exactly is Tenaya anyway where is this city of people dumb enough to think of a giant wooden horse like a normal present it's been long gone to the point that some thought.
It was nothing, but a myth, and ever since the most Orwellian of years 1984, archeologists have been trying to hunt down any remnants of its supposed existence the quest began when archaeologist Elena Korca discovered a buried sarcophagus in a village located.
In the Peloponnese region which is just south of Athens, she knew there had to be more to this discovery and wanted to get digging in the same area again as soon as she could, but that return visit didn't take place until 2013 when coca arrived with an army sized research team to start a long-term excavation project things finally heated up in 2018.
When they unearthed chilling tombs stocked with bronze gold silver vases, and of course bones, but this was only the beginning from here, the dig headed north where Korca and her archaeologists stumbled upon the remains of buildings from an ancient city within an area of 672 meters square.
They dug up buried columns floors and walls and soon realized the tombs they had found was the graveyard of Tenaya, and now they had found the rest of the city, until this point Tenaya existed only in myths and historical texts there was no evidence to suggest.
It ever existed archaeologists have found in a grave in southeastern Bulgaria is an eighteen hundred-year-old jar shaped like the head of a boxer or wrestler although if you want to get technical, it is a ball samarium which is a very specific type of jar used to store liquids like perfumes of balms.
The jar is a creepy and curious piece with experts mystified as to what it's supposed to be made of brass, it seems to depict a man with a goatee and bent nose the facial injury is what led many experts to think it is a depiction of a boxer one who is yet to heal from a recent injury.
But others theorized that the goatee has a demonic feel a vibe aided by the fact a man the jar immortalizes seems to be wearing a hat made of a deceased cat, but then again maybe that's just what boxers in those days wore even though we can't imagine Muhammad Ali wearing a stuffed Garfield on his head we hope you enjoyed.