The most amazing archaeological discoveries

These incredible archaeological finds surpass the famous discoveries of Indiana Jones and call into question, our vision of human history and past.


Although most people, when they hear about archaeology, imagine the adventures of Steven Spielberg’s famous films, the reality is that the work of archaeologists is much more methodical and scientific than we can see on the big screen. However, archaeologists don’t always spend their time digging up old pottery amphorae or measuring bones in a museum.

Sometimes, they have the opportunity to find mysterious objects and unique pieces from ancient cultures that make us think that thousands of years ago, humans had more advanced tools than simple stone axes or wooden spears.

Baghdad’s electric batteries

An archaeologist of Austrian origin was discovered in the basement of the Baghdad museum in 1938 by Dr Wilhelm Konig. The mysterious object is a small terracotta amphora or container, measuring 15 centimeters high and 7.5 centimeters in diameter, with an iron rod inserted inside a copper and clay cylinder as an insulator; in addition to this mechanism, they have an asphalt stopper at the base. Several of these piles were found in the ruins of Khujut Rabu and date back at least 5000 years.

Combustion elements from 20,000 years ago

In the 1990s, in Russia, thousands of metal artifacts were found buried at a depth of between 4 and 15 meters, spiral-shaped and very small; mostly copper, tungsten and molybdenum, which are elements that promote combustion and scientists induced that these objects date back 20,000 and 50,000 years ago. The first hypotheses that were handled claimed that it was extraterrestrial technology.

The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta stone is one of the most valuable finds for the scientific community, because it is the source of understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphics and was discovered by Pierre-Fransois Bouchard, in 1799. It is a fragment of granodiorite stone, which contains Egyptian hieroglyphics, demotic writing and ancient Greek, communicating what is supposed, is a decree published in Menphis in 196 BC. It is currently in the British Museum, where it has been on display since 1802.

The terracotta army

It consists of 8000 figures of men, with scale of an average human and also life-size horses, who were buried with the body of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China in 210-209 BC. Apparently, the function of these statues was to protect the emperor on his journey to the world from the dead. They were discovered casually in the middle of the works, for water supply in 1974, in Shaanxi province and in 1987, were considered a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Costa Rica’s stone spheres

They were discovered in 1939 by a group of workers from the United Fruit Company. They are a group of more than five hundred circularsymmetrical rocks, which don´t closely resemble the natural stones found on this planet; and according to archaeologists, these objects are traces left by inhabitants of other planets. In 2014, Unesco declared them a World Heritage Site.

The figures of Acámbaro

There are about 32,000 pieces, discovered in Acámbaro, Mexico, by Waldemar Julsrud. Several measurements were made, including carbon 14, but this only serves to determine the age of living beings. In 1972, the study was repeated and the pieces were concluded to be recent forgeries, but despite this the analysis remains the subject of controversy among advocates of its antiquity.

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The most amazing archaeological discoveries
Source: curiosities  
August 25, 2019


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