2013 was a great year for archaelogists and historians examining our secretful past. Several significant discoveries were made and we have now reason to learn more about our anscestors and the history of planet Earth.
We have put together a list of some of the most eye-catching and interesting archaeological events that captured our attention.
1. Ancient Underground Planetarium With Hundreds Glowing Metallic Spheres
Archeologists have a made an intriguing and puzzling discovery. Hundreds of strange metallic mysterious glowing spheres have been unearthed beneath an ancient temple.
The purpose of these spheres remains an unsolved mystery for the moment. It looks almost like a wonderful underground planetarium. Read more
2. Ancient Golden Treasure Found At Foot Of Temple Mount
A fascinating discovery of thirty-six Byzantine gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a gold religious medallion has been made by a team of archaeologists who conducted excavations on the City of David’s summit and at the southern wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
The treasures were abandoned in the context of the Persian conquest of Jerusalem in 614 CE… Read more
3. 5,000-Year-Old Extremely Well-Preserved Underwater Skull
Archaeologists have made an astonishing discovery. A 5,000 year-old skull of unknown origin was accidentally found on the banks of a river in Worcershire by a walker who thought it was a coconut.
What makes the skull so unique is how well-preserved it is and scientists find it hard to believe it could have been kept underwater for so long. So where did it come from and how did it end up in the river? Read more
4. 29 Ancient Gold Men Unearthed In Sweden
Archaeologists in Sweden have made an astounding discovery unearthing 29 ancient figurines of gold men (“guldgubbar”) dating back to the Iron Age.
Working in great secrecy, archaeologists made this sensational find in Blekinge at West Vång peasant village northeast of Ronneby, located in southern Sweden. No fewer than 29 anthropomorphic gold foils, gold men so-called “guldgubbar” have been discovered at the site. This is the third largest find of gold men to have been made in Sweden to date. Read more
5. Enigmatic Ancient Crypt Covered With “Magical” Inscriptions And Mysterious Signs
An enigmatic 900-year-old crypt covered with “magical” inscriptions protecting the tomb inside has been uncovered by a group of archaeologists excavating in Sudan.
The crypt was excavated in a monastery at Old Dongola, the forgotten powerful kingdoms of medieval Africa. Inside the tomb were seven mummies, all dressed very simply in linen clothing… Read more
6. Mysterious Sarcophagi Belonging To The Chachapoyas “The Warriors of the Clouds”
Archaeologists working in the Amazonas region of Peru have discovered 35 sarcophagi belonging to the Chachapoyas culture. The mysterious pre-Incan Chachapoyas were known as the “Warriors of the Clouds” or the “Cloud People” what in Quechua means Chachapoyas, those who inhabited cloud forests of northern Peru, above the river valleys of the Utcubamba and Marañon.
The discovery was made this year with the help of a super long zoom camera. Read more
7. A Submerged Monumental Structure In The Sea Of Galilee Israel
This ancient, shallow sub-bottom structure (up to 13 m deep) resembles a burial marker but archaeologists are not certain of its true purpose.
Close inspection by scuba diving revealed that the structure is made of basalt boulders up to 1 m long with no apparent construction pattern. The boulders have natural faces with no signs of cutting or chiselling. Read more
8. 600 Ancient Seals And Amulets Found In Prehistoric Sanctuary In Turkey
Archaeologists have discovered an unusually large find of more than 600 stamp seals and cylinder seals unearthed in an ancient sanctuary in Turkey.
Different themes can be found on the seals and amulets: the spectrum ranges from geometric ornaments and astral symbols to elaborate depictions of animals and people. This includes, for example, praying men in front of divine symbols and a royal hero fighting animals and hybrid creatures. Read more
9. Mysterious “Perfectly Preserved” 300-Year-Old Mummy
Archaeologists have made yet another incredible discovery. When experts opened a 300 year-old coffin they found perfectly preserved body!
What happened next is somewhat of a mystery and archaeologists have begun an investigation. Read more
10. Head Of Unknown Roman God Discovered In Ancient Rubbish Dump
Archaeologists have unearthed an 1,800-year-old carved stone head of what is believed to be a Roman god. The god’s identity remains unknown for the moment. The discovery was made at Binchester Roman Fort, near Bishop Auckland, in County Durham in an ancient rubbish dump.
The carved stone head dates from the 2nd or 3rd century AD and resembles the Celtic deity Antenociticus. Read more
11. Stone Monument At El Perú-Waka’ Reveals ‘Mayan Cleopatra Story’
While tunneling beneath the main temple of the ancient Maya city of El Perú-Waka’ in northern Guatemala, archaeologists have discovered an intricately carved stone monument with hieroglyphic text regarding a little-known sixth-century Mayan princess.
“Here the Snake queen, Lady Ikoom, prevailed in the end.” Read more