Archaeology isn’t always the most interesting of subjects; not until there is some sort of jaw-dropping type of discovery, that is. The time they discovered the legendary lost civilization of the Monkey God, for instance. What we find of past civilizations, cultures and cities is astounding and eye-opening. It helps paint a much clearer picture of the world that existed before our time, and sometimes the history books just do not have it right. Here are some archaeological finds you may never have read about in history class.
1. The Unfinished Obelisk.
This obelisk was carved directly from bedrock, but after cracks appeared in the granite it was abandoned.
2. Stone Age Tunnels.
This massive network of underground tunnels is all man-made from the Stone Age. How were they able to create and build such an extensive system?
3. Costa Rica’s Stone Spheres.
Hundreds of granodiorite balls are scattered across Costa Rica. The balls range from three or four centimeters to three meters in diameter. Archaeologists have never been able to explain them!
4. The Voynich Manuscript.
This manuscript is a book full of writings, illustrations and diagrams that are in a language that is still unknown. The entire manuscript is a mystery, right down to the plants depicted.
5. The Mount Owen Moa.
In the 1980s a group of researchers descended into the caves of Mount Owen in New Zealand. While exploring, they happened upon a pile of bones and a large claw. The remains were so well-preserved that they were unsure of how recent the remains were. In the end it was discovered to be a 3000-year-old claw of an upland moa, a flightless bird that is now extinct.
6. Göbekli Tepe.
This site is found at the top of a mountain ridge in Turkey. This site helped change the understanding of a crucial stage in the development of human society. As the temple was built prior to the city, it shows religion was highly valued.
7. Yonaguni Monument.
This massive underwater structure can be found off the coast of Yonaguni, Japan. Containing flat edges and 90° angles, there is still debate as to whether the site is natural or man-made formations.