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15 BIZARRE Archeological Discoveries

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From new looks at the dead sea scrolls to sunken treasure and ancient artifacts, these are 15 totally BIZARRE archaeological discoveries. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! # 9 Pyramid within a Pyramid Archaeologists discovered something remarkable inside of the El Castillo pyramid at Chichen Itza in Mexico. It is not actually one pyramid but a pyramid within a pyramid. The inside pyramid was created approximately 100 years before the pyramid constructed around it. Scientists used an electrical resistivity survey to see what lied underneath the surface of the outside pyramid. Some say the newer pyramid was built to correct errors in the construction and architecture of the first one. # 8 Virtually Unwrapped Dead Sea Scrolls The original and infamous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956 and this one, found at the site of En Gedi was found in 1970. However, it was charred and fragile, making it impossible to actually physically unfurl. However, in 2016 a new CT scan has enabled us to virtually unfurl this scroll and revealed that it was part of the Book of Leviticus first written around 1,700 years ago. # 7 Treasure on Sunken Spanish Galleon The treasure found in the Sunken Spanish Galleon could be the most valuable shipwreck in Colombia that may have the biggest treasure found in a sunken ship of all time. It has an estimated value of around 1 billion dollars US. It once carried a hoard of gold, silver, and gems from South American colonies being ferried to Europe when a huge storm sunk the ship. Now, ownership of the treasure is being disputed between Colombia, the U.S., and Spain. # 6 Egypt’s Youngest Mummies An Egyptian coffin has been sitting in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England has been sitting there for years, but recent technological discoveries have allowed us to unveil something new about the old artifact. For years, experts thought the coffin was filled with the entrails and organs of a mummy, but a new CT scan has revealed it actually contains the youngest mummy specimen ever discovered. It dates back more than 2,500 years and contains a 16-18 week old fetus not the intestines of an adult corpse. # 5 Operation Pandora A police operation that involves the entirety of Europe has uncovered more than 3,500 pieces of stolen artwork and archaeological artifacts from criminal gangs that stole the pieces forcibly. These include things like a marble tombstone from the Ottoman Empire, 400 coins from throughout history, and a Byzantine era image of Saint George. The operation was known as Operation Pandora and involved the arrest of 75 people and investigations of some 48,000 individuals. # 4 Ancient Egyptian Boat Drawings More than 120 carvings of boats were discovered in a structure at Abydos, Egypt - a site that dates back more than 3,800 years. The structure is covered in the carvings, with some reaching nearly 5 feet or 1.5 meters in length. Every drawing depicts detailed ships complete with masts, sails, deckhouses, oars, and rowers. The structure also contained wooden planks from what was likely a large boat that actually stood inside the site, as well. # 3 Oldest Rock art in North America Near the western side of Nevada’s Winnemucca dry lake, there are limestone boulders that are marked with deep carvings that date back as far as 14,800 years ago. These petroglyphs have been dated to have been drawn between 10,500 years ago and the oldest being nearly 15,000 years ago. They have geometric motifs, symbols, and abstract art that we cannot immediately read. Many people still have no idea what they could mean. # 2 Ceremonial Bobcat Burial For decades after their excavation from a Hopewell-era burial mound, the bones of a bobcat laid in a storage unit mislabeled “puppy burial”. It turns out, the young bobcat was buried around 2,000 years ago in the largest of 14 Hopewell era mounds near the Illinois River, which is about 50 miles or 80 kilometers north of St. Louis. It was interred alongside the remains of 22 people were buried in a ring around a central tomb with remains of an infant. The Bobcat was buried like a human, left with a necklace that was originally thought to be only for humans to wear. This has forced archaeologists to question human relationships to animals throughout history.