The Most Amazing Archaeology Findings
Whether, or not, you love archaeology, or the mere idea of digging up the past and more specifically the remains of people who lived hundreds to thousands of years ago freaks you out, then this article is still for you.
Why? Well, the findings and discoveries of people, artefacts and stories are so interesting and some Sci-Fi-worthy, that it’s hard to believe such things even exist.
Luckily most of these findings, don’t even include human remains at all, so even though we might be sharing a little dust with you, luckily none of it was derived from the casket itself.
The Top Archaeological Discoveries in the World
#1 The Rosetta Stone
Known as one of the most famous artefacts to ever be found, which was discovered in 1799, by a group of French soldiers, who was at the time, busy rebuilding a military fort in Egypt, the Rosetta Stone stirred excitement in many archaeologists’ hearts, to say the least.
This ancient slab was carved all the way back in 196 B.C, and even royal decree, which was issued by priests, for the Ptolemaic Empire in Egypt’s ruler, Ptolemy V.
To many people’s disappointment, it’s not the message itself that accounts for its fame, but how it was written, which is the decree of these priests, inscribed in three scripts, which includes the ancient Egyptian demotic script, the Egyptian hieroglyphs, as well as one in ancient Greek. The Rosetta Stone was placed in the British Museum in 1802.
Now, of course, you’ve seen the movie, Troy, and yes, the actual site of the entire storyline behind the film exists.
This archaeological site is the very ancient city, where the Trojan War took place, against Mycenaean Greece.
The city remains on the northwest coast of Turkey and has started a debate of thousands of years of mythology and history, with some believing that it is the very city of Troy, and some not.
#3 King Tut’s Tomb
As another archaeological find that has been featured in films and many books, King Tut’s Tomb included a lot of mystery. King Tut (Tutankhamun), was the Egyptian pharaoh. His tomb was discovered in 1922, by archaeologists.
The pharaoh received his title in 1332 B.C, when he was just 9-years old, and died at the age of 18. His death was discovered to be sudden, and the build of the tomb rushed, which was quite strange, given that Egyptians spend a lot of time perfecting everything they made.
The burial chamber is still praised by archaeologists until today, considering that it is covered in treasures and golden artefacts. There is still a myth till today, that the tomb is cursed and that whoever discovers it, will suffer under the curse.
#4 Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in the 1940’s near the ancient site of Khirbet Qumran, by a young man.
Archaeologists believe these scrolls to date back 250 B.C. and A.D. 68. These scrolls, fascinated archaeologists, due to it dating back to so long ago. After it was discovered, researchers also discovered over 900 manuscripts in caves, in the surrounding area of the ancient site, which was all copies of Exodus, Genesis, Isaiah, Kings, as well as Deuteronomy, from the Bible. These scripts are said to be the earliest copies of the Hebrew Bible, which are now kept safe in Jerusalem.