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April 20, 2017
From the Grauballe Man to the lost bones of King Richard the Third, here are 14 Incredible Archaeological Finds. Subscribe for weekly wacky videos and learn interesting facts about the world with awesome top 10 lists and other amazing videos. 7. The Grauballe Man The famous Grauballe Man was discovered during the mid-20th century in 1952 in the village of Grauballe in Denmark. It’s considered what is called a “bog body” which is what happens when human bodies are naturally mummified in conditions like that of a bog. Thought of many as one of the most interesting discoveries to ever come out of Denmark, it was placed into the Prehistoric Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, though it was then moved to the Moesgaard Museum where it still remains to this day. To add to the interest of this discovery, observation of the remains shows that the Grauballe man was not involved in any kind of manual labor, but that he probably starved a lot and was not in very good health. But the actual cause for his demise was not for poor health, but from his throat being cut. The remains have been dated back to around the 3rd century BCE. 6. Nazca Lines They were first having been reported to be discovered between the 1920s and 1930s from people flying commercial aircraft over Peru. The lines were then traced back to be the work of those of the Nazca culture, most likely to have been part of some sort of ritual for religion. THe lines come in all sorts of designs, known as geoglyphs, which include outlines of animals like monkeys, birds, and spiders. 5. Before the Dinosaurs To people who aren’t big science buffs, lagerpetids are the types of animals that are thought to have been inhabiting the earth long before the dinosaurs arrived. Of course, lagerpetids is a lot harder to say and spell than dinosaurs, so you probably weren’t taught about them in your early schooling days. But a recent discovery of a fossil suggests that lagerpetids might have been around longer than originally thought. The fossil, uncovered in a town in Southern Brazil, shows that dinosaurs may have co existed with the predecessors. Two dinosaur fossils were found next to two lagerpetids over 200 million years ago. What does this discovery necessarily mean? Just that dinosaurs taking over the earth was a lot more steady than previously thought. 4. Troy Portrayed most recently in the 2004 film Troy which started the likes of Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger, the ancient city of Troy was thought to be a fiction as its made appearances in old fictional stories. But in 1870, archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann had apparently followed clues that were provided in the Iliad to conclude this site of ancient ruins is actually what is considered the old civilization of Troy. 3. The Tomb of Sunken Skulls Found in a dry lake bed in Motala, Sweden, the Tomb of Sunken Skulls has been claimed to be one of the strangest discoveries in the area. When the remains were first discovered in 2009, the site was being prepared for installing a new railway. Just in case, archaeologists were given the land to survey should there be anything of importance buried underneath. The skull collection dates back to 8,000 years ago, where the human remains were found mounted with stakes. While scientists aren’t completely sure as to why the skulls on stakes are there in the first place, it’s speculated it has something to do with secondary rituals for burials or belonging to the enemy of the people that lived in the area during that time. 2. The Mount Owen Moa Claw That might sound like a handful to say, and the discovery of the claw was rather a handful indeed, no pun intended. Moas were a species of birds that, like ostriches and emus were flightless. They were once native to New Zealand and were extinct by the year 1445. During an expedition 500 years later in 1986, this claw was discovered in Mount Owen, looking quite preserved for an animal that had been gone for centuries. After observation and research, the claw was found to have once belonged to an Upland Moa. 1. The Bones of King Richard III Most people are familiar with the Plantagenet King of England from the Shakespeare play for which he is the eponymous. Having famously gone down in battle against eventual successor Henry VII during the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, Richard III’s remains were thought to be lost until they were discovered under a car park near the old Greyfriars Friary Church in Leicester, England. The remains were then reburied in the nearby Leicester Cathedral.