Unexplained ancient artifacts can be found all over the world, with some dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. Their strange origin, unknown use, and the mind-twisting circumstances of their discovery make these unexplained ancient artifacts stand out even among the most unusual things found throughout history.
1. The Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich manuscript is among the strangest unexplained ancient artifacts ever discovered. Said to date back to the early 1400s and believed to be coded, the more than 170,000 glyphs and diagrams of plants and stars it contains are still a mystery today, no one having managed to decipher their meaning.
2. The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica
Discovered in the 1930 by plantation workers, the spheres of Costa Rica are basically large balls of stone varying in sizes, some measuring more than 8 feet in diameter and weighing about 16 tons. Their purpose and origin is unknown, and strangest of all, no one knows how they were cut with such precision.
3. The Baghdad Battery
This is probably one of the most interesting unexplained ancient artifacts currently known to exist. It consists of a clay vessel that houses components that experts say could have been used as galvanic cells meant for electroplating gold – a process that involves the use of electricity and which was developed in the 1800s. So how did that knowledge end up in ancient Baghdad?
4. Piri Reis’ Map
The Piri Reis map was copied in the 1500s from an older one allegedly dating back to the year 300 AD. What’s strange about this map is that it not only shows an accurate depiction of the American continents’ eastern coast, but also seems to have an accurate representation of Antarctica from a time when it had yet to be covered by snow.
5. The Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull
The Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull is one of the most mysterious unexplained ancient artifacts ever found. Named after the British adventurer and explorer who discovered it in a Mayan pyramid, the skull, along with its detachable jaw, was crafted with extraordinary precision out of a single block of clear, quartz crystal.
6. The Dropa Stones
Discovered in China in the late 1930s, the Dropa stones don’t look very strange at first sight. However, aside from the fact that they resemble early phonograph records, their visible spiral grooves are accompanied by tiny hieroglyphs. These, upon closer inspection, seem to tell the tale of spaceships crashing in the nearby mountains, flown by people who called themselves the Dropa.
7. The Coso Artifact
The Coso artifact was discovered in California in 1961 and was mistakenly considered to be a simple geode at first. After being dug out of the stone it was trapped in, it was actually described to resemble a somewhat eccentric design of a spark plug, containing a small spring and a porcelain rod housed by a hexagonal casing. What’s really strange about this artifact is that the rock it was found in was estimated to have taken about 500,000 years to form.
It’s enough to just glance at some of the evidence (or lack thereof) behind the stories of these artifacts to know that there are at least several curious mysteries involved. What do you think the explanation for some of these remarkable findings might be?