Our Earth is full of phenomenon that humans, of this time, cannot explain. All these phenomenon are obviously ancient. To shed some light on this, we present some of the weirdest ancient mysteries. While the ideas here may not seem very weird in the usual concept of time, it is a completely different story after carbon dating and scientific analysis as to the age of some artifacts listed below.
Read on to find out all about the 10 weirdest ancient mysteries that remain unanswered today. We hope you enjoy the read, and as always, your comments are welcome.
10. The FootprintSource
The first on our list of weirdest ancient mysteries is the footprint. While this may not seem like a big shock as it is, the fact is that the footprint in question is of the modern human anatomy. By modern human anatomy, it would be safe to assume that it is a normal size with five toes and a normal shape of the foot. This footprint was discovered in 1987 by Jerry MacDonald in New Mexico and upon carbon dating, it was discovered the footprint dates back to over 250 million years. Yes, that is the Premian strata which means that it was long before birds, dinosaurs and obviously humans existed on this planet.
9. Stone BallsSource
During the 1930s, workmen were clearing a very dense jungle in Costa Rica in order to make room for banana plantations. That is when this workmen stumbled upon these huge stone balls. Not only were these balls huge, but majority of them were almost a perfect sphere. The balls were all different in size ranging from a tennis ball to a few that measured 8 feet in diameter and almost 16 tons in weight. The balls are man-made, that much is established. It is still unknown who made them and what purpose they served.
8. The Shoe PrintSource
This particular print was discovered in one of the coal mines in Fisher Canyon, Nevada. The age of this coal in which the print of the shoe lies is estimated to be almost 15 million years. Of course, the shoe print could be an animal (very unlikely) and if you need further proof, upon closer investigation, traces of stiches were found. The shoe size is almost a thirteen. One of the theory is that it is a recent shoe print, however, science does not support that theory. Another is that there were people just like us with shoes over 15 million years ago, which is quite impossible. You be the judge.
7. The Ica StonesSource
There is nothing unusual about these stones, at least that is what it looks like upon first glimpse. These particular stones came into light in the 1930s and upon investigation it was reported that these stones were at least 500 to 1,500 years old. These stones have etchings on them. While some of the etchings can easily be attributed to the civilization that existed in that time, several stones have etchings of dinosaurs including stegosaurus and triceratops. Most astonishingly, some of these stones of etchings of brain transplants and heart surgeries. Go figure!
6. Coso ArtifactSource
The Coso Artifact is also one of the great unexplained ancient mysteries of our time. A stone was discovered in 1961. Scientists cut the stone to study the composition and inside they found an object which was made of porcelain, apparently. The fossilized stone dates back around 500,000 years. Upon x-raying the object, a tiny spring was also revealed, almost like a 1920’s spark plug. So ask yourself this, how did a sparkplug that looks as if it is from the 1920s end up in a 500,000 year old fossilized rock?
5. Williams ConnectorSource
John Williams came by this particular artifact while hiking. This rock is quite unusual, well, not really, but what was embedded in the rock was definitely unusual. It almost looks like a connector with three metal prongs. The rock was found in a remote area where there were no industries or people for that matter. The rock itself is a quartz and it takes decades, even several hundred years for such a rock to form. The rock is estimated to be around 100,000 years old. How did a modern looking connector get in their?
4. Piri Reis MapSource
This particular map was rediscovered in 1929 in a museum situated in Turkey. The map is a mystery because of its extreme accuracy and the content. The map is not on paper on a gazelle skin, which, according to the writing, is estimated to be from around the 1500s. On the map. South America is accurately positioned in reference to Africa. It also shows Antarctica, when everybody knows Antarctica was not discovered until 1820. Moreover, Antarctica is shown without ice as a detailed piece of land. Antarctica has been under ice since the last 6,000 years.
3. Metal RodsSource
This particular rod was found in China by Zhilin Wang. The rock had a metal rod inside of it, which cannot be estimated to a particular era or use. It is assumed, because of threads that look like screws, to be a manufactured item. The fact that hard rock formed around it automatically means that the rod must be millions of years old. Therefore, it is concluded that the rock came from outer space, meaning that the rod inside it is not man-made. Other such rocks with screw-like rods have been found in Russia as well.
2. Grooved SpheresSource
South Africa is full of mines, and over a long period of time, miners have been discovering weird metal spheres. The spheres themselves are very small, almost an inch in diameter. There are three parallel grooves around the equator of several such spheres. The rock dates back to around the Precambrian era which was 2.8 billion years ago. What was the point and purpose of these rocky spheres with their grooves? To clarify again, they date back to around 2.8 billion years.
1. Aiud Aluminum ArtifactSource
Finally, on our list of weirdest ancient mysteries, we have Aiud Aluminum Artifact. To get things in perspective, you should know that Aluminum was not produced until the 1800s. This artifact was discovered in Romania in 1974. It is not a natural formation and is clearly manufactured in some manner. 89% of the artifact was aluminum. Aluminum does not exist in free form until it is manufactured. The artifact in some theories is aged at around 11,000 years old (way before aluminum was even discovered), and in others it dates back 400 years, again, aluminum was not being manufactured at the time. So where did this artifact come from?
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