People: 8 Recently Solved Historical Mysteries

People: 8 Recently Solved Historical Mysteries

Awesome People: 8 Recently Solved Historical Mysteries

From Hindenburg to vanished armies, here are the explanations for some of our biggest historical mysteries, all of which was solved only recently.

8) The Nazca Civilization:
The Nazca people were a flourishing civilization in Nazca desert of Peru between 200 BCE and 600 CE. The Nazca were a series of tribes that most notably created the “Nazca Lines”, a series of intricate drawings in the desert’s sand that were used by the tribes to communicate with their gods. Despite being a flourishing community, the Nazcas suddenly culturally collapsed around 500 AD and very quickly ceased to exist, leaving behind only mummies and skeletons, some of which were found wearing elaborate headdresses made from the feathers of local rainforest birds. Scientists and historians struggled to discover what could have possibly taken down the Nazca tribes but ultimately found very few leads and no conclusive answers until 2009. Cambridge University researchers uncovered that the cause of the sudden extinction of the Nazcas was due to a drought brought on by extensive deforestation. The Nazca cleared away entire forests for agricultural purposes, removing much of the native vegetation in order to plant crops. Included in this mass removal were the huarango trees, which were the key to keeping the area fertile and plantable. Suddenly, crops would no longer grow and a long drought set in, killing most of the Nazcas and forcing any survivors to leave the area.
7)The Vanished Persian Army:
During his reign, King Cambyses, son of Cyrus the Great, sent 50,000 troops from Thebes to destroy the Temple of Amun in the Oasis of Siwa due to the priest’s refusal to follow him as their king. Seven days into the journey, after reaching what is believed to be El-Kharga, the men were never heard from again. Many assumed they were all killed in battle but due to there being no historical record of a battle at the Temple of Amun, many researchers could not accept this answer. A text by Herodotus was discovered, in which he described a massive sandstorm destroying the soldiers but no evidence was ever found to support this, so the events of the men’s demise remained shrouded in mystery. In their last expedition, Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni decided to follow an old Bedouin legend about a mass grave full of sun bleached bones. The brothers had already found evidence of the soldiers existing in the area and some bones but not enough to warrant a full excavation, so this was their last effort. Upon arriving in late 2002, they discovered the tale was wholly true, uncovering a massive graveyard with hundreds of bones. Dating on weapons and jewelry found in the area linked it to likely be the final resting place of Cambyses’s men. Further recent investigation has lead scientists to believe that the men were attacked by a rebel army and Herodotus helped to cover it up by spreading the sandstorm tale. This 2014 theory, founded by Egyptologist Olaf Kaper, has gained traction and is almost definitely the actual cause.
6) Mary Ingalls’s Blindness:
The popular television show, “Little House on the Prairie” follows the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family, as written in her series of books. A realistic look at prairie life, the show featured a charming mix of warmth and humor that was juxtaposed with several heartbreaking moments. One of these moments featured Laura’s older sister, Mary, being stricken with scarlet fever and eventually going blind. Laura’s books refer to scarlet fever as the cause of her sister’s blindness as well, but many doctors did not accept this answer as possible. Dr. Beth Tarini, a pediatrician, found herself enthralled in the series at a young age. Upon becoming a doctor, she began questioning if scarlet fever could possibly have occurred as described by Wilder. After a decade of research, Tarini uncovered a letter written by Laura to her daughter Rose in 1937 that described Mary’s illness as a “spinal sickness” that “left the nerves of her eyes paralyzed”. In 2013, Dr. Tarini came to the conclusion that while Mary did have scarlet fever at one point in her life, the culprit that caused her eventual blindness at age fourteen was almost definitely meningoencephalitis, which causes swelling of the brain and spine, including the optic nerves and can result in paralysis if certain parts of the affected areas are damaged.
5) The Dumoulins:
4) The Blood Falls:
3) America’s Oldest Unsolved Murder:
2) Hindenburg Explosion:
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