People: 9 Mysterious Artifacts That Have Baffled Researchers

People: 9 Mysterious Artifacts That Have Baffled Researchers

Awesome People: 9 Mysterious Artifacts That Have Baffled Researchers

From the Shroud of Turin to a battery that is thousands of years old, here are 9 of the most mysterious artifacts found that have completely baffled researchers.

9. Baghdad Battery: The Baghdad Battery is technically not one singular artifact, but a collection of twelve samples found in Iraq. Outwardly appearing to be nothing more than a terracotta jar, the artifacts could actually be a power source used for electroplating gold coatings over other, less valuable metals. Dated between 250 BC and 225 AD, if these truly were batteries, they would pre-date Volta’s first attempts by more than 1500 years. It is believed the batteries worked by placing a rod of one type of metal, a smaller piece of another metal, and an acidic liquid into a terracotta vessel. A charge is created, allowing the user to electroplate an item. Researchers are not convinced though and much debate surrounds the topic with many believing the pots and rods are just special scroll holders. Experiments have been conducted many times and support the pots being batteries and electroplated items from that time period do exist. Scientists and historians are amazed and baffled by the possibility that a battery could have existed centuries before the first modern-esque one was first invented.

8. Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone: At first glance, the Lake Winnipesaukee Mystery Stone looks like a black egg. The dark, oblong stone sits in the Museum of New Hampshire and has drawn visitors frequently since its induction in 1872. Named for its discovery location, the stone features many different carvings, including a face, ear of corn, stars, circles, and several other sigils. A hole that appears to be made using power tools is bored into each end of the stone. No more information is known on the stone, not even an age, though many believe the holes were bored during the 19th century, indicating the stone was tampered with at some point. Its origin is cloudy but the American Naturalists believe that it was created as a peace treaty between two tribes. The stone is made of quartzite and is believed to be quite old but the age cannot be placed due to the potential tampering and mishandling.

7. Costa Rica’s Stone Spheres: The Diquis Delta of Costa Rica is speckled with smooth, round spheres made of stones. These stones, made of hardened magma, are dated to have been created as early as 600 AD and were likely carved by hand into their perfectly spherical shapes. No purpose is known for the stones, though many believe that they could have been used for astrological purposes or as a sort of calendar. Due to them being carved with such care, likely by striking them with other rocks and the precise placement of the stones, researchers believe there is definitely an important historical purpose behind the stones’ creation but cannot fathom a reason as to why they were so artfully crafted. All that is known is that the Chibchan people created them and due to their disappearance during the Spanish conquests of the area, we may never know the true story of Costa Rica’s Stone Spheres.

6. The Shroud of Turin: If you ever wish to add heated debate to an archaeological discovery, simply add claims of religious ties to the dig site or artifacts. The Shroud of Turin is believed by many Christians to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The shroud is plain and aged but shows the darkened outlines of a human man’s body and tinges of blood. According to Catholic records from 1353 AD, the cloth did indeed encounter Christ and witness his burial but there is much debate on the topic. Dating has placed the cloth as a medieval farce but many believe this is due to the area of the shroud that was dated actually being part of a medieval repair attempt on the original shroud and that a true date could come from a different area. Researchers are gridlocked in disagreement so no official verdict has been dealt on the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin and it is unlikely answers will ever be found due to the shroud’s deterioration.

5. Goddard Coin

4. The Piri Reis Map

3. Voynich manuscript

2. Super-Henge

1. The Holey Jar

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