Top 10 of the greatest mysteries of antiquity

The world is an unfathomable mystery. Who are we? Who are we? Where are we going? Where are we going? Where the hell did I put the f...




The world is an unfathomable mystery. Who are we? Who are we? Where are we going? Where are we going? Where the hell did I put the fucking pliers I've been looking for for 25 minutes? The world is an unfathomable mystery, and that's not new. Take the elders; they were not at the lowest level of mystery. How were the pyramids built? Did Atlantis ever exist? Do I ask you any questions?


1. The age of the Giza Sphinx

It is generally estimated that the Giza Sphinx is 4500 years old. But we have no proof. There is no written evidence to support this dating. Recently, the discovery of older tombs on the plateau has suggested that there was dense activity in the area prior to this supposed date. An Egyptologist was also surprised to see that the vertical erosion at the base of the sphinx is similar to marks left by the rain. However, it has not rained significantly in this desert for 10,500 years, which is still a long time. In addition, recent discoveries related to problems of proportion between the sphinx's head and its body have led Egyptologists to believe that the sphinx initially presented a lion's head and not a human head. In short, the debates are not over.


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2. The geoglyphs of Nazca

Located 300 km south of Lima, Peru, the Nazca lines draw figures similar to animals (a hummingbird, a monkey, a wolf). Discovered in the 1930s, it is not known to which civilization to attribute them, which led many dreamers to see it as a sign of an extraterrestrial presence. The lines are perfectly parallel, which also questions the tools used to draw them. Their size is such that they can only be observed at high altitudes (even today, geoglyphs are examined by plane). In short, it is incomprehensible.


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3. Egyptian discoveries in the Grand Canyon?

The Arizona Gazette of April 5, 1909 reported a remarkable discovery in the Grand Canyon: ancient Egyptian ruins, including hieroglyphic engraved tablets, tools, statues and mummies. A sensational discovery in that it would prove that Egyptians set foot on American soil several thousand years ago. The problem is that the cave in question where these wonders were discovered has never been found since, despite the departure of several expeditions. One could then believe that the press was setting up a coup to sell; but the article seemed scientific enough to give the change, and the financing of the expedition seemed serious. Mystery. And gum ball.


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4. The meaning of the Mayan calendar

The Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012. What was supposed to happen on December 21, 2012, exactly? The end of the world? The apocalypse? We don't really know. Ancient prophecies still have the ability to feed contemporary anguish. One theory would also be that the Maya in charge of writing the calendar had had enough, on December 21, 2012.


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5. Atlantis

We are not embarking on a retrospective of all the theories relating to the existence of Atlantis. Since Plato, everyone has been imagining the location of this supposed Eldorado. In fact, a place the size of a continent would not have disappeared like that without leaving an address. Among the supposed locations in Atlantis were Bermuda (where architectural discoveries in the 1960s seemed to confirm the track), Mexico, Antarctica and off Cuba. Where the hell have I put my continent?

6. A city buried off the coast of Cuba

A mission carrying out underwater excavations in Cuban territorial waters uncovered in May 2001 the existence of ancient stones whose layout was reminiscent of that of an underwater city. The mission leader immediately insisted on the symmetry of the stones found, which implied that they had been placed by the man. Additional missions were dispatched to further investigate the matter. The ruins could be those of a former large urban centre. But, in reality, no one knows about it.

7. The eternal lamps of the Egyptians

The Egyptians used oil lamps or torches for lighting. But these tools left residues on walls and ceilings. However, in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, underground, let us recall, there is no trace of residue. As a result, it raises the question of how the tombs were built. Without light, it seems complicated. Did the artists who decorated the walls work in the dark? Some theories have invoked a game of mirrors, but the distance that the light should have travelled to reach the tombs is too great for this idea to hold.

More surprisingly, some temples have found bas-reliefs representing tools that are similar to light bulbs. These representations go hand in hand with descriptions of "eternal lamps" that are abundantly found in ancient literature, particularly in Plutarch, and even in the Bible.

From there to wondering if the Egyptians had invented electricity, it's only a step.


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8. Underwater ruins off the coast of Japan

Strange structures, probably man-made, have been discovered off Okinawa. Among these discoveries, we mention a gigantic arch whose assembly recalls the Inca constructions, cobbled streets or stairs. As a result, some began to consider that the city in question could match the descriptions of Mu, a legendary continent often confused with Atlantis.

9. Mu
Described, like Atlantis, as a peaceful Eden, the city-continent of Mu is supposed to have sunk into the sea several thousand years ago. Many authors have examined the question of the supposed existence of the city, including Hugo Pratt who located the last episode, very dreamlike, of the saga featuring his emblematic hero Corto Maltese.

10. The mysterious tomb of Amphipolis

Archaeologists have discovered in Amphipolis, in ancient Macedonia, a tomb of unparalleled richness. Several sphinxes decorated the entrance, and the construction of the tomb was of a sophistication uncommon in Hellenic antiquity. The belonging of the bones found in the tomb is a mystery. Given the luxury deployed in the construction of the tomb, its occupant can only be a character of royal blood, but no serious leads emerge. Moreover, the tomb's ornaments are in no way similar to the usual decorations found in similar buildings from ancient Greece.


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