Check out the most terrifying archaeological discoveries! This top 10 list of scariest and mysterious ancient artifacts were recently found and will make your hairs stand up!
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12. Headless Gladiators
Let’s start off with a combat one. In York, England, a large set of skeletal remains were found buried. This isn’t too on their own, however, when the remains were fully uncovered, they found that every single person that was buried there was missing their head.
11. Screaming Mummies
Sticking with the past in a big way, let’s talk about mummies. They’re a well-documented part of archaeology, and some of the biggest discoveries in history have been finding mummies and their crypts and tombs and discovering who they were and what they did.
10. Shackled Bodies
History is written by the victors, and because of that, the “dirty little secrets” of societies and their rulers have to be dug up and found. One such secret of the ancient Greeks was found in 2016 in Athens. They were trying to dig up ground to make some new buildings.
Speaking of unanswered questions, this pit raises plenty more of them. In France, another construction project led to the discovery of something heinous and foul. A literal pit that was over six feet deep and five feet wide. But it’s not called the pit for nothing. Inside the pit were numerous bodies.
8. Vampire Burials
Fear is a powerful thing. It can lead people to do things they would never do of their own rational mind. And it can cause them to fear things that are truly irrational. The fear of vampires were a real thing for a long time in the ancient world, and the thought that the could rise again and come for blood made many take “precautions” in order to protect themselves.
7. The Moa Under The Mountain
Exploration is key in finding archaeological artifacts, but sometimes even the most hardened of archaeologists can’t predict everything they would find. And this particular one is one for the history books.
6. Altamura Man
While certain finds can be scary, they can also be fascinating in the historical sense, and one such grand case is the Altamura Man. A cave scientist (yeah, that’s a thing, I looked it up) was in Altamura, Italy doing some work, and while examining a particular structure, he turned to find a skeleton looking at him through the rock.
No, that’s right, “Not souls”, “skulls”. In Sweden, in 2009, some archaeologists were excavating a dried up lake bed. Near the bottom of the lake they found a sealed structure, that’s already pretty terrifying, but trust me, it gets worse. Within that stone structure were a set of 11 skulls.
4. The Sewer Of Babies
The ancient world did a lot of great and wondrous things. But, it also did a lot of terrible things, including facilitating the of many young babies. Yet, one of the most disturbing finds ever might just be a sewer full of them.
3. Family Betrayal
Sometimes the truly terrifying things we find aren’t the remains of people, but the stories they leave behind. Yan Shiwei was a prominent member of Chinese society during his time and he loyally served the first female Emperor in Chinese history.
The act of a humanoid eating another humanoid. It was once widely felt to be a tribal act, rooted in specific groups of people. Yet, Archaeology has taught us differently. This act goes all the way back to the Neanderthals.
If you recognized this sound earlier, then you know it comes from an Aztec Whistle!!
This was discovered when digging up an Aztec grave, where the man, was holding onto the Whistle!
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