Category: Archaeology

Archaeological Mysteries of the World

Archaeology is the study of human history and prehistory using artifacts found from excavations around the world. Analyses of those artifacts can reveal much about the culture and lifestyle of our distant ancestors. As technology advances, we are able to learn so much more. But the historic mysteries of archaeology never end. We show you ancient architectural structures all around the world and examine their secrets. We also cover some anthropology in this section and delve into the lives of ancient people. This includes ancient cultures, beliefs, and their unique origins.

If you often ask yourself “why?” you will find that this Historic Mysteries section will provide leading theories about many of history’s archaeological secrets. How did early man build such impressive and sophisticated civilizations that formed the precursors of modern day society? You’ll find long lost and forgotten topics, as well as current archaeology, to keep you abreast of intriguing finds. So kick back and take a journey into the past and browse our collection of articles that are sure to spark your curiosity and love of the historic mysteries of archaeology.

Derinkuyu: The Tumultuous History of Turkey’s Underground City

Derinkuyu: The Tumultuous History of Turkey’s Underground City

Derinkuyu is the deepest excavated underground city in Cappadocia, built thousands of years ago to serve as a subterranean refuge during waves of invasions.

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Angkor Wat: The Enduring Pride of the Khmer Empire

Angkor Wat: The Enduring Pride of the Khmer Empire

From the Golden Age of the Khmer Empire to total decline, the Angkor Wat temple remains one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments in history.

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The Gundestrup Cauldron: Its Tale From the Balkans to Denmark

The Gundestrup Cauldron: Its Tale From the Balkans to Denmark

Once thought to be purely Celtic, the Gundestrup cauldron is a multi-cultural artifact that originated in the Balkans before going to Denmark.

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Blythe Intaglios Geoglyphs in California’s Desert

Blythe Intaglios Geoglyphs in California’s Desert

Native Americans indicate that the ancient Blythe Intaglios are gods and figures of creation that were carved into California's desert to honor them.

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Plain of Jars: The Archaeology and History of Laos’ Megaliths

Plain of Jars: The Archaeology and History of Laos’ Megaliths

Spanning two provinces in Laos, the Plain of Jars contains more than 2000 mysterious megalithic vessels and 200 stone discs that evoke many questions.

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Kaunos: An Ancient City of Ruins and Rock Cut Tombs

Kaunos: An Ancient City of Ruins and Rock Cut Tombs

Kaunos is an ancient city near Dalyan, Turkey, with incredible history, multi-ethnic archaeological ruins, and striking Kaunian rock cut tombs.

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Ancient Tattoos of Ötzi and El Morro Man

Ancient Tattoos of Ötzi and El Morro Man

The most ancient tattoos may not have been used as body decoration as much as social status, allegiance to one's tribe, or medical reasons.

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Terracotta Army – Eternal Sentinels of Qin Shi Huang

Terracotta Army – Eternal Sentinels of Qin Shi Huang

The crown jewel of the Qin Shi Huang mausoleum is the exquisite Terracotta Army. What was their purpose and why were they crafted in such detail?

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The Lavish Qin Shi Huang Tomb – Built for Immortality

The Lavish Qin Shi Huang Tomb – Built for Immortality

The Qin Shi Huang tomb belongs to the first emperor of China and was built to epic scales to house everything the emperor would need in his afterlife.

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Heracleion – Discovery of the Ancient Sunken Egyptian City

Heracleion – Discovery of the Ancient Sunken Egyptian City

Found in 2000, the ancient sunken Egyptian city of Thonis-Heracleion was lost in time when it disappeared into the Mediterranean in the 8th century.

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Machu Picchu Facts – 11 Fascinating Details of the Inca Citadel

Machu Picchu Facts – 11 Fascinating Details of the Inca Citadel

These 11 fascinating Machu Picchu facts will give you the most interesting details of the Inca citadel that was built for a king around 1450 in the Andes.

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Stonehenge: The Enduring Enigmas

Stonehenge: The Enduring Enigmas

Stonehenge is the story of the enduring mysteries of very ancient monuments built by very ancient people. What exactly is the purpose of this place?

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Mysterious Clava Cairns of Scotland

Mysterious Clava Cairns of Scotland

Mysterious stone structures once used for astronomical and burial purposes still stand near Inverness, Scotland. These are the Clava Cairns.

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Discovery of Over 40 Ancient Shipwrecks in the Black Sea

Discovery of Over 40 Ancient Shipwrecks in the Black Sea

A trove of Black Sea shipwrecks were found pristinely preserved for centuries. Read about their stories and how they were discovered.

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The Great Flood of China Was More Than Just a Legend

The Great Flood of China Was More Than Just a Legend

New evidence supports a 4000 yr. old legend of the Great Flood of China. Read about the legend and archaeological findings that are retelling history.

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