Our world is a fantastically mysterious place. It reeks of secret chambers, sunken cities and magnificent mazes all around. Amid all this mystery, sometimes, you just have to put on your leather coat, brown hat and set off on an expedition to solve them. If the Indiana Jones in you comes calling, this is a guide that will take you to some archaeological mysteries around the world! By Quoyina Ghosh
1. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
The magnificent tomb of Qin Shi Huang was uncovered by sheer luck. Back in the year of 1974, a group of farmers were at work in the Lintong District, Xi’an in China when they accidentally uncovered a life-size terracotta army. Studies later revealed that this army was built for Emperor Qin Shi Huang around 259 BC to 210 BC to protect him in the afterlife. Northwest of this formidable army lies a mausoleum where one can still find the remains of the emperor. However, to this day, archaeologists haven’t figured out a way to open this tomb which, according to ancient documents, is one of the most opulent tombs in China.
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting mysteries of all time, Atlantis is something archaeologists continue to struggle with even today. This mythological island was first spoken of by Plato around 360 BC. It is believed that the city flourished thousands of years ago before sinking into the bottoms of the ocean. While various ruins have been found around the world, Atlantis is yet to be stumbled upon. Conjecture about where this city could be and whether it even exists still floats. However, the one thing that can be assured is that the day it is found, the world will truly be taken by storm!
3. Nazca Lines
Ride a plane over the desert of southern Peru, you can thank us later. Why? You already know how a typical plane ride reveals forests, urban lands, oceans, mountains and the like to us. This plane ride, however, will reveal lines instead — namely, the Nazca lines. In fact, you’ll spot various geometrical shapes, from triangles to trapezoids, along with plant and animal structures as well. Estimated to have been drawn by the Nazca Indians between 500 BC to 700 AD, these lines are one of the most intriguing things on our planet.
Fun fact: Archaeologists still haven’t figured out why these lines exist in the first place. This leaves a lot of room for our imagination. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Aliens!
Entitled as the world’s most mysterious manuscript, the Voynich Manuscript was discovered in Italy circa 1912. The manuscript contains several drawings of biological, pharmaceutical, and astronomical entries. What makes it so mysterious is that despite massive studies, its author, scribe or even language hasn’t been found. In fact, even the drawings depicting different plants haven’t been found in real life. It continues to remain an intriguing case for cryptographers to this day.
5. Shroud Of Turin
Let the debates begin! This famous shroud containing the image of a man in negative has the world of archaeology ready to take up arms. Some people believe that the image on the cloth is of the Jesus of Nazareth, while the fabric itself is the one in which he was wrapped after crucification. However, radiocarbon dating of the shroud reveals its medieval beginnings. Currently, you will find this artefact at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Italy.