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5 Weirdest Discoveries of All Time

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Being an archeologist definitely isn’t easy, as you have to do boring, repetitive, and extremely difficult work all the time. To make things worse, you’ll rarely (if ever) be awarded with a tremendous discovery.

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However, it’s those rare and amazing discoveries that make it all worth it. But, sometimes you simply aren’t sure if the discovery you made is something groundbreaking or not; especially if you have no idea what it is.

Here are the 5 weirdest discoveries of all time that to this day puzzle some of the most brilliant minds in the world.

The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript

Widely considered to be the single most mysterious manuscript on the planet, the Voynich Manuscript is estimated to be written in the 15th century, although some experts note that it could’ve been written earlier.

What’s so weird about the manuscript is that it is written in a language that is completely unknown to any historian. Not to mention that it also contains drawings of certain plants that have yet to be identified by any experts.

The best linguists, cryptographers, mathematicians, and military code-breakers all tried to crack the manuscript, but no one managed to do it.

Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman was a huge archeological discovery to say the least. Located in Peru, it is a huge ancient walled complex that was made using different types of rocks.

Experts note that the construction of Sacsayhuaman probably started around 1440, and it took about 100 years to get completed. No one knows how people managed to make this structure, as the rocks it is made of weigh hundreds of tons each.

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Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro

Although it may sound impossible, certain scientists actually believe that the ancient cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro were both destroyed in a nuclear conflict.

It is believed that these cities, which are both found in Pakistan, managed to develop extremely advanced technology in a short amount of time. However, this lead to them being destroyed in a huge nuclear catastrophe.

Although many don’t believe this theory, there is no other way to explain the presence of radioactivity, crystallized bricks, and unburied bodies at the two sites.

The Baghdad Battery

The Baghdad Battery

At first, archeologists thought they found some old clay pots when they made this incredible discovery. But, as soon as they got a closer look at them, they saw that the pots had a copper rod that somehow showed evidence of acid corrosion.

Experts believe that these pots contained a certain type of fluid that would interact with the copper rod. This means that they could have actually been able to produce an electrical charge, meaning that the invention of the battery dates back to a much earlier time period.

The Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism

This ancient machine was discovered in a shipwreck near Greece 2 whole millennia after it was first constructed. Scientists believe that it was made in 100 B.C., but was then completely lost.

The reason why this machine is so weird and special is because it contains structures and gears that would not be found again for another millennium. Although no one knows what the purpose of this invention was, some believe that it helped figure out astronomical positions.

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