Unlocking the Past: 20 Intriguing Historical Finds

May 15, 2024

Silver Coffin of Psusennes I: Intricately Carved by Workers in Ancient Egypt

Embark on a journey through time as we uncover remarkable discoveries from the past. These treasures not only provide glimpses into ancient civilizations but also offer insights into the lives of our ancestors. Some were buried deep underground, while others lay hidden beneath layers of earth, waiting to be unearthed. From enigmatic relics to forgotten technologies, each artifact tells a compelling story, igniting our curiosity and challenging our understanding of the past. Join us as we explore these fascinating finds and unravel the mysteries of human history together. Get ready to be entertained, informed, and inspired by the wonders of our shared heritage.

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The silver coffin of Psusennes I, also known as Hor-Pasebakhaenniut I, was discovered in the royal burial site of Tanis, Egypt, in 1939. Psusennes I ruled during the 21st dynasty of Egypt. French archaeologist Pierre Montet made the discovery, but researchers are puzzled by why it stayed hidden for so long.

The coffin is 6.2 feet long. Workers in about 1001 BC may have made the entire coffin from silver, while others argue that the coffin was repurposed. It is much bigger than others found from the same period. They worked hard to create detailed carvings of Egyptian gods. One carving shows Osiris, the god of the afterlife, and another shows Isis, the goddess of magic and wisdom.

The coffin gave insight into religious practices during his reign. Its discovery also gave historians important information about burial customs.

Stone Spheres in Costa Rica: Ancient Marvels Found in Jungles Baffle Archaeologists

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In the lush jungles of southwest Costa Rica lie stone spheres. Workers clearing land found them in the 1930s, some on Diquis Delta and others on the Isla del Caño. They are made from granodiorite, a hard igneous rock not native to the region. Some are small, about the size of a bowling ball, and others are about the size of a family sedan. The largest weighs about 16 tons.

Historians believe they date back about 1,500 years. Yet, they cannot explain how workers made them. Some believe that people carved them, while others believe they have mystical origins. A few historians even think an advanced culture made them with superior technology.

The stone spheres seem to be placed in specific patterns, which has led some historians to speculate they have a ceremonial purpose. There is a lingering belief that people created them to show their power.