A Look Into Some Unexplained Artifacts From Ancient Civilizations

Updated on July 2, 2020
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A condor geoglyph created by the Nazca people.
A condor geoglyph created by the Nazca people. | Source

Nazca Lines

These geoglyphs from 200 BC cover 170 square miles of land off the coast of Peru. Etched onto the sandy ground are thousands of animal depictions and mysterious figures varying from monkeys, spiders, and birds among many others. There are also some puzzling depictions of symmetric shapes and what looks like landing strips.

A spider geoglyph created by the Nazca people.
A spider geoglyph created by the Nazca people. | Source

The Nazca people who created these wondrous carvings left no record of why or what the purpose of the Nazca lines was. This is no shock though. Due to their prehistoric era, they did not yet discover the benefits of a written language.

Not advanced enough for a written language, yet so far advanced that future civilizations ponder how such intricate depictions were created at the time. Some theorists suggest that the lines are actually representations of the constellations and correlate with the location of the star. Theorists also suggest that the geoglyphs were to be viewed from the skies with some lines forming airstrips for otherworldly beings. If they weren't viewed from the skies, then how did the Nazca people create such perfectly symmetrical images? With a lack of evidence from the time period, there is no explanation.

Original photo of the giant finger taken in 1988 and published in a European newspaper.
Original photo of the giant finger taken in 1988 and published in a European newspaper. | Source

Giant Finger in Egypt

Discovered in the 1960s by a grave robber in Egypt is this 13.8 inch long finger. A researcher named Gregor Sporri met the old grave robber in 1988 and paid $300 to photograph the finger and take it to be x-ray photographed.

That's right, there is even an x-ray image of the finger as well as a stamp of authenticity. No scientists have studied the finger, and the man who owned the finger slipped out of existence once the need for answers arose. That may contribute to this being a hoax, or to this being evidence of a giant civilization that roamed the earth before us.

A color touched version of the original lolladoff disc.
A color touched version of the original lolladoff disc. | Source

Dropa Stones

As the story goes, Cho Pu Tei, a professor of Archaeology (who is a real archaeologist) at Beijing University, was on an expedition with some students to explore caves deep in the Himalayan mountains. Nestled between Tibet and China is a series of caves that seem to have been man-made, as it consists of tunnel systems and in-ground rooms.

In these rooms were small skeletons resembling those with dwarfism ranging from 3–4 feet. Dr. Tei assumed that they were an undocumented species of mountain gorilla but didn't understand why they would have been ritually buried. Scattering the room of graves were hundreds of 12 inch wide discs with perfect holes in the center. The paintings on the cave walls were examined by researchers and have been proven to be 12,000 years old, as well as the discs.

Sent to Beijing University where they stayed for 20 years, many researchers and scientists attempted to decipher the hieroglyphs engraved on the discs with no success, as the language used is of unknown origin. Dr. Tsum Um Nui of Beijing researched the discs extensively in 1958 and concluded that it was written in an unknown language never seen before and was engraved at such a fine level that a magnifying glass was needed to see clearly. He attempted to decipher the language and his results were nothing less than otherworldly.

Here is a line that was deciphered by Dr. Nui:

"The Dropas came down from the clouds in their aircraft. Our men, women and children hid in the caves ten times before sunrise. When at last they understood the sign language of the Dropas, they realized that the newcomers had peaceful intentions."

X-ray images of the Coso artifact.
X-ray images of the Coso artifact. | Source

Coso Artifact

Back in 1961, a very odd discovery was made in the Coso Mountains of California. Looking for additions to their exhibit, the owners of a little gem shop went out to collect a number of geodes to crack into back at their shop. Instead of finding a valuable gem or rare fossil, they cracked into a geode that enclosed a mechanical artifact.

This mechanical device looked an awful lot like a modern-day automobile spark plug. Upon analysis and x-ray viewings, it appeared to have a porcelain exterior, containing rings of copper, a steel spring, and a magnetic rod on the inside. To add to the mystery, there was also an unidentifiable powdery white substance inside of it.

After more research was done on the geode, it was determined by the marine fossils covering its surface that the artifact was in fact 500,000 years old. Scientists weren't quick to analyze the artifact though. They couldn't possibly chance disproving themselves and alert the world that we aren't the first technologically advanced civilization.

An actual image of the Antikythera mechanism.
An actual image of the Antikythera mechanism. | Source

The Antikythera Mechanism

A hundred years ago, divers were scavenging through ancient Greek treasures at the site of the Antikythera shipwreck, which is dated back to 100 BC. Among the artifacts they found were three pieces of a mysterious geared device. This device had bronze gears and triangular teeth, and it is thought to be used to track the complex movements of the moon and other planets.

The mechanism used a differential gear that was composed of more than 30 gears of varying sizes with triangular teeth that always added up to prime numbers when counted (129, 19, 223). It is believed that if all of the teeth are proven to be prime numbers then it could unlock the astronomical secrets harbored by the ancient Greeks. The mechanism had a knob that allowed the user to enter past and future dates and would then calculate the sun and moon's position. Differential gears enabled the device to calculate angular velocities and compute lunar cycles.

No other artifacts discovered from this time are as advanced. Rather than utilizing a geocentric view, the mechanism was built on heliocentric principles, which was not common at the time. It seems that the ancient Greeks harnessed the skill to create the world's first analog computer. Upon even further x-ray analysis, more clues arose pointing to the inscriptions hidden within the mechanism.

The historian Alexander Jones deciphered some of the inscriptions and revealed that the device used colored balls to represent the sun, the moon, and Mars. More inscriptions uncovered where the device was made, but none told why or how it was made. Is it possible that the Greeks knew more about the solar system than we previously thought? Most likely; for as more answers arise, more questions need to be asked. The Greeks' advanced technology shows us how much they knew about the universe and how much they inspired what we know today.

3,000 year old Egyptian hieroglyphs.
3,000 year old Egyptian hieroglyphs. | Source

Ancient Planes

Egypt wasn't the only hot bet for ancient alien conspiracies. Discovered in Central America and South America were small gold trinkets dating back to 500 CE. Accurate dating is a challenge though, due to the trinkets being made entirely of gold. So instead, the dates were estimated using stratigraphy. This may fool some people into believing that this was an elaborate hoax, but the trinkets were proven to be at least 1,000 years old.

What is so interesting about these gold trinkets is the fact that they closely resemble airplanes. Archaeologists have labelled these trinkets as zoomorphic, which means they resemble animals. Comparing them with birds and fish (which have the closest characteristics in terms of animals) didn't prove much. If anything, it led to a more questioning aspect. Why do they so closely resemble planes? It was features like wings, stabilizing tails, and landing gears that led researchers to recreate one of the ancient plane figurines.

Ancient Planes
Ancient Planes

After being recreated, it was documented that the plane was aerodynamic and flew wondrously. Being blown up in scale but exact in proportions, this ancient discovery seems a lot like a modern-day fighter jet. Is it possible that 1,000 years ago we were visited by ancient astronauts, and they left behind blueprints of what we now call "planes"? Or is it more plausible to think that they very inaccurately depicted birds and bees? We will never know.

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      6 months ago

      Having studied the antikythera mechanism for 5 years, i consider it the invention of all time

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      11 months ago

      The book 'Vehicles of Asgard' (Xlibris, 2016) by William Hall Watson contains much information on ancient airboats. Research predates von Daniken.

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      11 months ago

      Read the book 'Vehicles of Asgard' (Xlibris, 2016) by William Hall Watson.

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      Connor B 

      13 months ago

      Been studying many of these things for a while now, and I'm completely fascinated by it all.

      A great book to read on the subject is called The Puzzle of Ancient Man by Donald E Chittick, and covers much of these (and many more besides) including Stonehenge and Machu Picchu.

      Excellent book, and I wholeheartedly recommend it!

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      John Smith 

      2 years ago

      The word is 'pique'

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      4 years ago from USA

      Weird things, the Antikythera Mechanism is especially amazing, showing how fascinating the Ancient Greek civilization was.


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