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10 MYSTERIOUS ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES
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History lovers and wannabe Indiana Joneses around the world dream of finding a rare and valuable artifact during their travels. And the truth is that many people who aren’t looking for something end up finding something incredibly rare on accident, or by pure luck.
However, there are other people who have been searching long and hard for recently discovered some incredible artifacts, and now we’re going to show you what they found! From an ancient Qing Dynasty Sword to a bizarre 400-million-year old hammer, check out these 10 recently discovered ancient artifacts.
10. Chinese Man Finds Old Sword in Ground, Uses it as Kitchen Knife
A 60-year-old Chinese farmer named, Yi Shouxiang, was digging on his land in Chengkou County in China Province when he stumbled across an old sword blade that had no handle. Not thinking much of it at the time, he took it home and used it as a kitchen knife for five years until one day he noticed some strange characters on the blade.
9. Thor's Hammer
No, we’re not talking about Mjolnir, the very powerful and mythical hammer which Thor used to protect Asgard from the Frost Giants. Instead, this small artifact is a Viking amulet in the shape of Thor's Hammer which dates back to the 10th century.
8. Pensioner Finds 2,300-Year-Old Pure Gold Crown Under Bed
An elderly English man who decided to remain anonymous really had a stroke of luck when he re-discovered inherited treasure in the form of an authentic Greek gold crown in a cardboard box under his bed! He had inherited the box from his grandfather, and saw the crown long ago, but didn’t think it had any value, so he didn’t pay any attention to it.
7. 1,000-Year-Old Viking Sword Discovered
Some discoveries really do just land in your lap as Árni Björn Valdimarsson found out in 2016 when he and a group of friends went hunting for geese and instead found a 1000-year-old Viking sword laying on the sand completely exposed.
6. Ancient Texas Hammer Found ‘Embedded’ in Rock
There are few ancient artifacts that cause a bigger debate than the legendary ‘London Hammer’. The hammer was found in a tiny little town called London, located in Texas, USA, was found embedded in rock. But here’s the big mystery; the rock that the hammer is stuck in is over 400 million years old!
5. Religious Artifacts Found Alongside Bones in Attic Maybe Relics of a Saint
Mr. Williston of St John, New Brunswick, Canada made a remarkable discovery while cleaning out his attic one night in 2015. Alongside the usual family heirlooms, unused furniture, and Christmas decorations he was shocked to discover bones, some jewelry, and many other strange trinkets.
4. Roman Swords
Big time discoveries are really a dream for archeologists both amateur and professional alike. So, the chance to work on an excavation site at the Roman Fort of Vindolanda, just south of Hadrian's Wall, was a dream come true for archaeologist Sarah Baker. She, along with other volunteers, helped to unearth a previously unknown barracks at the site in 2017.
3. Viking Shield
In 2008, Danish archaeologists who were digging 60 miles or so outside of Copenhagen found a stunningly well-preserved Viking shield, which is believed to be around 1,000 years old! Archaeologist Kirsten Christensen was understandably excited upon discovering it. The reason it was so well-preserved is that of the moist soil and sediment that covered it keeping oxygen out which causes things to decay.
2. Amazing Discovery Found in the Sand Could Rewrite Australian History
Those who know Australian history no doubt know that Dutchman Willem Janszoon is credited with the discovery of Australia when he landed in North Queensland in 1606, around 160 years before Captain Cook! However, a discovery of some copper coins on Wessel Island by a patrolling soldier in 1944 may just rewrite that history!
1. Grandmothers Ming Dynasty Style Plate Sells for Nearly a Quarter of a Million Dollars
We all know that grandmothers have a love of pottery, porcelain, and fine china. And what most people don’t expect is to be left a porcelain plate by their grandmother which is worth over $265,000 thousand dollars!
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