According to history, modern humans evolved from a broad category of archaic humans some 200,000 years ago. We know this from fossil remains found in East Africa that date back to around 195,000 years ago. Yet, we didn’t develop into what one might consider “modern” until closer to 40,000-50,000 years ago. Using other fossil evidence, we also believe that mankind, in some form (i.e. Homo erectus) was kicking around on this planet almost 2 million years ago, and were the first to fashion tools and utilize fire.
History tells us these things, yet legend tells us something else. Most of these legends, found in cave drawings or ancient manuscripts, are dismissed as the thoughts of a simple mind struggling to make sense of existence but lacking the intelligence to do so. Yet every now and then, physical discoveries are made that challenge accepted history and reinforces alternative theories. How does history explain these discoveries? It can’t. Scientists have been contemplating these history-changing discoveries for years. The easy answer is that it’s caused by ancient extraterrestrial visitors who inspired our ancient ancestors long ago.
The more complex answer is that maybe we don’t really know as much about our archaic past as we thought. Maybe it is all just conjecture and we simply lack the knowledge to fully understand just how our ancestors did some of the things that evidence suggests they accomplished. Any true scientist will tell you that we just don’t know everything, and we probably never will. All we can do is form ideas and theories based on the ever-changing body of evidence that we keep discovering. Presented for your amazement are ten astonishing discoveries that make us rethink history.
10. The Dropa Stones
In 1938, archaeologists found graves in a cave system in the Himalayas in China. They found several graves, containing remains of humanoid-like creatures, called the Dropa, roughly four feet in height, with long limbs, and large heads. On the walls of the caves were drawings of the skies. Carbon dating puts the drawings at roughly 11,000 years old. Additionally, a total of 716 disc-shaped objects were found throughout the caves – Dropa stones.
These stones ranged in size from a few inches to several feet in diameter, with holes through the center of them. The stones are exquisitely crafted and intricately carved with very small text written in spirals. One Beijing professor claims to have translated the texts which tell a story of aliens crashing high in the mountains, where they met people of the Ham tribe and lived amongst them until all the aliens eventually perished and were buried. The stones remain in the custody of China who allow no outside study to be conducted.
9. The London Hammer
In June 1936, a couple was hiking along Red Creek, near London, Texas. They discovered an interesting piece of wood sticking out of a rock. They took it home and, years later, broke the rock, revealing an iron hammer with a wooden handle. The rock that contained the hammer was dated as being 400-500 million years old. The hammer is roughly six inches long with a one inch diameter. The metal has been analyzed as being mostly iron containing traces of chlorine and sulfur, and it has not rusted since it was discovered all those years ago.
Is the hammer as old as the rock it was found in? If so, then mankind has been kicking around this planet a lot longer than previously believed! If not, how did the hammer get inside the rock? The hammer currently resides at the Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas.
8. The Mysteries of the Piri Reis Map
Piri Reis was an Ottoman admiral who sailed the seas throughout the 1500s. During his career, he collected charts and often sketched coastlines. This map was discovered in his collection in 1929. The map appears to be only one-third of a larger world map, with the rest having been lost. It accurately depicts the western coast of Africa, the eastern coast of South America, and most interestingly the northern coast of Antarctica.
What is mysterious is the detailed accuracy of the Antarctic coastline. It is buried under many tons of ice and has been for at least a million years, making it impossible to be accurately mapped with 1500s technology. Research shows that the last time the coast was ice-free enough to map visibly was around 4000 BCE. Who navigated the world all those years ago? How were they able to accurately scale their map to within 50 miles? The map shows accurate spatial relationships of the continents as seen from high above in the atmosphere. How was this done?
7. The Dogon Tribe and Sirius B
In the 1930s, anthropologists came upon a small tribe of mostly cave-dwellers called the Dogon. They lived in Burkina Faso in West Africa. They kept secluded from modern society and relied on their tribal traditions and religion to sustain them. Their culture describes how they were visited long ago by amphibious extraterrestrials from the Sirius star system, who gave them the knowledge of their far away home.
Unexpectedly, the Dogon were found to possess broad detailed knowledge of Sirius B, which they call Po Tolo, and its neighboring white dwarf star. They know the length of its orbit in years, the shape of the orbit, and that the white dwarf is dense. Sirius B is not visible with the naked eye, yet the tribe can point out its location accurately. How did they come to possess this knowledge?
6. The Voynich Manuscript
Many dead languages over the years have been studied and translated. However, one unique tome contains a language that has baffled historians for over a hundred years, the Voynich Manuscript. Found by rare-book dealer Wilfrid Voynich in 1912, the manuscript contains text arranged in a series of paragraphs laid out over 240 pages, along with intricate illustrations and diagrams. It is organized into several sections: herbal, astronomical, biological, cosmological, and pharmaceutical. The only problem is the language it is written is totally unknown.
It has been analyzed to contain 170,000 characters, with 30 glyphs used repeatedly, with the exception of a few random characters only used once. It was written naturally, with no evidence of errors or pauses in writing. Carbon dating puts the manuscript as being written between 1404 and 1438. No one knows who wrote it or what the heck he’s talking about!
5. The Antikythera Mechanism
This is basically a 2000-year-old extraordinarily intricate analog computer! It was found in a shipwreck near Greece in 1900. Careful examination has revealed that it was used to display astronomical cycles and to determine celestial positioning using a very elaborate system of bronze gears. What’s more unbelievable is that it appears to have been created around 100 BCE, over 1,000 years before anything even remotely as complex would be contemplated, and 1,600 years before Galileo was even born.
It’s impressive enough that the device was built, but even more impressive that someone understood astronomy enough to design it over a thousand years before our modern understanding of astronomy and physics! We don’t know who built it or how it came to be on that ancient Greek ship, but it is truly a remarkable piece of advanced craftsmanship.
4. Did Humans Walk Alongside Dinosaurs?
In May 2012, while excavating in Dawson County, Montana, scientists unearthed a Triceratops brow horn. Subsequently, samples were given to the University of Georgia for Carbon-14 testing. The results threw the archaeology world upside-down! The horn dates to being only 33,500 years old! If true, this find profoundly upends the traditionally held theory that dinosaurs went extinct around 65 million years ago. In fact, this would support the radical theory that early humans may have walked alongside the gigantic reptiles thousands of years ago.
A leading group of scientists are calling for carbon dating across the board on dinosaur fossils in order to ascertain how old they truly are. Historically, carbon dating was never a worthwhile endeavor for dinosaur bones, as they were universally believed to be millions or years old and this type of testing is only reliable up to 55,000 years. However, many palaeontologists and science journals are refusing to test and instead are sticking with established theories; theories that may just be wrong. The horn is currently stored at Montana’s Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum.
3. Ancient Japanese Speakers in New Mexico
For almost 4000 years, a Native American tribe called the Zuni has lived in the area now called New Mexico. This tribe traditionally speaks the Zuni language, a language that is far detached from any other native language. In fact, it more closely resembles Japanese. The language itself is not Japanese but is close enough that Japanese Americans recognize much of what is being said.
For example, the Zuni word for “clan” is “kwe,” while in Japanese it is “kwai;” “priest” is “shiwani,” while the Japanese counterpart is “shawani.” The languages are similar in syntax as well, both using the verb as the last word of a sentence. Sure, 45% of world languages do that, but how about the fact that the Zuni and Japanese both share a high frequency of Type B blood, which is almost non-existent in other Native American tribes. They also share a rare kidney disease unique in North America to the Zuni, but more common in Asia. The similarities are an enigma.
2. Ancient Roman Statue in Mexico
In 1933, an archaeologist was excavating a burial ground near Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca in the Toluca valley of Mexico, when he uncovered what appeared to be a fragment of a small figurine. Upon closer examination, he found that the fragment was a terra cotta head to a statue. It appeared to be Roman, as closer examination found that its style matches against other Roman artifacts of the second century.
In 1995, the artifact was tested and it was dated to between the 9th century BCE and the middle of the 13th century CE. This would place the artifact as being much older than the archaeological site where it was found. The head remains an object out of place with no one agreeing on any one theory as to how it made its way to Mexico.
1. Ancient Hebrew Inscribed on a Rock in New Mexico
It’s called the Los Lunas Decalogue Stone and it’s basically a 90-ton boulder with an abridged version of the Ten Commandments etched in ancient Hebrew. It rests on the side of Hidden Mountain, near Los Lunas, New Mexico. In 1933, a university professor named Hibben first saw the inscription when he was taken to the boulder by a guide. The inscription was covered in lichen and patination making it hard to discern, yet Hibbern was able to ascertain that the writing was not Native American but was in fact ancient Hebrew.
Modern geologists have examined the inscription and have dated it to between 500 and 2,000 years old. Too many have touched it over the years for more accurate testing to be conducted. Who made it and why there?