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10 Mysterious Items Found in Ancient Cemeteries

For over a century, archeologists around the world have explored the grave sites of people long since gone to gain possible insight into what their lives were like through the artifacts that they left

For over a century, archeologists around the world have explored the grave sites of people long since gone to gain possible insight into what their lives were like through the artifacts that they left behind. These efforts have led to many important discoveries that have changed our understanding of the course of human history. This valuable work often takes place in extreme conditions and remote locations that have been left undisturbed because of access difficulty. What once was believed to be lost to time can be put on display to give future generations a better understanding of the past.

In the course of these archeological excavations, there are often artifacts in the grave sites that defy simple explanation. Some artifacts can point to commonplace activities such as cooking and preparing food, tools and implements used for cultivating crops, and even weapons. Each of these has a logical reason for being included in a gravesite, but sometimes upon further inspection, these items can reveal something that was not previously anticipated.

Maybe these ancient peoples had contact with others that had not even previously been known or documented. Perhaps these interred individuals were members of ancient royal families, whose names have long since been forgotten. Other artifacts and evidence point to ancient struggles and conflict between warring tribes that were not previously known. Every year, new cemetery sites are discovered and explored, giving us a further understanding of what life was like in the ancient world.

10 Thor’s Hammer Jewelry

via:http://news.discovery.com/

9 Brain Tissue

via:ancient-origins.net

8 Dismembered Donkey

via;archaeology.org

7 Cotton on Tattooed Peruvian Mummy

via;nationalgeographic.com

6 51 Headless Vikings

via:archaeology.org

5 One Million Mummies

via:umano.me

4 Silver Carolingian Pot and Lid

via;ibtimes.co.uk/

3 Egyptian Beads in Denmark

via:http://io9.com/

2 Ancient Alien?

via;britishmuseum.org

1 Ubaid Lizard Men Figurines

via:ancient-origins.net

6,000 to 7,000 years ago in Ancient Mesopotamia lived an ancient people that shared a common culture that we now know as Ubaid. In 1955, Leonard Woolley discovered a figurine of a mother and child in a poorly preserved cemetery at Ur. This figurine appeared to have a human body along with a lizard-like head. This lizardmen figurine has been a leading artifact that is often cited as proof of Ubaid contact with “ancient aliens”. Whatever possible explanation for these artifacts has been lost due to 7,000 years of weathering.

Sources:  discovery.com, nbbd.com, pbs.org, nationalgeographic.com, ancient-origins.net, rt.com,livescience.com, bbc.com, ibtimes.co.uk, io9.com, archaeology.org, banrepcultural.org, ancientaliensdebunked.com, britishmuseum.org, news.nationalgeographic.com

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