Human history certainly holds its fair share of mysteries. Not all ancient civilisations were attentive bureaucrats like the Ancient Romans - the people of ancient Rome were excellent at documentation, so we know a huge amount about them, their society and their traditions. Unfortunately for historians, the story of certain societies and their creations will always remain shrouded in an intriguing mystery with no concrete answers in sight.
A perfect example is the infamous Voynich Manuscript. The Voynich Manuscript supposedly originated in Italy. Carbon dating has put the handwritten manuscript around the early 1400s. For years, the nature of the Voynich Manuscript has puzzled all those who have come into contact with it. Why? The entire manuscript is written in a coded language, completely unlike any other language or form of writing that exists. No cryptographer has ever been able to decipher the code written in the book. Historians even enlisted the help of some expert code crackers who worked during World War II, but none have ever had any luck. The manuscript itself is a few hundred pages, and most pages even include diagrams of strange plants that don't resemble any living species. Although many historians and cryptographers have suggested that the book could be nonsense, many maintain that the care and attention the unknown author must have put in during the manuscript's production suggests otherwise. It begs the question: why would someone spend hours and hours (plus a lot of money - manuscripts were incredibly expensive items in the 15th century) producing something of no value to anyone?
However, the number of mysterious monuments and places that left traces still visible today greatly outweigh the number of entirely mysterious artefacts that have been discovered. Some of the monuments left behind by ancient peoples are so strange, and so well constructed, that they have left historians mystified. Aside from monuments, certain places on earth have an inescapable air of mystery about them that remains unexplained to this day. If you're a bit of a conspiracy theorist and you're looking for a new adventure, the following 8 locations could provide you with endlessly compelling mystery.
9 Groom Lake, Nevada
7 The Roanoke Colony
6 Sailing Stones
5 The Yonaguni Monument
3 The Great Pyramid of Giza
2 The Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle is a part of the world that has long been the subject of debate, and since the early 20th century has permeated the public consciousness. The Bermuda Triangle is a triangle of water located in the Atlantic ocean, between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda itself. The triangle of water is allegedly cursed, due to reports of many sea vessels and aircraft meeting their doom within the triangle. Reports range from unexplained disappearances of aircraft flying over the triangle to ships which have emerged from the triangle with no crewman left on board. Explanations for these mysterious happenings have ranged from the supernatural to the scientific: some blame aliens, others blame magnetic fields and wormholes in time.
1 Easter Island
Easter Island, located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile, hosts some of the most unusual and mysterious historical structures known to man. Easter Island is the home of the Moai statues - a total of almost 900 giant humanoid stone sculptures that were made sometime between the years 1250 and 1500. The statues have torsos which are often buried beneath the soil. The Moai are scattered all over Easter Island and are all positioned so that they are facing inwards towards the land. It has remained a mystery as to how these structures were moved around and positioned by the islands native inhabitants, the Rapa Nui people. The meaning of the statues also remains elusive.
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