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Important Historical Artifacts That Are Still Missing  

Stephan Roget
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Museums are home to collections of relics from around the world, allowing the general public to interact with history. However, many of those relics fail to hold a candle to certain extraordinary artifacts that have gone missing over the years. From ancient reserves to abandoned WWI artifacts, lost treasures are a staple of both fictional and real-life adventures.

Most of the more well-known missing artifacts will likely never get recovered - many were wiped out - but this won't deter relic hunters who continue to search for treasures to this day. All it takes is one new story about rare artifacts found in pawn shops to keep the dream alive.

No One Knows The Whereabouts Of The Bayeux Tapestry's Final Panels
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Photo:  Unknown/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the most recognizable treasures from the Middle Ages that still exists today. Reportedly created within a few years of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 CE, the lengthy narrative wall-hanging depicts William the Conqueror's invasion of England.

Uncovered in 1729, the tapestry spans 230 feet long, but it is missing its final scene, as evidenced by its frayed ending and lack of a narrative conclusion. While modern-day embroiderers have attempted to complete the story, the real final panels of the Bayeux Tapestry have never turned up.

Blackbeard's Treasure May Still Be Out There
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Photo:  Joseph Nicholls/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Edward Teach, AKA Blackbeard, may have tight competition for the title of most famous pirate, but when it comes to pirate lore, his missing treasure is the most well-known piece of lost history. In 1718, Blackbeard and Queen Anne's Revenge supposedly ran aground on a sandbar in North Carolina; no one has ever found the enormous trove of treasure that the ship reportedly carried.

Since this incident neither rendered the ship unusable - and experts argue if this ship is indeed Queen Anne's Revenge - nor significantly impacted the people aboard it, the crew would have had more than enough time to unload and conceal their haul. As of 2018, there is no definitive find of Blackbeard's purported treasure.

Somebody Seemingly Took JFK's Brain
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Photo:  NASA/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

At some point between 1963 - the year when President John F. Kennedy passed - and 1966, JFK's brain - which medical professionals had removed during his autopsy - went missing from its storage place in the National Archives. Nobody can explain when, how, or why this happened.

Numerous conspiracies abound about this case, with one theory centering on JFK's brother, Robert Kennedy. Some believe Robert took the brain to hide evidence of the many supposed illnesses JFK was hiding from the public while he was in office.

The Map Used To Plan The Atomic Event At Hiroshima Remains Lost
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Photo:  National Archives/www.archives.gov/Public Domain

The atomic devices dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki altered world history forever, but the map used to plan the first offensive strike is currently gone. The document, titled Map of Target Area 90-30-748, Hiroshima Area, A-2 Section, XXI Bomber Command, is supposed to be in the National Archives, but it disappeared at an unknown date and has never been recovered.

For posterity's sake, however, a few copies of the map still exist.