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25+ Archaeological Finds That Made Us Say ‘Whoa’

Updated July 30, 2021 205.7k votes 21.4k voters 702.7k views28 items

List RulesVote up the archaeological discoveries that make you wish you were a real-life Indiana Jones.

Every so often, researchers dig up treasure troves of cool archaeological finds. While some of those ancient discoveries are a mystery to us, others are easily explainable. We know what the people of yesteryear used anchors, keys, and helmets for, but the fact that those artifacts survived hundreds - sometimes thousands - of years is pretty amazing.

The objects listed here may seem mundane at first glance, but once you realize just how long ago they were made and used, the only thing left to say is, "Whoa."

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    Third Century Flooring Of An Ancient Roman Villa

    Archaeologists from the Superintendent of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Verona discovered an ancient Roman mosaic floor in the northern Italian city under a vineyard in May 2020. The floor dates back to the third century AD and is located near an ancient Roman villa. 

    The technicians of the Verona Superintendence seek to identify the exact extension and location of the flooring, according to the Municipality of Negrar di Valpolicella's Facebook page.  

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    16th Century Ring That Unfolds Into An Astronomical Sphere

    Comparable to larger navigational tools, the armillary sphere rings worn by explorers during the 16th and 17th centuries were collapsible pieces of equipment that symbolized knowledge. With anywhere from two to eight bands, the rings could be decorated with astrological signs or ornate stones. This ring has ties to Germany, but designs for astrological finger rings are often linked to 15th century Jewish physician Bonetus de Latis

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    Corinthian Helmet From The Battle Of Marathon Found With The Warrior's Skull Inside

    Photo: u/innuendoPL / Reddit

    Said to have been found by George Nugent Grenville, Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands, in Greece in 1834, the Corinthian helmet that contained the skull of its wearer is believed to date from the Battle of Marathon. The battle between Greek and Persian forces in 490 BCE gives rise to the legend of Pheidippides, the Athenian messenger who ran throughout Greece to warn of the impending battle and father of the modern marathon.

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    2,000-Year-Old Chariot With Intact Horse Skeletons

    Photo: Спасимир / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0

    Somewhat common to the region that is now Bulgaria, archaeologist Veselin Ignatov and his team found a chariot with two full horse skeletons in 2008. Between 1,800 and 2,000 years old, the chariot was made of wood and had a bronze covering, representative of, "prestige, power and authority." According to Ignatov, the horses were most likely killed as the burial was taking place, with additional sacrifices made to the gods to facilitate crossing over to the afterlife. 

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