Mysterious Monuments and Places That Have Baffled Scientists
Have you ever thought about the meaning behind archeological mysteries? Are you fascinated by the wonders of the ancient world? Maybe you have theories regarding the creation of sophisticated structures by primitive communities. You may believe in human-alien interactions or even attribute earth’s wonders to extra-terrestrial dabbling. In any case, enjoy the following collection of humankind’s most inexplicable archeological phenomena—they even have the scientists and experts in a conundrum.
Lost City of Petra, Jordan
The Lost City of Petra in Jordan displays surprising sophistication considering its age. Despite the estimated date of 312 BC for the building of Petr, it has an advanced water conduit system and ornate carved rock architectural embellishments. How could such an ancient people achieve that level of development. Scientists also wonder what happened to the people of Petra.
Machu Picchu, Peru
One of the most stunningly beautiful ancient cities, Machu Picchu presents some difficult questions. How was the massive amount of stone hauled up the steep mountainside prior to the advent of heavy machinery? What about the extraordinary architecture of the hillside temple above Machu Picchu?
The Carnac Stones, France
Row upon row of stones, approximately 3,000 of them, all neatly arranged in nearly equidistant lines make up this enigma. Are they the work of early astronomers searching the skies or of ancient geologists trying to predict earthquakes? Perhaps they are an early version of agricultural keylines.
The Yonaguni Monument, Japan
This underwater ruined city begs the question, how did it sink? Some researchers say this is not a ruin at all, but naturally occurring geological shelving; however, most scientists believe the right angles and smooth surfaces indicate it is man made.
Ta Prohm, Cambodia
Did the fall of the Khmer Empire cause this breathtaking temple to be abandoned? Scientists are unsure. This is one temple that has not been restored in any way and may be visited as is, showing the ravages of time.
The Nazca Lines, Peru
These Peruvian geoglyphs were carved into the rock in the Nazca Desert in huge animal shapes. Researchers can’t decide why the ancient Peruvians wen to all this trouble. Were they attempting to communicate with extra-terrestrials? Do these carvings hold religious significance?
Gulf of Cambay, India
This astonishing ruin was found in 2001 of the coast of India. It is believed to have been built around 9,500 BC. How did it end up in the sea? Some scientists speculate an earthquake or other tectonic activity, while others point out corroborating evidences of a global scale deluge.
This once populous city in Mexico supported around 125,000 residents around 100 BC. Where did they all go, and why? These are the key questions of scientists who study Teotihuacan.
Constructed in England around 3,000 to 2,000 BC, Stonehenge is an unsolved mystery. Many hold that Stonehenge is a place of magic or sacredness, and some claim it is simply the remains of a massive roundhouse style building. Scientists would like to know how it was constructed because each upright slab weighs above 25 tons.
Puma Punku, Bolivia
This may be the oldest collection of megalithic stones in the world. Puma Punku appears to be a temple complex, and is built of stones weighing around 100 tons each. So far, researchers cannot determine how they were built or the exact purpose with certainty.
The Sayhuite Monolith, Peru
The intricate, map-like surface of the Sayhuite Monument baffles not just scientists, but most everyone. What is it? What was its purpose? Many speculate that aliens were involved in its construction.
Ciudad Perdida, Colombia
The city of Ciudad Perdida was once a thriving community of around 8,000 people. It features tiered terraces that were cut into the rocky mountainside. The reason for the fall or the city is unknown. Did the Spanish Conquest play a role?
This massive stone building predates the Great Pyramid of Giza and is estimated to have been built around 3,200 BC. Researchers disagree on the purpose of the monument. Was it a religious temple or a burial vault? The human remains inside would support either theory.
The innovative architecture of Tikal is enough to keep the analytical mind of a scientist guessing, but the real question is what made Tikal’s people leave? There are some signs that this Mayan city was burned before its inhabitants left.
The Masuda-no-Iwafune, Japan
This truly bizarre monument in Japan has researchers stumped. Some have suggested it was an agricultural calendar. Could this be true?
The Three Dolmens, Spain
These three dolmens or megalithic tombs are found outside Antequera, Spain. They are named the Cueva de Menga, the Cueva do Viera, and the Tholos of El Romeral. Scientists believe they were created around 3,700 BC, but have no realistic idea how such an ancient people could move these massive stones—each weighs over 100 tons.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
One of the favorite mysteries of xenoarchaeologists, the Great Pyramid inspires perennial fascination. How did people with limited technology and no mechanical lifting devices construct tombs of such heavy stones? No wonder the theory of assisting aliens has been proposed.
The Temple of Ggantija, Gozo
This megalithic temple complex is found on the Maltese Island of Gozo. Although the scientific community agrees that this temple predates the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt, it’s purpose remains unclear. Excavated in 1827, Ggantija began to crumble shortly thereafter.