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    The 10 Most Intriguing Mysteries of Lost Civilizations

    I find these 3 fascinating:

    Egyptian Treasures in the Grand Canyon

    The April 5, 1909 edition of the Arizona Gazette featured an article entitled "Explorations in Grand Canyon: Remarkable finds indicate ancient people migrated from Orient." According to the article, the expedition was financed by the Smithsonian Institute and discovered artifacts that would, if verified, stand conventional history on its ear. Inside a cavern "hewn in solid rock by human hands" were found tablets bearing hieroglyphics, copper weapons, statues of Egyptian deities and mummies. Although highly intriguing, the truth of this story is in doubt simply because the site has never been re-found. The Smithsonian disavows all knowledge of the discovery, and several expeditions searching for the cavern have come up empty-handed. Was the article just a hoax? "While it cannot be discounted that the entire story is an elaborate newspaper hoax," writes researcher/explorer David Hatcher Childress, "the fact that it was on the front page, named the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, and gave a highly detailed story that went on for several pages, lends a great deal to its credibility. It is hard to believe such a story could have come out of thin air."

    Age of the Pyramids and Sphinx

    Most Egyptologists believe the Great Sphinx on the Giza plateau is about 4,500 years old. But that number is just that - a belief, a theory, not a fact. As Robert Bauval says in "The Age of the Sphinx," "there was no inscriptions - not a single one - either carved on a wall or a stela or written on the throngs of papyri" that associates the Sphinx with this time period. So when was it built? John Anthony West challenged the accepted age of the monument when he noted the vertical weathering on its base, which could only have been caused by long exposure to water in the form of heavy rains. In the middle of the desert? Where did the water come from? It so happens that this area of the world experienced such rains - about 10,500 years ago! This would make the Sphinx more than twice its currently accepted age. Bauval and Graham Hancock have calculated that the Great Pyramid likewise dates back to about 10,500 B.C. - predating the Egyptian civilization. This raises the questions: Who built them and why?

    Nazca Lines

    The famous Nazca lines can be found in a desert about 200 miles south of Lima, Peru. On a plain measuring approximately 37 miles long and one mile wide are etched lines and figures that have puzzled the scientific world since their discovery in the 1930s. The lines run perfectly straight, some parallel to one another, many intersecting, making the lines look from the air like ancient airport runways. This prompted Erich von Daniken in his book Chariots of the Gods to suggest (ludicrously, we think) that they actually were runways for extraterrestrial craft... as if they would need runways. More intriguing are the gigantic figures of 70-some animals carved into the ground - a monkey, a spider, a hummingbird among others. The puzzle is that these lines and figures are of such a scale that they can only be recognized from a high altitude. (They were rediscovered by accident in the 1930s by an overflying airplane.) So what is their significance? Some believe they have an astronomical purpose, while others think they served in religious ceremonies. A recent theory suggests the lines lead to sources of precious water. The truth is, no one really knows.

    Mayan Calendar

    There's been a lot of hand-wringing over the supposed prophecies of the Mayan calendar. More people fear it, perhaps, than feared the ominous predicted catastrophes of the year 2000. All the fretting is based on the finding that the Mayan "Long Count" calendar ends on a date that corresponds to our December 21, 2012. What does this mean? The end of the world through some global cataclysm or war? The beginning of a new era, a new Age for mankind? Such prophecies have a long tradition of not coming to pass. But the only way we'll find out for sure is to wait and see. Just in case, however, in 2012 you might want to do your Christmas shopping early.


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    And what about this:



    My kids love Stonehenge. We go there regularly, in fact we were there two weeks ago.

    Julian Monastry, near Taxila. I once spent a very hot but quiet summer afternoon reading George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss in this extremely peaceful place:



    The carved horse on a chalk hill in Wiltshire also intrigues me. You can see it on your way to Marlborough from Stonehenge, Avebury or Devizes. Who made this elaborate figure and why?



    Apparantly there are more than one of these horses in that area. Why would the ancient people carve gigantic horse on the hillside?
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    In the case of the little Marlborough white horse... 19th century students!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy
    In the case of the little Marlborough white horse... 19th century students!
    Yes the one near Marlborough is recent but quite few of them were re-carved over existing figures, the oldest being 3000 years old (Uffington).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph K. View Post
    And what about this:



    My kids love Stonehenge. We go there regularly, in fact we were there two weeks ago.

    Julian Monastry, near Taxila. I once spent a very hot but quiet summer afternoon reading George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss in this extremely peaceful place:



    The carved horse on a chalk hill in Wiltshire also intrigues me. You can see it on your way to Marlborough from Stonehenge, Avebury or Devizes. Who made this elaborate figure and why?



    Apparantly there are more than one of these horses in that area. Why would the ancient people carve gigantic horse on the hillside?
    Its so amazing and fascinating. I want to visit this place one day.

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    I am sure Modi and the Indian army will be able to shed more light on this subject. Bigfoot was also a mystery until the Indian fauj found him


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    atlantis


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    Gobeiki Teipi is also a mystry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph K. View Post
    And what about this:



    My kids love Stonehenge. We go there regularly, in fact we were there two weeks ago.

    Julian Monastry, near Taxila. I once spent a very hot but quiet summer afternoon reading George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss in this extremely peaceful place:



    The carved horse on a chalk hill in Wiltshire also intrigues me. You can see it on your way to Marlborough from Stonehenge, Avebury or Devizes. Who made this elaborate figure and why?



    Apparantly there are more than one of these horses in that area. Why would the ancient people carve gigantic horse on the hillside?
    What I find humbling is that while ancient Britons were putting Stonehenge up, Egyptians built the Great Pyramid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    I find these 3 fascinating:

    Egyptian Treasures in the Grand Canyon
    This is a hoax.




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    Modi will claim he knows the age of the sphinx because he was there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by in_cutter View Post
    Modi will claim he knows the age of the sphinx because he was there.
    And he emailed the pics to himself

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    Egypt has revealed details of 30 ancient wooden coffins with mummies inside, which were discovered in the southern city of Luxor in the biggest find of its kind in more than a century.

    A team of Egyptian archaeologists found a “distinctive group of 30 coloured wooden coffins for men, women and children” in a cache at Al-Asasif cemetery on Luxor’s west bank, the ministry of antiquities said in a statement on Saturday.

    “It is the first large human coffin cache ever discovered since the end of the 19th century,” the Egyptian antiquities minister, Khaled El-Enany, was quoted as saying during a ceremony in Luxor.

    The intricately carved and painted 3,000-year-old coffins were closed with mummies inside and were in “a good condition of preservation, colours and complete inscriptions”, the statement added.

    They were for male and female priests and children, said Mostafa Waziri, the excavation team leader, dating back to 1000BC under the rule of the 22nd pharaonic dynasty.

    The coffins will undergo restoration before being moved to a showroom at the Grand Egyptian Museum, due to open next year next to the Giza pyramids, the ministry said.

    The discovery is the latest in a series of major finds of ancient relics that Egypt hopes will revive its tourism sector, which has been badly hit by political instability since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

    Earlier this month, Egypt unveiled two archaeological discoveries in Luxor, including an industrial zone at the city’s West Valley, also known as the Valley of the Monkeys.
    Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...mmies-in-luxor.


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