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Ten Overlooked Mysteries in History

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posted on May, 17 2010 @ 06:22 PM
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1. Disappearance of the Indus Valley Civilization




The ancient Indus Valley people, India’s oldest known civilization had a culture that stretched from Western India to Afghanistan and a populace of over 5 million. le—India’s oldest known civilization—were an impressive and apparently sanitary bronze-age bunch. The scale of their baffling and abrupt collapse rivals that of the great Mayan decline. They were a hygienically advanced culture with a highly sophisticated sewage drainage system, and immaculately constructed baths. There is to date no archaeological evidence of armies, slaves, conflicts, or other aspects of ancient societies. No one knows where this civilization went.


2. The Tarim Mummies




An amazing discovery of 2,000 year old mummies in the Tarim basin of Western China occurred in the early 90s. But more amazing than the discovery itself was the astonishing fact that the mummies were blond haired and long nosed. In 1993, Victor Mayer a college professor collected DNA from the mummies and his tests verified that the bodies were all of European genetic stock. Ancient Chinese texts from as early as the first millennium BC do mention groups of far-east dwelling caucasian people referred to as the Bai, Yeuzhi, and Tocharians. None, though, fully reveal how or why these people ended up there.


3. The Voynich Manuscript




The Voynich Manuscript is a medieval document written in an unknown script and in an unknown language. For over one hundred years people have tried to break the code to no avail. The overall impression given by the surviving leaves of the manuscript suggests that it was meant to serve as a pharmacopoeia or to address topics in medieval or early modern medicine. However, the puzzling details of illustrations have fueled many theories about the book’s origins, the contents of its text, and the purpose for which it was intended. The document contains illustrations that suggest the book is in six parts: Herbal, Astronomical, Biological, Cosmological, Pharmaceutical, and recipe


4. The Lost Roman Legion




After the Parthians defeated underachieving Roman General Crassus’ army, legend has it that a small band of the POWs wandered through the desert and were eventually rounded up by the Han military 17 years later. First century Chinese historian Ban Gu wrote an account of a confrontation with a strange army of about a hundred men fighting in a “fish-scale formation” unique to Roman forces. An Oxford historian who compared ancient records claims that the lost roman legion founded a small town near the Gobi desert named Liqian, which in Chinese translates to Rome. DNA tests are being conducted to answer that claim and hopefully explain some of the residents’ green eyes, blonde hair, and fondness of bullfighting.


5. Who Was Robin Hood?




The historical search for the legendary thief Robin Hood has turned up masses of possible names. One candidate includes the Yorkshire fugitive Robert Hod, also known as Hobbehod or Robert Hood of Wakefield. The large number of suspects is complicated further as the name Robin Hood became a common term for an outlaw. As literature began to add new characters to the tale such as Prince John and Richard the Lionheart the trail became more obscure. To this day no one knows who this criminal really was.


6. The Carnac Stones




Everyone has heard of Stonehenge, but few know the Carnac Stones. These are 3,000 megalithic stones arranged in perfect lines over a distance of 12 kilometers on the coast of Brittany in the North-West of France. Mythology surrounding the stones says that each stone is a soldier in a Roman legion that Merlin the Wizard turned in to stone. Scientific attempts at an explanation suggests that the stones are most likely an elaborate earthquake detector. The identity of the Neolithic people who built them is unknown.


7. Fall of the Minoans




The Minoans are best known for the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, but it is in fact the demise of this once-great civilisation that is more interesting. While many historians concentrate on the fall of the Roman Empire, the fall of the Minoans, who resided on the island of Crete, is an equal, if not greater mystery. Three and a half thousand years ago the island was shaken by a huge volcanic eruption on the neighbouring Thera Island. Archeologists unearthed tablets which have shown that the Minoans carried on for another 50 years after the eruption, before finally folding. Theories of what finally ended them have ranged from volcanic ash covering the island and devastating harvests to the weakened society eventually getting taken over by invading Greeks.


8. The Bog Bodies




This mystery may even be a problem for those legendary investigators from CSI and the like! The bog bodies are hundreds of ancient corpses found buried around the northern bogs and wetlands of Northern Europe. These bodies are remarkably well preserved, some dating back 2,000 years. Many of these bodies have tell-tale signs of torture and other medieval “fun”, which have made some researchers postulating that these unfortunate victims were the result of ritual sacrifices




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posted on May, 17 2010 @ 06:23 PM
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9. Lost City of Helike




In the late 2nd century AD, the Greek writer Pausanias wrote an account of how (4-500 years earlier?) in one night a powerful earthquake destroyed the great city of Helike, with a Tsunami washing away what remained of the once-flourishing metropolis. The city, capital of the Achaean League, was a worship centre devoted to the ancient god Poseidon, god of the sea. There was no trace of the legendary society mentioned outside of the ancient Greek writings until 1861, when an archeologist found some loot thought to have come from Helike – a bronze coin with the unmistakable head of Poseidon. In 2001, a pair of archeologists managed to locate the ruins of Helike beneath the mud and gravel of the coast, and are currently trying to peice together the rise and sudden fall of what has been called the “real” Atlantis.


10. Rongorongo




While many people know of the Moai of Easter Island, not that many people know of the other mystery associated with Easter Island. ‘Rongorongo’ is the hieroglyphic written language of the region’s earlier inhabitants. Rongorongo is strange in that no other neighbouring oceanic people used a written language. It appeared around the 1700s, though was unfortunately lost after the early European colonizers banned it because of its ties to the native islanders’ pagan roots


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Not my own work but just thought I'd compile it for ATS


If anyone has anything to add please feel free.

[edit on 17-5-2010 by Scope and a Beam]



posted on May, 17 2010 @ 07:28 PM
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Very interesting thanks!



posted on May, 17 2010 @ 07:53 PM
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No problem, glad you liked it.



posted on May, 17 2010 @ 08:55 PM
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Nice Job!

I'm familiar with some but others are completely new. The lost legion in particular reminds me of the red-haired mummys found along the silk road several years ago.

The Voynich manuscript at first glance would seem to be alchemical in nature. The surviving manuscripts have only been deciphered in very limited amounts as the images and language in many ways is symbolistic and therefore does not translate into a conventional useable text.

The Rongorongo is the one that fascinates me the most though. I find it very interesting that across ALL of history there are only 5 cultures to ever develop writing...every written langauge today is based on on of four (the fifth was from the Mayans, the only to originate in the 'new' world).

Very inconvenient to have a totally unknown text appear without any tie ins. I guess though that makes it easier to brush aside.

Over all I love these types of articles and finds. More and more this information points to the fact that there was WAY more going on in the ancient world then we know. Sadly there are so many books/belief systems/academics who are contradicted by the truth that in most cases these finds are covered up or destroyed outright.



posted on May, 17 2010 @ 09:10 PM
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dp

[edit on 17-5-2010 by Gentill Abdulla]



posted on May, 17 2010 @ 09:11 PM
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I don't see how these can be overlooked.

I mean with our Intelligence we should have found these out already.

Well I want to take a crack at that code there.



posted on May, 17 2010 @ 09:24 PM
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All of this is very interesting, especially the Tarim Mummies! I'll be looking into these more, thanks.


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posted on May, 17 2010 @ 09:40 PM
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Thanks for taking the time to put this thread together.

Although I do enjoy the endless threads about 'the illegals' or 'free energy from carrot juice' THIS STUFF in your thread is the heart and soul of ATS.



posted on May, 17 2010 @ 10:55 PM
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Very nice post. I enjoy seeing some of the less well known, mysteries of the world depicted here.

It's refreshing to know that others are still interested in history.

S&F



posted on May, 18 2010 @ 12:41 AM
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S&F

Great info, gives me something to look up tonight besides modern day problems ie economy, border security, NWO

you know the normal stuff



posted on May, 18 2010 @ 02:34 AM
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History is easy to forget. Back when civilizations practiced genocide to win wars except for the slaves they would collect. Then they would burn buildings, libraries, scrolls Etc.
That way they would show their full dominance.
Too bad because some of the old world or ancient technologies and medicines I think would benefit us 21st century cavemen. Good post thx much and I agree this is much better than arguing over which color teletubbie was the coolest.




Btw the green one was best.


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posted on May, 18 2010 @ 02:42 AM
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Thanks for the find. Here goes another night of research on the net. The Voynich Manuscript and the mummies I hadn't heard of before.



posted on May, 18 2010 @ 03:52 AM
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Cool thread, thanks a lot for posting. Like another poster said, these threads are the heart and soul of ats, I miss these kind of threads. Threads about mysteries of the world and such, I am so tired of all the threads about illegals and stuff too! I've heard of about half of these, and the other half is giving me some things to read about on the net! The ones that most intrigue me are the bodies found in the bog, the mummies and the Rongorongo.

Peace

[edit on 18-5-2010 by jeasahtheseer]



posted on May, 18 2010 @ 03:53 AM
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Loved this.

This is the kind of thing i frequent ATS for.



posted on May, 18 2010 @ 04:00 AM
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Originally posted by Scope and a Beam

2. The Tarim Mummies




An amazing discovery of 2,000 year old mummies in the Tarim basin of Western China occurred in the early 90s. But more amazing than the discovery itself was the astonishing fact that the mummies were blond haired and long nosed. In 1993, Victor Mayer a college professor collected DNA from the mummies and his tests verified that the bodies were all of European genetic stock. Ancient Chinese texts from as early as the first millennium BC do mention groups of far-east dwelling caucasian people referred to as the Bai, Yeuzhi, and Tocharians. None, though, fully reveal how or why these people ended up there.




People want a conspiracy?


The Chinese are hording every find they come across regarding these mummies. Where they end up after they excavate them is anybody's guess. There is a widespread attempt to prevent new mummy discoveries from the outside worlds knowledge as soon as they are found.

It's a massive cover up sure they have released SOME info, but there are a lot more of them being found and in other locations. I saw a documentary on TV about two years ago on this topic. I cant remember the name of the show. maybe somebody here saw it and can remember it's name? But attempt to hide new discoveries is pretty wide spread.

It's almost as if they do not want to recognize this part of ancient China's history. I say hiding or possibly destroying these discoveries is a crime against human history.


It's a shame really!

PEACE
Slay

[edit on 18-5-2010 by SLAYER69]



posted on May, 18 2010 @ 04:04 AM
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I always thought the Indus valley people colonized Egypt.

There's so many similarities in art, culture, and religion. I just think there's too many people that want to keep the notion that the Egyptian civilization is the oldest, greatest, blah blah. Which it is old and great...I just personally think it came from India.



posted on May, 18 2010 @ 04:40 AM
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The history lost to the victors is astounding. I appreciate these threads because they compound the evidence that there are worlds before us, historical worlds that never happened because of our current records emissions. thank you for the reinvigoration of mystery on this site.



posted on May, 18 2010 @ 05:06 AM
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Very cool thread. I've read a lot but some of these are new to me


About the Lost Legion of Crassus, apparently Liqian or Lijien sounds like Legion according to Wikipedia. Not that Liqian tranlates to Rome as in your OP.

[edit on 18-5-2010 by postmeme]



posted on May, 18 2010 @ 05:11 AM
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Awesome thread. I had never heard of most of these. I will be looking up info on the mummies for sure.

This is what i love about ats and the people on here. Just when you think its all crap someone comes along and posts a good thread.

Thanks



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