Unexpected and slightly unbelievable things that happen in the present day are a little easier to explain than those that happened in the past. The artifacts discovered by archeologists seem to shed light on uncertain situations and phenomena, but in some cases, they puzzle us more than they make things clear.
This is how stories about aliens and other civilizations spread. It’s always been this way: when people don’t find logical explanations for things, they invent stories and fantasies.
#1. One of the two silver jugs was commissioned by Maharaja Sawai Singh II of Jaipur in 1902. 345 kgs of silver were used. Used to carry 9000 liters of Ganges water to London as he attended Edward VII’s coronation; he did not consider European water suitable for his drinking.
#2. The ring of Titus Carvilius Gemello. Quartz and gold, first century AD.
#3. Horus, Osiris, and Isis, Egyptian 22nd Dynasty, (c. 874-850 BCE). Gold, lapis lazuli & glass, 17.6 × 6.6 cm. Musée du Louvre, Paris.
#4. The Key Marco Cat is a 6-inch wooden statuette created 500 to 1,500 years ago by Southwest Florida’s early Calusa people or their Muspa ancestors.
#5. A Neolithic petroglyph of a therianthrope with the head of a Lycaon found at Wadi Taleshut in the Mesak Settafet in Libya. 6000-3000 BCE
#6. The Tlatilco culture, near modern-day Mexico City, existed around the same time as the Olmecs, and some of their art showed influence from Olmec culture.
#7. Ivory head with Shell inlaid in eyes, teeth, and nostrils, 19th century, North – West Coast, USA. On display at the National Museum, New Delhi, India.
#8. One of two huge marble lustration (ritual purification) urns that were brought to the Hagia Sophia from Pergamon during the Ottoman Sultan Murad III’s reign.
#9. Saraswati, 18th Century, Ivory. Odisha State Museum, Bhuvneshwar, India.
#10. An Amethyst Cat amulet, Egyptian, Late to Ptolemaic Period, 664-30 BC.
#11. The crown Of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph I crafted by Jan Vermeyen of Antwerp in 1602.
#12. Monumental stone head. La Venta, Mexico, Olmec civilization, 850-750 BC
#13. Marsyas, a satyr in Greek mythology, by Balthasar Permoser, ca. 1680-85. On display at The Met in New York City.
#14. A man and two boys harvest olives from a tree on this vase from 520 BCE. The man beats the tree with a stick while one boy climbs into the branches, and another fills a basket with fallen olives.
#15. An ivory panel of a lioness attacking an African boy, made in the Phoenician style. Nimrud, Iraq, Neo-Assyrian Empire, 900-700 BC