It’s easy to assume that, with so many generations of knowledge under our belts, we understand pretty much everything there is to know about the past. Yet the truth is that the answers to many historical mysteries remain tantalizingly unsolved.
Still, just because we haven’t figured out some of life’s greatest puzzles (yet) doesn’t mean they’re not worthy of our fascination. Sometimes, it’s trying to solve them that’s the fun part!
With that in mind, here are 10 mysteries from throughout history that experts still haven’t managed to figure out that just might blow your mind…
Even the question of how the jar got to the museum in the first place is a mystery. It’s been suggested that, in the 1950s, it was excavated from a crater in London in a region that was ruled by Rome around the third century. It was found in a storage room with artifacts from Ur, an ancient Iraqi city with a 5,000-year history, but nobody can say what it was used for.
According to radiocarbon dating, the item dates back to 600 B.C.E., but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s its age. Bronze was actually never used in Alaska at that time, so where could it have come from? It’s most probable that it was an heirloom passed down from generation to generation after being manufactured in East Asia, and it only came to Alaska through trading. Still, experts have yet to figure out its purpose.
There are no archaeological records of such a practice, and the Romans didn’t even have any known laws about amputating tongues. However, there are other Roman-Britain graves that have been found with body parts that had been replaced by other objects. According to experts, the tongue replacement in question was either a cruel punishment or a considerate way to “complete” his missing body part in the afterlife.
What makes the wall so mysterious is that, at about three feet high, it was far too short to effectively keep anything in or out. Perhaps it was used for farming purposes? Nobody knows for sure.
They dismissed that idea, though, and they later discovered Roman letters and figures on the coins. However, it’s not easy to connect the Romans to the Japanese. There was no known connection between the Roman empire and Katsuren castle, either, so how could Roman coins have ever shown up in Okinawa?