With all of the exploration people have accomplished over the past several thousand years or so, it sometimes feels as if we’ve discovered everything there is to be found. Still, every day it seems that we find something new that we never thought possible.

When loggers arrived at Mt. Pulag in the Philippines during the late 19th century, they uncovered something inside a cave that the locals may have been trying to keep secret. Now, the secret’s out, and it uncovers a dark history…

When loggers arrived at Mt. Pulag in the Philippines during the late 19th century they found mysterious caves with a dark secret…

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As if the “sea of clouds” around the mountain wasn’t creepy enough, the first person to ever discover the caves was in for a real scare.

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The caves are accessible by twisted, thin paths and rickety steps leading directly to the opening.

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Inside the caves are some of the creepiest things you could ever find on Earth. The whole area may look like a movie set, but rest assured: it is the real deal.

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People who want to walk through the caves can only get in if they are brought there by a weary tour guide, who always utters prayers for forgiveness before going inside…

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The big secret hiding inside the caves: mummies! From the looks of it, some of the corpses had begun the mummification process long before they died…

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These are known as Fire Mummies, or Ibaloi Mummies for the tribe who created them. Their mummification process dates back to 2000 B.C.

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When getting close to death, the person who was dying would drink an extremely salty beverage, which began the mummification process…

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After the person died, they would be washed and put into a seated position and then placed above a flame. This was so the corpse would dry out rather than get cremated.

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Other tribe members would also blow smoke into the deceased person’s mouth, which they believed would help their insides dry out.

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The entire process took several weeks to complete.

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Once they were fully mummified, they would be put into the fetal position. Sometimes families would be buried together, and other times people would be buried alone.

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The Ibaloi stopped this practice sometime in the 1500s after Christian explorers arrived from Spain. The caves remained untouched for centuries.

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Nearly 300 years later, loggers moved in to the area and discovered the mummies inside, but they didn’t always respect the remains.

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Eventually, the caves and its contents were named a National Cultural Treasure by the government of the Philippines.

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Still, this didn’t stop vandals from coming and stealing some of the mummies, many of which were sold on the black market.

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The mummy of Apo Annu, a tribal chief, was one of those pilfered. Though his body was returned in the 1990s, by that time the cave had undergone damage, which people believed may have been because of a curse…

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To this day, there are still several mummies unaccounted for. Some people believe that while they were human, they may have also been part deity and brought upon the curse.

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Many people are trying to keep the exact location of the cave a secret, so people cannot disturb the nearly 80 mummies which remain inside.

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The caves are now considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO, and many of the descendants of the mummies come there still to perform rituals. Recently, at another site half a world away made an equally bone-chilling find.

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Archaeologists have spent centuries digging under our modern world in search of historical treasures. Recently, in Alexandria, Egypt, construction workers came across an amazing find…

Egypt has served as a source of incredibly significant historical discoveries. Experts have uncovered treasures in the pyramids and investigated tombs like King Tut.

During its ancient heyday, the city of Alexandria was a bustling location full of ships, traders, and merchants. The city was founded by Alexander the Great, and it linked Greece to the Nile Valley in Egypt.

Obviously, the Alexandria of today is nothing like what it once was. Now it’s a jam-packed city full of businesses and apartments.

While construction workers were digging the foundation of a new building, they came across a massive tomb 16 feet beneath the ground. Experts eventually determined the tomb dated back to the Ptolemaic period, between 305 and 30 B.C!

Resting peacefully in the corner of the tomb was an enormous black sarcophagus. Compared to other ones found throughout Egypt, this one was abnormally big, leaving archaeologists flummoxed about what could be inside.

Along with the enormous black sarcophagus was a large alabaster head. The features of the head eroded over the years, and, unfortunately, no one could tell if it was supposed to be modeled after someone important, so they decided to investigate…

Nearly half a dozen men tried to pry off the sarcophagus’s lid, but the weight was immense! They were going to need some heavy machinery. The crew also contacted an expert on the matter…

His name was Ayman Ashmawy, and for many years he worked at Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. He had plenty of experience examining historical finds. If anyone could shed light on this matter, it was him!

Right away he noted a layer of mortar between the lid and body, which meant for over 2,000 years it was perfectly sealed. It was also made out of black granite, a very unusual material to use at the time. This begged a very important question…

Was the person buried inside of a very high status, or, perhaps, someone infamous? The tomb was immediately roped off. Now that news was spreading of the find, it would likely be a hot spot for would-be vandals and thieves.

The goal was to eventually get the lid off, but there were actually people who were wary of the entire operation. There were many tales of the Pharaoh’s curse being unleashed with the opening of certain tombs. Was there an evil curse lurking inside?

Most people, however, believed there was someone incredibly important buried inside due to its size and special black granite material. Could it have been Alexander the Great himself? They would soon find out…

Using massive cranes and thick rope, the workers were able to get a solid hold of the lid. If it dropped mid-lift, not only could it destroy whatever lay inside, but it could seriously injure those involved. With the force of the crane, they slowly opened the coffin…

Almost immediately, the workers scrambled to escape the wretched fumes that rushed out of the now-open sarcophagus. Several wretched minutes later, though, most of the scent dissipated, and workers stared at the remains lying inside.

There were three mangled skeletons resting in a thick red liquid. The skeletons were alleged to be soldiers, and the red liquid, it turned out, was raw sewage that leaked into the sarcophagus and, over time, fermented into a horrific smelling goo.

A man named Innes McKendrick actually started a petition to turn the red goo into a carbonated energy drink for consumption! He firmly believed by consuming the liquid people would gain “powers.” Thankfully, in spite of signatures, the corpse juice will remain unconsumed.

The finds in Egypt show no sign of stopping. Researchers recently found an entire network of tombs right underneath the city of Cairo that’s upwards of 2,000 years old! This massive find, however, may take up to five years to completely excavate!

The opening of the mysterious black sarcophagus was clearly an underwhelming event. Experts hoped to find something of more historical significance, but instead, they got the sewage-covered remains of unnamed soldiers.

Even though the end result may not have been what workers hoped for, the entire process of excavating the tomb and removing the lid was incredible! Hey, you win some, you lose some.