Discovered by AccidentOn August 25, 2017 by Mark Cross
I love to follow history and research the past because there is so much to learn and it is all very exciting. For instance, the amount of treasures that have been rediscovered throughout the world is astounding and proof of the true spirit of adventure that humans had even before we had all of the technology we can boast of today.
Yet even today, archaeologists will be the first ones to tell you that finding some of these buried treasures requires just as much luck as precision. In fact, many of the most lucrative finds have been my non-professionals who happened upon them by accident.
Here are some of the more impressive discoveries were priceless relics were unearthed.
September 1940, and four teenagers from France are roaming the forests when they happen upon a hole. The foursome travel down a shaft made of stone only to find walls with over 2,000 ancient engravings and paintings. In the beginning, the four teenagers agreed to check the grotto themselves and keep it a secret, but later told one of their school teachers, who called upon an expert in caves to investigate further and verify its authenticity.
Not too long afterward, word of the discovery spread and traveled throughout the world, and Lascaux cave ended up holding an exceptionally diverse collection of abstract symbols and animal drawings. Later, the cave was estimated to be between 15,000 to 17,000 years old. It is now considered to be one of the sites used by Upper Paleolithic people. This goes so much further than the dive packages we have in the current world today, as we more or less know what we are going to get once we go on an adventure.
The Xian TerraCotta Army
A contingent of Chinese farmers came across quite a discovery in 1974, when they uncovered the tomb holding the Qin’s dynasty’s first emperor. After archeologists begun excavating the area, they found some 8,000 terracotta soldiers, chariots, and horses. It is now considered one of the most impressive and pertinent treasures to be found in China.
The Venus de Milo
Now it is considered one of the most famous sculptures in all of history, but for many centuries, the Venus de Milo statue was buried beneath rubble on Melos, a Greek island. But in 1820, it was discovered by a peasant who accidentally found it while trying to save marble slabs from a pile of ruins. The French ambassador sent word to the Ottoman Empire and it was presented formally to King Louis XVIII and later given to the Louvre.
It is thought to be a statue representing Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. But still, to this day, no one is absolutely certain why the arms are missing. Sometimes, even when we get enough clues, there never seem to be the answers to all of the questions, which is part of the reason why discovering these amazing artifacts by accident is all the more impressive.