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12 Greatest Archeological Discoveries Ever

By: April Carson

These shocking discoveries have provided us with significant knowledge about our ancestors. They also teach us a great deal about the history of human civilization. From ancient mummified remains to entire cities hidden beneath the sands, here are some of the most incredible archeological discoveries ever made.

  1. The Rosetta Stone - is one of the most famous archeological discoveries ever made. Discovered in 1799 near the town of Rashid, Egypt, it held an array of information inscribed in three different languages: Ancient Greek, Demotic Egyptian, and Hieroglyphic Egyptian. Its discovery unlocked a previously lost language and allowed experts to gain a better understanding of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

  2. The Lascaux Caves - located in southwestern France, are home to some of the most impressive cave paintings ever found. Created around 15,000-17,000 years ago by early humans, they feature vibrant depictions of animals and scenes of everyday life during that period. The discovery not only provided an amazing look at prehistoric art but also revealed invaluable information about early humans and their cultures.

  3. The Code of Hammurabi - is one of the oldest sets of laws in recorded history, dating back to 1772 BC. Written by Babylonian King Hammurabi, it includes 282 laws that governed aspects such as trade, family relations, and slave rights. This discovery provided a unique insight into ancient legal systems, as well as the social and economic structure of Babylonian society.

  4. The terracotta army of China - is an iconic archeological find from 1974. Discovered in the tomb of the first Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang, it consists of over 8,000 life-size models of soldiers, archers, chariots, and horses. It provides invaluable insight into the organization and military power of Ancient China.

  5. The Dead Sea Scrolls - discovered in 1947 in caves near a settlement on the western shore of the Dead Sea. They contain some of the oldest known copies of biblical texts as well as other religious works. The scrolls are significant because they provide evidence of the development of religious texts and ideas during the time of Ancient Israel.

  6. Antikythera Mechanism - Another fascinating discovery came in the form of an ancient shipwreck. Found near the Greek island of Antikythera in 1900, it contained a mysterious device known as the Antikythera Mechanism. This device is thought to have been used to predict lunar and solar eclipses and even plot the position of planets. It is believed to be the earliest form of a complex mechanical computer, made around 100 BC.

  7. The Tomb of Tutankhamun - is perhaps one of the most well-known archaeological discoveries. It was discovered by British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922 and contained a wealth of artifacts, many of them made from gold. The tomb also contained the mummified body of the young Pharaoh, Tutankhamun. This discovery revealed important details about the transition period between the 18th and 19th dynasties of Ancient Egypt.

  8. The Incan city of Machu Picchu - is another world-renowned archaeological discovery. Situated in Peru, this 15th-century site was believed to have been built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. The site was abandoned after the Spanish conquered the Inca Empire, and it wasn't rediscovered until 1911. Machu Picchu is now a popular tourist destination and one of Peru's most iconic archaeological sites.

  9. The city of Troy - is perhaps the most famous archaeological site known to history. The Greek myth of the Trojan War is thought to have been based on a real conflict that occurred between 1250 and 1180 BC. Excavations at the site in modern-day Turkey began in 1870 and revealed multiple layers of ancient cultures, giving us an invaluable glimpse into the past.

  10. The Valley of the Kings - located in Egypt, is the burial site of many famous pharaohs of the New Kingdom. Thanks to its arid climate, archeologists have been able to unearth an incredible selection of artifacts, including jewelry, clothing, and even ancient mummies.

  11. Gobekli Tepe - Situated in modern-day Turkey, this prehistoric site dates back to the 10th millennium BC and is believed to be the world’s oldest temple. The discovery of numerous stone carvings suggests that Gobekli Tepe was used for religious ceremonies and changed human history by pushing back the date of when sophisticated societies first began.

  12. The Serapeum of Alexandria - Constructed in the 3rd century BC, this temple was home to a large collection of sacred artifacts dedicated to the Egyptian god Serapis. Most notably, it housed the burial chambers of Apis bulls which had been mummified following their death. The discovery revealed important things about funerary rituals and helped further our understanding of the ancient Egyptian belief system.

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April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on

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