6 Historical Mysterious Objects Which Are Still Unexplained

The giant stone spheres of Costa Rica

The history of humanity spans several millennia, and historians will never know all of its secrets or the reasons of the events happened. Artifacts found during the course of archaeological excavation sometimes throw up questions which baffle even the most learned experts and today we have some unexplained objects which historians and archaeologists still can’t explain.

 

The giant stone spheres of Costa Rica

These mysterious stone formations are intriguing not only for their perfectly spherical shape, but also on account of their unknown origins and purpose.

The giant stone spheres of Costa Rica

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The Baghdad Battery

It seems that the Mesopotamians gave us a head start on how to produce electricity long before it was discovered. In the 1930’s, a mysterious artifact was discovered during an archaeological dig not far from Baghdad. The so-called ’Baghdad Battery’ was a 13-centimeter jar, with a corroded iron rod protruding from the mouth. A copper cylinder was found inside the vessel…and inside the cylinder there was another iron rod.

Having examined its construction, experts came to the conclusion that this was an ancient battery, capable of producing an electrical current of 1 volt.

The Baghdad Battery

According to one theory, such a battery may have been used for electroplating gold. But experts are still at a loss as to how such a technological development was later forgotten, and why nothing similar has ever been found in neighboring regions.

The Voynich manuscript

The Voynich manuscript is perhaps the most mysterious book in the world. Its author is unknown, it’s written in an indecipherable language, and its pages are full of inexplicable symbols and strange illustrations.

The Voynich manuscript

What makes the manuscript so unusual is the fact that it’s written using an utterly unique alphabet which has nothing in common with any known writing system. This impenetrable script stumped cryptographers throughout the 20th century and still hasn’t been decoded to this day.

The Voynich manuscript

 

Incan golden figurines

These golden figurines of mysterious animals found in South America immediately remind one of flying machines, which is difficult to believe. Precisely what served as the inspiration for them remains unknown.

Incan golden figurines

In 1996, the German model aircraft constructors Algund Eeboom and Peter Belting appeared to confirm the hypothesis that the figurines were flying machines. They constructed exact replicas increased in size by a factor of 16 and equipped with engines and radio control systems.

Incan golden figurines

The two models were not only able to lift off successfully, but also performed manoeuvres even with their engines switched off.

The genetic disc

This remarkable artefact appears to depict objects and processes which modern scientists have only been able to observe through microscopes. In particular, as incredible as it may seem the ’genetic disc’ appears to show the conception and development of a human embryo. Besides this, the images depict a truly bizarre version of the human head.

The genetic disc

The Antikythera mechanism

The Antikythera mechanism is one of the oldest known computing mechanisms, perhaps the first analog computer in history, which has a highly complex design.

After decades of research, historians determined that the mechanism was meant to show the position of the Sun and Moon and the movement of the planets across the sky, as well as predict solar and lunar eclipses and even key events on Earth, such as the ancient Olympic Games.

The Antikythera mechanism

The Antikythera mechanism

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