37 Discoveries That Archaeologists Can't Explain

37 Discoveries That Archaeologists Can’t Explain

These Amazing Archaeological Finds Will Leave You Awestruck

2. Piri Reis Map

In 1513 Ottoman admiral and cartographer Piri Reis compiled a world map depicting continents and coastlines with some accuracy which were thought to be undiscovered at the time. Most notable, the map depicted the continent of Antarctica (discovered in 1818) as it was hundreds of years earlier.

The Piri Reis map describes the continent of Antarctica before it was covered in ice. This has led to some researchers hypothesizing that advanced knowledge was handed down from a prehistoric sea-faring civilization. Interestingly Antarctica and South America are shown connected by a land bridge.

3. The Mount Owen Moa

A frightening discovery of what appeared to be a monster’s claw was found in the caves of Mount Owen in New Zealand three decades ago. The dinosaur-like claw belonged to a 3,300-year-old mummified upland moa, a prehistoric bird.

The moa resembles modern-day emus, only greatly larger. Some of the species measured over 10 feet in height. DNA analysis suggests that the first moa appeared around 18.5 million years ago. Recently, scientists have shown interest in reviving the species by extracting DNA from the discovered remains.

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