Skeletons discovered in long-forgotten graveyards provide proof of not only gruesome deaths but the poor quality of life they led.
By M.P. Pellicer (Stranger Than Fiction Stories)
In 2018, on the small islet Chapelle Dom Hue the remains of a man without hands was unearthed by archaeologists. The skeleton of a dolphin dating back to medieval times was buried only a few feet away.
On an expedition to explore Mayan ruins in northwestern Guatemala, archaeologists stumbled upon something unexpected. It was presumed to be a temple, but in reality it turned out to be a facade for a hidden pyramid, 85 feet square at the base, and 25 feet high.
It seems there has been suspicion about the authenticity of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and after testing them for month it appears they were produced during modern times.
In June 1836, three Scottish boys set out to hunt rabbits. On the northeast slopes of Edinburgh's Arthur's Seat they unearthed a cache of miniature coffins that till this day are unexplained.
An archaeological dig at Huanchaquito-Las Llamas in Peru was found to contain the mummified remains of 140 children that were part of a mass sacrifice some time during the 15th century. The victims were both boys and girls between the ages of five and fourteen.
She is a mystery and she has kept her secrets since her discovery in 1897. A 14-year-old boy found the statue which is a woman's head, neck and shoulders on a private estate at L'Alcudia in Valencia Spain. The icon is known as the Lady of Elche.
Greek writers, Plato and Pausanias, mention human sacrifice occurring on Mt. Lykaion (which translates to Wolf Mountain) in Greece. An archeological team who had been working on the site for over a decade had found no evidence of this. This changed in 2016 when human bones were found among thousands of animal bones.
In a 5th century, Italian cemetery a 10-year-old child is buried in a manner indicating that there was fear he would, like a vampire, rise from his grave and claim the living as his victim.
The Mayans which lived in the area of Lake Peten Itza in Guatemala had been known to make animal and human sacrifices, but a recent discovery by Polish divers and researchers indicate that blood sacrifices were made for close to a thousand years, especially when they faced war with their Spanish conquerors in 1697.
Engineers with Thames Water, a U.K. utility company were laying down pipes in Oxfordshire, 50 miles outside of London, when they unearthed various skeletons.
In Çatalhöyük, a neolithic site in ancient Anatolia (present day Turkey) discoveries were made of headless skeletons buried under house floors. Griffon vulture symbols were also found throughout the settlement and archaeologists believe they have now solved the mystery
Locked in our genetic blueprint, a discovery has been made using a fossil found in Siberia that points to a "ghost population" that indicates a hybridization between Neanderthals and Denisovans.
On October 29, 2018 renovations were being carried out in the Vatican close to the Villa Borghese. Builders were restoring a floor in the janitor's lodge. Considering the age of the buildings and the grounds, this type of work is commonplace, but not what was found which was a human skeleton.
By M.P. Pellicer | Stranger Than Fiction Stories
In November 2017, a sphinx head standing six feet tall and weighing over three hundred pounds was unearthed by six archaeologists. It's not thousands years of old, it's not even 100 years old. It was left behind in 1923 when Cecil B. DeMille filmed the silent movie The Ten Commandments on the sand dunes on the central California coastline.
In ancient Rome, crucifixion was a painful way to execute criminals and slaves, and to remind the populace the consequences of breaking Roman laws. Recently direct archaeological evidence has been found through skeletal remains that confirm this type of execution.
In 1915, upon entering a looted tomb in Deit el-Bersha an Egyptian necropolis, a severed head was found in the corner. For over a hundred years scientists have puzzled over who this was.
In 1897, several astounding discoveries were unearthed at Leap Castle in Ireland, one of them was tied to a haunting that had plagued the castle for centuries.
Lilias Adie lived in the Scottish village of Torryburn in 1704. She was accused of witchcraft, and after enduring torture as part of her interrogation, she admitted she was.
In February 2017, Philadelphia crews working on an apartment building in the city's historic district got a shock when their backhoes started hitting coffins and unearthing fully intact human remains.
In 1962, German archaeologists found an ancient burial site about fifty miles north of Berlin. This cemetery from the Mesolithic period is considered one of the oldest in Europe.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer