9 Ancient Unintentionally Discovered Antiquities

From golden treasures to prehistoric fossils,
here are 9 ancient unintentionally-discovered antiquities. Number 9 Thracian Treasure
The Thracians once inhabited a large area in Central and Southeastern Europe, with Bulgaria
representing the cradle of their civilization. The ancient gladiator Spartacus is an often-cited
example of Thracian warrior prowess and military leadership. However, the Thracians were more than a people
of warriors; they were also excellent craftsmen, capable of producing beautiful ornate gold
and silver objects. Much of their skill is reflected in the Panagyurishte
Treasure, which consists of nine decorated vessels, made from 24-karat gold and totaling
about 13.5 pounds. They date back to 4th-3rd centuries BC and
are believed to have been part of a ceremonial set used by the Thracian king Seuthes III. The vessels were accidentally discovered in
December 1949, by Pavel, Petko and Michail Deikov, and called “the richest treasure
to have been unearthed in Europe since World War II”. When they found the precious items, the Deikov
brothers were working at a tile factory, near the Bulgarian town of Panagyurishte. Number 8 Ancient Scythian Artifacts
These 2,400-year-old Scythian artifacts were accidentally found in Russia, during excavations
to make room for power lines. The Scythians were a nomadic warrior people
that ruled vast parts of Eurasia, from the 9th century BC to the 4th century AD. The items had been buried in a chamber, then
lined with stones and covered by a thick layer of clay. The find totaled about 8 pounds of solid gold. There were cups, neck rings and two other
items that surprised archeologists. Before we move on, answer this question. What did the surprising Scythian artifacts
consist of? a. Ceremonial Weapons
b. Ancient Bongs
c. Strange Sculptures
d. Musical Instruments
Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned to find out the
right answer. Number 7 Derinkuyu
Numerous underground cities cover Turkey’s Cappadocia region, which in ancient times,
were hand-carved by its inhabitants from soft volcanic rock. One of these remarkable underground cities
is called Derinkuyu, first built in the 8th or 7th century BC. It was extended and refined as time passed. Derinkuyu extends 200 feet down, on multiple
stories and is large enough to house 20,000 people along with their livestock. Heavy stone doors protected Derinkuyu’s
inhabitants from danger and the excavations revealed that the underground metropolis also
had its own shops, freshwater wells, meeting halls, chapels, storage rooms and stables. Despite its staggering size Derinkuyu was
forgotten by the modern world up until the early 1960s. A local man decided to renovate his home and
tore down one of its walls. That’s when he found a passageway which
led to a vast underground network of stone chambers and tunnels. Number 6 Lascaux Cave
This cave system, near the French village of Montignac, is home to one of the most significant
architectural finds in history. More than 600 paintings cover the walls and
ceiling of the cave’s interior. It’s believed that several generations have
contributed to creating the drawings which date back about 17,000 years. Most of the paintings depict large animals
consistent with the fauna of the Upper Paleolithic. There are also paintings of human figures
and abstract signs. Studying the Lascaux cave system wouldn’t
have been possible without a teenager and his dog. In 1940, Marcel’s Ravidat’s pet fell in
a hole connected to the caves. 18-year-old Ravidat returned to the site alongside
three of his friends and entered the cave through a shaft that was about 50 feet deep. The boys thought they had stumbled upon a
secret passageway to the Lascaux Mansion, which was located nearby. They soon discovered that the walls were covered
with paintings of animals and alerted the local authorities. Number 5 Terracotta Army
The Terracotta Army is widely regarded as one of China’s most important archeological
finds. However, uncovering the 8,000 life-sized terracotta
replicas of soldiers, chariots and horses was completely unintentional. It happened in 1974, while a seven-man team
was digging a well near the city of Xian. Then, one of them struck the head of a buried
statue. The team thought they’d stumbled upon an
old Buddha statue or an ancient bust. Further excavations revealed the army created
to guard Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, in the afterlife. Number 4 Uluburun Shipwreck
While swimming in the Mediterranean in 1982, sponge diver Mehmet Çakir made a remarkable
discovery. Off Turkey’s Uluburun coast he found what
has been described as one the world’s oldest shipwrecks. Much of the ancient ship’s 50-foot-long
hull had been consumed by sea water. Nevertheless, a team followed up on Cakir’s
reports and discovered a plethora of relics dating back to the Late Bronze Age. There were hundreds of glass, copper and tin
ingots as well as weapons, tools, pottery objects, elephant tusks and hippopotamus teeth. There was also jewellery made out of gold
and silver, including a unique gold scarab inscribed with the name of the Egyptian Queen
Nefertiti. Dating the wreck has been difficult but according
to the latest reports it sank towards the end of the 14th century BC while heading towards
a port in the Aegean Sea. Objects recovered from the shipwreck were
the product of nine or ten cultures, ranging from Africa to northern Europe, as far east
as Mesopotamia and as far west as Sicily. This has led many to suspect it was a merchant
vessel manned by an international crew that covered a thriving commercial sea network. Number 3 Ötzi
Ötzi is the name attributed to the well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived between 3400
and 3100 BC. The discovery offered ground-breaking insight
into the lives of Copper Age Europeans. The corpse was extensively analyzed in a laboratory
setting. At the time of his death, Ötzi weighed about
110 pounds, stood 5.3 feet tall and was about 45-years-old. His clothes were all made from the leather
of various animals, except for his cloak which was made out of woven grass. Based on the equipment found with him, Ötzi
had most likely been a hunter or a warrior. He had a total of 61 tattoos on his body,
consisting of groups of black lines. Among the items found with him there was a
copper axe with a yew handle, a knife made of sedimentary rock, with an ash handle, and
a quiver with 14 arrows. Based on some examinations, Ötzi bled to
death after an arrowhead got lodged in his shoulder, damaging nerves and blood vessels. DNA analysis found traces of blood from at
least four other people on his gear. According to some interpretations, the man
had killed two people with the same arrow and was able to retrieve it each time. Then, he was shot with an arrow and perhaps
further struck, judging from the presence of bruises as well as cerebral trauma. Ötzi was named after the Ötzal Alps, where
he was discovered by accident. On September 19, 1991, tourists Helmut and
Erika Simon stumbled upon Ötzi as they were walking a path at an elevation of about 10,500
feet. The mummy’s lower half was still frozen
in the glacier while its upper half lay face-down. It was so well-preserved that the Simons thought
the body was that of a recently deceased mountaineer. So, what did the Scythian artifacts consist
of? The right answer is b, probably the oldest
bongs in existence. The thick black residue found inside the solid
gold artifacts came from cannabis and opium, most likely smoked by tribal chieftains. According to several historians, including
Herodotus, the Scythians smoked the plants during a ceremony to alter their mind state
before going into battle. Number 2 Venus de Milo
The Venus de Milo is one of the best-known sculptures in the world and its discovery
was completely accidental. The marble masterpiece was found on the Island
of Milos, in the Aegean Sea. While there is some debate as to whose responsible
for finding the statue, the various sources agree it was accidental. They also concur that it took place in 1820,
when Milos was still part of the Ottoman Empire, and that the statue was found in two large
pieces, the lower draped legs and the upper torso. The version of events that’s most commonly
circulated is that a peasant named Yorgos Kentrotas found Venus inside a buried niche,
in the ancient ruins of the city. The 6ft8 statue of the goddess is currently
on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Number 1 Elephant Butte State Park Mastodon
In the summer of 2014, a bachelor party in New Mexico discovered a very well-preserved
mastodon skull, complete with the attached tusks. As the men were hiking through Elephant Butte
State Park, something protruding from the ground caught their eye. They then dug a bit deeper in the sand and
the fossil started to reveal itself. It wasn’t trapped in rock, so extracting
the find without damaging it would have been a relatively simple task. The partygoers were subsequently commended
for not trying to remove the skull themselves and for notifying the proper authorities. The head paleontologist from the New Mexico
Museum of Natural History and Science described it as the most complete mastodon skull he’d
seen in two decades. Mastodons were Ice Age distant relatives of
modern-day elephants, which migrated to North America about 15 million years ago. They were approximately 9 feet tall and weighed
up to 10 tons. Mastodons went extinct about 10,000 years
ago and the main reason for that is widely believed to have been overhunting by humans. Thanks for watching! Would you rather…find fossils from a new
dinosaur that you’d get to name or find a treasure that you get to keep a small part
of, but you wouldn’t get any credit for the discovery? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Reader Comments

  1. They will Kill You

    Would you rather: find fossils from a new dinosaur that you’d get to name? Or find a treasure that you get to keep a small part of, but you wouldn’t get any credit for the discovery?

  2. Arizona person

    No such thing as 'pre-historic' we have history from day one,
    when God created the flat earth 6000yrs ago as the bible clearly teaches.
    YOU are a bible denying, truth rejecting, evolution hoax pushing uneducated fool.

  3. Jeremy Williams

    So the Scythian artifacts consisted of bongs. Cheech and Chong as well as Snoop Dogg may want to learn about this. LOL

  4. The Joker

    Video creator you're completely mispronouncing Derinkuyu. And the only thing that would actually kill me here is if I continue watching this video sayonara.

  5. Suzann Puppies are precious

    This is very interesting and would really like to know more about the artifacts and Relics of different Countries Showing these people were originally from that area..

    I would like to see mythology and legends of different countries and how people kept these strong legends through out the years.

    What they meant to the people in that time and what they were trying to communicate .

    This world has a lot of unanswered questions and mysteries we haven't even begun to Explore or even question.

    From the hidden mountains of the monk's in Thailand with cave's showing a beautiful paradise, to the ancient Mayan ruins and maybe it's history.

    Every so often we bump into things that gives us an idea what the world was like in that time and how people communicated.

  6. Chris Estrada

    I think a video about "Cases solved by dna genealogy" will be a great idea for a video….I've written about a few cases so let me know

  7. Smi-Le nguyen

    I wouldn't of told no1 if I found darun kuryu, I would've kept it to myself and have my own massive secret hideout house man cave.that be awesome to have a massive ass underground city all to urself,dumbass

  8. Smi-Le nguyen

    Imagine how many more shit there is left to discover and would never ever be discovered n lost to us 4eva n will never be found aye,due to being so so deep under dirt or cataclysm n shit aye,can't wait til Russia thats out too,imagine all the shit they gona pop up aye,

  9. Hallands Menved

    It was perhaps once "widely believed" by some irrational scientists that the mastodon was hunted to extinction, but it never made any sense. All megafauna died out then.

    Since the discovery of the Hiawata meteor impact(s) in north western Greenland a more sensible explanation is emerging and most YouTubers already know this…

  10. Tweedle

    LMFAO!!! It'snot pronounced "Elephant BUTT" State Park, lol hrmm lemme see how i can type this phonetically … byoote
    I was like "WHAAA??!!?!!!" LOL I can't stop laughing… I'm so childish hehe
    My favorite one is from the Movie "Alien vs Predator 2" In the opening scene the predators spaceship crashes in a town in Colorado, USA called "Crested Butte" and to me that town just takes the cake 🙂

  11. John Nguyen

    My favorite part about this channel is that I watch their educational videos each day, but by the next day, I forget all about it.

  12. Oswards306 Oswards306

    11:56–12:10 If I were to discover something and it has to be one of the choices that you just said, I would go with the bones from a new Dinosaur and give it a name. That way, I would prefer more real-actual knowledge over more wealth.

  13. stepdaddy Johnson

    I found an ancient city that is still undiscovered to this day and will never get the credit. Next to a pyramid bigger than the Giza pyramid. But who cares right.

  14. Daniel Southerland

    Boy, the narrator had to really concentrate to say "the woolly mammoths went extinct because of OVERHUNTING"! That's the most idiotic theory considering ALL megafauna and the Clovis People mysteriously disappeared at the same time in what is now North America. I guess the Clovis People over hunted themselves too?! Look no further than the Younger-Dryas event, weather that was a comet impact or a mass coronal ejection where hot plasma made it to Earth, you decide!

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