Smack-dab in the middle of Greek farmlands sits a burial mound that's home to a huge tomb. It's date sit around the fourth century B.C. when Alexander the Great died - which means this might actually be his tomb! Archeologists found sphinxes, marble statues, and colorful mosaics throughout this royal crypt.
The Bible gets the great-grandpa treatment everytime the Dead Sea Scrolls are talked about. But there might be evidence of more scrolls with the discovery of a new cave in the Judean desert, 60 years after the discovery of the original ones. While they didn't find any scrolls, the broken jars, wrappings, and strings from around 4000 B.C. are serious proof the scrolls exist, and that they were stolen.
This mummy's big discovery spent a long time - more than a century - hanging around in a Cambridge museum before a creepy surprise appeared. At first, researchers just thought the inside of the tomb was home to nasty mummified organs and nothing else. But they were dead wrong: Thanks the science of CT scans, they found out it was a fetus from a miscarriage.
You'd never expect to find an amazing discovery from pickled British ruins, but this happened. Excavations found the remains of Bronze Age houses built on stilts when the area used to be a swamp thousands of years ago. What kept the ruins and artifacts so well-preserved was a fire that collapsed the houses into the river, protecting them for millennia.
5. This Neanderthal Cave Is Older Than Every Cave Ever
France loves them some prehistoric caves (just ask them about the paintings in Lascaux). Over in the sleepy village of Bruniquel archeologists kept the reputation going with a newly-discovered cave filled with evidence of Neanderthal life. What makes this amazing is the Bruniquel Cave's date is 176,500 years old, almost 40,000 years old than the previous cave.
6. Construction Worker Found These Prehistoric Lovers
Once upon a time, there was a Roman ship from the port of Caesarea that sank after a storm, taking all its cargo with it. 1,600 years later, divers recovered beautiful artifacts like statues and coins from that ship. The statues were in an odd place in Roman culture by then; Christianity had become the state religion, so those statues were unnecessary by the time they sank.
People know the Mayans for that doomsday calendar we freaked out about for no reason. But we underestimate the Mayans, and scientists let us know this when they scanned the jungles of Guatemala and found an ancient network of roads. They covered an astounding 140 km and helped create Mirador, the cradle of Mayan civilization.
For more than a century there have been rumors of this "White City" in Honduras lost for 1,000 years. Finally, engineers made the rumors a reality and found a rectangular clearing in the jungles filled with more than 50 objects and a curved shape. There is some static between archeologists and scholars who aren't really sure if this lost city is the real deal, however.
No one's thought to look what's on the other side on the walls of King Tut's tomb. With the magic of radar, however, they found evidence of hidden chambers - and more importantly, mysterious objects. Curious archeologists think that their might be another royal there, like Queen Nefertiti.
12. Climate Change Was Genghis Khan's Secret Weapon
The legendary Mongolian conqueror has movies and co-stars a Netflix show, he's so powerful. But a few scientists playing around with the history of trees in Mongolia actually discovered Genghis Khan's real reason for the success of his conquests...really awesome weather. The rainfall and mild weather of the time made plant growth perfect for the horses that were super-important for the famous cavalry army that helped him take all of Asia.
13. Some Vikings Wrapped Their Dead With Muslim Prayers
A Viking funeral is normally set for people on their way to Valhalla, but new discoveries showed they believed in different gods. Some Viking funeral clothing were found covered with Arabic characters showing reverence to Allah. Researchers said that Vikings traveled to the east, learned and embraced Islam, and used Middle Eastern silk for funerals.
Apparently, there were more people buried next to Pocahontas. The 1603 church from the Jamestown colony had an excavation in 2013, and they found four bodies from Britain's first shot at the New World. They've been ID'd as important people from the original colony. Hopefully, they weren't one of the guys that suffered such terrible deaths.
15. Humans Lived In North America Way Longer Than Imagined
This mastodon site in chill San Diego might be evidence that humans lived in Cali way before the US existed - or Native Americans, or most civilizations, for that matter. The stones, skeleton, and bone flakes are signs that there may have been someone smashing the pieces as a "bone quarry" of some kind. The wildest part about this is that the site has been dated 100,000 years more than any human has been thought to exist in the Americas.