While no one really knows how old the Great Sphinx of Giza is, most historians agree that it was probably built during the reign of Pharaoh Khafre in 25 BC.
However, when archaeologists discovered the Stele of Reasoning in 1857 in Giza, they found that the script on it said that Pharaoh Khafre had ordered for the Sphinx to be restored, not be built anew. This means that it could be much older than we originally thought.
You’re not going to believe the current estimated age of the Sphinx. Researchers found that the Sphinx had evidence of water erosion from deep furrows on its body. What’s odd about this is that Egypt has not had that much rain for at least 8,000 years, meaning that the Sphinx could be about 8,000 years old!
Despite the fact that Charles the Great is widely regarded as the founder of the Carolingian Empire, archaeologists haven’t actually found any evidence that would suggest that he ever even existed. So indeed, Charles the Great might just be a fairy tale after all.
It’s pretty widely accepted that the ancient city of Troy is located in Hisarlik, modern-day Turkey. However, one theory says that Heinrich Schliemann, the archaeologist who supposedly discovered this, may have just been a dishonest fortune hunter. Even museums have had doubts about Schliemann’s findings.
Here’s what we know: 1.) MJ reportedly loved Bahrain and considered moving there; 2.) his diary was found, in which he mentions faking his own death; and 3.) the security camera recordings and his doctor both disappeared immediately after announcing the news that he had died.
There are a couple alternate theories as to what caused the Titanic to go down. The first says that there was a fire on board the ship that lasted five whole days prior to its departure, and because of this, the hot outer hull of the ship was unable to withstand the hit by the iceberg. You can even see some evidence of the fire in the above photo.
The second theory says that the Titanic...well, wasn’t really the Titanic at all. Instead, this theory says that the ship that sunk was really the Olympic, an identical ship that was built a year before the Titanic.
The Olympic had been damaged, so instead of sending out the Titanic, which was brand new at the time, shipping company White Star Line sent out the Olympic instead without telling anyone. Of course, this would’ve contributed to the ship’s tragic end.
And last but not least is the theory that the Titanic sank because the Unlucky Mummy was on board. The Unlucky Mummy was an Egyptian artifact that supposedly caused bad luck to anyone who owned it. It was said to have been on board the Titanic as a passenger’s luggage.
As it turns out, there might be a whole bunch of historical events that did not happen at the times that we think they did. Isaac Newton was the first to recognize this with his work, The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended.
For example, there is a big discrepancy in the number of Egyptian rulers that probably existed. This could be due in part to the fact that Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion declared that Pharaoh Shoshenq I marked the beginning of the ancient Egyptian civilization upon seeing his name in the Bible. This has since created much confusion about the chronology of events.
In sticking with the theme of confusing historical timelines, the Russian state of Kievan Rus has caused historians much confusion as well.
Kiev was the first Slavic settlement in the sixth century, but historical records say that it became a bustling capital city only 300 years later. The question now is, why are there virtually no records of those 300 years?
This theory says that the US may have actually provoked the attack on Pearl Harbor. The idea is that at the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt saw no other way for the US to influence world history than to get involved, and so he may have written what is known as the “hull note” as an ultimatum to provoke the Japanese to attack.