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5 Very Mysterious Artifacts: The Piri Reis Map, Voynich Manuscrip & More

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These 5 mysterious artifacts have left scientists baffled and confused. Covered in mystery, suspicion and disbelief, what are they exactly?

Most times, relics and artifacts help us understand the past more clearly, but sometimes it makes us wonder even more. Some findings, such as these 5 mysterious artifacts, are just to bizarre to be understood.

Phaistos Disc

The Phaistos Disc, side A and side B

The Phaistos Disc, side A and side B.

Discovered in 1908, the Phaistos Disc, made of fired clay, contains a series of mysterious hieroglyphs in an unknown language. Specialists believe that they had been stamped on, making them earliest print ever discovered.

The Piri Reis Map

The Piri Reis Map

The Piri Reis Map.

Dating back to Turkey in 1531, the Piri Reis Map is a detailed map of the American and the Atlantic ocean (possibly even Antarctica) before it was fully discovered by the Europeans. It is so detailed and complex that it indicates the cities, civilizations and maybe even extraterrestrials.

Voynich manuscript

The Voynich manuscript

Pages in the Voynich manuscript.

Probably one of the most mysterious artifacts in the world, the Voynich manuscript is a handwritten book in an unknown language. What makes this “scientific encyclopedia” even weirder, is that specialists who have studied the script say it looks like a real language, but it isn’t related to any we have ever known.

Klerksdorp spheres

Klerksdorp spheres

One of the Klerksdorp spheres.

The Klerksdorp spheres were found by miners in 3-billion-year old pyrophyllite deposits. Almost perfect spheres, and with neatly carved horizontal lines around them, scientists are baffled by their perfection and can’t think of a possible place of origin.

Baghdad Battery

Baghdad Battery

The Baghdad Battery

We all have batteries at home, but in Baghdad, someone had a battery 1800 years ago. The 12 centimeter clay jar contained a copper cylinder with an iron rod tightly fit inside. Upon finding traces of an acidic agent, typically wine or vinegar, some scientists believe it was used to create a small electric currents.

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