Great Archaeological Discoveries

The Baby Disposal

A small group of archaeologists led by Ross Voss were exploring the sewers beneath a Roman bathhouse in Ashkelon, Israel when they made a gruesome discovery- an abundance of baby bones. It appears that it was used as a mass grave site but it is not confirmed how or why this occurred or what happened to cause so many causalities.

The Venetian Vampire

Just outside Venice, Italy, in a mass grave of medieval plague victims, a female human skull was discovered with a brick lodge in its jaw. Forensic archaeologist Matteo Borrini interpreted the finding as an alleged vampire, as the belief in vampires was rampant in the Middle ages. Vampires were thought to be the cause of plagues and could explain why this method of execution was used.

Aztec Sacrifices

In 2004, just outside Mexico City, a collection of decapitated and mutilated bodies of humans and animals were discovered. It is known that the Aztecs performed numerous bloody sacrificial festivals, but this particular discovery was especially brutal.

Terracotta Army

Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, was buried with an enormous terracotta army. The purpose of this sculpture army was to protect the emperor in the afterlife. The findings can be dated back to 210 B.C but were only discovered in 1974 by local farmers.

The Screaming Mummies

Mummified individuals are generally found with their mouths open. On occasion, archaeologists discover mummies that appear to have been actually screaming at their death, presumably due to whatever torture rituals they endured.

The First Leper

Due to extreme disfigurement, victims of leprosy often lived on the fringes of society. The skull of a four thousand year old leper was uncovered in Rajasthan, India. Gwen Robbins, one of the archaeologists studying the skeleton, is attempting to extract DNA from the specimen to form a more complete history of the skull.

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