12 Amazing Artifact and Treasure Finds of Late [Video]
- The Staffordshire Hoard
Discovered in 2009, the Staffordshire Hoard is a collection of over 3,500 items, including gold and silver artifacts, that date back to the Anglo-Saxon period. The hoard is believed to have been buried in the 7th century and is valued at over £3 million.
- The Antikythera Mechanism
The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient Greek device that was discovered in 1901. It is believed to be the world’s first analog computer and was used to track astronomical positions and cycles.
- The Terracotta Army
The Terracotta Army is a collection of life-size terracotta sculptures that depict the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The sculptures were buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and were rediscovered in 1974.
- The Rosetta Stone
The Rosetta Stone is a granite stele that was discovered in 1799. It contains a decree issued at Memphis in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree is written in three scripts: Ancient Greek, Demotic, and Egyptian hieroglyphs, and was instrumental in deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs.
- The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of Jewish texts that were discovered between 1947 and 1956. The scrolls contain the earliest known surviving copies of the Hebrew Bible and other Jewish texts.
- The Lascaux Cave Paintings
The Lascaux Cave Paintings are a collection of prehistoric cave paintings that were discovered in 1940. The paintings depict various animals and scenes from everyday life and date back to the Upper Paleolithic period.
- The Nebra Sky Disk
The Nebra Sky Disk is a bronze disk that was discovered in 1999. It is believed to be the oldest known representation of the cosmos and was used to determine the position of the sun and moon.
- The Saddle Ridge Hoard
The Saddle Ridge Hoard is a collection of gold coins that was discovered in California in 2013. The coins, which date back to the mid- to late-1800s, were buried in eight cans and are valued at over $10 millio
- The Sutton Hoo Helmet
The Sutton Hoo Helmet is a helmet that was discovered in 1939. It is believed to have been worn by an Anglo-Saxon king and is one of the most important Anglo-Saxon artifacts ever found.
- The Tomb of the Lord of Sipán
The Tomb of the Lord of Sipán is a Moche tomb that was discovered in 1987. It contains the remains of a Moche nobleman and is one of the richest archaeological finds in the Americas.
- The Shipwreck of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha
The Shipwreck of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha is a Spanish galleon that sank in 1622 off the coast of Florida. The ship was carrying a large amount of treasure, including gold, silver, and emeralds, and was rediscovered in 1985.
- The Hoxne Hoard
The Hoxne Hoard is a collection of over 14,000 Roman coins and artifacts that was discovered in 1992. The hoard is believed to