We know you like mysteries, so today we’re going to look at a small series of monuments that we have discovered but whose meaning or design are difficult to explain. Basically, pretty stuff that we don’t understand at all, even with our 21st century research methods. Like what, we don’t need to go looking for extraterrestrials to find stuff we don’t understand: even our own constructions bug us.
1. Saqsaywaman in Peru
Saqsaywaman is an Inca fortress or temple (we don’t really know) located at an altitude of 3700m, very close to the town of Kuzco. It was built around the 13th century, and the thing is, we don’t know how the guys got their business. We have blocks of limestone perfectly embedded in each other (you can’t even slip a sheet of paper between two blocks), and their edges are well polished and rounded. Competitive work that still impresses today.
2. Longyou cellars in China
About twenty caves built artificially, by the hand of man, were discovered in 1992 in China near the Qu River. Some cellars are up to 1000m² in area and, in some places, 30 meters high. It is estimated that they were built 2000 years ago, but absolutely no historical document refers to them. We have absolutely no idea what they were used for or how they were made. What we are sure of is that it is magnificent.
3. Puerta del Sol in Bolivia
In Tiwanaku in Bolivia we find this monument, a door of 4 by 3 meters built in a single large block of stone. Researchers believe it was part of a large temple or pyramid, but no one is sure. We also imagine that the bas reliefs that adorn it represent solar movements, and that the whole thing was a kind of agricultural calendar. To be sure, you would have to bring back a guy from the era. But what era? Even that is hard to say.
4. The Unfinished Obelisk in Egypt
In the Aswan quarry, a 42 meter long obelisk can be seen lying on the ground, not completely detached from its original rock. It was left there because it was already starting to crack and was therefore useless. On the other hand, we have no idea where it should have been planted. For the period of construction, it should be during the XVIIIth Egyptian dynasty, between -1550 and -1292. It’s a little vague, but it doesn’t date from yesterday.
5. Yonaguni Underwater Remains in Japan
In 1985, a diving instructor accidentally discovered a submerged construction 75 meters long and 25 meters high. From there, the scientists did not cease contradicting themselves on the age of this structure. Some have argued that it was at least 10,000 years old, then the estimate was revised to 2,000 years. Concerning the origin of the thing, there too there is debate between those who argue that it is a human construction, a vestige of an ancient city, and those who think that all of this is natural because it is not there is only one block. The mystery is still far from being solved.
6. Mohenjo-daro, the Mount of the Dead, in Pakistan
In 1922, an Indian archaeologist discovered ancient ruins on one of the islands in the Indus River, Pakistan. We would have here the remains of a city of 40,000 inhabitants built during the 3rd millennium BC and abandoned in the 18th century BC. The mystery here is precisely the abandonment of the city: why such a big city ended up being abandoned by its inhabitants? The most plausible hypothesis is a change in the course of the Indus river which would have made the city less attractive, but it is difficult to prove.
7. The Megalithic Spheres of Costa Rica
There are a hundred of them in Costa Rica, where they are simply called Las Bolas (“The balls”, yes that always makes us laugh). Some of them are more than 2 meters in diameter. It’s super pretty, but we don’t know at all what they are used for. They would have been cut between -200 and 1500, a fairly wide range, and that’s about all we know about them. When they were discovered in the 1930s, rumors started spreading that there was gold in their center, so some dudes busted some of them in an attempt to recover the treasure which, of course, didn’t happen. didn’t exist. Balls.
8. Stone Age Tunnels
From Scotland to Turkey, all over Europe there are networks of tunnels that date back at least 12,000 years. We don’t know at all what they were used for, but we imagine that it was a way to move more quietly while avoiding the dangers of the outside world. Still, it must have been a monstrous job to build it all.