Decorations of Neanderthals, figurines from Ghana and other ancient art objects, which pushed for scientific discoveries
People just need food, air, water and creative expression. And so, judging by the findings of archaeologists, it was even millions of years ago. Perhaps some works of art created by our distant ancestors seem naive and ridiculous, but still archaeologists believe that Neanderthals had a subtle sense of fashion, ancient artists took the risk to create their paintings, and at least one ancient musical instrument used in our day.
1. Neanderthals used “wearable sequins”
Several discoveries in Spain show that Neanderthals were much more advanced than previously thought. The first such discovery was made in 1985 in Cueva de los Aviones, a cave in Murcia. There, archaeologists discovered a bunch of holed shells, which, according to them, tens of thousands of years ago were strung on a string and worn as a necklace. Continue reading
When by chance (or not quite) people find a picture of a famous artist, a manuscript or diaries of a famous writer, then this event is covered by all the world’s media. After all, a find can cost millions of dollars. It often happened that valuable artifacts were found in private collections, in hiding places and even in storage rooms. But in this review, “a dozen” of valuable finds, which were made in the most unexpected places.
1. Nazi treasure in a tiny apartment
In 2012, police discovered a collection of more than 1,300 works of art in a small apartment in Munich. Most of the work was considered destroyed during the Nazi rule in Germany. The collection belonged to an art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, who during the Second World War used his position as an intermediary in the sale of works of art abroad to hide and sell a huge number of paintings. Continue reading
Skulls with patterns and other mysteries of the ancient Turkish city of Gobekli Tepe, which became an archaeological sensation
The place where the ruins of Gobekli-Tepe are located first came to the attention of scientists back in the 1960s. However, at first almost no one paid attention to the archaeological find. Only at the turn of the XX-XXI centuries, the scientific community recognized the great importance of this temple complex, which harbors many mysteries and makes rethink the whole history of mankind.
1. The scale of construction causes only guesswork.
For a long time nobody knew about Gobekli-Tepe. Nearby residents, who plowed up a field here and grew oats, continually cleaned the stones that prevented them, did not even suspect that in this way they destroyed the upper part of the temple, built back in the Stone Age.
Near the round-shaped sanctuary, archaeologists have discovered several smaller structures. Since there are no signs that the people lived here, the buildings were most likely intended for rituals. Continue reading