10 Most Accidental Historical Discoveries!


From lost paintings, to historical marvels
thought lost forever, join me as I reveal to you 10 incredible, yet accidental, historical
discoveries. 10. Lascaux Cave
There are many caves in the world today, and many of them are unexplored. So it’s not surprising when a group of teenagers
wandered into a cave and found art that was truly historic. This particular accidental discovery happened
in France in 1940, which given the time period is actually quite extraordinary, as that was
near the peak of World War II. These particular kids weren’t looking for
a cave, rather, they were roaming around the forests near Montignac. Suddenly, one of their dogs got a scent of
something, and the teens followed it until they found the entrance to a cave. The nose of a dog is incredibly sensitive,
but to pick up a scent of what they found is truly intriguing. One of the teens went into the cave that they
found, and to his surprise, he found himself looking at thousands of cave paintings. That must have been a truly unique sight and
experience. Being teens, they decided to keep this secret
to themselves for a while so they could explore it. But eventually, they told their schoolteacher
(which makes a lot of sense when you consider they were teens and didn’t know who else to
talk to about this), and that teacher informed an expert about it, and the cave was later
verified as very real and authentic. After some research and study about the place
it was later labeled the “Sistine Chapel of the Prehistoric Art”, and made open to the
public for viewing. Even more fascinating though is that estimates
on the art put it at 15,000-17,000 years old. Which is incredible because it means it lasted
through many events that could’ve destroyed it, but instead, remained perfectly intact,
and just waiting to be discovered. 9. New Dead Sea Scrolls Cave
Without a doubt, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls is one of the most important finds
in the history of archaeology. Because not only was a great find in terms
of the Christian religion, it was some of the oldest texts found within that religion
ever. Plus, those were found by kids too! 11 caves contained many scrolls and parchments
and other artifacts linked to the scrolls. And then, in 2017, another accident led to
another discovery concerning the scrolls. Mainly, a new cave with new scrolls had been
found. To be clear though, another remnant from the
Dead Sea Scrolls wasn’t technically found. Rather a scroll that was clearly prepped to
be written on soon was found. However, with such a cave existing, it proves
that other remnants of the Dead Sea Scrolls could be out there right now. “This exciting excavation is the closest
we’ve come to discovering new Dead Sea Scrolls in 60 years,” said Dr. Oren Gutfeld, an
archaeologist at Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology and director of the excavation. “Although at the end of the day no scroll
was found…the findings indicate beyond any doubt that the cave contained scrolls that
were stolen.” The search is now on to see where other fragments
or pieces of the scrolls could be. 8. The tomb of Childeric I
The date was May 27th, 1563. A man was working at a church of Saint-Brice
in Tournai. As he was doing his work and digging in the
dirt, he came across something he didn’t expect: gold coins. Naturally intrigued, he went and kept digging,
and while he did find more gold, he also found a tomb. One filled with treasures. One of which was a ring that revealed that
this was the tomb of a former king, Childeric the first. He was the king of the Salian Franks, and
he was put to rest around 481 CE. And remember what I said about the gold he
found? Well it wasn’t just a few coins, it was actually:
a hundred more coins, gold and garnet-ornamented swords, horse fittings and buckles, a solid
gold torc, a gold bull’s head, 300 gold bees and a gold signet ring. Sadly, this accidental discovery doesn’t have
a happy ending. For 200 years after it was discovered, some
thieves decided to break in and steal just about the entire treasure trove. Only a few pieces were left when they were
done. Still, for a few hundred years, it was a magnificent
thing to behold. And proof that history is sometimes just waiting
to be dug up. Before we continue, be sure to like the video
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If you didn’t believe me in regards to history just waiting to be “dug up”, here’s another
great example of that happening in history. On the Greek Island of Melos, a couple of
men were digging for antiques on an ancient ruin on the island. So basically your standard archaeology when
you think about it. Of the diggers was a man named Yorgos Kentrotas,
but he wasn’t looking for treasures, rather, he was looking for marble for building blocks. A common practice in that time. As he continued to dig though, he discovered
a part of a statue that is known as the Venus De Milo. Nearby, a navy officer of all things named
Olivier Voutier saw this, and he convinced Kentrotas to help him in digging it up in
full. They were very grateful that they did. Because after realizing what they had found,
Voutier went to the French Ambassador of the Ottoman Empire and had him purchase it. The statue was then given as a gift to King
Louie the 18th, who gave it to the Louvre. Where it remains to this day for people to
observe and appreciate. The Venus De Milo is considered one of the
greatest works of ancient Greek sculptures, and was made by Alexandros of Antioch. It’s believed to be a sculpture of the Greek
goddess Aphrodite, who is the goddess of love and fertility. That being said, there is still some mystery
around the Venus De Milo. Because if you can’t tell somehow, certain
pieces of it are missing. Mainly, the arms. To that end, because there is no photo evidence
of what it’s supposed to be, the true “meaning” or position of the Venus De Milo is unknown,
and likely lost to history. Unlike the statue. 6. Olduvai Gorge
The true point of archaeology is to learn more about the past of the world itself. And in Tanzania, the past of the world got
a bit clearer via an accidental discovery in a place called Olduvai Gorge. In the 1930’s, a husband/wife duo of paleoanthropologists
went to the gorge to do some digging, and when they did, they found the skull of an
ancient primate. One that was said to be 25 million years old. Nearly 30 years later, that same duo made
another discovery, but this time, it was of a human skull. One that dated about 1.7 million years ago. Which at the time made it the oldest remains
of a human ever discovered. This gorge, for whatever reason, was a big
site for remains. Because over the next couple decades, even
more bones and fossils were founds of humans and other creatures. Including even older humans than the ones
originally found there. All of this points to a simple thing that
many have believed, that Africa (as that’s where Tanzania is) is the place where humans
first started to evolve. 5. A Villa In My Backward
Imagine this, you’re doing some work on your house, specifically the backyard. You’re getting some electrical work done with
some professionals. You realize that if you have wires above ground
it could cause problems, so you ask them to dig down and put them blow. They comply, only for them to note a short
time later that they found something. What kind of something? Oh you know, an ancient Roman villa. Fantasy story? Not even close. This actually happened in Britain (which the
Romans occupied in part during their reign), where a Roman villa was found a mere 18 inches
beneath the surface of a man’s house. Not only was it there, it was mostly intact,
complete with a mosaic that was there for all to see. What might be even more shocking is that when
archaeologists got to take a look at it, they couldn’t believe it was there either. It seems the history of Rome and Britain aren’t
as fleshed out as some people believe. And this discovery is said to have helped
put the pieces together in terms of the history between these two great empires. 4. Otzi The Iceman
This is not meant to be a horror story, but rather a find that is honestly rather…chilling. You see, in 1991, two German tourists were
going along the mountain pass on Hauslabjoch and Tisenjoch when they came across a frozen
body. Given the height they were at, and the placement
of the body, the two thought it was the body of a hiker who had gotten trapped in the snow. Which is very plausible as hiking accidents
like this do happen somewhat often. However, in regards to the truth of the body,
it was much more interesting. For the body was old, and more importantly,
it was mummified. They had accidentally found Europe’s oldest
and naturally found mummy. Meaning that it wasn’t made by human hands. It was later named Otzi because of the mountain
in the Alps from which he was found. This mummy has led to new light being shined
on early Europeans, and many scientists are dissecting every little piece of information
they get on the body to find out even more. While the discovery itself is a very important
part of history, there is a bit of a dark side to this. Because like many mummies found on accident,
there were ramifications. Mainly, the two hikers that found Otzi died
not too long after the discovery. 3. Ancient Boat In The Sea Of Galilee
Sometimes, the biggest kinds of accidental discoveries are ones that come from nature
itself and not exactly from mankind exactly. For example, there were two brothers named
Moshe and Yuval Lufan, and they were young archaeologists with a dream of finding out
about Israel’s past via artifacts in the ground. Yet their biggest discovery only came when
the Sea of Galilee suffered a great drought, and thus lowered the water levels immensely. When the water level dropped, it revealed
a massive boat for them to learn more about. The dig to uncover the boat took 12 days and
nights due to the size of it and where it was in the lakebed. And when it was fully uncovered, it was everything
that the brothers, and the team who helped dig out the boat, hoped that it was. Because this was an ancient boat that the
ancients Jews were said to use on lakes like these. Plus, this was also the type of boat described
by the Gospels in regards to when the disciples and Jesus were said to have said across the
lake. That’s quite a find, and it’s all thanks to
timing and mother nature. 2. Nazca Lines
Ok, this one is a bit tricky. Because in South America, on the coastal plateau
of Peru, there are massive etchings on the ground made by the ancient people of the land,
the Nazca. These etchings are miles long, and can only
be viewed in their true beauty from a high place. What makes them special isn’t just the size
and accuracy of the “drawings”, but rather, their age. The oldest one is said to be from 500 B.C. Making many wonder how exactly the Nazca made
them all. As for discovery, that’s up for debate. Because they’ve been there for thousands of
years, and the local people knew about them at some point because the hills nearby where
the lines are were high enough to show off their shapes. But, it wasn’t until the 1940’s that the lines
were actually heavily researched. And despite the time that has passed since,
we honestly don’t have any more clues as to why or how the Nazca Lines were made or what
their purpose was. 1. Rosetta Stone
History is filled with important discoveries and finds that changed the game if you will
in terms of how the world looked at itself. And when it comes to the Rosetta Stone, this
is a top tier find. Which makes it all the more incredible that
it was found completely by accident. This all happened near the town of Rosetta,
a group of soldiers was fortifying a fort when they decided to take down a certain wall. As they did, Pierre-Francois Bouchard found
a slab of stone that was unlike anything he’d seen before. Mainly because this stone had numerous writing
on it. This was how the Rosetta Stone was discovered. Knowing they had quite the finding on their
hands, they made to research it at length. The stone was dated to 2 B.C, but just as
important, the text on the slab wasn’t one language, it was three. Hieroglyphics, the symbols seen on Egyptian
tombs and pyramids. Demotic, another Egyptian language, and then,
there was Greek. Something that many people were surprised
to find on the slab. After Napoleon was defeated, the British got
the slab, which led to Jean-Francois Champollion and Thomas Young examining and deciphering
it all. Through the Greek part of the text, they were
able to translate both sections of the Egyptian text. To be clear, this was a major breakthrough
in the world of history. At the time, the Hieroglyphs and Demotic languages
were basically gibberish to those who weren’t Egyptian, and even some Egyptians couldn’t
read them as it was a dead language of sorts. The Rosetta Stone changed all of that. We now know great chunks of Egyptian history
because we’re able to read the memories of the past. The impact of the Rosetta stone can be felt
to this day, and it’s not only a cultural icon in and of itself, it’s referenced many
times to mean a way to translate something. Which is exactly what it did. And the world should be grateful that a remnant
found during a war led to a great deal of understanding about history.

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