In the twenty-first century, we know a whole lot about ancient civilizations and extinct animals. But all this knowledge is a mere drop in the ocean. After all, even today, archaeologists make discoveries that leave the world with their jaws on the floor.
We at zgrnews have compiled stories about 13 impressive archaeological finds that’ll make your mind boggle.
1. A molar of a mammoth: at least 4,000 years old
Mammoths reached up to 15 feet in height. Naturally, their teeth were also of considerable size. They were equipped with enamel plates that helped the animals chew rough plant food.
2. Food from ancient Pompeii: almost 2,000 years old
In 79 CE, the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius occurred, extinguishing the lives of more than 1,000 residents of the nearby city. Pompeii was covered with layers of ash and tephra that reached almost 20 feet in height and completely hid some buildings from view. The lack of air and moisture allowed buried objects (even foodstuff) to remain in almost perfect condition to this day.
3. Ammonites: at least 66 million years old
These marine mollusks appeared on Earth 419 million years ago and died out about 66 million years ago together with the dinosaurs. The ammonites were of different sizes. As a rule, the earlier species were quite small while the later ones reached 5.9 feet in diameter.
4. 60 pairs of Roman sandals: about 2,000 years old
In the Scottish city of Camelon, archaeologists discovered 60 pairs of sandals from the times of the Roman Empire. The 2,000-year-old shoes are in excellent condition, but it is believed that the ancient Romans threw them away for being too “worn out!”
5. A “mummified” dinosaur: at least 66 million years old
The “mummy” of Edmontosaurus was unearthed in 1908 and is known as the first discovered remains of a dinosaur with well-preserved skin. The find helped researchers to reconstruct the animal’s appearance and find out that it reached 39 feet in length and weighed about 4.4 tons.
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