Most MYSTERIOUS Archaeological Discoveries From AFRICA! (part 2)

Check out the Most MYSTERIOUS Archaeological Discoveries From AFRICA! (part 2) From strange ancient discoveries to unexplained findings in africa, this top 10 list of weird discoveries will amaze you!

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10. Sibudu and Blombos, South Africa
Sibudu and Blombos are two of the most famous archaeological sites in South Africa, and have both led to a new understanding of the way different stone age groups lived. Despite being more than 600 miles apart, artifacts found in caves at both these sites are strikingly similar… but still have noticeable differences.

9. Laetoli, Tanzania
Laetoli, in Tanzania, is incredibly important in the understanding of early humans, as it’s the site of the discovery of 5 sets of footprints that date back to 3.66 million years ago. Originally, 3 sets were found in 1976… preserved in the rock after a group of australopiths walked across damp volcanic ash as it was hardening.

8. The Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali
The town of Djenné was founded in 800 AD on an island on the Niger River delta in present day Mali. It was one of sub Saharan Africa’s oldest cities, and became a trade hub for people to transport gold, salt, and slaves. All of the structures here were made from mud, but the biggest building on the site was the Great Mosque.

7. Sterkfontein Caves, South Africa
The Sterkfontein Caves, in South Africa’s ‘Cradle of Humankind’, have provided the richest source of hominid fossils in the world. It’s also the site of the longest palaeoanthropological dig ever, with continuous excavations taking place since 1935… only pausing during the second world war.

6. The Obelisk of Axum, Ethiopia
Between the 4th century BC and 10th century AD, the Kingdom of Axum was one of the most influential civilisations on earth. The capital, the city of Axum, was a trade city between Persia and Rome, and was extremely powerful and wealthy. As a pagan civilisation, the people constructed tall pillars to mark the tombs of the most revered leaders but, in the 4th century, they converted to Christianity and the Pagan practises were ended.

5. Leptis Magna, Libya
Believed to have been founded as early as the 7th century BC, Leptis Magna, which lies 62 miles to the southeast of Tripoli in Libya, is now a UNESCO world heritage site. While you may only think of the Romans conquering large swathes of Europe, this place on the northern coast of Africa, is home to some of the world’s best known remains of Roman architecture… and was an important outpost for them.

4. The Nok Civilisation, Nigeria
The Nok civilisation are thought to have been the first complex civilization in West Africa, but it was only because of a chance discovery that their existence came to light. Tin miners in the Kaduna state of central Nigeria were digging, when they found a large collection of terracotta artefacts, unlike anything anyone had seen before.

3. Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania
Just off the coast of Tanzania is the island of Kilwa Kisiwani, which means ‘the isle of fish’… a place that was once home to a wealthy port that was the center of one of the most powerful empires of eastern Africa. It was an influential place from between the 9th century until the 19th century, providing a vital link to the Swahili civilisation that stretched from Kenya to Mozambique.

2. Abomey, Benin
Once the capital city of the kingdom of Dahomey of the Fon, Abomey is now a much quieter place, but the evidence of its historical significance is still clear to see. The Royal Palaces are a UNESCO world heritage site, and are now a museum to the ancient kingdom, where you can see the remains of Kings, and lots of other artifacts that have been found in the region.

1. Adam’s Calendar, South Africa
Located in Mpumalanga, South Africa… Blaauwbosch Kraal, more commonly known as ‘Adam’s Calendar’, is an ancient megalithic site. The standing stone circle is about 100 feet in diameter, and is actually one of many stone circle ruins that have been found throughout the mountains of South Africa.

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