Acambaro Figures: Although most of the scientific community has now agreed that these figures were part of an elaborate hoax, their discovery at first created a bit of a stir. Found in the ground of Acambaro Mexico were hundreds of little figures resembling both humans and dinosaurs which for a little while led some to believe that the ancients were better archeologists than previously thought.
The Baby Disposal: One thing you will realize, that people, (at least in the past), were very fond of cannibalism, sacrifice and torture. As a case-in-point, not long ago, as several archeologists were searching through the sewers beneath a Roman-Byzantine bathhouse in Israel they came across something terrifying ... baby bones and lots of them! For some reason, someone in the bathhouse felt compelled to dispose of hundreds of babies in the sewer.
Troy Turkey: "Sing O Muse the anger of Achilles, son of Peleus ..." So begins the lliad of Homer, the foundational text of western literature. For all the importance placed in the Iliad, it was for a long time thought that Troy was as mythical as Atlantis. Then in 1871, a self-taught classicist Heinrich Schliemann, funded a dig at a mound in Hissarlik - there were in ancient time a city called Ilium (named for the Iliad) had stood - they found huge defensive walls of the type described by…
Mohenjo-daro Pakistan: Along with the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, the Indus Valley civilization is considered one of the world's earliest. The Indus Valley civilization reached its' peak approximately 2000 BC, though it was considered older. Science, writing, trade, crafts, religion and agriculture all have progressed remarkably. The advanced nature of this civilization can be seen at Mohenjo-daro with its' ordered streets and drainage system.
Although it has been known for years the the Aztecs hosted numerous bloody sacrificial festivals, in 2004, a grisly discovery was made outside of modern day Mexico City. Numerous decapitated and mutilated bodies of both humans and animals shed some light on just how horrific the rituals could get.
Akrotiri Santorini: The Minoan civilization of Crete is named for the mythical King Manos, builder of the labyrinth. There is scant written left from the Minoans, so we do not know what they called themselves. The entire civilization was largely forgotten until the turn of the turn of the 20th century. With the discovery of the great Palace of Knossos, the glories of the Minoans were rediscovered.
Atlantis: Okay so Plato is Atlantis at least the one he wrote about in his dialogues has never actually been found. Of course every once in a while archeologists turn up something that stimulates numerous rumors and ancient ruins have certainly been found resting at the bottom of the ocean, but as of today, the "naval power that stood before the Pillars of Hercules and sank to the bottom of the sea in a single day and night of misfortune" has yet to be found.
Desert Kites: Since being discovered by pilots at the turn of in the 40th century a series of low stone walls in the Negev Desert of Israel had puzzled scientists for years. The walls could be up to 40 miles long in some places and were nicknamed "kites" as a result of their appearance from the air. Recently, however, it was determined that the walls were actually used by hunters to funnel large animals into pens or off of cliffs where they could easily be slaughtered en mass.
Terra Cotta Army: While it may not be intense in the same way as the last few discoveries, this terra cotta army that was buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, is certainly intense in its' own right. Apparently, the intention was for the soldiers to protect the emperor in the afterlife.
The Graubelle Man: it's not a strange occurrence for mummified bodies to be found in bogs, but his body, known as "The Graubelle Man" is a bit unique. Not only is he amazingly well preserved with his hair and fingernails, still intact, it is possible to reconstruct his demise from the information found on and around his body. Judging from a large wound wrapping around his neck from ear-to-ear, it seems he was sacrificed - probably in an attempt to turn a better harvest.
Also known as "Hansen's Disease", victims of leprosy have often lived on the fringes of society due to extreme disfigurement. Because Hindu tradition calls for cremation, the skeleton shown here, often cited as the first leper, was found buried just outside the city limits.
Unknown Man E: Unlike modern burials, Egyptians didn't take into account the fact that if you don't strap the chin to the skull, it will fall open in a permanent scream. Although most mummies exhibit this sort of profile, it can get significantly more terrifying. Every once in a while, archeologists discover mummies that seem to have truly been screaming at their death due to some sort of ritual torture. This mummy was found by Gaston Masparo in 1886.