Sometimes, it’s hard to fathom the world is still a mysterious place. Humans have been around for over 20,000 years, yet much of the earth remains unexplored, and what has been explored can sometimes reveal startling mysteries.
These creepy archaeological finds leave researchers with more questions than answers. Not all creepy digs take place in strange, remote, or exotic places, either; the weird can appear in unsuspected, ordinary, and seemingly benign places. You’ll find mysterious manuscripts, supposed vampires, unsettling details regarding our hominid ancestors, and much more. So read on, and learn a bit about some eerie, strange, and downright shocking discoveries at archaeological digs.
1. Bones From The Sir John Franklin Expedition Reveal The Sailors’ Grisly Fate
In 1845, Sir John Franklin led two ships, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, on a voyage meant to chart the Arctic. Franklin had participated in two earlier Arctic expeditions, earning the title Commanding Officer. Unfortunately for Franklin, this expedition would prove to be his last.
The ships became stuck in ice – not an unforeseen event for polar explorers, but in this case, unseasonably cold summers meant they were trapped their longer than expected. In 1848, the crew mysteriously decided to leave their ships (which were still full of food) and undertake a desolate 1,000-mile trek to a trading port on Hudson Bay.
Research suggests the explorers may have suffered from a variety of maladies, including lead poisoning, starvation, tuberculosis, scurvy, hypothermia, and pneumonia, and these might have caused them to become deranged or confused, leading to poor judgment and the decision to walk away from their food stores.
Most shocking of all, cut marks found on several bones from the area suggest that the crew resorted to cannibalism for survival: “not only did the starving explorers cut flesh off the bones of their fallen comrades, they also cracked open the bones to suck out the marrow.”