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13 Mind-Blowing Archaeological Discoveries Ever, Prepare To Be Thrilled!

Gillian Hovell remarkably quoted, "Discover how to visit the past and bring yesterday's stories into our lives today."  National Geographic's has done just the same and has currently brought in some of the best pictures uncovering the layers of the past from their archive of archaeology. Let's have a closer look at what we've missed.

1. Man of La Venta , Olmec Civilization

This colossal stone head in La Venta, Mexico was discovered back in 1947. These archaeologists were having a closer look at the Olmec civilization, the first one in Mesoamerica offering clues about the rest of the region.

2. Stones of Stenness, Britain

A Neolithic Monument in Orkney, Scotland dating from around 3000 B.C. Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar and newly discovered "Ness of Brodgar" form the heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

Ness of Brodgar

Built during the Stone Age technology, around 3200 B.C. the farmers and herdsmen on Scotland’s remote Orkney Islands decided to build something big and they truly nailed it.

3. Diving into the Secrets of Maya World, Mexico

Ancient Maya believed that the rain god Chaak resided in caves and natural wells called cenotes. Exploring cenotes has enabled archaeologists to get new insights about Maya civilisation.

4. Egyptian Walking Stick

The carving of a Nubian captive on the handle of a walking stick was recovered from the tomb of King Tut. The placement of this Ancient Egyptian imagery depicts role of the kings as conquerers.

5. Terra-Cotta Army, China

Thousands of life-size clay soldiers and horses stand guard over Emperor Qin Shi Huang's tomb near the city of Xi’an, China. Considered one of the greatest archeological discoveries of modern times, the Terra-Cotta Warriors were discovered in 1974 by a group of farmers.

6. Searching for Fossils

In 1961, famed paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey and his family looked for early hominid remains at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.

7. Bag Full of Bones, Nepal

A man from the former kingdom of Mustang in northern Nepal carries human remains recovered from the burial crypt.

8. River Affair, Mongolia

Members of archaeology expedition pull a wooden ferry across a river in Mongolia's Darhad Valley.

9. Shetland Stone of the Vikings, Scotland

Aerial view of Jarlshof, an archaeological site on the southern tip of the Shetland Islands from the early 16th century. The site is noted for its broad historical range, with ruins from the Bronze Age through Viking Age.

10. "The Iceman" from the Alps

Neurosurgeons perform an autopsy on a 5,000-year-old Neolithic mummy in order to determine his genetic makeup and the cause of his death. The iceman was found in the Alps on the border between Austria and Italy in 1991.

11. Palace of Palenque, Mexico

People stand among the ruins of the Maya Palace of Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico. This Alfred P. Maudslay photograph appeared in Biologia Centrali-Americana: Archaeology, issued between 1889 and 1902.

12. Kybele of Catalhoyuk, Turkey

This sculpture of mother-goddess Kybele was found at Catalhoyuk, Turkey and is often cited as the proof of Earth Mother worship, a common belief in Neolithic Europe before the rise of patriarchal society.

13. Ruins of Rome

One of the largest and best preserved Roman cities Leptis Magna in western Libya. The city, constructed during the reign of Augustus and Tiberius, was remodelled by Septimius Severus and became a thriving urban center complete with a theater, market square, baths and basilica.