When I was a kid, I spent a great deal of time watching documentaries about archaeological structures. I was so interested that it made me want to become an archaeologist someday. But then I grew up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still interested in archaeology, but I realized that I’m better-off taking care of sick people than digging up artifacts and brushing off dust from them. The good thing about being an archaeologist, though, is that you get to discover incredible places and unearth antique relics. But still, the possibility that you’ll come across a violent mummy remains.
One of the reasons why I wanted to become an archaeologist back then was that I wanted to discover amazing places with really cool histories. I dreamt of visiting famous archaeological structures such as the Machu Picchu in Peru and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. But, I found out that there are less known archaeological sites that are equally incredible. Some of these archaeological structures are so perfectly and intricately built, it’ll make you wonder if aliens really came to help build them.
Check out these cool archaeological structures:
1. L’Anse aux Meadows
L’Anse aux Meadows was discovered in 1960 and is found on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, an island located in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The name of the place literally means “Jellyfish Cove”. It was a Norse settlement, and is believed to have housed about 30 to 160 Vikings 1000 years ago.
Located in the outskirts of Cusco, Peru, Saksaywaman was the former capital of the Incan empire. The complex is made of carefully cut rocks and boulders, which were affixed without the use of mortar. The boulders are so tightly fit together that even a sheet of paper can’t be slipped between them.
Mohenjo-daro, which literally means “Mound of the Dead”, is located in Sindh, Pakistan. Built around 2600 BCE, it was one of the most advanced settlements during the ancient times and has evidence of roads and a sewage system. However, it was mysteriously abandoned in the 19th century BCE, and was rediscovered in 1922.
4. The Gate of the Sun
The Gate of the Sun can be found near Lake Titicaca, near La paz, Bolivia. It is an intricately cut, megalithic stone archway that was constructed over 1500 years ago during the Tiwanaku empire. The archway measures about 9.8 ft tall, 13 ft wide, and weighs approximately 10 tons. The lintel has carvings of winged effigies and a central figure that represents the “Sun God”.
5. Stone Age Tunnels
Archaeologists discovered this network of underground tunnels a few years ago, and is believed to have been created by people who lived during the Stone Age. It stretches from Scotland, through Europe, and into Turkey. Some people call it a “highway”, although most of the tunnels measure only 70 centimeters in diameter.
Gem-Studded Teeth Reveal Remarkable Skills Of Ancient Mayan Dentists
We’re not sure why the trend did not catch on and reach modern times but would you be willing to try this awesome Mayan dentistry fad?
The ancient Mayan civilization has always been fascinating to study, especially because of the amazing architecture and many great achievements.
Its colossal pyramids have lasted thousands of years yet these were only made using crude tools. Surely, this prowess in architecture surpasses the talents of this period.
But would you believe the Mayans also practiced advanced dentistry? Well, we’re not talking here about dental implants using titanium screws and metal-ceramic crowns used by modern dentists to replace teeth after extraction but of an entirely different kind of implants.
24 Famous Places That You’ve Likely Been Mispronouncing All Your Life
You’ve been saying them wrong since forever.
Have you ever been to a foreign place without knowing how to say where you are? Or have you tried to ask for directions to a place that you don't even know how to pronounce? Well, you're not alone. Apparently, it is not uncommon to commit this social blunder when you're visiting a new place.
The differences in pronunciation root from our language. Each language is distinct. The tone, stress, intonation, and accents vary between each regions. How words are pronounced in China differs from how words are pronounced in the United Kingdom. So, when we are visiting a foreign place, it is inevitable to mispronounce some places.
But don't fret! Thrillophilia created a list of the most commonly mispronounced places, and how to pronounce them properly. Check the photos below:
#1. Bangkok, Thailand
Have You Been To Any Of The 17 WORST Airports in The World?
So worst they should just be called ERRports…
“It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, 'As pretty as an airport'.”
― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Traveling is no doubt an enriching and invaluable experience. It takes us away from the normal hustle-and bustle of our daily lives and allows us to experience new cultures and learn new things. However, before we get to the lovely tourist spots to see the breathtaking sights, we often have to bear the hour-long flights, go through the airport, and endure the never-ending immigration queues. If you're really lucky, you'll land in a plush airport with state-of-the-art facilities. The restrooms look immaculate, the ground staff is polite, and most importantly, you have access to a WiFi connection. But we don't get lucky all the time.
Inevitably, while traveling, you may find yourself in one of the most horrible airports in the world. A horrible airport can have one of the following characteristics: first, the terminal may be poorly maintained, dirty, and stuffy; second, the ground staff are extremely rude, lazy, and inefficient; and lastly, the airport's location is so perilous that it'll make you fear for your life. But, some airports are a crazy combination of all three characteristics that they should just be called ERRports....