Sometimes the most interesting archaeological finds aren’t discovered by experts but by common folks.
Take this awesome grotto, for example.
Way back 1835, James Newlove, a farmer, was working in his field in Margate, England when much to his surprise, his spade fell through the ground. He later realized that the earth underneath was hollow and so he immediately spread the word about it.
Eventually, the people in the little town decided to find out more. Joshua, Mr. Newlove’s son, agreed to be lowered in the place, with candle in hand, to check it out.
A boy was sent underground and what he saw became a significant historical treasure for the whole town.
He discovered beautiful rooms filled with thousands of seashells.
Each was intricately and beautifully designed.
The site was excavated and was later opened to the general public 2 years after its initial discovery. It was then named the Margate Grotto.
These days, locals and tourists alike flock to the place but despite the fact that its origin still remains largely a mystery. Who built the place and why did they create it in the first place?
The place was later named Margate Grotto and was opened to the public.
It’s origins, however, remains a mystery up to this very day.
Speculations are claiming that maybe, aristocrats from the 1700s built it since shell grottos were particularly popular among rich people back in the days. Others, however, believe that they might be remnants of an ancient civilization.
During its early discovery, visitors left their marks on the shells.
Speculations say that the grotto is either built by aristocrats…
…Or a direct evidence of ancient civilization.
Whatever its origin, the shell grotto remains to be a beloved tourist attraction in Margate.
Regardless of its origin, there is no denying that the place is indeed visually-captivating.
Go visit the official Shell Grotto website for more information about how to get there.
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