Dighton Rock

Dighton Rock is gray-brown crystalline sandstone of medium to coarse texture. It has the form of a slanted, six-sided block, 5 feet high, 9. 5 feet wide, and 11 feet long. Dighton Rock and its inscriptions have been the object of curiosity and controversy for over 300 years. For centuries, the boulder sat in the mud (and sewage), at this point in the Taunton River, its broad westward surface tempting passersby to carve their messages.

When Dighton Rock lay in the riverbed, (until 1963), it was covered by tidal water all but four hours each day. At high tide, the top of the rock was covered by three or four feet of water. In the winter, when the Taunton River was frozen, the rock remained hidden under an ice cap. These harsh conditions, ironically, protected the inscriptions from vandalism.
 
Inscription on Dighton Rock

The rock is noted for its petroglyphs ("primarily lines, geometric shapes, and schematic drawings of people, along with writing, both verified and not."), carved designs of ancient and uncertain origin, and the controversy about their creators.

Four of the most popular of these are presented in the museum panels. Through drawings, photographs, and direct quotations, theories are presented, chronologically of their suggestions, supporting: 
(1) American Indians; 
( 2) Phoenicians; 
(3) Norse; and 
(4) Portuguese.

In 1912 Edmund B. Delabarre wrote that markings on the Dighton Rock in Massachusetts suggest that Miguel Corte-Real reached New England. Delabarre stated that the markings were abbreviated Latin, and the message, translated into English, read as follows: "I, Miguel Cortereal, 1511. In this place, by the will of God, I became a chief of the Indians."

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dighton_Rock

http://www.dightonrock.com/dightonrockitsmusuemanditspark.htm

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Nam Koo Terrace The Haunted House

The Wan Chai Haunted House or Nam Koo Terrace is a Grade I Historic Building located at No. 55 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China. The two-storey red brick building was built in c.1915-1921 and owned by a wealthy Shanghai merchant family by the name of To. It sits on the top of the granite-laid steps from Ship Street which before the 1921 reclamation overlooked Victoria Harbour. The two-storey red brick house got a reputation for being haunted after its owner To Chak-man died of unknown causes inside it during WWII. 
 
Nam Koo Terrace
People who have entered the building say there is just something plain wrong with the feel of the place. What it feels like at night they are not quite sure, as not many people are brave, or stupid enough, to visit it after the sun goes down.

Nam Koo Terrace is also known as a suicide house, a location where people come to end their own lives. As recently as 2010 bodies have been recovered from the rooms of the house, or cut down from the branches of the gardens trees. It is not known how many people have ended their lives in the house, but estimates put it at higher than 30. Murder is also said to have taken place on the grounds several times.

Sources:

http://www.theparanormalguide.com/blog/the-wan-chai-haunted-house

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam_Koo_Terrace

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-24302108

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Legend of The Dead Children's Playground

Dead Children's Playground located on Maple Hill Cemetery which was founded in 1822. It is the oldest and largest cemetery in Alabama. There are many stories about unnatural phenomena that surrounded the playground. Some people say that it is the spirits of the cemetery's children that come out to play. But local legend has it that Huntsville suffered a rash of child abductions in the 1960’s, and the bodies of the children were found in the area of the playground. Since that time, there have been reports of swings moving on their own, children calling out, giggling, and when photos are taken, orbs of light believed to be the spirits of the children are captured. Much of this phenomenon occurs between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., far too late for any live child to be out playing.
 
Mapple Hill Cemetery

In fall of 2007, the City of Huntsville tried to take the playground over in order to further increase the area of the cemetery for graves and tombs. This was done literally overnight, one morning the playground was there and the next day all of the equipment was torn away and the area destroyed. The public outcry that resulted caused the City to pull the work order for the cemetery and new playground equipment was installed. This disturbance has not stopped the mysterious occurrences at the playground, however.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Children%27s_Playground

http://www.realhaunts.com/united-states/dead-childrens-playground

http://www.hauntworld.com/real_haunted_places_in_huntsville_alabama_dead_children_s_playground_in_huntsville_alabama

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The Screaming Mummy

The Screaming Mummy found in 1886. Since its discovery, the mysterious mummy called both "Unknown Man E" and the "Screaming Mummy" because of his open jaw and agonized expression, the mummy has baffled researchers since it was first uncovered. Several archaeologists have proposed theories about the mummy's cause of death, saying he might have been buried alive or poisoned, or that he was a murdered Hittite prince during the reign of Tutankhamen.

The Unknown Man E was found without a grave marking, which would have prevented him from reaching the afterlife—a possible additional punishment for being part of a murder plot.

The mummy is very unusual because it appears to have been embalmed quickly, without removing the brain and viscera, and to have been placed in a cedar box, the interior of which had to be crudely hacked to widen it. 
 


The Egyptologist Bob Brier has revived the old hypothesis that the famed mummy of the "Unknown Man E" found in the Deir el-Bahari cache (DB320) might be Pentawer indeed.

An autopsy, performed by physicians in 1886 in the presence of Maspero, did little to shed any light on the subject.

One of the physicians, Daniel Fouquet, believed the contracted shape of his stomach cavity showed he had been poisoned, writing in his report that 'the last convulsions of horrid agony can, after thousands of years, still be seen' - yet his science was unable to help him ascertain why.

Some believed 'Man E' was the traitor son of Rameses III, who'd been involved in a coup to remove him from the throne, others that he was an Egyptian governor who had died abroad and been returned to his homeland for burial. Some believed the unconventional manner of his mummification showed that he was not Egyptian at all, but a member of a rival Hittite dynasty, who had died on Egyptian soil.

All explanations were possible, yet Man E's true identity seemed destined to remain a mystery.


Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentawer

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/11/081121-screaming-mummy-ramses-missions_2.html

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Swiss Watch Found Inside Ming Dynasty Tomb

In 2008, a team of archaeologists discover a century-old Swiss watch that is thought to be just a century old in an ancient Chinese tomb which has been sealed for more than 400 years. They believed they were the first to visit the Ming dynasty grave in Shangsi, southern China, since its occupant's funeral. The Ming Dynasty - or the Empire of the Great Ming - was the was ruling dynasty in China from 1368 to 1644.

Jiang Yanyu, former curator of the Guangxi Museum, said: "When we tried to remove the soil wrapped around the coffin, suddenly a piece of rock dropped off and hit the ground with metallic sound.
 


"We picked up the object, and found it was a ring. After removing the covering soil and examining it further, we were shocked to see it was a watch."

The mysterious timepiece was encrusted in mud and rock and had stopped at 10:06 am. On the back of the watch, the word, ‘Swiss’ is engraved.

Could the watch/ring have been planted at the tomb, but if so, why and by whom?

Sources:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/76140/Tomb-raiders-baffled-by-Swiss-watch-found-in-ancient-tomb

http://www.weirdasianews.com/2009/03/05/hundredyear-tomb-reveals-swiss-watch/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1096959/Mystery-century-old-Swiss-watch-discovered-ancient-tomb-sealed-400-years.html

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Kitty Jay's Grave

Jay's Grave (or Kitty Jay's Grave) belongs to a woman named Jay which located at the side of a minor road, about 1 mile (1.6 km) north west of Hound Tor, at the entrance to a green lane that leads to Natsworthy, is supposedly the last resting place of a suicide victim who is thought to have died in the late 18th century.

Around 1790, an orphaned baby was taken into the Poor House at Newton Abbot. The little girl was named, as was the custom, with a surname beginning with whatever letter the Poor House had progressed to, in this case 'J'. As many of the commoner names had been taken the baby girl ended up with 'Jay'. In those days the word 'Jay' was also a slang term for a prostitute so the Christian name of Mary was added.

In her late teens Jay had to leave the home and was sent as an apprentice and farmhand to a farm located just outside the town of Manaton. She was utilised as cheap/free labour. She worked for the roof over her head and the food in her stomach. She worked both in the house and the fields making for very hard labour.

She now sometimes acquires the name Kitty after being sent to Canna Farm as a teenage apprentice. In one version of the tale she is raped by a local farmhand. In another version she finds romance with the farmer's son. Either way she becomes pregnant which results in her being thrown out of the farm and left with a reputation as a 'slut'. Such is her shame and despair that she hangs herself in a barn.

When she was discovered, she was taken down unceremoniously, and taken to be buried. One after another the local parishes refused to bury her in their cemeteries, as she had committed suicide, which was an act against not only the law, but also against God. She must be buried in a manner befitting her crime.
 
Jay's Grave

According to the local tradition that any suicide could not be buried in consecrated ground as so they were interred at a crossroads, some times with a stake driven through their hearts. This was to ensure that the restless soul of the departed could not return to haunt god fearing mortals.

This was the fate of Kitty Jay, she was buried at the intersection of a road and a moorland track. The grave soon became known as 'Jay's Grave' and it did not take long for strange events to start taking place.

Interestingly, there are always fresh flowers on the grave, the placement of which is the subject of local folklore. Motorists, passing at night, claim to have glimpsed ghostly figures in their headlights.

On certain moonlit nights a dark figure could be seen kneeling beside the sad little mound with bowed head and its face buried in its hands. Nobody has ever been able to say if the spectral figure was male or female because it was always wrapped in a thick, black cloak. There are two schools of thought as to who the ghostly apparition is, some say it is the spirit of one of those responsible for driving Kitty from the farm and others say that it is the soul of the faithless farmer's son who as punishment has been sent to stand vigil over the grave of his victim and his unborn child.

Sources:

http://www.theparanormalguide.com/blog/the-haunting-of-jays-grave

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay%27s_Grave

http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk/kitty_Jay.htm

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Vinca Figure

Ancient Vinca (Vinča) culture depicted extraterrestrial visitors, gods that came from the sky and provided the necessary push for the advancement of civilization and technology among humans. The most distinctive feature of these mysterious figurines are triangular shaped faces, large almond shaped eyes, mouths and noses that are nonexistent in most cases, which strangely seem to resemble animals such as grasshoppers. Some of these figurines mysteriously depict a combination of hybrid beings, half-human half reptile.

The Vinča culture is a Neolithic archaeological culture in Southeastern Europe, dated to the period 5700–4500 BCE. Named for its type site, Vinča-Belo Brdo, a large tell settlement discovered by Serbian archaeologist Miloje Vasić in 1908, it represents the material remains of a prehistoric society mainly distinguished by its settlement pattern and ritual behaviour. occupied a region of Southeastern Europe (i.e. the Balkans) corresponding mainly to modern-day Serbia and Kosovo, but also parts of Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Greece. Most of these strange humanoid figures are depicted as guardian deities, some of them are believed to have been good while some of them evil. The zoomorphic-anthropomorphic depictions are a mystery that many researchers have not found an answer to.
 
This stylized human figure was discovered at the site of Vinca, a large mound or tell that was formed by the accumulation of debris from a succession of settlements over a long period of time. Such settlements were a feature of early farming societies in parts of south-eastern Europe, and some continued to be occupied into the Early Bronze Age. Figurines and other clay models, for example of houses, have frequently been found at these sites. However, they have never been found in the West, which may indicate differences in religious practices and beliefs, and cultural attitudes towards the representation of the human form.

There is a great amount of evidence and many archaeological findings that have been proven to be authentic. The sequence of the Vinca (Vinča) culture is a set of very well documented items in the Vinca region, in the vicinity of Belgrade - 14 km of Belgrade, Serbia. Excavation in the area have yielded over 2000 of these mysterious looking figurines, the largest number of items of that type discovered in the region.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin%C4%8Da_culture

http://www.thecontroversialfiles.net/2015/05/the-mysterious-vinca-figurines-evidence.html

http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/s/seated_terracotta_figurine.aspx

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The Roman Ghost of York

In 1953, Harry Martindale an 18-year-old apprentice heating engineer was working in the Treasurer's House, York, England, when he saw at least 20 Roman soldiers, visible only from the knees up, marching through the cellar of the Treasurer's House. At the time, Harry entered the dark and rather gloomy cellar, and found a nice level excavated trench in which to set the feet of his ladder, to provide a solid platform from which to work. He placed his light on the ground, and climbed the ladder in order to reach the ceiling above, and started on his work.

After a short while he heard an odd sound pass through the cellar. Harry at first took this to be music being played by the workers upstairs, but as the music grew louder he began to have his doubts.

Soon he could tell it was not music, but rather just one or two notes being played over and over again, and as they grew louder he could pinpoint the source as the wall he was propped up against.



The sound became deafening, but that was the least of his worries. As Harry looked down to his side, in order to better ascertain what was happening, he was startled to see a plumed helmet come into view. Suddenly he saw a soldier wearing a helmet emerge from a wall, followed by a cart horse and 20 other soldiers emerged straight through the brick wall of the cellar! Terrified, he fell from his ladder and stumbled into the corner and, as he crouched on the floor, he was able to see clearly that the horse was being ridden by a dishevelled Roman soldier. He was slowly followed by several fellows, dressed in rough green tunics and plumed helmets, carrying short swords and spears. They all looked down in a dejected manner as they continued towards the Minster, apparently on their knees. It emerged that the old Roman road into the garrison ran through where the Treasurer’s House was later built, and was about 15 inches lower than the cellar floor. The story also gained legitimacy after Harry described several aspects of the Roman soldiers' clothing that he would not have known at the time.

The soldiers were heard talking to each other in whispers, and their faces seemed to be sad or tired. The uniforms, from what he could tell, seemed to be covered in mud. All were armed either with spears or swords.

Once all the soldiers had passed through the opposite wall, and Harry was certain he could hear no more approach, he made a run for it out of the cellar. When he was finally clear of the stairs leading out of the cellar he came to a stop to catch his breath. Those who saw him say he was completely white and was shaking.

The elderly gentleman who was in charge of the house took one look at Harry and knew what had happened. He walked up to Harry and said 'You have seen the soldiers, haven't you?'

The caretaker had seen the soldiers the previous year, but had not told anyone for fear of ridicule.

Harry left the house and did not return for at least 25 years.

Apparently the ghostly troop had been seen several times in the past and impressive descriptions have been forthcoming from a number of witnesses.

Sources:

http://www.theparanormalguide.com/blog/the-roman-ghosts-of-york

http://www.britannia.com/history/legend/yorkghosts/yorkgt05.html

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/11559578.Famous_ghost_witness_Harry_Martindale_dies/

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Lagunita The Lost Ancient Maya City

Lagunita or Laguinita is an ancient Maya city, located in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Recently, it was found in the southeastern part of the Mexican state of Campeche, in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula, the cities were hidden in thick vegetation and hardly accessible. After a two-month expedition, archaeologist Ivan Sprajc of the Slovenian Academy emerged from the jungle with more than drawings. He had pictures. Along with another previously unknown city he named Tamchen, Sprajc had rediscovered Lagunita.

Though his expedition trudged into the forests with machetes, trucks and tortillas, a bird’s eye view is what discovered Lagunita. “We found the site with the aid of aerial photographs,” he explained in a statement, “but were able to identify it with Lagunita only after we saw the facade and the monuments and compared them with Von Euw’s drawings.”

The monster mouth doorway at Lagunita. (Courtesy of Ivan Sprajc)

In the 1970s, an American explorer named Eric Von Euw ventured into unexplored forest at the base of the Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula near the border of Guatemala.He had drawn images of an “extraordinary facade with an entrance representing open jaws of the earth monster,” as would later be written of it.

However, the exact location of the city, referred to as Lagunita by Von Euw, remained lost. All the attempts at relocating it failed. Now, four decades later, another explorer has ventured into the Yucatan jungle to find Lagunita. Laguinita was identified only after the archaeologists compared the newly found facade and monuments with Von Euw's drawings. The monster-mouth facade turned to be one of the best preserved examples of this type of doorways, which are common in the Late-Terminal Classic Rio Bec architectural style, in the nearby region to the south.

Sprajc also found remains of a number of massive palace-like buildings arranged around four major plazas. A ball court and a temple pyramid almost 65 ft high also stood in the city, while 10 stelae (tall sculpted stone shafts) and three altars (low circular stones) featured well-preserved reliefs and hieroglyphic inscriptions.

Sources;

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/22/the-ancient-mayan-cities-discovered-deep-in-the-mexican-jungle-and-the-secrets-they-hold/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagunita

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/three-ancient-maya-cities-found-in-jungle-140815.htm

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The Plain of Jars

Scattered in the landscape of the Xieng Khouang plateau, Xieng Khouang, Lao PDR, are thousands of megalithic jars. The Plain of Jars is a megalithic archaeological landscape in Laos. These stone jars appear in clusters, ranging from a single or a few to several hundred jars at lower foothills surrounding the central plain and upland valleys. The jars are mostly undecorated, but some feature carved human figures or faces. There are circular stone discs near the jars, thought to be lids, and these, according to UNESCO, “are also sometimes carved with representations of humans, tigers or monkeys.” Similar creations exist elsewhere, including in a part of India 600 miles away, but it’s still unclear exactly which civilization made the ones in Laos. The jars' origins and purposes still puzzle. 

Plain of Jar in northern Laos

Lao stories and legends tell of a race of giants who inhabited the area ruled by a king called Khun Cheung, who fought a long, eventually victorious battle against his enemy. He allegedly created the jars to brew and store huge amounts of lau hai ("lau" means "alcohol", "hai" means "jar"—So "lau hai" means rice beer or rice wine in the jars) to celebrate his victory. Another local tradition states the jars were molded, using natural materials such as clay, sand, sugar, and animal products in a type of stone mix.

French archaeologist Madeleine Colani, visiting in the 1930s, established that most were crafted from sandstone (after all, they weigh up to a tonne each) and were probably used for ancient funeral ceremonies. Colani found a human-shaped bronzed figure carved into one urn and, nearby, a scattering of tiny stone beads, but the lack of organic materials inside the jars, notably bones, has compounded their enigma.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plain_of_Jars

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ancient-urns-or-drinking-vessels-giants-behind-laos-mysterious-plain-jars-180955462/?no-ist
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The Mystery Man from Taured

On July 1954, a man allegedly flew into Tokyo, but upon landing at the Tokyo International Airport, his seemingly normal trip had taken a very drastic turn for the weird. When he handed over his passport to be stamped, the man was immediately interrogated as to the whereabouts of his origins. It wasn’t a case of racial profiling: While his passport looked authentic, it listed a country no one had ever heard of called Taured.

The mystery man claimed his country was located between France and Spain, but when he was asked to point it out on a map, he pointed to the Principality of Andorra, but becomes angry and confused. He’s never heard of Andorra, and can’t understand why his homeland of Taured isn’t there. According to him it should have been, for it had existed for more than 1,000 years. He claimed that he was in Japan on business, something he had been doing for the past five years. His passport had been stamped by many airports around the globe, including previous visits to Tokyo and he carried with him legal currency from several European countries. He even had a driver’s license issued by the mysterious country and a checkbook containing checks from an unknown bank. Baffled, they took him to a local hotel and placed him in a room with two guards outside until they could get to the bottom of the mystery.
 

After more interrogation and confusion for both parties, the mysterious man was sent to a nearby hotel until an official decision could be reached. There, two immigration officials stood outside the hotel door until morning. It was then that they discovered the mystery man had vanished without a trace, which was troubling, since the only possible exit was a window with no ledge 15 stories above a busy street. The Tokyo police department conducted an extensive search but continually came up empty-handed. He was never seen again, and the mystery was never solved.

Sources:

http://coolinterestingstuff.com/the-strange-mystery-of-the-man-from-taured

http://listverse.com/2014/05/05/10-creepy-tales-of-interdimensional-travel/

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Cylindrical-Shaped UFO Crash In Bolivia

On May 6, 1978, at about 4:15 p.m., something crashed into a mountain near El Taire on the Bermejo River, the border between the Bolivian province of Tarija and Argentina. Thousands of people saw this happening and later described the object as being cylindrical in shape with a flaming tail. It had caused a supersonic bang that was heard up to 150 miles away and that cracked windowpanes as far away as 30 miles in every direction. The next day, the papers were speculating on what had come down in that godforsaken place. The explanations ranged from meteorites to UFOs and belated reentry of some Apollo capsule. All of them referred to statements of eye witnesses.

Then it was announced that the Argentinian authorities had sent the 20th unit of the border police to the area in question to look for wreckage on their side of the border. The search in that mountainous country could last for weeks, so swarms of reporters went to the nearest big town, Aguas Blancas, to take up quarters there and await further developments, as well as to interview eyewitnesses in the town. And in fact, there were a number of witnesses who claimed to have seen the object. Most of them described it as oval or cylindrical and metallic. The army, too, seemed to be convinced that it was a UFO. Corporal Natalio Farfan Ruiz, the commandant of a small border police unit at the little village of La Marmora (800 inhabitants), confirmed the crash to Argentinian reporters saying: “It was about 4:30 p.m. when a cylindrical object made the earth tremble.
 


Finally, the Bolivian Air Force sent three single-motored AT6 airplanes—a model from World War II—to the area and discovered the crash site on the southern slope of the El Taire mountain. Whereas the pilots found it impossible to land anywhere near it, the newspaper Clarin of Buenos Aires announced on May 14, that the object had been found. As proof, they quoted the police chief of Tarija: “Our men have discovered the object and inspected it, but have received no instructions for further action. It is a dull metallic cylinder twelve feet long with a few dents. No one knows what is inside it, and we are awaiting the arrival of various technical commissions. A NASA expert is also expected to arrive tomorrow morning.”

As a matter of fact, no NASA expert came at Tarija.-Instead, two U.S. Air Force officers, Col. Robert Simmons and Maj. John Heise arrived. According to a newspaper, although these officers were officially on leave, they had been instructed to take the object to the United States in a Hercules C-130 transport machine, which was waiting for them at La Paz. When other newspapers made inquiries at the American Embassy regarding this secret mission of Simmons and Heise they were met with a denial. Only two years later, 5 relevant documents were released by the U.S. State Department: they revealed that Simmons and Heise had been assigned to the military attache of the U.S. Embassy in La Paz and did, in fact, fly to Tarija accompanied by an officer of the Bolivian Air Force, in connection with Project Moon Dust.

Source:

http://bizlifes.net/unexplained-mysteries/512-ufo-crash-in-bolivia-witnessed-by-thousands-of-people.html
 
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Houska Castle The Entrance Gate of Hell

The Houska Castle (Hrad Houska) was built over a hole in the ground said to open up to a terrifying netherworld, complete with winged, half-animal creatures that would occasionally fly out and cause a mess. The castle was never intended as a home, but rather as a way to cover the hole and keep the demons out. One tale says that when the castle was built, a pardon would be granted to any prisoner who volunteered to descend into the hole. One man did, and began screaming after a few minutes. When he was hauled out, he was discovered to have aged 30 years.

Houska Castle, is an early Gothic castle, 47 km north of Prague, in the Czech Republic. It is one of the best preserved castles of the period. The mysterious castle was built in the first half of the 13th century probably on the orders of Bohemian ruler Ottokar II of Bohemia during his reign (1253–1278) to serve as an administration center from which the extensive royal estates could be managed. Later it passed to the hands of the aristocracy, frequently passing from the ownership of one to another. In 1584–1590 it underwent Renaissance-style modifications, losing none of its fortress features as it looks down from a steep rocky cliff. In the 18th century it ceased to serve as a noble residence and fell into a state of disrepair before being renovated in 1823. In 1897 it was purchased by Princess Hohenlohe and in 1924, the times of the First Republic, bought by the President of Škoda, Josef Šimonek.
 
The Houska Castle

In the center of the castle is a chapel, built over a huge, bottomless well and it's believed that this well is the gateway to Hell. The castle walls are covered with depictions of dragons being slain and one picture shows a left-handed archer, supposedly the only left-handed archer ever known.

Over the centuries, people have reported seeing a huge, evil creature which looks like a cross between a human being, a giant frog and a bulldog. According to folklore, during the original construction of the castle, workers were brought in from local prisons and offered a pardon for their crimes if they'd agree to be lowered by rope into the depths of the well. Seconds after the first man was lowered they heard horrific screaming and pulled him back out. The man, whose hair was now snow white, had aged 30 years in just those few minutes.

Due to the isolated and indefensible location, researchers believe that Houska Castle was never meant to be used as a fortress to keep intruders out. Rather, it was built to keep the forces of Hell from getting out into the world.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houska_Castle

http://www.thecontroversialfiles.net/2015/06/these-deep-dark-holes-just-might-open.html

http://www.examiner.com/article/is-houska-castle-guarding-the-gateway-to-hell

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Burg_Houska.jpg
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Hidden Body of Moai Statues

The 887 monolithic human figures carved from rock (moai) on Easter Island  are familiar to many people through iconic images that show the statues to be either just heads or a combination of heads and shoulders only. Since 2010, Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) been excavating two of the moai's buried bodies. Finally in recent years, the EISP has undertaken efforts to excavate and study some of the moai, thereby revealing previously hidden portions of the mysterious statues.

On th back of the statue, showing Petroglyph

The moai statues were carved from volcanic rock between A.D. 1100 and 1500 by ancient Polynesians. They range in size, with the tallest reaching 33 feet (10 meters).  Although their significance is still somewhat of a mystery, the moai are thought to have been representations of the indigenous peoples' ancestors.

Apparently, the sculptures have secretly had torsos, buried beneath the earth. On the back of one of the statues being excavated, showing petroglyphs.


Sources:
 http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/easterisland.asp

http://www.livescience.com/20580-easter-island-heads-bodies.html

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Wandjina Rock Art

In 1838, Kimberley, Australia, several cave paintings were discovered that shock the archaeological community. Some of the paintings that are called the Wandjina are surprisingly large, reaching up to 6 meters in height. The Wandjina paintings have common colors of black, red and yellow on a white background. They appear alone or in groups, vertically or horizontally depending on the dimensions of the rock, and can be depicted with figures and objects like the Rainbow Serpent or yams. The Kimberley regions is a remote area in Australia, sparsely populated and visited but with large rivers and magnificent views of beautiful reddish tones. Among the cave paintings found in the region, the biggest depictions measuring up to six meters in height, has caught the attention of researchers who have already suggested several theories about who their creators were.

The tradition of the Wandjina are as incredible as the depictions. It is an oral tradition handed down from generation to generation. The natives see the Earth as the great serpent Ungut. The Milky Way looks like another serpent, called Wallanganda. These two snakes led to the creation of all living creatures on Earth, including the ancestral spirits of indigenous Peoples and the Wandjina who brought rain and fertility. 
 
Wandjina Rock Art
 
 
According to aboriginal mythology, it is said that the Wandjina are the spirits, or also called the gods, who lived during the period of creation. After the Wandjinas were created, they came down to our planet from heaven in the Time of Dreams traveling through the region, roaming the lands. According to the artist Mowanjum Mabel King, during the Lai Lai (Time of Creation or of Dreams), Wallungunder, the "Great Leader" Wandjina, came from the Milky Way to create the earth and all its inhabitants. The Wandjina are deeply connected with the heavens according to most indigenous tribes.

In Aboriginal mythology, the Wandjina were cloud and rain spirits who, during the Dreamtime, created or influenced the landscape and its inhabitants. When they found the place they would die, they painted their images on cave walls and entered a nearby waterhole. The Wandjina style dates from around 3800 B.P., following the end of a millennium long drought that gave way to a wetter climate characterised by regular monsoons.

Sources:

http://www.ewao.com/a/1-the-mystery-of-the-wandjina-cave-paintings-beings-that-came-from-above

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wondjina

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Mysterious Cylindrical UFO Sighting Near Perth

On 19 March 2014, at about 0913 Western Standard Time (WST), a De Havilland DHC-8, registered VH-XFX, was on approach to Perth Airport from Kambalda, Western Australia. When about 23 km north-northeast of Perth, at about 3,800 ft above mean sea level (AMSL), the crew sighted a bright strobe light directly in front of the aircraft. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report had concluded that an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV — otherwise known as a drone) may have been responsible for the March 19 sighting. But there are doubts, with an ATSB spokesman telling news.com.au: “The ATSB was not able to confirm the details of the object or identify any UAV operator in the area at that time.”

Details of the incident were provided in the report: “At about 3800 ft above mean sea level, the crew sighted a bright strobe light directly in front of the aircraft. The light appeared to track towards the aircraft and the crew realised that the light was on an unknown object, possibly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)."
Illustration of UFO with Cylindrical shape

“The pilot reported that the object was cylindrical in shape and grey in colour.”

The shocked pilot, who had 53 passengers on board, was forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision with the object.

The ATSB was advised that the Australian Defence Force was not operating UAVs and was not aware of any UAV operations in the area at the time of the incident. The ATSB was not able to confirm the details of the object or identify any UAV operator in the area at that time.

Sources:

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/mysterious-sightings-in-australias-skies/story-fn6yjmoc-1227207788549
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The White Lady of Balete Drive

Many reports that the old Spanish homes in the area of Balete Drive were haunted, or being guarded by their former, dead Spanish owners. The most famous case and the case most reported is the story of a "White Lady" frequently being seen in that site, according to a famous Philippine urban legend. For decades, there were stories about encounters with a beautiful lady in white along Balete Drive who appeared from nowhere, either flagging down one’s vehicle or floating in the air. Balete Drive is a two-lane undivided street and main thoroughfare in the New Manila District, in Quezon City, in Metro Manila, Philippines.

However, the sighting of the White Lady are not exclusive to Balete Drive. In other parts of the country, tales of similar appearances are commonly in connection with former cemeteries or former church graveyards, old houses, bridges, forested areas, winding rivers, and caves. Many of these places were said to be sites of executions during the war.
 
Balete Drive

One of the more famous execution sites is along a river in San Jose, Batangas. An engineer had this story to tell. While cruising along the Star Tollways after the Balagtas tollgate, he said, he caught a smell of flowers and lighted candles, then saw a woman dressed in white seated on the front passenger seat right beside him. He avoided looking at the rear view mirror, fearing he would see more people seated behind him.

Scared stiff, without moving his head, he stepped on the gas pedal but the car slowed down instead. Upon crossing the reputedly haunted bridge over the San Jose river, the engineer saw a pair of bright lights behind him on the side view mirror. He blew his horn twice to call attention. Then, as suddenly as she had appeared, the woman disappeared.

The White Lady is frequently seen in the portion of the road from the intersection of the road with the Mabolo Street up to the Intersection of the road with the Bougainvilla Street. The reports commonly came from taxi drivers, particularly those driving on the graveyard shift between 12:00 am and 3:00 am. The reports described commonly fits the descriptions on the reports involving the infamous Teresa Fidalgo reports from Portugal, on account of the white lady, either calling over to ride on their cab or suddenly appearing inside the car.

The White Lady, from the description by witnesses, remind some of Leni Recto Garchitorena, of a political and landed family originally from Bicol. Former Batangas Vice Governor Ricky Recto said they were related to Leni. The Recto-Garchitorenas had a house on Balete Drive.

There are two versions of how Leni died, according to Linggoy. One was that she was with friends on a joy ride. The other was that she was eloping with her boyfriend when she died in a car accident.


Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balete_Drive

http://www.mb.com.ph/the-white-lady-of-balete-drive-and-other-mysterious-stories/

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Lolladoff Plate

The Lolladoff plate is a 12,000 year old stone dish which found in Nepal. It clearly shows a disk shaped UFO. There is also a figure on the disc looking remarkably similar to an alien. The order of images on the spiral is significant. First a reptile, then sea creatures, then an alien, then a spacecraft and finally a mammal. No work yet found on the runes or characters on the disk.

After the end of World War II, Polish professor Lolladoff showed one of the Dropa discs to an English scientist, Dr. Karyl Robin-Evans. Lolladoff claimed to have bought the disc in Mussorie in Northern India, and that the disc came from strange people called Dzopas which use such discs at the time of religious ceremonies.
 
The Lolladoff Plate

As for the name "Lolladoff", David Gamon, a British author sought an anagram for "loads of ball" for the name of this invented character, but that did not function. Lolladoff" is the name which then came to him at the head.

Sources:

http://coolinterestingstuff.com/the-lolladoff-plate-mystery

http://www.mondovista.com/lolladoff.html

http://www.thelivingmoon.com/43ancients/02files/Lolladoff_Plate_Real.html

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Minnesota Devil's Kettle Falls

Minnesota’s Devil’s Kettle Falls which located on the North Shore of Lake Superior has been puzzling hikers and geologists for generations. At the falls, along Lake Superior’s north shore, a river forks at a rock outcropping. While one side tumbles down a two-step stone embankment and continues on like a normal waterfall, however, the other side vanishes into a deep hole and disappears. There’s been speculation that the underground river ends up somewhere along the shore of Lake Superior (about 1.5 miles away), but it has never been determined where exactly.

One theory has the river following a large fault located somewhere in the lower bedrock. But this is unlikely since it would have to be extremely large to allow for so much water to flow through it. It would also have to be precisely oriented toward the lake. And there’s never been any evidence of such a fault found in the area.
 


Another theory is that a lava tube formed a billion years ago when the rocks first solidified. Lava tubes can be found in Hawaii where fresh basalt is created by the islands’ volcanoes. The problem with this theory, according to geologist John C. Green, is that the rock at Devil’s Kettle waterfalls isn't basalt - it's rhyolite, and lava tubes never form in rhyolite.

Over the years, people have tried to figure it out by throwing logs, colored dyes, and even ping-pong balls into Devil’s Kettle in hopes of seeing signs of them show up along the lakeshore. But none ever has, and where it all ends up remains a mystery.

Sources: 
 
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2,000 Years Old Roman Pots Containing Demon Traps

Two years ago, a team of archaeologists were excavating an ancient building at Sardis that was constructed after the earthquake. They found two mysterious containers underneath the floor that each held small bronze tools, an eggshell and a coin, resting just atop the remains of an earlier elite building that was destroyed during the disaster. The Sardis settlement, found in modern-day Sart, was situated in the middle of Hermus valley, at the foot of Mount Tmolus. Excavations have previously uncovered a bath-gym complex and a synagogue in the region.

According to Elizabeth Raubolt of the University of Missouri, Columbia, nearly identical ritual deposits dating back to the early Imperial era were found around the Artemis Temple in Sardis during the early 20th-century excavations. And locals seem to have buried strange things under their floors long before the earthquake. The U.S. archaeologists believe the residents of Sardis would have planted the eggs into the ground to prevent another earthquake in the region.
 
Archaeologists who found them in 2013 suspect the artifacts may have been part of a ritual to ward off disaster.
Credit: ©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis / Harvard University

The Roman historian Pliny wrote about how people would immediately break or pierce the shells of eggs with a spoon after eating them to ward off evil spells. Eggshells were also put inside "demon traps" buried in modern-day Iraq and Iran to lure and disarm malevolent forces, Raubolt explained. And sometimes, whole eggs were buried at someone's gate to put a curse on that person.

In one grisly example, archaeologists in the 1960s found 30 pots and jars dating back to the Lydian period, some 500 years earlier, each containing an iron knife and a puppy skeleton with butchering marks. It's not clear if those "puppy burials" are linked to the later egg entombments of the Roman era, but they at least attest to the long tradition of ritual practice in the region, Raubolt said.


Sources:
http://www.livescience.com/42504-disaster-preventing-eggs-sardis.html
 
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Bella In The Wych Elm

On 18 April 1943, four boys (Thomas Willetts, Bob Farmer, Robert Hart, and Fred Payne) found a human skeleton in the hollow trunk of an elm tree while they were poaching in Hagley Woods, UK. One of them reported this discovery to the police. Upon investigation, it was revealed that the corpse's mouth was stuffed with taffeta, and hidden along with her body, a gold wedding ring and a shoe. No arrest have been made to this day.

Pathologist Professor James Webster concluded that the remains belonged to a woman aged 35-40, who had been placed “while still warm” into the tree where she had remained hidden for at least 18 months. Cause of death was attributed to asphyxiation, on account of a portion of taffeta found deep inside her mouth.
 

Since the woman's murder was during the midst of World War II, identification was seriously hampered. Police could tell from items found with the body what the woman had looked like, but with so many people reported missing during the war, records were too vast for a proper identification to take place. The current location of her skeleton is unknown, as is the autopsy report.

After six months, with police no closer to identifying the victim or her killer, the appearance of graffiti across the region, asking “Who put Bella down the wych elm?” suggested that someone knew more than they were letting on.

Police honed their search to identify the graffiti artist and followed the trail of anyone from the area known as “Bella”. Neither line of enquiry was successful. The search of national dental records also proved fruitless; the woman in the wych elm had apparently come from nowhere and was missed by no one.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_put_Bella_in_the_Wych_Elm%3F
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1,800 Years Old Roman Tombstone Unearthed In England

On February 2015, a 1,800-year-old rare Roman tombstone was discovered by archaeologists near the construction site of a parking lot in Cirencester, in western England. When it was turned over, the honey colored stone revealed fine decorations and five lines of Latin inscription which read: “D.M. BODICACIA CONIUNX VIXIT ANNO S XXVII,” possibly meaning: “To the shades of the underworld, Bodicacia, spouse, lived 27 years.” Because of its inscription, archaeologists know who was buried in the grave: a 27-year-old woman named Bodica.

The grave dates to the 2nd century, at a time when Cirencester was the second-largest city in Britain after London. The stone has very finely carved decorative details, Holbrook said, suggesting that Bodica had money or was married to someone with money. Inside the pediment, there's a sculpture of the Roman god Oceanus, perhaps to mark the "watery journey" between life and death, Neil Holbrook of Cotswold Archaeology said.

Mysterious Roman inscription
Credit: Cotswold Archaeology

The discovery was hailed as unique since the stone was believed to be the only tombstone from Roman Britain to record the person found beneath. However, while the dedication on the tombstone is to a woman, the skeleton beneath it was that of a male.

It turns out the gravestone and skeleton were also laid at different times — the inscribed stone was early Roman, dating to the 2nd century A.D., while the burial was most certainly late Roman, from the 4th century A.D..

Unlikely to have been a free-standing tombstone, the five-foot-long inscribed stone may have rather been set into walls, possibly those of a mausoleum. Who the grave belonged to remains a mystery.

Sources:

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/26/travel/feat-rare-roman-headstone-england/

http://www.livescience.com/49961-rare-roman-tombstone-discovered-in-britain.html

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/rare-intact-roman-tombstone-found-in-england-150227.htm

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mystery-deepens-over-rare-roman-tombstone-150528.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

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Muramasa The Cursed Blade

There are countless stories of the Muramasas’ wielders going mad or being murdered. The swords were believed to be cursed, and were banned by imperial edict. However, originally it was believed its evil power was pointed to one clan only – Tokugawa. It has been told that once drawn, a Muramasa blade has to draw blood before it can be returned to its scabbard, even to the point of forcing its wielder to wound himself or commit suicide. Thus, it is thought of as a demonic cursed blade that creates bloodlust in those who wield it.

According to legend, Tokugawa Ieyasu had lost many friends and relatives to Muramasa blades and had cut himself badly with one, so he forbade his samurai to wield blades made by Muramasa. The edict was made by Ieyasu, who condemned the swords after they killed nearly all of his family. His grandfather had fallen to a Muramasa, and both Ieyasu and his father had been wounded by the swordsmith’s blades. Finally, both his wife and his adopted son were later executed by the supposedly cursed swords.

Muramasa from the Tokyo National Museum

Ieyasu himself had cut his hand twice with “Muramasa” blades. The first wound was by a short sword when he was a child, and the second was by a spearhead in 1600. At the second time he hurt himself with a “Muramasa” blade, he was said to have told “Muramasa curses the Tokugawa family.”

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muramasa

http://www.quest-for-japan.com/traditional-culture/muramasa-1/

http://listverse.com/2013/11/16/10-mysterious-swords-from-legend-and-history/

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Siberian Mummies In Copper Mask

More than 15 years ago, during a series of excavations in a Siberian necropolis near the village of Zeleniy Yar, at the base of a peninsula local people called "the end of the Earth," a team of archaeologists discovered roughly 1,000 years old mummies. Buried with a hoard of artifacts, some of the bodies had shattered or missing skulls, and smashed skeletons.

Starting in 1997, thirty-four graves were found with seven male adults, three male infants, and one female child wearing a copper mask. Buried with a hoard of artifacts, most of the bodies had shattered or missing skulls, and smashed skeletons in the region's sandy soil, but the archaeological excavation was suspended in 2002 after the locals objected. In 2014 the work has resumed. 
A red-haired man was found, protected from chest to foot by copper plating.
Picture: Kate Baklitskaya

Five mummies were unearthed still shrouded in copper and blankets of reindeer, beaver, wolverine or bear fur, while three copper masked infant male mummies were found bound in four or five copper hoops two inches wide.

Natalia Fyodorova, of the Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said: 'Nowhere in the world are there so many mummified remains found outside the permafrost or the marshes.'

The best preserved mummy was a red-haired man found in a wooden sarcophagus. He was covered chest to foot in copper plate and was laid to rest with an iron hatchet, furs and a bronze head buckle depicting a bear. The artifacts discovered near the copper clad mummies included an iron combat knife, bracelets, silver medallions and bronze figurines. The archaeologists also found bowls originating in Persia, some 3,700 miles to the southwest, dating from the 10th or 11th centuries.

The soil at the site is sandy and not permanently frozen. Scientists have determined that the mysterious people were mummified by accident due to a dip in temperatures in the 14th century. The copper may have also prevented oxidation of the remains. The feet of the deceased are all pointing towards the Gorny Poluy River, a fact which is seen as having religious significance. The burial rituals are unknown to experts.

Fyodorova suggests that the smashing of the skulls may have been done soon after death 'to render protection from mysterious spells believed to emanate from the deceased'.

Sources:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/weird-science/mummies-copper-masks-pose-mystery-siberia-n82176

http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/siberian-mummies-in-copper-masks-post-mystery-140416.htm

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/mummified-by-accident-in-copper-masks-almost-1000-years-ago-but-who-were-they/

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Lost City Discovered In The Honduran Jungle

On March 2015, a team of archaeologists discover a mysterious lost city in the jungles of Honduras which never before explored. The site is located deep in the Mosquitia, a vast and barely inhabited region of swamps, rivers, and mountains. To navigate the choking foliage, the team was guided by Steve Sullivan and Andrew Wood, the former SAS soldiers who are experts in bushcraft survival skills. The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the site of a storied “White City,” also referred to in legend as the “City of the Monkey God.” The city, believed to be one of many lost in the Mosquitia jungle, was home to an unknown people that thrived a thousand years ago but then vanished without trace – until now. 



Western treasure-seekers and explorers had for centuries ventured into the jungle in pursuit of reports of the white ruins of a lost city poking out of the jungle. Some local Indian folklore spoke of a mystical Eden-like paradise, while others described a city of gold.

The team, which returned from the site last Wednesday, also discovered a remarkable cache of stone sculptures that had lain untouched since the city was abandoned.

The most striking object emerging from the ground is the head of what Fisher speculated might be “a were-jaguar,” possibly depicting a shaman in a transformed, spirit state. Alternatively, the artifact might be related to ritualized ball games that were a feature of pre-Columbian life in Mesoamerica.

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/honduras/11448065/Ancient-lost-city-home-to-a-vanished-civilisation-found-deep-in-jungles-of-Honduras.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/150302-honduras-lost-city-monkey-god-maya-ancient-archaeology/

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