Wednesday, August 8, 2007
History's Overlooked Mysteries
Live Science has come up with a great list of History's Top Ten Most Overlooked Mysteries. (Although how could you possibly choose only 10? Give me half an hour, and I'll come up with a list of 50!) Among their choices are the "Bog People" (one of whom posed for the photo above), the Lost Roman Legion, and my favorite, the Tarim Mummies.
For those who don't obsessively watch the Discovery Channel (when they should be writing books), the Tarim Mummies were uncovered in western China around 1910. Archaeologists were thrilled to find more than a hundred well-preserved mummies, some of which were almost 4000 years old. But there was something about the bodies that shocked everyone who laid eyes on them. These ancient Chinese mummies had long noses, red or blonde hair, and were wearing fabric that looked remarkably similar to a Scottish tartan. (See one such mummy below.)
Who these people were--and where they came from--is still a source of much controversy. Read more here.