The Disappearance of Anthony and Cleopatra
These ancient lovers seemed invincible – until they weren’t. No one really knows what happened to them after the defeat at the battle of Actium around 31 B.C., but historians are certain they were dead soon after that. It is believed the couple escaped to Egypt, but were they assassinated or did they commit suicide? Historians are sure that Octavian granted Anthony and Cleopatra the permission to be buried properly, but no one seems to know where their resting place is! Some reports suggest they were buried at the Temple of Osiris, yet others state they may have been buried in Alexandria. Their bodies have never been found!
The Shroud of Turin
The Shroud of Turin is one of the most controversial holy objects ever uncovered by historians. The shroud bears an imprinted image of a bearded man – supposedly Jesus Christ himself! Thousands of people believe that it was the very shroud that covered the body of Jesus after he was crucified. The material of the shroud was even carbon dated, but the results were still inconclusive. There is, indeed, evidence that suggests the Shroud of Turin was used as a burial cloth for a crucified man, but was it really Jesus Christ? Some scientists believe the image on the cloth to be no more than an ancient painting.
The Screaming Mummy
Contrary to the popular belief supported by pop culture, mummies don’t rise from the dead and go around trying to conquer the world. So imagine the surprise of archaeologists when they found a mummy with its mouth wide open as if it was screaming! Discovered by Egyptian archaeologists in 1881 on the excavation site of Deir El Bahri, the mummy was just not right. All the organs were in place and the mummy’s face was in agony. It had no name and was simply wrapped in sheepskin. Nevertheless, the body was buried alongside Ramses II, which hints to his royal origins. Historians theorized it may have been Prince Pentewere, who was accused of planning his father’s (Ramses III) murder.