History is a funny thing. Let’s say don’t have any means to document everything going on around you, it almost feels like you went back to the middle ages, doesn’t it? Actually, congratulations, you’ve officially hit the prehistoric age! Pre-history pretty much means “time before written records” (around 6000 years ago and beyond). By the way, “ancient history” started ticking when we finally figured out the writing and reading. I love some ancient or prehistoric monuments, lost cities, unimaginable technology – you name it! They’re the proof of those old times without wi-fi and fluffy toilet seats. We may not always know what their stories were about, or how exactly they lived, but the fact that these 7 ancient civilizations did exist, is nothing short of being mind-blowing.
1. Curious Ancient Devices
Two ancient artifacts, the Nimrud lens, and the world-famous Antikythera Mechanism, are proofs that our predecessors were much smarter than even most of the millennials today. The Nimrud lens, is currently the oldest human-made lens in existence, and is said to have been a part of an ancient Babylonian telescope. The Antikythera Mechanism (200 BC.) was used to predict celestial events by observing the movements of the moon, planets, and our sun. Who and how created these 2 marvelous inventions – we’ll most likely never know, but the fact that some dude 3000 years ago created and used an actual lens is beyond amazing.
2. The Longyou Caves
Around 500-800 BC, probably earlier, someone took it upon themselves to carve these mysterious 24 caves in China. By someone I naturally mean “many people”, but who knows, really. Maybe it was magic! Anyway, the Chinese call Longyou caves the “Ninth Wonder of the Ancient World”, and till this day those caves are a puzzling mystery. The chiseling inside the caves shows a certain pattern, which is believed to symbolize… some thing or another.
3. The Stone Age Tunnels
Underneath Neolithic settlements sprinkled throughout Europe, archaeologists have unearthed a huge network of tunnels going deep underground. Most of the tunnels that survived 12 000 years of weather conditions, irrigation, and other possible destructive factors, span from almost 700m in Germany, to 350m in Austria. Just imagine how huge the network used to be all those millennia ago. Even though the tunnels aren’t all connected, scientists believe they were used for safe traveling.