8 Recently Solved Historical Mysteries

8 Recently Solved Historical Mysteries

July 15, 2019 30 By Kailee Schamberger



from the disappearance of entire armies to the Hindenburg explosion here are eight recently solved historical mysteries number 8 the Nazca civilization the Nazca people were flourishing civilization in the Nazca desert of Peru between 200 BCE and 600 CE II the Nazca were a series of tribes that most notably created the Nazca lines a series of intricate drawings in the desert sand that were used by the tribes to communicate with their gods despite being a flourishing community the nazca's suddenly culturally collapsed around 500 AD and very quickly ceased to exist leaving behind only mummies and skeletons some of which were found wearing elaborate headdresses made from the feathers of local rainforest birds scientists and historians struggled to discover what could have possibly taken down the Nazca tribes but ultimately found very few leads and no conclusive answers until 2009 Cambridge University researchers uncovered that the cause of a sudden extinction of the nazca's was due to a drought brought on by extensive deforestation the Nazca cleared away entire forests for agricultural purposes removing much of the native vegetation in order to plant crops included in this mass removal where the herego trees which were the key to keeping the area fertile and plantable suddenly crops were no longer growing and a long drought set in taking the lives of the nazca's and forcing any survivors to leave the area number seven the vanished Persian army during his reign King Kim by seized son of Cyrus the Great sent 50,000 troops from Thebes to destroy the temple of moon in the Oasis of C wah do to the priests refusal to follow him as their King seven days into the journey after reaching what is believed to be el carga the men were never heard from again many assumed they were all killed in battle but due to there being no historical record of a battle at the temple of Amun many researchers could not accept this answer a text by Herodotus was discovered in which he described a massive sandstorm destroying the soldiers but no evidence was ever found to support this so the events of the men's demise remain shrouded in mystery in their last expedition Angelo and Alfredo Castiglione decided to follow an old Bedouin legend about a mass grave full of Sun bleached bones the brothers had already found evidence of the soldiers existing in the area and some bones but not enough to warrant a full excavation so this was their last effort upon arriving in 2002 they discovered the tale was wholly true uncovering a massive graveyard with hundreds of bones dating on weapons and jewelry found in the area linked it to likely be the final resting place of can be seized men further recent investigation has led scientists to believe that the men were attacked by a rebel army and Herodotus helped to cover it up by spreading the sandstorm tale this 2014 Theory founded by Egyptologist Olaf caper has gained traction and is almost definitely the actual cause number six Mary Eagles blindness the popular television show Little House on the Prairie follows the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family as written in her series of books a realistic look at prairie life the show featured a charming mix of warmth and humor that was juxtaposed with several heartbreaking moment one of these moments featured Laura's older sister Mary being stricken with scarlet fever and eventually going blind Laura's books refer to scarlet fever as the cause of her sister's blindness as well but many doctors did not accept this answer as possible dr. Beth torini a pediatrician found herself enthralled in the series at a young age upon becoming a doctor she became questioning if scarlet fever could possibly have occurred as described by wilder after a decade of research torini uncovered a letter written by Laura to her daughter Rose in 1937 that described Mary's illness as a spinal sickness that left the nerves of her eyes paralyzed in 2013 dr. torini came to the conclusion that while Mary did have scarlet fever at one point in her life the culprit that caused her eventual blindness at age 14 was almost definitely meningoencephalitis which causes swelling of the brain and spine including the optic nerves and can result in paralysis if certain parts of the affected areas are damaged number 5 the do Mullins Marceline and Francine Dumoulin left their Swiss home on August 15 1942 to milk their cows they were never heard from again leaving behind seven children the surrounding areas were searched for over two and a half months but no sign of the demons ever surfaced in 2017 a ski-lift worker noticed two bodies in the snow near a melting glacier he contacted the authorities who quickly realized that the bodies clad in World War 2 era clothing had likely been there for a very long time DNA testing and identification papers found on the bodies confirmed that after 75 long years the Desmoulins had been found it is believed that they slipped into a crevasse in the snow and could not escape though more testing was required for an official cause of death to be determined the couple's two remaining children Marceline and Monique plan to bury their parents glad to finally have peace and know exactly what happened that day in 1942 authorities globally believe that receding and melting glaciers could possibly reveal the bodies of more and more people who have gone missing over the years hopefully finally closing many cases and bring closure to those mourning number four the blood falls early 2017 brought about an incredible revelation in understanding one of the most interesting water phenomenons in the world first photographed in 1911 by Thomas Griffith Taylor Antarctica's blood falls has intrigued generations of viewers scientists first were astounded that the Glacius area contained any running water at all let alone running water at the color of fresh blood initially it was believed to be caused by a surplus of red algae however scientists recently found that it was actually iron oxides turning the water a crimson hue now named the Taylor glacier the area surrounding the blood Falls has been deemed the coldest area in the world to support running water many scientists believe that the conditions of blood Falls is incredibly similar to that of Jupiter's moon Europa and are using it to study the effects of such condition on humans and life in general number three America's oldest unsolved murder in 1607 Jamestown became the first permanent English settlement in what would become the United States for the last two decades Jamestown has been studied under the Jamestown rediscovery project an archaeological excursion that has been extended indefinitely due to the discovery of the original james fort back in 1996 the body of an unnamed young man given the moniker jr. 102 C was found by the crew his discovery uncovered the oldest unsolved murder in American history as he had been shot in the leg four hundred years before with a bullet that was found alongside his remains no answers were found about jr. one no to seize identity nor that of his murderer until 17 years after his discovery in 2013 forensic scientists announced that they had discovered jr. one to seize killer and the young man's identity his name was George Harrison and he was killed in a duel against a merchant named Richard Stevens he was kneeling when Stevens shot him in the knee after which he passed away of blood loss number 2 Hindenburg explosion the Hindenburg was a massive hydrogen-filled airship that was used in 1937 and it was an innovation full of wondrous claims including that it could cross the Atlantic in half the time that takes a traditional ship unfortunately it was never given the chance as on its maiden voyage the Hindenburg bursts into flames taking lives of 35 of the hundred people on board scientists have debated for decades on the cause of the explosion some citing a lit cigarette and others a catastrophic engine malfunction none came to an acceptable conclusion until 2013 when a team of experts came to the agreement that the official cause of the Hindenburg explosion was likely a surplus of static electricity from a recent thunderstorm and creating a spark that ignited hydrogen that leaked in through an air duct inside of the ship number 1 Maria del Carmen in 1898 renowned Spanish composer enrique granados wrote in an opera entitled Maria del Carmen which focused on a heated love triangle it was so popular upon its opening night that the queen of spain awarded the composer Charles the third cross for his efforts shortly thereafter granado's and his wife sailed to New York with the only copy of the play to hopefully convince the Met to show one of his works the men refused in Granada sets in back to Spain as they were passing through England a German ship torpedoed the boat drowning granado's and his wife the Opera survived and was given back to the composer's children one of which sold it when he needed money in 1970 the Opera was supposedly destroyed in a New York fire as it was the only copy ever a graduate student got wind of the missing work and could not believe it was simply gone Walter Clark worked for 20 years to track down Maria del Carmen unsure if he would ever actually succeed in 2009 he finally got his break as the smoke and water damage work was recovered and published in 2015 for the first time since 1898 the play was put on in Spain like and subscribe to all things human below thanks for watching