Ever since watching and falling completely in love with Indiana Jones and his many adventures, I have always found the digging up of treasures fascinating. Whether it be in movies, via Harrison Ford, or video games, like Tomb Raider, unearthing artifacts is a very impressive job. What if an archaeologist discovers something as important as the next Dead Sea Scrolls? Or perhaps proof beyond Plato’s reasoning for the lost city of Atlantis? It would be hard to argue how much of a hero one would be if they stumbled upon something of that magnitude.
Beyond Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and its quest to find the Ark of the Covenant (which we will touch upon later), there is something to be said about the dedication it takes to make these discoveries. Years and years of hard work can sometimes lead absolutely nowhere. Again, what if the find was something with religious ties to it? I, for some reason, can only picture the movie Stigmata (1999) when I think of religious ties and archaeology.
I can surmise that there is still much to be discovered, who and when it is found remains the actual question. In the interim, let’s look at some unexpected archaeology gold that has been unearthed dating back centuries in some cases. Did you know about all of these, or were some a complete surprise?
15. ASHKELON BABY BONES
On the southern coast of Israel lies a city by the name of Ashkelon. In this town is a bathhouse, and below this bathhouse nearly 100 baby bones were unearthed. Upon an initial examination, it was discovered that all of the bones were intact. Speculation arose that these unwanted babies were simply tossed into the sewer below the bathhouse. The absence of telltale signs in an infant indicated that these infants most likely died shortly after birth.
Essentially, the babies were unwanted and tossed aside, left to either be cared for, or killed. The worst part? In these times, it was completely legal. Yeah, let that sink in.