Three Surprising Archaeological Discoveries in 2023

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.13 - 2024 6:23 PM CET

Three Surprising Archaeological Discoveries in 2023.

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2023 has been a groundbreaking year for archaeology, yielding discoveries that have taken experts and enthusiasts by surprise.

Here are three of the most unexpected finds of the year according to

  1. The Golden Mummy Mystery

    At the beginning of the year, a significant ancient tomb dating back 4,300 years was uncovered in Egypt. This remarkable find, located in the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, included a mummy wrapped in gold and four other graves. The tomb, decorated with scenes from daily life, has been described by archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass. This discovery is notable as it includes one of the oldest non-royal mummies ever found.

  2. Cannabis Discovery in Skeletons

    For the first time, evidence of cannabis use was found in pre-modern skeletal remains. This discovery was made during an analysis of skeletons from a 17th-century hospital crypt in Milan, Italy, as part of a study by the University of Milan. Traces of cannabis consumption were identified in two pre-modern skeletons, leading to the hypothesis that these individuals used cannabis as a recreational substance.

  3. Mona Lisa's Secret Unveiled

    In October, a study revealed a new secret about the Mona Lisa. Using X-ray scanning and infrared technology, a team of experts examined the background layer of the artwork. Published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the study allowed researchers to analyze the paint recipe Leonardo da Vinci used when painting Mona Lisa's background. They found a mixture different from the one ultimately used on the masterpiece itself. This suggests that da Vinci was experimenting while designing the painting and also used lead oxide powder to help his paint dry.

Each of these discoveries sheds light on hidden aspects of our past and expands our understanding of human history and cultural heritage.