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10 Horrifying Archaeological Discoveries

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With archaeology, we are able to take a peek into the past. Ancient texts, though revealing, often times are subjective, written by conquerors and victors, skewing the facts to make themselves appear in a more positive light. But ancient relics, buried deep in the ground by time or people, tell a more complete story of what happened hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Help us translate our videos: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_queue?msg=10&tab=0 - Learn more why you might want to help: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6052538 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: Top 10 BIZARRE Archaeological DISCOVERIES https://youtu.be/Wssr1g6Kb3Q?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKajPA6HFawry8Y3my_VX5Q Top 10 Historical Unsolved Mysteries https://youtu.be/JsBoaJHobzQ?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKajPA6HFawry8Y3my_VX5Q Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-grim-archaeological-discoveries.php#.WXcZHoh96Uk Coming up: 10. The First Recorded Boomerang Victim – Australia 9. The First Victims of War – Kenya 8. The Pit of Death – France 7. Mass Graves from the Great Rebellion – England 6. Incan Child Sacrifice to the Gods – Argentina 5. The Shackled Skeletons – Greece 4. A Man Rose from the Grave – Ireland 3. A Debt Collection Gone Terribly Wrong – Romania 2. Exploratory Voyage Turned Desperate Fight for Survival – Canada 1. Demons and Sickles – Poland Source/Further reading: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/science/first-boomerang-victim-australia.html http://www.nature.com/articles/nature16477.epdf?referrer_access_token=BtufJrVSQ6LEZsR9AHRrRdRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0PAIwkAzho9qL3jGwTvR7deCp37lljpjfKQsmSyyzaczFrdWeF1zluKJ3ABR8OKwVgINogEaMYYhjSAx0wy-0FNsN_6pjt3F8snMTSE5iX63pUi-6TTyBsMOjFpL5eXt8egfEl_cChUNSoNcT89GpjZ7aG4D38mDYXobeMtWDWp-Lqit-tuLC8vQanYmluFyh2Mj-RzRw-Q1AV8sdz3vSFw&tracking_referrer=www.livescience.com http://gizmodo.com/6-000-year-old-death-pit-points-to-one-hell-of-a-brawl-1747719989 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/02/skeletons-durham-cathedral-oliver-cromwell-prisoners http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/genetic-analysis-frozen-andean-mummy-reveals-previously-unknown-lineage-020624 https://www.britannica.com/topic/Alcmaeonid-family http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/15/europe/ireland-tree-skeleton-discovery-feat/ http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Michael_the_Brave https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/97/Archaeology.rome.arp.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/30/Dolina-Pano-3.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b4/Edwin_Smith_Papyrus_v2.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/06/Relics_of_the_cliff_dwellers_of_the_Mesa_Verde%2C_Colorado%2C_U.S.A%2C_from_Robert_N._Dennis_collection_of_stereoscopic_views_2.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bc/NATIVE_THROWING_THE_BOOMERANG.png http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/boomerang-640x427.jpg https://i1.rgstatic.net/ii/profile.image/AS%3A277623444918310%401443201995927_xl/Michael_Westaway2.png https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/Aschanti_Gefecht_11_july_1824_300dpi.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/Southern-belle-civil-war.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/99/George_W._Ashburn.jpg http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/battle-640x435.jpg https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1714/24520171705_444e2aefcd.jpg https://i.ytimg.com/vi/j4aBPh2RICs/hqdefault.jpg http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/pit-640x427.jpg http://www.rue89strasbourg.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/archenheim_vue_silo_ph_lefranc_inrap.jpg
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TopTenz (1 year ago)
Please check out our New Channel: BIOGRAPHICS - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClnDI2sdehVm1zm_LmUHsjQ Biographies twice a week.
Aspiring Marauder (8 months ago)
No mention of the Tuam Mass Grave of children and infants, on the grounds of a Catholic Boarding house for unwed mothers? The Catholics murdered near 800 children and got away with it.
RacinGIRL911 (11 months ago)
TopTenz Simon, this video was truly interesting! I had never heard of most of these discoveries, so I learned something new, whilst enjoying your video, as well! Of course, if I were to be truly honest, I should admit that I could listen to you all day long! I rather enjoy your accent (it’s not an accent that’s ever heard where I live in America). So, thank you for giving me the opportunity to not only learn new things, but to enjoy your absolutely awesome voice, as well!! 😁
dave (1 year ago)
so your guna take information from the bbc lol
Gayle Lain (1 year ago)
TopTenz joe black
M Czenk (1 year ago)
TopTenz Nice! Love your channels man.
The Ghoul of Cool (11 hours ago)
If someone's not killing someone somewhere...then something going on.
USA 4EVER (1 day ago)
Nothing in this video is extraordinarily horrific. One can find this same behavior in South Chicago any given weekend.
Calvariae Brennuvargr (7 days ago)
What about the neolithic human sacrifices in Herxheim Germany? Over 500 ppl killed, mutilated and ripped apart. :3
Tracey Swanson (8 days ago)
So American Indians are from somewhere else. Lol
Melissa jones (10 days ago)
It must be amazing to live in a place where you can dig up ancient history virtually in your own back yard. I also think that mankind really hasn't evolved much, if at all.
Cassandra (10 days ago)
History makes me sad.
Ben Siener (10 days ago)
Before you bash slavery, please consider this. Before people enslaved their opponents they would just kill all of the men and old women and turn the young women into rpe slaves...
Lucia Isabel Roos (10 days ago)
Great video to watch as a archaeology student
Scott Albers (11 days ago)
You look way better with a beard. No question.
It Ain't Me 1968 (11 days ago)
It must be so disgusting to kill someone through the eyes like that
Al Zen (11 days ago)
3D picture at 0:27
SgtP3200 (11 days ago)
Loose the sweater please!
michael roberts (15 days ago)
Isn't it more likely that the three moneylenders at 14:00 were jewish, and not Turkish?
Lectro Volpi (16 days ago)
Number 1. Richard Dawkin's old tweets to Watson, worst crime ever.
B Blessed (21 days ago)
Why does he sound snooty yet in real life doest. Be yourself sucka
Constant Chaos (22 days ago)
Give natives their dead back
Gen Li (26 days ago)
The survivors of the Battle of Dunbar were sold into indenture in the colonies after being imprisoned. Why is this not mentioned? My ancestor was one.
CherryCherry Five (26 days ago)
People really like to say that a wide open mouth on a corpse/skeleton indicates a horrible death because "obviously they were screaming". However, sometimes because of decomposition and gravity, the jaw naturally becomes open. I'm not saying violence isn't sometimes involved. I'm just saying that a wide open jaw doesn't necessarily mean anything at all.
Candice Young (28 days ago)
This was the profession i started college for,i wanted to be the next Howard Carter,but i started having children and had to give up my dream,but i follow it very closely still
Janine Woodman (29 days ago)
Griffith is actually in New South Wales Cheers
Anthony Fox (1 month ago)
Batman Jr. (1 month ago)
I’m love with you voice second only to Morgan freeman you gotta Narrate my life’s Documentary
teleblaster81 (1 month ago)
So glad Ralph Fiennes finally shaved his head
H Sunset (1 month ago)
The term “Animal husbandry” always makes me think there are ways for animals to get married.
H Sunset (6 days ago)
TATLIG Tube yes
TATLIG Tube (6 days ago)
Is it because of the word "husband"?
Duececoupe (1 month ago)
Biographics, TopTenz and Today I Found Out....that's OK, it's not like I need to sleep, eat or anything! 😉😄😂
Liza Tanzawa (1 month ago)
Franklin's Arctic exoedition was belueved to have been doomed because they took the new-fangled "tinned foods", which unfortunately were soldered closed with lead, poisoning all their expedition eats.
d r (1 month ago)
Simon, get to the point already.
James bruh (1 month ago)
Interestingly, there's documented evidence of chimpanzees in social groups waging war on other groups. They actually are consistent with these and will have repeated campgains against the same troupe
Sweetvanteas Honestly (1 month ago)
You know it sucks so bad listening to you talk so fast. It's so stressful I can't watch your videos, though I've tried because your topics are interesting. Not just yours, but others that have British accents and talk very quickly as well on YouTube so I guess for me it's a bad combination. Sorry. Mabey you can slow your Pace?
Diekje (1 month ago)
As an archaeologist I was like: try me with your clickbait blown up photoshopped Facebook stories But this actually isn’t bad! And nice variation between ages and locations
Coogan Bear (1 month ago)
You should sing rap music.. 🎤
Peaches Jackofski (1 month ago)
Slow the hell down on ur speech man!!! Omg
Sarah MacDonald (1 month ago)
Greed and people owning people existed since day one of mankind.
Sarah MacDonald (1 month ago)
Huh imagine that locals dying from violence due to each other. (Sarcasm)
David Martin (1 month ago)
Need to let the dead stay dead.
Dirty Dirt (1 month ago)
Makes ya wonder where all the bodies are hidden from the holocaust
Ganieda Morgan (1 month ago)
Dirty Dirt mass graves have been discovered in nearby forest areas
Bob (1 month ago)
great content, horrible audio. Accent makes it worse so get rid of the barrel and grab a microphone
Mike paulocsak (1 month ago)
5:45 pit of misery dilly dilly!
sfbuck415 (2 months ago)
naming a ship Terror seems like tempting fate
Stefan Pigford (2 months ago)
He got it wrong. The body the climbers discovered was a young girl about 10- 13 yrs old. She was a sacrifice to the God's.
macsporan (2 months ago)
Who care?
Matthew Chenault (2 months ago)
-1/10 Forgot to mention the three mummies of the Franklin Expedition.
Maggie E (2 months ago)
Humans are so amazing... how did anyone even imagine the concept of a boomerang?! Sharp pokey stick is probably the best I could come up with 😂
RegalPlatypus (2 months ago)
The returning boomerang was never used as a weapon, they evolved from the kylie, a bent, aerodynamic throwing stick that traveled in a straight line.
Kyle Sportack (2 months ago)
U look like vsauce
Furious Fajita (2 months ago)
One of my ancestors was a Scot and he fought in the Battle of Dunbar. He was taken prisoner and sent to Massachusetts as a slave in 1654 or 58.
Ri dan (2 months ago)
+Furious Fajita if he was scottish were all related we scots are just irish with a smaller gene pool lol. alot of my ancestors woulda ship off to colonys iv family in north America few people acknowledge the gaelic slave trade u must be a smart cookie cuz. tiocfaidh ar la
Furious Fajita (2 months ago)
Ri dan that’s awesome! Lol, I’m related to Thomas Grant, born 1630 died 1669. Is that the same as you?
Ri dan (2 months ago)
huh guess were related hi cuz lol
Trevor Corkery (2 months ago)
Those 3 janissaries killed in Romania... I'm guessing they were so viciously killed and without a Christian burial because they were considered traitors. They weren't Turks, but Slavs who were made soldiers who fought for the Turks. The name "janissary" in the Ukraine and Romania today is synonymous with traitor kind of like Benedict Arnold in the US. I'm sure they were killed with extreme prejudice.
Barb Mulvaney (2 months ago)
Thank you SO SO MUCH for using a real live narrator instead of a robot. The robots are so hard to listen to and seem to be everywhere in all the low quality videos. Thank you VERY much for using a human being. But I do find your guy talks WAY TOO FAST, and lacks "color." His affect is much too flat, but the excessive speed is the real problem. I have to race my mind to hear all the words so have no time to understand them. It just sounds a torrent of words all sounding the same. I'm sure if I had time to research I could find science to back this concept up and prove it to you, but people's opinions should be enough. Please just get him to slow down. But don't ever go to computerized voice. Thanks!
Grantos Maximus (2 months ago)
A rather depressing thought is that in a hundred years all of us, and our loved ones will all be buried and pushing up daisies as well. Sigh...life...seems so pointless
Christian Toubro (2 months ago)
Waiting for a biograph of the legend himself Simon Whistler 😂 but ey, loving the videos, so in depth and interesting.... Always thought I was a history nerd but I learn so much new stuff everyday thanks to this channel, loveeee it (even though I'm driving my girlfriend crazy by constantly playing new videos 😂)
L M (2 months ago)
#11. Your mom
travis heldreth (3 months ago)
The way you move when you all makes me think of Grover from Sesame Street
Oscar Bomhower (3 months ago)
I love how he said "most likely proved fatal" about the wounds of the mutilated skeleton man
Dominik Schwarz (3 months ago)
A guy who was killed by a Boomerang is a "horrifying archaeological discovery"?
bathypelagic zone (3 months ago)
Great video
ReddFoxx1562 (3 months ago)
No mention of Jamestown cannibalism... weird.
Debojyoti Jana (3 months ago)
Are you Jhony Sins?
Intelligent Being (3 months ago)
And all they had to do was hike south, they were almost there.
Vaughn Solo (3 months ago)
if you didnt mistakenly use a picture of the temple of Nike, i will eat a poop
J. Ngonono (3 months ago)
14:00 I recently watched "The Terror" a brilliantly executed mini series inspired by this story
kriswhitt1 (1 month ago)
I agree, I liked it so much I bought the dvd. There is a whole lot more content with the dvd then they showed on tv.
Paula Curless (3 months ago)
😱😱😱 Wow!!! 😬😬😬 ⭐ Great Vid!!! ⭐ 👍 Keep 'em coming!! 👍
rictus grin (3 months ago)
_"Violence is a pretty ubiquitous part of the human behavioural repertoire . . ."_ - true, too true . . . _"Having said that, so too is altruism, cooperating and caring."_ . . . well, that's true as well, but only in a highly selective manner - the human species is basically sociopathic with the ability to be selectively empathetic or altruistic (altruism, like utopia, doesn't exist, btw).
Thomas Conrow (3 months ago)
"16 year old boy", "boys aged between 13 and 25" In the 17th century they were adults, not boys!
DS (1 month ago)
They are boys, the fact that they were treated otherwise does not change human nature.
Sorry Simon Whistler, a wide open mouth, sometimes found in the mummies of Egypt and other places of course, does not necessarily mean a gruesome death. It may look like the victim was in other pain or was screaming or something when they died, but that quite often was just the fact that they did not glue the mouth shut like they do today. So, sorry Simon Whistler, do your research man.
Gina Wagner (3 months ago)
Hello Simon, can you please address the theory that extraterrestrial aliens influence events on Earth and that they have been involved and manipulated many cultures throughout our history and still are even today? The alien races I've read and heard about are the Anunnaki, Acturians, Pleiadians, Reptilian Drako's, the Tall Whites, the and ubiquitous Grey's. Its hard to believe that theory as legitimate but there seems to be a lot of circumstantial evidence that points to it might being true. I love your YouTube channel and I thought you would be the perfect guy to address this!!
Helen Trope (4 months ago)
No 5. They looked as though they died in agony. Their mouths are open as if screaming at the time of death. No 3. There's gratitude for you.
John Miller (4 months ago)
Re: Number 6. C-1Bi? Are you absolutely certain it wasn't C-137?
Recovery With Annie (4 months ago)
Just a note... The terms Aboriginal and Aborigine are used differently. Eg. When referring to someone it's either 'He/She is Aboriginal' or 'He/She is an Aborigine', also 'Aboriginal culture and history' or 'The history and culture of the Aborigines', 'The Aboriginal people' or 'The Aborigines'. Referring to Aborigines as Aboriginals is not correct.
Mr Gilmore (4 months ago)
#1 most gruesome find in 100 years: America. It was burried alive by democraps
Yonael (4 months ago)
The way you say Wallachia hurt my ears. It's pronounced Vallahia.
Ron Solo (4 months ago)
Dude name was Megacles 🏆🏅🎗🏵
Michael Keane (4 months ago)
Hitting that thumbs up button yo
TDS 727 (4 months ago)
Orange man did it all thought violence didn't exist before the white man I hate the ignorant liberals
Chelsey Abbott (4 months ago)
People are disgusting and do disgusting things
luxor1001 (4 months ago)
Not "some of which" but "some of whom."
Leia Sadi (5 months ago)
Sedentary life may have allowed for the rise of and success of narcissists and sociopaths. In a hunter gatherer culture, they would have been a huge burden for everyone else in the tribe.
Andria Marie (5 months ago)
Maybe the hacked off arms/hands etc were cut off to recover jewelry? Arm bands braclets and rings that couldnt be removed after swelling and rigormortis had set in.
Andria Marie (5 months ago)
Your jaw (or face) is crooked. Do you have Bell's Palsy or tmj problems?
Mike_1 - (5 months ago)
Great channel. Quickly has become my go to when I need something non political.
KingCosworth (5 months ago)
That first pit, all skeletons had their legs cut off just below the knees, ouchie...
Suze Allyn (5 months ago)
The mouth opens wide during decomposition, so many skulls have an open mouth.
Nevik Smithtree (5 months ago)
16 is NOT A CHILD, especially in ancient times!
Frick Not (1 day ago)
You’re right, in ancient times 16 was not a child. Buuuut in modern day 16 is a child
CrossWood Productions (2 days ago)
Patrick Ireland lol wrong.
Patrick Ireland (16 days ago)
Agreed. 15 is usually believed to be life expectancy in the time of Christ.
Barbara Venek (28 days ago)
Finally someone said it.
Teina Kore (5 months ago)
They are
Teina Kore (5 months ago)
Hi Simon
My StiK (5 months ago)
Lisa A Johnson (5 months ago)
The skeleton with its mouth open does not mean it died with its mouth open. The muscles that hold the jaw in place rot away and the lower jaw drops.
jay man (5 months ago)
well then.
Jacqui Kalich (5 months ago)
Interesting. Thank you.
Patrick Elliott (5 months ago)
Um.. Objection - all evidence to date shows that there was never a "land bridge", but it was likely boats that brought people to the US. Its a long debunked idea, which refused to die.
King Vince (5 months ago)
Weird that number 2 wasnt number 1
Allen Goodwin (5 months ago)
When the Israelites were told to destroy the nations already in the promised land, one reason was that those nations sacrificed children to their God's. Gruesome indeed. Deuteronomy 12:29-31.
Gen Li (26 days ago)
drunkensailor112 Moloch was just as well known to the Romans. They were revolt by the Phoenicians because of their child sacrifice. The Romans exterminated Moloch worship in their empire. These were the murdered babies of Roman prostitute slaves. Only Jewish-derived religions have historically forbidden infanticide.
drunkensailor112 (1 month ago)
Ah the bible. Then it must be true.
Carol Coates (5 months ago)
Suicide by boomerang?!
scratch (5 months ago)
Too much evilness.
Sarah Lee (5 months ago)
That ruler at the beginning looks like a condom or dildo LMAO
Elephant in the room (5 months ago)
So much iconic corpse potential... (askamortician fans anyone?)
108johnny (5 months ago)
Naive. There are never less than 5 major conflicts going on at any one time TODAY, and yet, whenever a body is found to show signs of violence, archeologists are AMAZED that it might just be evidence of ancient warfare.
bluskies1000 (5 months ago)
When their was very few people, and no accumulated wealth, and any resources were available to anyone wanting to collect it, what was there to fight about?
Billy Kauker (5 months ago)
Is is just me or would the story of those artic explorers make an amazing movie?
Literatura BDSM (5 months ago)
I find it hard to believe that they didn't know there was war before agriculture when anthropologists have been detailing the eternal wars between semi-nomadic and nomadic tribes all over the world.
Dakine (5 months ago)
First victims of war...? no...not a chance anyone could confirm that.
Adrian Luca (5 months ago)
Bait and switch...I came for "horrifying" discoveries, not "grim" discoveries.
Ganieda Morgan (1 month ago)
mutilated bodies are not "Horrifying"? hhmmmm...

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