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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 (6 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 (8 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.
Matthew Chenault (2 days ago)
-1/10 Forgot to mention the three mummies of the Franklin Expedition.
Maggie E (4 days 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 (4 days 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 (4 days ago)
U look like vsauce
Furious Fajita (4 days 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 days 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 days 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 days ago)
huh guess were related hi cuz lol
Trevor Corkery (12 days 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 (14 days 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!
GC (15 days 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 (16 days 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 (20 days ago)
#11. Your mom
travis heldreth (20 days ago)
The way you move when you all makes me think of Grover from Sesame Street
Oscar Bomhower (21 days ago)
I love how he said "most likely proved fatal" about the wounds of the mutilated skeleton man
Dominik Schwarz (27 days ago)
A guy who was killed by a Boomerang is a "horrifying archaeological discovery"?
bathypelagic zone (27 days ago)
Great video
ReddFoxx1562 (27 days ago)
No mention of Jamestown cannibalism... weird.
Debojyoti Jana (27 days ago)
Are you Jhony Sins?
Intelligent Being (1 month ago)
And all they had to do was hike south, they were almost there.
Vaughn Solo (1 month ago)
if you didnt mistakenly use a picture of the temple of Nike, i will eat a poop
J. Ngonono (1 month ago)
14:00 I recently watched "The Terror" a brilliantly executed mini series inspired by this story
Paula Curless (1 month ago)
😱😱😱 Wow!!! 😬😬😬 ⭐ Great Vid!!! ⭐ 👍 Keep 'em coming!! 👍
rictus grin (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
"16 year old boy", "boys aged between 13 and 25" In the 17th century they were adults, not boys!
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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Re: Number 6. C-1Bi? Are you absolutely certain it wasn't C-137?
Recovery With Annie (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
#1 most gruesome find in 100 years: America. It was burried alive by democraps
Yonael (2 months ago)
The way you say Wallachia hurt my ears. It's pronounced Vallahia.
Ron Solo (2 months ago)
Dude name was Megacles 🏆🏅🎗🏵
Michael Keane (2 months ago)
Hitting that thumbs up button yo
TDS 727 (2 months ago)
Orange man did it all thought violence didn't exist before the white man I hate the ignorant liberals
Chelsey Abbott (2 months ago)
People are disgusting and do disgusting things
luxor1001 (2 months ago)
Not "some of which" but "some of whom."
Leia Sadi (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
Your jaw (or face) is crooked. Do you have Bell's Palsy or tmj problems?
Mike_1 - (2 months ago)
Great channel. Quickly has become my go to when I need something non political.
KingCosworth (2 months ago)
That first pit, all skeletons had their legs cut off just below the knees, ouchie...
Suze Allyn (2 months ago)
The mouth opens wide during decomposition, so many skulls have an open mouth.
Nevik Smithtree (2 months ago)
16 is NOT A CHILD, especially in ancient times!
Teina Kore (2 months ago)
They are
Teina Kore (2 months ago)
Hi Simon
My StiK (2 months ago)
Michael the Brave for Fate Grand Order.
Yaaay, Romania! WOOOOO!
Lisa A Johnson (3 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 (3 months ago)
well then.
Jacqui Kalich (3 months ago)
Interesting. Thank you.
Patrick Elliott (3 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 (3 months ago)
Weird that number 2 wasnt number 1
Inordinate Allen (3 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.
Carol Coates (3 months ago)
Suicide by boomerang?!
scratch (3 months ago)
Too much evilness.
Sarah Lee (3 months ago)
That ruler at the beginning looks like a condom or dildo LMAO
Elephant in the room (3 months ago)
So much iconic corpse potential... (askamortician fans anyone?)
108johnny (3 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)
Is is just me or would the story of those artic explorers make an amazing movie?
Literatura BDSM (3 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 (3 months ago)
First victims of war...? no...not a chance anyone could confirm that.
Adrian Luca (3 months ago)
Bait and switch...I came for "horrifying" discoveries, not "grim" discoveries.
Eskimo Bob (3 months ago)
Wish I had teachers like this guy going to school
Phylis Maddox (3 months ago)
The Franklin Expedition were sighted by Americans after departure from London and before they entered the Arctic waters. They were sighted by and even spoke with Inuit hunting parties multiple times between 1845 and 1848. The last contacts/sightings were in 1848 by the Inuit.
Ned Orton (3 months ago)
#4 is very cool
Codename Toasty (3 months ago)
Hey, Vsauce Micheal here!
It was surprisingly informational. Im pleased he was thorough with the information.
Arson Nick (3 months ago)
yet no mention of the Olmecs. Abortions as sacrifices, often times forced. This top ten could have been far more gruesome considering what's out there, but interesting nonetheless.
Bahaari TV (3 months ago)
Number 7 made me think of "Outlander"
Melangell ATC (3 months ago)
Cylons!!!! BBG!
kpb96m1 (3 months ago)
How do scienstists no the guy was gay? calling him a gay lick is disrespectful if you ask me 11:05
my name is my name (3 months ago)
its sad especially seeing those who were murdered
Captain Anopheles (3 months ago)
Poland hadn't been Christianised for very long by the time if those funerals.
Shaun Elliott (3 months ago)
That's amazing,buried for a 1,000 yrs, and they could tell his sexual tendencies.
Skyelar Murray (4 months ago)
What if we were their gods (a future generation) and they were leaving those artifacts for us to study and understand who they were?
Jo Ann Stewart (4 months ago)
I love your videos, Simon, they are so informative. I also enjoy your sense of humor
My_ Eclectic_Ecstacy (4 months ago)
VSAUCE here! What would it be like to find something? Something you didnt expect. And what if that something... was something HORRIBLE!!!
Martin H (4 months ago)
My only advice, go lighter in pace.
RobiWan (5 months ago)
as an archaeologist, id recommend u check sima de los huesos
nunya (5 months ago)
Is it "Quote, end quote," or "Quote, unquote?"
Maryellen A. Wheeler (5 months ago)
Unless a mouth is closed & held in place, the human mouth will open in time when buried. Love everyone of your videos, Thank you for what you do.
Jared Quinney (5 months ago)
Some of the toughest hockey players
Colin T (5 months ago)
An estimated 100 billion human beings have walked the earth.. makes you wonder how many have been killed at the hands of another person??
Velma Velvet (5 months ago)
Human savagery. Does this really surprise anyone?
Adam Beynon (5 months ago)
Quality video
Dave Hallett (5 months ago)
Simon. What s wrong with your arms. do you have a neurological disease. Did you play the robot in the original. Lost in space
Ezekiel Brown (5 months ago)
Great video
Eli Fulop (5 months ago)
I think that the people in number 2 where killed by Noah’s flood
Uncle Joe (5 months ago)
Damn, I've lost my boomerang. No... wait... here it comes.
Hornfluffy1964 (5 months ago)
14:06 AMC's The Terror
psjhfc28112010 (5 months ago)
I love your videos. But please, you refer to the British as ‘the English’ a few times in some. Please don’t. You ignore the Welsh, norther Irish and Scots when you do that.
The Antipodean Wonderer (5 months ago)
I really enjoy your videos but I find your commentary speed to be too intense. Not sure if you're trying to keep up with photos but it's a bit too much, but your popular so what did I know? I can keep up because I speak quickly but if I were ESOL I wouldn't follow at all....
The Antipodean Wonderer (5 months ago)
I do enjoy the content. Just halfspeed for a wider audience perhaps?
The Antipodean Wonderer (5 months ago)
Jocomol (6 months ago)
About the HMS Terror. There is something more gruesome to it. They found the Mumies from 3 of the Seamen. Whit Open Eyes. If you want to see one search John Torrington. If you are easily scared i dont recommend it. I have seen mumies in real life and wasnt shoked but these eyes are just horrible
Nevets Mahgnirtle (6 months ago)
When a person dies the lower jaw drops open due to the fact that the muscles aren't working. It doesn't mean the person died horrifically, it just means that nobody thought to tie it shut at the time. When rigor mortis sets in, starting not long after death, the jaw then becomes difficult to close. Also, after so long in the ground, compression is at work which often breaks long bones and caves in skulls, so would it not also displace an already dis-articulated jawbone? This stuff is commonly known, why sensationalise it?
That's what I said. We glue the mouth shut today in are burials at least in the US. Maybe I should qualify that and say at least they glued all my relatives that have passed on his mouth shut. Stuff them with cotton or whatever, and then they glue the mouth shut the lips together whatever. I'm glad I wasn't the only one that recognize that.
bluesira (4 months ago)
Sure, all of that is true. But while some skeletons have the dropped-open jaw due to natural postmortem factors, there are others where their position is counterindicative of those processes. In other words, archaeologists can look at more than one thing to tell the cause of death. Mentioning the gaping jaws is an easy visual for the audience to see "proof" of what they are saying. It's less sensationalizing and more just over-simplifying for viewership.
Dominic H. (6 months ago)
12:05 - You found the only map on the internet that shows this region but doesn't have Hungary on it. It's simply amazing how you can talk about the Carpathian basin and even friggin Danube, without even mentioning Hungary! Romania was never a vassal of anything, it always was part of Hungary (and Hungary was the vassal, to the Habsburg Empire for example, but never Austria, Austria didn't even exist as an independent country) except for a 150 year period when the Ottomans occupied Hungary but stopped at the Transylvanian border.
David Wells (6 months ago)
Hold on... @16:18 Is that guy wearing headphones? ALIENS.
Corrupt Angel (6 months ago)
Why isn't Pompeii on here? Its more well known but that city and its citizens will always be the most disturbing/startling archeology discovery. At least compared to everything I've seen
just the tip? band (6 months ago)
today i found out simon has multiple jobs 🍻 still wana paint your mother btw 🍻
Ian Linn (6 months ago)
Poles staked their vampires through the head with an iron stake, Phineas Gage style.
rohan sharma (6 months ago)
He Looks like nerdy Johnny Sins 👀

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