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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 (4 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 (6 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 (10 months ago)
so your guna take information from the bbc lol
Gayle Lain (11 months ago)
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M Czenk (1 year ago)
TopTenz Nice! Love your channels man.
Recovery With Annie (12 hours 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 (19 hours ago)
#1 most gruesome find in 100 years: America. It was burried alive by democraps
IoKnight (8 days ago)
The way you say Wallachia hurt my ears. It's pronounced Vallahia.
Ron Solo (13 days ago)
Dude name was Megacles 🏆🏅🎗🏵
Michael Keane (13 days ago)
Hitting that thumbs up button yo
TDS 727 (15 days ago)
Orange man did it all thought violence didn't exist before the white man I hate the ignorant liberals
Chelsey Abbott (17 days ago)
People are disgusting and do disgusting things
luxor1001 (19 days ago)
Not "some of which" but "some of whom."
Leia Sadi (28 days 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Your jaw (or face) is crooked. Do you have Bell's Palsy or tmj problems?
Mike_1 - (1 month ago)
Great channel. Quickly has become my go to when I need something non political.
KingCosworth (1 month ago)
That first pit, all skeletons had their legs cut off just below the knees, ouchie...
Suze Allyn (1 month ago)
The mouth opens wide during decomposition, so many skulls have an open mouth.
Nevik Smithtree (1 month ago)
16 is NOT A CHILD, especially in ancient times!
Teina Kore (1 month ago)
They are
Teina Kore (1 month ago)
Hi Simon
My StiK (1 month ago)
Michael the Brave for Fate Grand Order.
Yaaay, Romania! WOOOOO!
Lisa A Johnson (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
well then.
Jacqui Kalich (1 month ago)
Interesting. Thank you.
Patrick Elliott (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Weird that number 2 wasnt number 1
Inordinate Allen (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Suicide by boomerang?!
scratch (1 month ago)
Too much evilness.
Sarah Lee (1 month ago)
That ruler at the beginning looks like a condom or dildo LMAO
Elephant in the room (1 month ago)
So much iconic corpse potential... (askamortician fans anyone?)
108johnny (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Is is just me or would the story of those artic explorers make an amazing movie?
Literatura BDSM (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
First victims of war...? no...not a chance anyone could confirm that.
Adrian Luca (1 month ago)
Bait and switch...I came for "horrifying" discoveries, not "grim" discoveries.
Eskimo Bob (1 month ago)
Wish I had teachers like this guy going to school
Phylis Maddox (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
#4 is very cool
Codename Toasty (1 month ago)
Hey, Vsauce Micheal here!
It was surprisingly informational. Im pleased he was thorough with the information.
Arson Nick (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Number 7 made me think of "Outlander"
Melangell ATC (1 month ago)
Cylons!!!! BBG!
kpb96m1 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
its sad especially seeing those who were murdered
Captain Anopheles (1 month ago)
Poland hadn't been Christianised for very long by the time if those funerals.
Shaun Elliott (2 months ago)
That's amazing,buried for a 1,000 yrs, and they could tell his sexual tendencies.
Skyelar Murray (2 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 (2 months ago)
I love your videos, Simon, they are so informative. I also enjoy your sense of humor
My_ Eclectic_Ecstacy (2 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 (2 months ago)
My only advice, go lighter in pace.
RobiWan (3 months ago)
as an archaeologist, id recommend u check sima de los huesos
nunya (3 months ago)
Is it "Quote, end quote," or "Quote, unquote?"
Maryellen A. Wheeler (3 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 (3 months ago)
Some of the toughest hockey players
Colin T (3 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 (3 months ago)
Human savagery. Does this really surprise anyone?
Adam Beynon (3 months ago)
Quality video
Dave Hallett (3 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 (3 months ago)
Great video
Eli Fulop (3 months ago)
I think that the people in number 2 where killed by Noah’s flood
Uncle Joe (3 months ago)
Damn, I've lost my boomerang. No... wait... here it comes.
Hornfluffy1964 (4 months ago)
14:06 AMC's The Terror
psjhfc28112010 (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
I do enjoy the content. Just halfspeed for a wider audience perhaps?
The Antipodean Wonderer (4 months ago)
Jocomol (4 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 (4 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?
bluesira (2 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. (4 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 (4 months ago)
Hold on... @16:18 Is that guy wearing headphones? ALIENS.
Corrupt Angel (4 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 (4 months ago)
today i found out simon has multiple jobs 🍻 still wana paint your mother btw 🍻
Ian Linn (4 months ago)
Poles staked their vampires through the head with an iron stake, Phineas Gage style.
rohan sharma (4 months ago)
He Looks like nerdy Johnny Sins 👀
ExperiencedGhost (4 months ago)
A Mayan elder had said once that the Indian tribes all over the world came from one source. That's why also why they have almost the same legends about their origin.
GiasJulii (4 months ago)
"a Child of 16" 6000 years ago that "child" had been considered an adult for a few years, hell just one hundred years ago they wouldn't have been called a child at 16. Oh the silliness of it all.
Milky Ways (4 months ago)
You talk way to fast....
Whisper227 (4 months ago)
Unsure if this topic has been covered in past episodes. Historic genocides, More specifically, the Armenian genocide.
Drache222222 (4 months ago)
Paul Squires (4 months ago)
Idiot the jaw falls open and away from the skull as the body rots. Has nothing to do with a gruesome death. Lies right out of the gate
Faris Ansor (4 months ago)
Here’a a question probably more appropriate for the today i found your channel: how do archaeologists decide where to dig? I picture them like Jehovas witnesses knocking door to door asking for permission to dig up your yard
Bill Gerlach (4 months ago)
Mr. Rogers was said to have died of natural causes......so why are you wearing his sweater? And all your neighborhoods are filled with dead people...Whats up with that? I enjoy your videos...very informative and entertaining. I'll shut up now :)
+TopTenz ¿?¿WHY?¿? did you remove the comment section on the Biblical monsters video?!?¡¿¡?!? I would’ve loved to discuss any of those awesome beasts with people. Also, I could possibly get some questions answered. You should open it back up, since the video’s old now anyways.
Petey G.B. (5 months ago)
What if the pit of death in France was just a serial killer and that was his dumping ground, the extra arms and fingers was the beginning of his terror and when torture didn’t satisfy turned to murder. Just a thought haha love the videos though!!
Paul TheSkeptic (5 months ago)
Wallachia = (Va-Lok-ee-uh) A common mistake. Just so you know.
Norman Craig (5 months ago)
That wooden gash on his face, must have come from Aboriginal violence, since it wasn't made outta meteI I take it?
NEW NEW NWO 4-LIFE (5 months ago)
99% of top 5 or top 10 video hosts need to watch this man. This is how you speak. He's politely spoken (not an American accent) passionate yet mild mannered and always does his very best with pronunciation and paces himself nicely. I never feel like it's to long nor to quick. This is how it's done! He even makes new videos to correct old videos when new evidence is found. Definetly my favourite to watch and hear
flydye45 (5 months ago)
Feh. The discovery of war in hunter gather societies before the Agrarian Revolution is only a surprise simply because the Academy has filled up with ridiculous Rousseauean Marxists who continue to pine for 'the peaceful Golden Age of Man' before 'Western Greed' destroyed their better natures: a myth you continue to seek to perpetrate. Even a brief glance at South American Hunter Gatherer tribes showed ALARMING amounts of violence, with casualties of up to 2% per year (i.e. tribes without the benefit of agriculture to foster greed). And WHY did they seek to kill their fellow man? Land. Hunting Grounds. Women. I.E. GREED that you feel came as a result of wheat. What nonsense! And just to put a fork in this kind of nonsense, those women captured after the massacre of the men in those tribal wars...they didn't actually join the tribe CONSENTUALLY, did they? So what do you call a person FORCED to go where they do not wish to go, and forced to perform acts which they do not crave? (Hint...starts with a S...ends in a LAVE)
Shane Miller (5 months ago)
3:47 Did he say simianatic? Monkey like tribe?
Spencer Frank Clayton (5 months ago)
10:34 They look like they were tied down and tickled to death.
Not Sure (5 months ago)
Exactly 1 year later 😜
The Back Channel (5 months ago)
In this case, "...set free..." means, "...left to die...".
amity reynolds (5 months ago)
Your lists are my new addiction
Thomas Anderson (5 months ago)
the Arctic expedition I believe was turned into a TV series called "the terror"
Eman Name (5 months ago)
So much war and violence.. Humans need some objectivity.
Xastur Speaks (5 months ago)
The Aboriginal instead of a victim of colonialism it was the OG 'black on black' crime. Those bodies in Turkana, more black on black crime. Better let the Southern Poverty Center know so they can track those racist statistics.
Maggie E (5 months ago)
I guess it never occurred to we to wonder what a boomerang is for.... its amazing how much ingenuity humans have! How does anyone figure that out?!
M.C CheddarBox (5 months ago)
There has always been war...
Emi Hay (5 months ago)
Did the aboriginal australian die from the boomerang injury itself?
Jarryn Smith (6 months ago)
Im Aboriginal and you can say it either way, some take offence when called aboriginie but its mainly elders (as the word became more of a meaning later on in the early 2000's)

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