Mysterious Findings From the Ancient World: Statue of a Goddess, mummy with gold tongue, the strange land of Punt

Fareeha Arshad

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1. A six-foot statue from the fifteenth century

Last year on New Year’s Day, while Mexican farmers were ploughing a grove on the Gulf Coast of Mexico, they discovered a strange hard object below the ground’s surface. Upon digging deeper to retrieve the item, they found a six feet tall statue of a Mesoamerican woman carved from limestone. According to archaeologists, the origins of the figure date back to 1450 and 1521 AD. Because there were no other similar findings in the same or neighbouring areas, historians believe the structure had Aztec influences. It could have possibly been moved from its original place.

The statue is believed to show a female ruler from the pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican period, a goddess, or perhaps a mixture of both. Also, though the figure showed Aztec traits, researchers believe that it came from the descendants of the Maya, the Huastec people.

2. Mummy with a golden tongue

If any land holds the most mysteries in the world, it must be Egypt. In 2021, Egyptologists discovered a strange 2000-year-old mummy at Taposiris Magna with an artificial tongue made from gold. No other such mummies have been found with golden tongues. Also, there are no ancient writings in the vicinity that can explain the reason behind the golden tongue.

Most historians believe that the individual could have had speaking issues in their lifetime. So that they could speak in their afterlife, a golden tongue was provided to help talk to the gods. Regardless, it is still perplexing why gold was used to carve out an artificial tongue.

3. Mummy heads that pointed to Punt

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Not everybody believes in the existence of the mysterious ancient land of Punt. However, those who do think that it was once a real place say that this place helped in the development of some of the most critical trade routes, including the silk road. Moreover, the ancient Egyptian society was a regular customer of Punt goods like myrrh, gold, and the local Punt animal — the Hamadryas baboon.

For a long time, archaeologists have been in search of Punt. They believed that if they tried to retrace through the baboon trade, they would be able to find Punt. So many 3000-year-old baboon skulls were collected from the Egyptian tombs and studied their bone structure. On further analysis, they traced the origins of most of the Hamadryas in Yemen, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalian regions — hinting that the ancient land could have once laid close to either of these areas.

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