The Stone of the South or Stone of the Pregnant Woman is a Roman monolith in Baalbek (ancient Heliopolis), Lebanon. Together with another ancient stone block nearby, it is among the largest monoliths ever quarried. The two building blocks were intended for the close-by Roman temple complex − possibly as an addition to the so-called Trilithon − which was characterized by a monolithic gigantism unparalleled in antiquity. Archaeologists might well wish that Baalbek had been buried forever.
Momia Juanita (Spanish for “Mummy Juanita”), also known as the Inca Ice Maiden and Lady of Ampato, was discovered in southern Peru in 1995. She was sacrificed as an offering to the Inca gods sometime between the year 1450 and 1480, at approximately 11–15 years old. She’s the best-preserved mummy ever found, with internal organs intact, blood still present in the heart and lungs, and skin and facial features mostly unscathed.
This strange mask and oddly-shaped figurines were found at Al Ubaíd archeological site in Iraq. They belong to the Ubaíd period, dating 5900-4000 BCE, which predates the Sumerian culture. There is no explanation for the figurine and mask intriguing shape. They are labeled “ritual objects”, as it is common in the archeological circles when uncertain what a particular object represents.
In the dry hills of the Xinjiang province of China, archeologists have unearthed more than 100 corpses that are as much as 4,000 years old, astonishingly well preserved–and Caucasian. The Tarim Mummies or the Mummies of Xinjiang are mysterious mummies that were discovered in the foothills of the Tian Shan Mountains in China.