Exploring Unseen History: Rare Discoveries Offer New Perspectives

By Sophia Maddox | April 20, 2024

The Statue of Liberty in its original copper form in Paris before it was transported to New York City, 1886

Forget what you learned in the history books. More often than not they only tell one side of a story filled with nuance. The rare discoveries that have been collected here show a side of history that we rarely get to see. They peel back the layers of stories that we think we know to expose little known facts that make history all the more fascinating. If you are ready to see a different side to history than you already know, then click ahead...the truth awaits!

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One of the greatest landmarks in America, the Statue of Liberty, has long been held in awe by people all over the world. The way we see it now, draped in sea green and staring out over Manhattan, isn’t the way it’s always been.

Made of copper, the statue was constructed from multiple parts over the course of a few years, and since it was put together on Ellis island it started oxidizing, thus changing its color to a gorgeous green. The statue was initially very shiny upon its completion in 1886, a look that’s never going to be seen again.

King Tutankhamun's sandals, royal and fashionable

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When we think about ancient Egypt we tend to imagine giant pyramids and mummies interred in sarcophagi, but there’s so much more to the time period than those basic facts. These sandals worn by King Tut show that people in Ancient Egypt were more like modern day people than we ever imagined. Not only did they wear shoes similar to what we have today, but they were just as into fashion as we are. André Veldmeije, renowned ancient footwear expert said:

When footwear is mentioned in general books, if at all, it is usually noted that sandals were flimsy and most people were barefoot all the time. Moreover, they say there were only few types of sandals. This is a misconception, probably based on artistic depictions alone. The variety of footwear is much greater than imagery suggests and even includes shoes that are never depicted; we only know them from the archaeological record.