Rare Discoveries Show A Different Side To History Than We Already Know

By Sophia Maddox | October 6, 2023

This small ornate ax was made in Germany during the late 1500s.

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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The craftsmanship of this axe is truly inspiring and it makes us long for the days when blacksmiths spent all their time working on tools as if they were pieces of art. This short handled axe has a variety of uses, be they for chopping or for throwing, although something that’s this ornate was likely for decoration more than anything. Can you imagine taking something this beautiful into battle and throwing it at your enemy? You’d never get it back. Although if you were going to use it, you’d probably use it in close combat. Still, there's got to be a better tool for that job. 

The colossal stone head of an Olmec warrior. 

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The colossal Olmec head sculptures are some of the most recognizable pieces of tribal art in the world. Found near San Lorenzo and La Venta, the Olmec heads provide a small insight into a group of people that researchers don’t know that much about. Not only do these statues represent the distinct features of their people, but they must have taken considerable manpower to create. Carved from hand out of a single basalt boulder which in some cases were transported 100 km or more to their final destination, it’s hard to fathom how they could be transported, let alone cut into shape.