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Top 10 Important Historical Artifacts Rediscovered In Museums

Top 10 Important Historical Artifacts Rediscovered In Museums

The museums and parks are graveyards above the ground

– congealed memories of the past that act as a pretext for reality.

Robert Smithson

Some museums often have millions of items in their collections, so it’s possible that things and even important artifacts occasionally get misidentified or lost—but it must be a nice surprise to rediscover them. Here are just a few examples of valuable artifacts that were lost, then found, in different museums.

1 – 400,000-year-old Prestwich – Evans Axe

Top 10 Important Historical Artifacts Rediscovered In MuseumsToday, the ancient axe is believed to be around 400,000 years old (Image Source)

Mostly popular as the Evans Axe this hand axe was first sighted in 1859 and is the oldest tool which is known to the mankind. This axe stands as a crucial tool that rephrased the point of human evolution. This is one of the sold tool or a sturdy object with rhino fossils as well as the mammoths. After certain tests this was presented to the Natural History Museum in 1896 and is displayed there since 2009.

2  – Unique Mummy Shroud

Top 10 Important Historical Artifacts Rediscovered In MuseumsA unique, full-length mummy shroud, which is over 2,000 years old yet is still in remarkable condition, has been discovered in National Museums Scotland’s collections (Image Source)

Ignored for many years by the National Museum of Scotland this Shroud is one of the oldest cloth piece with a unique painting on it. The curator once noticed an unopened package and then discovered with master piece which is related to the Tomb in Egypt. The team made this suitable to see without damaging the cloth and finally understood that this picture of the stunning shroud belongs to crucial official who died in 9 BC.

3 – Trajan’s Unknown Statue

Top 10 Important Historical Artifacts Rediscovered In MuseumsA statue of Roman Emperor Trajan (Image Source)

This artifact with a detailed work never earned the place in the museum because of its extremely delicate state. The bronze statue was broken and this finely displays the skill of the artists and was redeemed from the Roman Fort. The cracked pieces are transferred to the Bulgaria’s National Museum and stored in the lab due to lack of place.

4 – An Egg from the Beagle

Top 10 Important Historical Artifacts Rediscovered In MuseumsThe egg in question. Photograph: University of Cambridge/PA

Believed to be lost during an expedition the chocolate eggs popular and the cataloged collection of the eggs was seen in the Cambridge University of Zoology. The experts reached the dark brown egg with cracked shell after 10 years and by examining thousands of the eggs. But the note reveled the broken shell which made people notice the rare egg.

5 – Pieces of the Enchanted Pose

Top 10 Important Historical Artifacts Rediscovered In MuseumsPainting of Rene Magritte (Image Source)

The missing painting of Magritte happened to be one of the fascinating paintings. The canvas was missed after the exhibition in 1927. The enchanted Pose, a pair of nude females is a classic example of his art work. But in 2016 the painting was tested where in scanning one could find painting underneath other. The other piece was identified in Norwich Castel Museum which was revealed in an X-ray.

6 – Unexpected Human Remains

Top 10 Important Historical Artifacts Rediscovered In MuseumsWhile restoring a taxidermy diorama, researchers discovered a human skull hidden inside a mannequin. (Image Source)

At the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, during restoration work on diorama figures of lions, a dromedary, and its turbaned rider, a CT scan of the rider’s head revealed a human skull complete with actual teeth. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, museum previously believed there were no human remains in the diorama, Lion Attacking a Dromedary.

7 – The 3 Million Master piece

Top 10 Important Historical Artifacts Rediscovered In MuseumsThe "important and beautiful" painting by artist Jacob Jordaens - a pupil of Peter Paul Rubens - was previously unknown to art historians. (Image Source)

An oil painting which belongs to an unidentified artist was found in Swansea Museum. After a few tests the painting revealed a scene of horses, dogs and people. But in 2016 an art lover identified it to be a 150-year-old painting and the style is similar to that of Felmish painter Jacob Jordaens. At the back of the stunning painting one can see the marks which belong to the home town of Jordaen.

8 – Dead Archbishops

Top 10 Important Historical Artifacts Rediscovered In MuseumsCoffins containing the remains of five archbishops of Canterbury dating back to the early 17th century (Image Source)

This was found accidentally during the renovation of the floor in the Garden Museum in London. A crew was sent to explore the secret chamber which was found during the renovation. 5 coffins out of 20 belong to 17th century archbishops of Canterbury who played a major role in establishing the King James Bible this was ignored and never earned a better position.

9 – Chalk Sketch worth $ 10 million

Top 10 Important Historical Artifacts Rediscovered In MuseumsRenaissance chalk sketch (Image Source)

The sketch was recognized by Sir Timothy Clifford a scholar and this black chalk sketch of Candelabrum was identified in a box of designs. A few of the collections of were auctioned during 1921 and wears identified by the scholars.

10 – The Mamluk Porch

Top 10 Important Historical Artifacts Rediscovered In MuseumsStanding 4 meters high and weighing five tons, the Mamluk porch dates from the 15th century (Image Source)

One of the breathtaking monuments known for the uniqueness and is not displayed in any museums as this is a huge artifact. The Mamluk ruler used this as the entrance to the building and 300 blocks along with the floral designs make it extremely special. But a letter alarmed the officials and started people to talk regarding this and identified the great possession of the Islamic architecture.

featured image: National Museum of Scotland


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