Dark tomb hide much more than human remains – the underground town of skeletons and many kept secret. From works of art, relics, and even to evidence of disease – all of this is found in graves around the world.
1. The Mummy cancer
Archaeologists in 1995 from a tomb dug Hungarian mummy from the 18th century that led to the revolution when the previously available information on cancer was concerned.
Naturally preserved human remains were discovered in a sealed crypt of a Dominican church. There he found about 260 mummified remains, a team of Israeli scientists tested the remains.
Their goal was to see whether they carry genes that cause cancer. In one mummies discovered mutation of the APC gene, which is known to increase the risk of colon cancer. The ramifications of this discovery suggests that the predisposition existed even before the disease has become a global health threat, according Express.hr.
Today, colon cancer the third most common form of cancer that affects people. Doctors consider it a disease of the modern age as a result of lack of movement, processed foods and longer life expectancy.
The presence of mutant genes with other mummies means that genetic predisposition even more important than the lifestyle and environment of man.
2. The secret of the Medici tombs
Archaeologists in 2004 discovered the secret of the tomb, which belonged to the powerful Italian family Medici. During the early research and tombs, experts was shocked to learn that the tomb of the last Medici, Grand Duke Gian Gastone di Medici, was empty.
In an attempt to find the missing corpse, they found a secret chamber behind the main altar of the Florentine church of San Lorenzo. Researchers have raised stone slab under which he was hiding a secret path to the hidden tomb.
In a secret chamber containing one large crate for an adult it was in Gastone, or eight small crates for children. All the children’s bones revealed signs of rickets, which was probably caused by a lack of vitamin D in children.
Since children are likely to spend a lot of time behind the thick walls, and always wore a thick layer of white powder, it could not help them in the absorption of vitamin D sunbathing. The researchers could not identify all the children of the body, and it is assumed that at least some of them were illegitimate children.
3. The crypt of the ancient astronaut
A team of researchers in 1948 discovered the secret passage to the tomb of Pacal II, the ruler Mayans Paqal Indians. It took them about four years to dig up the ground and manage to get into the secret chamber.
The remains of the rulers found beneath the mask of jade bead, a body surrounding the sculpture and a variety of carvings that represent beliefs about the afterlife Mayans.
Paqal II supposedly died at the age of 80 years, but what was unusual was that he found the body estimated the age of only 40 years. Moreover, the carvings on the lid of the tomb convinced some that Paqal II may generally, “was not a man”.
These carvings became known as Erik Von Daniken in his controversial 1968 blockbuster “Twilight of the Gods” noted that, if turned aside, the picture shows Paqal II on the spacecraft that operated by pedals, inhaling air through some kind of apparatus.
What is interesting is that researchers around the edge of the cover tape found with the cosmic signs that include the sun, moon, stars and the center, which experts call the Mayans world tree.
Is it possible that these marks have to do with the lid of the sarcophagus and displaying hell in a spaceship ? Theorists of ancient alien claim that this is more than enough proof.
4. The hidden masterpiece of Prague
Art historians have discovered a never before seen monument deep in a tomb Loreto in Prague, just below the church of the Nativity of our Lord.
The walls of the tomb are covered with intricate representations of the death, resurrection and allegorical indication. Dating back to 1664, and these pictures are amazing views “Ars moriendi” which was used only black and white colors in a sophisticated system shading known as “chiaroscuro”.
The images were discovered in 2011, when the tomb was opened for the first time in several decades. A number of works written in Dutch art, including copies of Rembrandt.
The identity of the artist remains a mystery, but some speculate that he may Kosmas from Austria or the Viennese painter Tobias Pock, because both worked with the monks of the order cappuccino. It is also unknown whether the motives chosen artist or the owner of the tomb, Countess Elizabeth Apolonia of Kolovrat.
5. Buried Hearts
Archaeologists have unearthed five hearts 2015 aged 400 years of tombs under the convent of the Jacobs in the French city of Reno. The embalmed bodies are buried in urns of lead also in the shape of a heart, and the two are drawn details on the owners.
Date from the 16th and 17th centuries, and were discovered during inspections after that the monastery should be converted into a conference center. They belong to a long tradition of “burial of the heart”.
Scientists cleaned the materials for waxing of the founding to get them analyzed the MRI and CT has to gain insight into their circulation.
One heart did not have any disease, while the other three revealed numerous blockages including plaque in blood vessels and arteosclerosis. In addition, the researchers found, and the heart of a knight in the tomb of Louise De Kengo. It belonged to her husband.