Fascinating Discoveries That Show A Different Side To History Than We Already Know

By Sarah Norman | October 30, 2023

This 2,000 year-old green serpentine stone mask found at the base of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacán, Mexico

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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This mysterious green mask was discovered at the base of a pyramid in Mexico in 2011, but it wasn’t the only artifact that the archaeologists found. The bounty was discovered at the Teotihuacan Pyramid of the Sun and it’s believed that it was placed in the ground as an offering to the gods 2,000 years ago. Along with the mask archaeologists found pieces of obsidian and pottery directly next to human figurines made from similar pieces of green stone. Archaeologists know that the mask was placed as a part of a dedication ceremony because it was next to a different offering. 

A giant spider crab from Japan, 1904

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These giant spider crabs may look like something from a 1050s B-Movie, but they’re very real. These crustaceans live in the ocean around Japan, and they have the longest leg span of any arthropod. Considered a delicacy, the legs of a Japanese spider crab can reach up to 18 feet in length and the crab itself can weigh up to 42 lbs. The reason you don’t see these crabs all the time is because they live in holes within the deeper parts of the ocean, although they can still be caught when the head out to look for food, however the population has decreased due to overfishing.