With modern technology and science at our fingertips, we like to think we’re know-it-alls. However, there are lots of unanswered questions in the ancient and natural world that still have us stumped. Some of us are compelled to probe the hows and whys to try and explain the enigmas. Others just revel in the WTF of it all. Here are 8 sweet mysteries around the globe that make fascinating destinations to explore and speculate on. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the one to crack the code.
1. Stonehenge, UK
One of the most famous of all mysterious monuments is this iconic rock circle in Wiltshire, England. Archeologists have determined it was built around 2500 BC out of Welsh sandstone, but how the enormous rocks were mined, shaped, transported and positioned here is baffling. Even more cryptic is the question of why. The circular arrangement has been meticulously orchestrated to showcase the summer and winter solstices, an astronomical and engineering achievement seemingly beyond the scope of that primitive time. Stonehenge is firmly on the tourist trail and has a bit of a new age cult-following, especially around those mystical solstices.
2. Easter Island, Chile
The giant rock heads of Rapa Nui are another confounding conundrum that brings visitors to the remote island off the Chilean coast. 887 50ft tall moai, as they’re called, have been found, the lightest of which weighs a whopping 86 tons. More than just heads, excavations have revealed that most of these monolithic effigies are actually attached to stone bodies buried beneath the soil. Not all the statues are proudly perched like sentinels on the cliff. Many are lying unfinished and abandoned in quarries and some have hieroglyphic writing on them which adds to the intrigue. How were they built? Why were they built? Who exactly built them? Hypotheses are plenty, but no one really knows.