In The News: Mystery, Skeletons & Gold!

by Lindsay Shapka in ,


Despite all of the game, social media and news apps that are available for smartphones and tablets, I constantly find myself drawn to the Discovery News App. It appeals to my inner dork like no other and is always full of fascinating stories that remind me that there is still so much left in the world to discover! 

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MYSTERIOUS SPIRAL IN EGYPT

Alien landing strip? Ancient creation? Fluke natural phenomenon?

None of the above.

Apparently this spiral which can be seen on Google Maps, is located in the desolate Egyptian desert and is an environmental art installation that was created in 1997.

Called Desert Breath, the piece was created by artists Danae Stratou, Alexandra Stratou and Stella Constantinides and covers 1 million square feet! 

Since its construction, the structure has slowly been disintegrating, as the sand it is created from is slowly blown away by the wind.

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SKELETONS FOUND AT THE UFFIZI

While constructing an elevator for a new section of the famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, a medieval mass grave containing more than 60 skeletons was found! It has been determined that all of the individuals died around the same time, and the way that their bodies were buried indicates some sort of emergency. The fact that they were buried in haste may imply that their deaths were the result of a plague of some kind. 

Coins found in the graves indicate that the bodies are from the 4th or 5th century A.D. — a part of Florence's history that is fairly unknown. 

Only a small portion of the grave has been excavated, and there is still a lot more work to do in order to learn who these people were, and what really happened to them.

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CALIFORNIA COUPLE STRIKES GOLD

Imagine making $10 million taking your dog for a walk. While, a couple in California (who have chosen to remain anonymous at this point) doesn't have to imagine! While walking on their property one evening, the couple came across something jutting out of the ground and pulled out a heavy can full of gold coins.

Further digging unearthed seven more cans with a total of 14,000 solid gold coins total! This find is considered to be the most valuable treasure trove ever discovered in the United States. 

Research is still being done on the treasure to determine where it came from and how it ended up buried in California.

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