30 Famous Historical Mysteries That Continue to Baffle Us

By Jack Ripley | November 27, 2023

What Happened To The Ark Of The Covenant?

This gallery of 30 famous unsolved mysteries from history will bring you across the globe and through the centuries, introducing you to enigmas that have puzzled scholars, intrigued investigators, and captured the public's imagination. From the ghostly murmurs of vanished civilizations to chilling tales of inexplicable events, these mysteries have withstood the onslaught of time, maintaining their veil of secrecy. As you explore, remember: every mystery is a door waiting to be opened, a question yearning for an answer. Will you be the one to solve the unsolvable? Let your journey into the heart of history's greatest mysteries begin...

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The Ark of the Covenant, described in the Bible as a gold-plated wooden chest containing the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments, has captured the imagination of scholars, treasure hunters, and adventurers for centuries. As the centuries-old quest for the Ark continues, countless theories have emerged to explain its enigmatic disappearance. Some say that the Ark was secreted away to the ancient city of Jerusalem for safekeeping. Another possibility is that the Ark was taken to Ethiopia, finding sanctuary within the sacred confines of the ancient city of Axum. According to Ethiopian folklore, the Ark was spirited away by the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, who founded a new dynasty in Ethiopia. Finally, some suggest that the Ark of the Covenant may have been a symbolic construct rather than a tangible artifact - in which case, it's been nowhere and gone nowhere. 

What Caused the Tunguska Event?

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On June 30, 1908, deep within the remote wilderness of Siberia, a deafening explosion occurred. The shockwave, rippling outwards with a force estimated to be a thousand times more potent than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, flattened nearly 80 million trees over an area of 2,150 square kilometers. But what caused this devastation?  Initially, many believed that the culprit was a meteorite, but a series of expeditions to the site found no impact crater, nor any fragments of extraterrestrial rock. Others suggest a comet made of ice or dust, while more fanciful theories involving black holes and even alien spacecraft. Despite over a century of investigation and debate, the Tunguska Event continues to fascinate and puzzle scientists.