Most Maddening Historical 'Mysteries'

Feb 2019
472
Pennsylvania, US
#1
Do you have a favorite - seemingly unsolvable - historical mystery that preoccupies you? Or maybe it's one that you have a solid (or even dodgy... sure... let's hear it...) theory to solve?

There have been some good ones on here lately that I've really enjoyed reading - 'Did Custer commit suicide?', 'Who were the sea peoples?', 'Who was King Arthur?', etc...

What's yours?
 
Mar 2019
922
Kansas
#2
Mahogany ships.

There has been an enduring legend of a mahogany ship wreck lying in the dune fields of Warnanbool on Australians southern coast. There are reports of a couple of other wrecks but their validity is doubtful. The theory is a Portuguese exploration ship founded on the Australian coast.

Two interesting side mysteries are two important rock carvings. One in Sydney harbour that definitely pre-dated colonization, which depicts a sailing ship. The second carving on Australia's north coast not only depicts a sailing ship but also shows a fairly accurate portrayal of the ships hull below water. Which means whoever carved the image must have seen a sailing ship beached for repairs at some point.
 
Apr 2019
84
Ireland
#3
The Temple builders of Malta, what happened to them? They disappeared without a trace - theories abound as to what may have happened, one says they went to Egypt to build the Pyramids........it's infuriating
 
Feb 2019
472
Pennsylvania, US
#7
Mahogany ships.

There has been an enduring legend of a mahogany ship wreck lying in the dune fields of Warnanbool on Australians southern coast. There are reports of a couple of other wrecks but their validity is doubtful. The theory is a Portuguese exploration ship founded on the Australian coast.

Two interesting side mysteries are two important rock carvings. One in Sydney harbour that definitely pre-dated colonization, which depicts a sailing ship. The second carving on Australia's north coast not only depicts a sailing ship but also shows a fairly accurate portrayal of the ships hull below water. Which means whoever carved the image must have seen a sailing ship beached for repairs at some point.
That is pretty maddening... I wonder who was there originally... if they most likely had their ships being repaired, you'd think they would have recorded that somehow or had time to realize it was a "new" land mass. Interesting!
 
Mar 2019
922
Kansas
#8
That is pretty maddening... I wonder who was there originally... if they most likely had their ships being repaired, you'd think they would have recorded that somehow or had time to realize it was a "new" land mass. Interesting!
Well there are two problems. It is possible after repair the ship was wrecked and whoever these people were........is now lost to history.

The second is that they may have been in waters they were not supposed to be (The Pope line). Therefore the missions were secret and largely lost to history.
 
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Ad Honorem
Jun 2014
5,847
US
#10
A couple come to mind: The Slavic homeland and whether the Knights Templar had any presence in the new World - pre Columbian, or at least some sort of gnostic influence on navigators such as Columbus.
 

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