Most Maddening Historical 'Mysteries'

Aug 2018
449
Southern Indiana
There was an old Cherokee legend about "white people" living in Kentucky that were killed off before the Europeans arrived, also across the Ohio in present day southern Indiana there is a similar story of a battle between white people with red hair and the local tribes. There is even a story of a stone fort that was surveyed by the Army Corps of Engineers who declared it a human construction of unknown origin. Legend says it was the Welsh.
Indiana Legend Says Welsh Settlers Arrived in the 12th Century
 
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Oct 2015
363
Belfast
I've been watching the Curse of Oak Island and I'm getting a suspicion that things aren't what they seem. The crew decide to drain the swamp and they recruit a metal detectorist who finds a 16th century Spanish coin. They then hire some specialised detection equipment. When used it gives a lot of promising "gold and silver" returns.

After that they recruit a professional diver who has experience of diving into swamps. First time around, his metal detector shows something. The second time around, no detection system shows any results.

I think it'll be another season where they find next to nothing.
 
Obviously the Holy Grail and Ark of the Covenant needs to be mentioned, as does Atlantis and El Dorado. Historically though, the search for a North West Passage was pretty maddening. As far as individuals go, then maybe the tomb of Alexander the Great, the Wandering Jew, The Mysterious Sea Peoples, and the Lost Army of Cambyses II.
 

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Ad Honorem
Aug 2015
2,843
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
Obviously the Holy Grail and Ark of the Covenant needs to be mentioned, as does Atlantis and El Dorado. Historically though, the search for a North West Passage was pretty maddening. As far as individuals go, then maybe the tomb of Alexander the Great, the Wandering Jew, The Mysterious Sea Peoples, and the Lost Army of Cambyses II.
The Holy Grail was first mentioned by name about AD 1200 in works of fiction, and seems to be totally fictional.

The Ark of the Covenant was allegedly made before 1200 BC and is mentioned until about 600 BC in the holy scriptures of the Jewish and Christian religions. The one time existence of the Ark is strongly established in Jewish and Christian theology and much less strongly established in history.

Atlantis was first written about by Plato in a fable or early science fiction or fantasy story and is usually considered totally fictional.

El Dorado was a legend of the conquistadores based on exaggerated stories of a real place.

Various routes of Northwest Passages have been discovered and are becoming more and more practical for use as global warming continues, leading to various possible future geopolitical and ecological problems and benefits. There are only a few historical mysteries connected to the fates of various expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage.
 

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