Saturday, October 25, 2014   |   5,286 users online
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos  ·  Chat
Find: in

1000-year-old coins found in Australia


Posted on Monday, 20 May, 2013 | Comment icon 71 comments | News tip by: Silver Surfer


Image credit: CC 3.0 Gabriele Delhey

 
The discovery of ancient coins on an uninhabited Australian island could soon rewrite the history books.

Australian soldier Maurie Isenberg first came across the coins while stationed on one of the Wessel Islands during World War II. Having kept them for years in a tin for safe keeping, Maurie eventually got around to sending them to a museum to see if more could be learned of their origins. Incredibly, the coins turned out to be more than 1,000 years old, placing them centuries before Australia's discovery by Dutch explorers in 1606.

The finding of the coins was more or less forgotten until a few months ago when Australian scientist Ian McIntosh picked up the trail. Armed with five of the coins and a map left by Maurie showing where they had originally been found, McIntosh is planning an expedition to the island in an effort to locate more of them and to find any clues that might help to explain how they got there.

"The scientist wants to revisit the location where five coins were found in the Northern Territory in 1944 that have proven to be 1000 years old, opening up the possibility that seafarers from distant countries might have landed in Australia much earlier than what was currently believed."

  View: Full article |  Source: Stuff.co.nz

  Discuss: View comments (71)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #62 Posted by DKO on 22 May, 2013, 16:07
There are in infamous Gosford Glyphs. When they were discovered people jumped to the conclusion that Ancient Egyptians visited Australia. Article with an Egyptologist debunking the whole thing:
Comment icon #63 Posted by jaylemurph on 22 May, 2013, 17:13
Man, those even /look/ like fakes. I could do a better job and I don't read/understand hieroglyphics. --Jaylemurph
Comment icon #64 Posted by third_eye on 22 May, 2013, 17:48
Makes one does wonder about how the Ancient Egyptians did their temple hieroglyphics so well on harder rocks with just the tools available to them too doesn't it ?
Comment icon #65 Posted by Sum1uallno on 30 May, 2013, 10:11
I agree... Are you able to specify a certain type of person who does this?
Comment icon #66 Posted by Sum1uallno on 30 May, 2013, 10:12
I believe they are much older.
Comment icon #67 Posted by Sum1uallno on 30 May, 2013, 10:25
if you would like to laugh... for a serious interest.
Comment icon #68 Posted by Sum1uallno on 30 May, 2013, 10:27
Comment icon #69 Posted by Codenwarra on 12 June, 2013, 1:18
There isn't any mystery about this really. The Dutch were pottering about the coast of northern Australia in 1606. On the subject of the Gulf of Carpentaria Wikipedia has this to say: "The first known to visit the region was the Dutch (whose name is also written as Jansz) in . His fellow countryman, (or Carstensz), visited in 1623 and named the gulf in honour of , at that time the . also explored the coast in 1644. The region was later explored and charted by in 1802 and 1803." Now for those who sneer at Wikipedia, every Australian school child was taught about t... [More]
Comment icon #70 Posted by Harte on 14 June, 2013, 3:24
Welcome to the forum, Codenwarra. I was wondering if anyone would mention that Cook didn't "discover" the place. IIRC, Cook navigated there based on maps already in his possession. Harte
Comment icon #71 Posted by DKO on 14 June, 2013, 11:47
The Dutch had landed on Australian shores a few times. Here's one of their earlier maps.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Other news in this category
4,000-year-old 'CD-ROM' mystery solved
Posted 10-25-2014 | 3 comments
The images that adorn the enigmatic Phaistos Disc have been puzzling archaeologists for decades....
 
Sphinx head found in mystery Greek tomb
Posted 10-25-2014 | 1 comment
Archaeologists have uncovered a number of artefacts during excavations of the enigmatic burial site....
 
Mary Rose dog turns out to be male
Posted 10-20-2014 | 4 comments
The ship's dog aboard the doomed vessel that sank 500 years ago has undergone DNA testing....
 
Ancient cult complex unearthed in Israel
Posted 10-15-2014 | 3 comments
Archaeologists have discovered the long lost ruins of a huge cult complex at the site of Tel Burna....
 
Viking treasure hoard found in Scotland
Posted 10-13-2014 | 16 comments
A huge haul of valuable Viking artefacts has been discovered in a field by a man with a metal detector....
 
Further treasures found in Antikythera wreck
Posted 10-10-2014 | 10 comments
Divers have discovered valuable artefacts hidden within the same wreck as the Antikythera Mechanism....
 
Indonesia rock art dates back 40,000 years
Posted 10-9-2014 | 4 comments
Ancient cave drawings found in Indonesia show that early Europeans weren't the only ones creating art....
 
'Beardless Jesus' discovered in Spain
Posted 10-6-2014 | 18 comments
One of the earliest depictions of Jesus has been found on a plate dating back to the 4th century AD....
 
Dracula's dungeon discovered in Turkey
Posted 9-29-2014 | 17 comments
The dungeon in which Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned by the Turks has been found at Tokat Castle....
 
New 'Nazca lines' discovered in Kazakhstan
Posted 9-25-2014 | 96 comments
More than 50 previously unknown geoglyphs have been found sprawled across the north of the country....
 
'Second Stonehenge' discovered in England
Posted 9-10-2014 | 16 comments
A Neolithic site consisting of 50 large stone blocks has been found two miles north-east of Stonehenge....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2014
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ