Saturday, August 19, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

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: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-14/glyphs-reax/4428134
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 wish tourist's would stop littering in my country 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
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 ? I believe they are much older.
Comment icon #67 Posted by Sum1uallno on 30 May, 2013, 10:25
Blue, grey and green eyes are found wherever Europeans are or have been. They arent found in African, Polynesian, Indian, Chinese or native american populations without them having some European descent. If you check the genes responsible for blue, grey and green eyes, white skin, red and blond hair you'll discover they're European. The European (Aryan) race evolved in Central Asia. Their homeland was Iran and Iranian even means Aryan. Before the Mongols and Arabs did Iran they looked like your average Englishman, German or Frenchman. Many still do. The Tocharians are an ancient European linea... [More]
Comment icon #68 Posted by Sum1uallno on 30 May, 2013, 10:27
http://thehistoricalcontext.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/blue-eyes-and-intelligent-design/ Blue Eyes and Intelligent Design February 26, 2010 No, this is not an article about Frank Sinatra!
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 European explorer to visit the region was the Dutch Willem Janszoon (whose name is also written as Jansz) in his 1606 voyage. His fellow countryman, Jan Carstenszoon (or Carstensz), visited in 1623 and named the gulf in honour of Pieter de Carpentier, at that time the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. Abel Tasman also explored the coast in 1644. The region was later explored and charted ... [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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_exploration_of_Australia Here's one of their earlier maps.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5969076
256927
168829

 
Mars rovers to focus on the search for life
8-18-2017
Two upcoming Mars rover missions will attempt to determine if the Red Planet was once home to life.
Thieves in Germany steal 20 tons of chocolate
8-18-2017
The unusual heist saw a trailer loaded with confectionery being driven away in the town of Neustadt.
Mystery of distant Kuiper Belt object deepens
8-17-2017
The next target of NASA's New Horizons probe is a space rock with some rather intriguing properties.
Scientists solve animal evolution mystery
8-17-2017
A sea algae boom has been credited with the rise of the first complex life forms in Earth's distant past.
Other news in this category
Egyptian pharaoh may be first known 'giant'
Posted 8-7-2017 | 9 comments
The well-preserved skeleton of Sa-Nakht, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, shows clear evidence of gigantism....
 
Hunt is on for hidden 'recess' in Great Pyramid
Posted 8-6-2017 | 618 comments
Scientists working on the ScanPyramids project believe that the Khufu Pyramid contains secret chambers....
 
Archaeologists discover 'little Pompeii'
Posted 8-3-2017 | 3 comments
An exceptionally well-preserved Roman neighborhood has been unearthed in south-eastern France....
 
Statue unearthed at Cambodia's Angkor Wat
Posted 8-2-2017 | 6 comments
Archaeologists working at the Angkor Wat temple complex have discovered a 12th-century statue....
 
3,500-year-old lunch box found in Swiss Alps
Posted 7-26-2017 | 12 comments
An extraordinarily well-preserved lunch box has been discovered on Switzerland's Lotschberg mountain....
 
Australia find 'rewrites the history books'
Posted 7-20-2017 | 8 comments
Archaeologists now believe that Australia was colonized 18,000 years earlier than previously thought....
 
Ancient Roman sarcophagus found in London
Posted 7-19-2017 | 2 comments
Archaeologists working near Borough Market have discovered a coffin dating back over 1,600 years....
 
Ancient Hippocrates text discovered in Egypt
Posted 7-17-2017 | 3 comments
Archaeologists have uncovered new writings by Hippocrates, the famed 'father of Western medicine'....
 
Ancient monuments used for moonlit ceremonies
Posted 7-13-2017 | comments
Archaeologists have found that ancient stone monuments may have had a hidden purpose....
 
'Underworld' tunnel found beneath Teotihuacan
Posted 7-8-2017 | 5 comments
Archaeologists have discovered a mysterious tunnel underneath the ancient city's Pyramid of the Moon....
 
How has Roman concrete lasted 2,000 years ?
Posted 7-4-2017 | 6 comments
The remarkable longevity of Roman sea piers has proven something of a mystery to modern engineers....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ