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  1. Heather at |

    Exceptional list! I enjoyed it immensely.

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  2. FMH at |

    Nice and accurate list.

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  3. Dennis Starr at |

    1.The Dead Sea Scrolls should have been #1
    2. Peking man is a fake and a fraud
    3. King Tut shouldn’t even be on the list of “important finds”–
    I’ll go along with the rest.

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    1. Reality-Check at |

      ‘Tut’ is a very important find, but not at all for the reasons stated here. Reasesrch about his father (can’t spell the name correctly off the top of my head and am too sleepy to check right now lol) him and his fathers history may be the most important find ever. But yes the reasons they give here are extremely weak and undeserving of the spot.

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  4. Xcal at |

    @ Dennis Starr, why the hell do you think the dead sea scrolls should be number one? They have little if no value to society.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      I can only assume you are not a Christian and most likely an atheist. Christianity is the dominate religion in the United States and the Dead Sea Scrolls contributed greatly to the Bible. Their value is incalculable to many, whether you agree with it or not.

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      1. Tom at |

        But the list says “Historical Finds” not finds important to Christianity or to Americans. This is a list relating to the importance of finds as it impacts Mankind as a whole (and one of the reasons I think the author placed it at #9). And as for the scrolls contributing to the Bible, I fail to see how. It was the library of just one Jewish sect, it is not like this sect was responsible for writing the thing.

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        1. Megan at |

          they are a look into another culture and their beliefs. surely no matter what you believe or practice you can appreciate really old stuff from a culture whose traditions later shaped the religions and laws of the rest of the world.

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    2. Tom at |

      Starr might be a creationist if he is claiming Peking Man is a fraud and wants the scrolls to be #1. Here is an article on the subject of Peking Man:

      http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/a_peking.html

      And here is the Wikipedia article (complete with references)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peking_Man

      So the claim that Peking Man is a fraud seems pretty thin.

      The point of the list is how these finds affected Mankind as a whole and not just westerners, a point I think some people around here have missed.

      As for the scrolls having little to no value to society, define “value”. They are historical discoveries like the other nine on the list and give us some insight into the peoples and of the past. I think any time we get a detailed glimpse of past societies we otherwise would not have known it is of great value.

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  5. Bob at |

    Paranthropus Boisei…..the only similarity between Australopiths and paranthropus is the post canine megadontia. One trait is not enough to place Boisei in genus australopithicus. Bosei, Aetheopicus, and robustus are definitely the same genus (paranthropus) that should no way be associated with Anamensis, Africanus, Afarensis, or any other member of genus australopithicus.

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  6. Stacked Stone at |

    really enjoyed this list

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  7. Alexov at |

    I really appreciate the effort you have taken to put up these lists, plus the explanations. I hope others will be spreading your links via email.

    But how does it come to be that the word historical now includes things that were long before the development of writing (which has to be one of our greatest human inventions, of course)? Things that either come from or occurred before the development of writing are prehistoric, not historic.

    That said, what’s next!?

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  8. Dennis at |

    The Dead Sea Scrolls and the cave paintings are important. The Peking man was found to be a fraud in 1968 (it’s actually the skull of a gorilla that died about 150 years ago). The other “discoveries” are just curios,not really important to anything.

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    1. Willy at |

      Dennis, you already said that. I suggest you actually read Tom’s links.

      Other than that, you’re just spamming the thread with your inaccurate comments. Saying the same thing twice will not make it twice as right.

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      1. Dennis at |

        Willy–Why are you so fascinated by me?

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    2. Becky at |

      When you say they aren’t important to anything, its really just not important to you. But there are many of us out there who think that all these “curios” help us understand where and what we have come from and it gives us the tools to make our existence better.

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      1. Dennis at |

        Well,I’m open to consider anything. One thing I’m not is closed-minded. So please tell me which ones on the list have made our existence better other than being curios to look at in a museum. For example tell me how the terracotta army has made your life different than it would have been had they not been built. And please don’t get into intellectual meanderings about culture and learning etc.etc.–Just tell me how your life is different today than it would have been without these curios.

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        1. Alexov at |

          Dennis,

          If you apply the argument (in your reply to Becky) to your own post on Feb 13, you should see a contradiction. Back then you were saying the Dead Sea scrolls were important. If that is so, please tell us how our lives are different than they would have been if the scrolls had not been written, or found and translated. I’d venture to say that “no different ” is the answer. What you regard as a mere curio is much more than that in the opinion of many others. You might like to have put up your own list in your own website. The whole topic is no big deal. It’s a curio in itself. No insults please.

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        2. Becky at |

          Well, here is just one point of view. Whoever made the terracotta army had discipline and lots of it. That’s something I do not see too much of in this day and age. Technology has made us all a bit lazy compared with people in the past. I’m an artist and it has made me realize that I can do better than I have been doing and I can be more detailed which takes more work, but the end product is much better. You look at the tools they had to work with when those were created and look at what we have now to work with and all the various mediums that we can create from. Looking at the past gives you insight into the future.

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          1. Dennis at |

            Becky,
            If these thinga have helped you with your art and helped improve your art that’s great and I stand corrected. I can relate to that because I’m an artist also. That was a great answer.

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    3. pippa at |

      um I think that the Rosetta Stone is most definitely important not just curios.

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  9. Jay at |

    Almost everyone I know bases at least some part of their daily conduct on something they believe about the past. They are nearly always wrong. I’ve had people make stern pronouncements on “what the American Indians believed” as if the “Indians” didn’t encompass some 4,000 different clans with wildly differing beliefs and customs. People have solemnly informed me that you can’t get into Heaven unless you believe Mary was a virgin. They have no idea how many centuries this belief was considered heretical by most people.

    Every discovery of this sort brings us closer to a true understanding of what ancient people believed and thought and did. And who knows? If we learn enough maybe someday our history will begin to be made up of truth, rather than vague suppositions.

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  10. Lucas Paio at |

    Terracotta Army was discovered in 1974, NOT 1947.

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  11. Makenna at |

    Um how about Gobekli Tepe, which is 10,000 years old? Or maybe even Yonaguni in Japan, which is a 14,000 year old pyramid (that is now underwater) and is precisely built, demonstrating that 14,000 years ago, there was an extremely advanced society (which proves archaeologists to be completely wrong)? No, of course not.

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  12. Dennis at |

    What about Lucy? Oh wait…that was a fake also….never mind.

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  13. Alexov at |

    Yes, Dennis, “Lucy” was found to be a fake, but I still don’t understand why the owners of this site don’t change the name of this part of it or just create a new list with strictly historic stuff.. We have the word PREHISTORIC for all things that occurred before the invention of writing, which went hand in hand with the development of civilisations. There could be a top ten of prehistoric sites/objects in its own site. Olduvai Gorge and Peking Man should never have been put on this list. Lascaux’s prescence is debateable but we might consider the art there as a form of writing in pictures.

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  14. Ilanchezhiyan Ramalingam at |

    What about adichanallur, poompuhar.

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