March 20, 2024 | Samantha Henman

History’s Wildest Unsolved Mysteries


Will We Ever Know What Really Happened?

Where’s Cleopatra’s tomb? Who was DB Cooper? Where did Roanoke’s missing colonists go? And what really happened to the five Sodder children? Many of history’s most compelling questions don’t have an answer—and that just makes the stories behind them all the more fascinating.

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The Mary Celeste

In 1867, a beautiful ship named the Mary Celeste left the coast of New York. The captain was a man named Benjamin Briggs, and he brought his family and crew to transport 1,700 barrels of alcohol to Italy. They never made it to their destination.

An 1861 painting of Mary Celeste a Canadian built, American-registered merchant brigantineHonore Pellegrin, Wikimedia Commons

The Mary Celeste’s Missing Crew

The boat was found floating safely in the Atlantic Ocean, off the Azores Islands, on December 5, 1872. This did not look like a pirate attack, because nothing was stolen, and all of the paper documents were still on board. The only thing missing was the people.

Landscape Photo of Azores - Sao Miguel IslandAbspires40, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Max Headroom

In the 1980s, the popular computer-animated character Max Headroom was all the rage. But in 1987, things took a sinister turn when his face suddenly interrupted the programming on a cable station and began screaming and saying strange things.

Max Headroom is a fictional character played by actor Matt FrewerJ Mark Dodds, Flickr

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The Max Headroom Hacker

It was a moment like the notorious War of the Worlds broadcast. It seemed as though Max Headroom had sprung to life from AI and taken over the airwaves. In reality, it was a hacker in a Max Headroom mask. To this day, no one knows who the hacker was, or why they did it.

Max Headroom is a fictional character played by actor Matt Frewer.70023venus2009, Flickr

Alexander The Great

Many of us already know the story of Alexander the Great and how he ruled one of the biggest empires in the ancient world. Considering how iconic he was and what a giant role he played in history, you’d think we’d know what happened to him after he died—but we don’t.

Screenshot from the Movie Alexander (2004), depicting Alexander the Great wearing white gown and golden crownWarner Bros, Alexander (2004)

Alexander The Great’s Burial Place

Here’s what we do know: after he died in Babylon, which is now Iraq, his body was transported back to ancient Egypt two years later. They started to construct a massive tomb for him in Alexandria. At the time, his body was held in Memphis. There’s just one problem.

Screenshot from the Movie Alexander (2004), depicting the death of Alexander the GreatWarner Bros, Alexander (2004)

Where Is Alexander The Great?

No one knows where the tomb that was made for Alexander the Great actually is. It’s possible that it sank underwater when the Palaces District of Alexandria was submerged a long, long time ago. Though many have looked, no one has been able to find it.

Screenshot from the movie Alexander (2004) depicting alexander the great riding on horseWarner Bros, Alexander (2004)

The Colony At Roanoke

The greatest mystery in American history has to do with the colony at Roanoke, which was established in 1857 by John White. He and 120 people arrived on Roanoke Island in what is now North Carolina to establish a new colony. But it didn’t quite turn out as planned.

Roanoke Colony was founded by governor Ralph Lane in 1585 on Roanoke IslandBeyondDC, Flickr

Roanoke’s Vanished Colonists

White went back to England to get supplies for the new colony, but it was no simple journey in those days. Aside from the actual time it took to go back and forth, the outbreak of the Anglo-Spanish War delayed White and he didn’t make it back to Roanoke for three years. And when he finally got there, everyone was gone.

This image depicts John White returning to the Roanoke Colony in 1590 to discover the settlement abandoned.William James Linton, Wikimedia Commons

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Croatoan

Though the people were gone, one thing remained—the word “CROATOAN” carved onto a wooden fence. At first, the answer seemed obvious. There was a place nearby called Croatoan Island—and that must have been where the colonists went. Or so he thought…

Engraving by John Parker Davis, depicting John White finding the ruins of the Roanoke colony in 1590.John Parker Davis, Wikimedia Commons

Croatoan Island

Things weren’t so simple for White. In fact, he kind of had some downright bad luck when it came to travel. A storm prevented him from getting to Croatoan Island, and he couldn’t raise enough money for further efforts to reach the colony he’d inadvertently abandoned. Sooo…did anyone else find them?

"CRO" written on a tree, part of the Lost Colony performanceSarah Stierch, CC BY 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

The Missing Colonists

Short answer: no. Though many have searched for answers, it’s still unclear what happened to the missing colonists. Some have suggested that some or all of them were killed by local tribes, or that they were attacked by the Spanish, or that they simply all passed on naturally. Either way, it remains, according to a historian, “the biggest unsolved mystery in American history.”

Roanoke Island, A view from the byway of the ocean off Roanoke Island.NCDOTcommunications, Flickr

Jimmy Hoffa

He went from teamster union leader to missing person to subject of one of the wildest mysteries of the last century. We know his name, but not all of might know his story: Jimmy Hoffa.

A portrait  photograph of James R. Hoffa taken by John Bottega.Garam, Wikimedia Commons

Hoffa’s Disappearance

Though Hoffa was a teamster union leader by day, behind closed doors he also had ties to organized crime. When he went missing in 1975, suspicion immediately fell on the less-than-savory people he regularly did business with—but the authorities never got any definitive clues to his whereabouts.

Bernard Spindel (d. 1972) whispers in ear of James R. Hoffa (b. 1913)Roger Higgins, Wikimedia Commons

Hoffa’s Wherabouts

After seven years missing, the authorities had no choice but to declare Hoffa legally dead in 1982—but both law enforcement officials and amateur sleuths alike have never stopped looking for him. Searches in Detroit and Oakland County, Michigan were fruitless. And then, a strange confession.

American labour leader Jimmy Hoffa (1913 - 1975), President of the Teamster's Union, testifying at a hearing into labor rackets.Keystone, Getty Images

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The Dump Search

In 2021, agents from the FBI searched a dump in New Jersey after their received a deathbed confessions from a man who’d worked at a now-closed landfill and claimed he’d helped bury Hoffa’s body. It seemed like the mystery might finally be solved—but they turned up nothing.

American labour leader Jimmy Hoffa (1913 - 1975), President of the Teamster's Union, testifying at a hearing investigating labour rackets.Keystone, Getty Images

The Iceman

Another theory about Hoffa’s disappearance has to do with the notorious hitman Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski. The Iceman is exactly the type of underworld figure who might come into contact with Hoffa, so it made sense when he claimed that he was the one behind the disappearance.

A portrait  photograph of James R. Hoffaff62abd22819b93d1cdaf8585c2eb0fa, Flickr

A False Confession

Despite his bona fides and history, Kuklinski’s story didn’t quite add up. When the authorities looked into it, they found no concrete evidence that the Iceman was behind Hoffa’s disappearance. Though theories and claims abound, it remains a compelling unsolved mystery.

Portrait Photo of Jimmy Hoffafriday2965, Flickr

Cleopatra

Alexander the Great isn’t the only ancient gistorical figure whose resting place remains a mystery. When Cleopatra passed on, she and her lover Mark Antony were buried together, supposedly near the temple of Isis.

Screenshot: (Elizabeth Taylor) Cleopatra wearing red dress and looking at side - from Cleopatra (1963)Twentieth Century Fox, Cleopatra (1963)

Cleopatra’s Tomb

The historian Plutarch claimed that Cleo’s tomb was a massive and beautiful monument and that is was filled with resplendent treasures, including gold, silver, emeralds, and pearls. Sounds like a graverobbers’ dream! But yet—nothing has ever turned up from it, because no one knows where it is.

Screenshot: (Elizabeth Taylor) Cleopatra wearing green dress is looking at side - from Cleopatra (1963)Twentieth Century Fox, Cleopatra (1963)

The Search For Cleopatra’s Tomb

Though we don’t know where it is, that hasn’t stopped people from looking for Cleopatra’s tomb. Even recently, Egypt’s former antiquities ministers conducted searches looking for it. It’s possible that it was found by grave robbers centuries ago, who took so many artifacts that it’s now unrecognizable—but if that’s what happened, why haven’t we ever found the artifacts?

Screenshot: (Elizabeth Taylor) Cleopatra wearing B&W dress is looking at side - from Cleopatra (1963)Twentieth Century Fox, Cleopatra (1963)

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Oak Island

By necessity, pirates couldn’t always keep the money and treasure that they plundered with them. After all, what happens if they got caught? This means that former pirate hideaways are seen as goldmines for modern treasure hunters. One of the most notable of these is Oak Island in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Aerial Photo of Island and Wharf, Oak IslandRichard McCully, Wikimedia Commons

The Treasure Of Oak Island

Treasure hunters believe that Captain William Kidd, the infamous pirate from the 17th century, buried his riches on Oak Island…and that no one has found it yet. These stories have gone around since his passing, spurring on expeditions that have cost millions of dollars. But is there really a treasure?

Oak Island is a 57-hectare (140-acre) privately owned island. The tree-covered island is one of about 360 small islands in Mahone Bay.Dennis Jarvis, Flickr

The Curse Of Oak Island

The island itself and its notorious history might be the real treasure—the group of fortune-seekers who bought the island have made it the subject of their reality show, The Curse of Oak Island. Though they’re searched extensively, they’ve yet to find the treasure.

Digs and Buildings, Oak Island, Nova ScotiaRichard McCully, Wikimedia Commons

The Unknown Hijacker

In 1971, a man traveling under the name Dan Cooper boarded a short flight from Portland to Seattle—just 30 minutes long. Yet what he did next created a mystery so compelling, it’s spurred on decades of speculation and theories.

Screenshot from the movie The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper (1981)Universal, The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper (1981)

The Note

Cooper was an elegantly dressed man in his 40s. He ordered a bourbon and soda and then, when the flight was in the air, handed the flight attendant a note. Perhaps assuming he was making a pass at her, she went to pocket the note—but he urged her to read it immediately.

Composite Sketch created by the FBI of the unknown hijackerFederal Bureau of Investigation, Wikimedia Commons

The Demands

Cooper told her, “Miss, you’d better look at that note. I have a bomb.” Though we don’t know what exactly what was in the note, since he took it back afterward, what we do know is that Cooper asked for $200,000 ($1 million today), four parachutes, and to have a fuel truck waiting in Seattle when the plane landed.

Northwest Airlines Boeing in airClint Groves, Wikimedia Commons

The Reaction

The demands were relayed to the captain and then to the president of the airline, who agreed to cooperate with Cooper. The passengers were told that they hadn’t landed yet due to mechanical issues. Finally, they touched down in Seattle—prepared to meet Cooper’s demands.

D.B. Cooper at Museum of FlightIan Abbott, Flickr

The Landing

As promised, Cooper was given everything he’d asked for. He let the passengers and two flight attendants go and prepared to take off again, instructing the crew that he wanted to fly toward Mexico, with one stop in Reno, Nevada, to refill. But when they landed, the mystery deepened.

Screenshot from the movie The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper (1981)Universal, The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper (1981)

The Disappearance

When the crew of Cooper’s skyjacked plane landed in Reno, the mysterious man was already gone, along with the money and his parachute. Neither Cooper nor the parachute were ever found—though the money is a different story.

Screenshot from the movie The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper (1981)Universal, The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper (1981)

Cooper’s Riches

The serial numbers on the money given to Cooper were noted, and as far the authorities know, they never entered circulation again. However, in 1980, some of the money was found by a young boy in Oregon—launching another dramatic search.

Some of the D. B. Cooper's stolen $20 bills found by a young boy in 1980FBI, Wikimedia Commons

The Search For DB Cooper

Though authorities searched the area where the money was discovered, they found no other traces of Cooper—but the story doesn’t end there. As recently as 2017, a parachute strap was discovered near what was speculated to be a possible landing site for Cooper. But still, no sign of the man himself.

Screenshot from the movie The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper (1981)Universal, The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper (1981)

Was King Arthur Real?

It’s one of the most enduring stories of all time: The legend of King Arthur. He was said to be a King of Britain in perhaps the 5th or 6th centuries. It’s no wonder people find it so compelling: the court at Camelot, the wizard Merlin, the sword in the stone, the knights of the round table…but did it really happen?

King Arthur as one of the Nine Worthies, detail from the Unknown Author, Wikimedia Commons

The Evidence

For as long as the legend has existed, people have looked for evidence of the legendary king—yet even as they’ve searched the lands he once supposedly ruled, they haven’t found any traces. With that amount of time working against them, it seems like physical evidence may never be found—but it’s possible historical accounts could lead us closer.

Wood carving of King Arthur, Caerleon Large wooden carvings can be found all over Caerleon.Robin Drayton, Wikimedia Commons

The Legend Vs The Reality

The first written accounts of the life of King Arthur date back to the 9th century, and ever since then, people have been writing fanciful accounts of his time on Earth. In reality, if he did exist, it’s likely that the lore that surrounds him was the fiction, and that he was a defender of Britain against the Saxons. Still, for many, it remains a fascinating mystery.

Arthur Leading the Charge at Mount BadonGeorge Wooliscroft Rhead and Louis Rhead, Wikimedia Commons

Area 51

In recent years, more and more declassified government documents have come out pointing to the existence of extraterrestrials. Whether you believe in it or not, there are important questions that haven’t been answered by these documents—what is Area 51 and what is going on there?

Area 51 Groom Road gate a highly classified United States Air Force (USAF) facilityTim1337, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

The Origin Story

Area 51 is a military base in southern Nevada that, for decades, the US government didn’t even acknowledge until 2013, when the CIA finally admitted it exists thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request. The site, originally known as Paradise Ranch, was built in 1955 and has been in use ever since.

Scenes From Independence DayHandout, Getty Images

Area 51 History

Before the US Department of Defense acquired the land, it was used for silver and lead mining in the mid-19th century by a company called Groome Lead Mines Ltd. Mining continued there until it became the site for CIA tests of the Lockheed U-2 strategic reconnaissance aircraft in 1955. And then…

The main gate at Area 51David James Henry, Wikimedia Commons

Area 51’s Secret Life

Though there are records of the many aircraft tests that took place at the Area 51 site, it has been a magnet for conspiracy theories thanks to the highly secretive nature of the classified aircraft research that goes on there.

Warning sign near secret Area 51 base in NevadaMade by X51, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Area 51 Theories

People believe that the government uses Area 51 to store and research downed alien aircrafts, meet with alien lifeforms, and develop weather control technology, energy weapons, and time travel/teleportation technology—among others.

The north gate to Area 51.Jimmy Emerson, DVM, Flickr

Area 51’s Aircraft

Part of the mystery and conspiracy surrounding Area 51 is due to spottings of “unidentified aircraft” in the area—which is likely weirdly-shaped, experimental aircraft like the OXCART. The OXCART was tested around Area 51, and it had a wide, disc-like fuselage and flew at speeds over 2,000 mph.

Lockheed A12 radar testing at Area51Unknown Author, Wikimedia Commons

How To Get There

In short—don’t. An attempted 2019 raid on Area 51 ended in a failure. Earlier that same year, a man was shot by security when he attempted to enter. If you happen to have the clearance to go, you’ll be flown there from Las Vegas on an airline called “Janet,” which covers its windows as it flies over Area 51.

Entering Area 51 Sign On A Fence At The Military BaseMr Doomits, Shutterstock

Government Denies Knowledge

If what’s happening is simple aircraft tests—then why did the government spend so many years denying the existence of Area 51? Though declassified documents have effectively put an end to that, we still don’t really know what they’re doing over there at Area 51. And though perhaps more FOIA requests will shine a light, it’s unlikely that the government will give up that knowledge easily.

The gate into Area 51 just behind Rachel, Nevada.notevenathing, Flickr

Jack The Ripper

Perhaps the most infamous criminal of all time, the identity of Jack the Ripper remained a mystery—but that hasn’t stopped people from looking for clues or speculating about who he really was, and why he did what he did.

One of a series of images from the Illustrated London News for October 13, 1888R. Taylor, Wikimedia Commons

Jack The Ripper History

In the year 1888, the man we know as Jack the Ripper was responsible for the deaths of at least five women—and for a series of notes that taunted the authorities about their failure to capture him. So much mystery surrounds him that no one is even sure he was actually the one responsible for the notes.

The Penny Illustrated Paper September 8, 1888 Jack The RipperUnknown Author, Wikimedia Commons

Jack The Ripper Speculation

Though we know that he was responsible for the dark ends of five women, there are also theories that he was responsible for other deaths in Whitechapel in 1889 and 1891, among other alleged victims.

The cover of the September 21, 1889 Puck magazine depiction of the unidentified Whitechapel murderer Jack the Ripper.William Mecham, Wikimedia Commons

Jack The Ripper Identity

There are scores of suspects that people believe could have been the real Jack the Ripper—perhaps more than for any other mystery. Not only do theories name other recorded felons from the era, they’ve also suspected more famous figures, including artist Walter Sickert, author Lewis Carroll, and even Prince Albert Victor, son of King Edward VII.

Prince Albert Victor factsGetty Images

Caesarion

It’s not just Cleopatra who is the subject of a mystery—it’s her son as well. Caesarion was born in 47 BCE to the famous ruler, who claimed that his father was Julius Caesar…but there was just one problem.

Caesarion, son of Cleopatra and Caesar. - 2010Sdwelch1031, Wikimedia Commons

Who’s Your Daddy

Cleopatra and Caesarion ruled as co-regents from 44 BCE—yet Caesar never claimed the child as his own. One of his close friends even denied that Caesar was the child’s father. The boy passed on not long after his mother in 30 BCE, and no other evidence of his parentage has been uncovered.

Caesarion An invocation to I-em-hetep the Egyptian deity of medicineMary Harrsch, Flickr

The Bay Of Jars

Robert Marx was an avowed treasure hunter—but what he found in Brazil’s Guanabara Bay in 1982 was unlike anything he’d ever seen before…and it sparked an enduring mystery that brings into question the entire known history of the world.

Bob Marx (left) with Israeli marine archaeologist Elisha LinderOmri Linder, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Marx’s Treasure

Some 15 miles away from shore, in an area that spanned three tennis courts, was the remains of about 200 ceramic jars. The bizarre part? The jars, some of which were found intact, dated from ancient Rome. They were two-handled amphorae, commonly used for transportation in the 3rd century.

Guanabara Bay seen from Christ the RedeemerYeuxpapilon, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

The Journey Of The Jars

The mystery of the jars is in how exactly they got all the way to Brazil. The common historical narrative is that Europeans didn’t reach Brazil until the 16th century, but the jars challenge that assumption. Perhaps they got there on a waylaid ship, or mutineers took them. But there’s more to the mystery than that.

Landscape Photo of the Guanabara BayYeuxpapilon, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Brazilian History

In 1983, Brazil closed access to the Bay of Jars to researchers. They claimed that they did it to prevent looting—but Richard Marx believes that there were more sinister motives behind it. The idea that other Europeans reached Brazil before the Portuguese did upends the country’s entire history—and he suspects that the Bay of Jars was closed for political reasons.

A partial view over the Guanabara bay between Rio de Janerio and NiteróiEdgar Jiménez, Flickr

The Pollock Sisters

In 1957, the Pollock family of England lost their two daughters, 11-year-old Joanna and 6-year-old Jacqueline in a tragic car accident. One year later, their mother gave birth to a pair of twins, Gillian and Jennifer. And as they grew up, they gave not only their parents, but also scientists and researchers, reason to believe in reincarnation.

Little sisters are twins to meet sunsetVersta, Shutterstock

Take Two

When Gillian and Jennifer began to talk, they would identify and ask for toys that had been favorites of their late sisters. They also seemed to recognize landmarks, like the school the girls had gone too. Most eerily, they exhibited a fear of cars—the cause of the accident that took their sisters from them.

Two cute curly kids in a beautiful dress and straw summer hats walking away on forest or park road.Ternavskaia Olga Alibec, Shutterstock

The Research

Though these potential glimpses of past lives seemed to fade after the girls turned the age of 5, the story was compelling enough to get the attention of people who researched potential cases of reincarnation. Dr Ian Stevenson studied thousands of these cases and named the story of the Pollock sisters one of only 14 that he actually believed.

Backwards view of little identical twin sisters with long hair walking together holding handsIrina Nedikova, Shutterstock

The Copper Scroll

In 1952, archaeologists uncovered a scroll in a cave along with other Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran in the West Bank. The scroll, almost two millenia old, is from a time when the Roman Empire controlled the area—and it made an amazing claim.

Part Of Qumran Copper ScrollUnknown Author, Wikimedia Commons

The Copper Scroll Treasure

The scroll contains a record of a vast treasure of hidden gold and silver. Its claims are so fantastic that historians don’t believe that such a massive treasure is even possible. Others believe that the treasure was hidden from the ruling Roman forces.

Copper Dead Sea Scrolls at the Jordan MuseumOsama Shukir Muhammed Amin, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Where Is The Copper Scroll Treasure?

Though the scroll records exactly just how massive the treasure is, it contains no information about where it is. Though countless archaeologists and treasure hunters have searched for it, no other evidence of the treasure has even been found.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, Archaeological Museum , AmmanMahdi Abdulrazak, Flickr

The Sodder Fire

In 1945, the Sodder family lived an American nightmare. One night, their West Virginia home burned to the ground. When all was said and done, five of their ten children survived—leaving five missing. But as investigators examined the ashes of the Sodder home, they made a bizarre discovery.

Ben Franklin, Fayetteville, WVJoseph, Flickr

The Sodder Children

As hot as the fire raged, there’s no way it could be responsible for what investigators found—or in this case, didn’t. There was no physical evidence that the five missing Sodder children had perished in the fire. So…exactly where were they?

Fayette County CourthouseA.E. Crane, Wikimedia Commons

The Evidence

Their disappearance wasn’t the only strange part of the story. When Mr Sodder attempted to save his kids using his coal truck, it didn’t work. The house’s phone lines had been cut. Had someone attempted to wipe out the Sodder family? If so—then what about what witnesses had to say?

Court Street, downtown Fayetteville, West VirginiaA.E. Crane, Wikimedia Commons

The Sodder Children Appearances

Multiple eyewitness accounts pointed to the possibility that the Sodder children might still be alive. One claimed to have seen them in the backseat of a car that passed by during the fire. Another said she’d recognized them from a newspaper photo and tried to talk to them—but they’d been with a group of four Italian women and men.

Alleged 1967 photograph of Louis SodderUnknown Author, Wikimedia Commons

The Sodder Children Theories

Since the Sodders themselves were Italian, they initially believed it might have been a kidnapping as part of an extortion attempt, perhaps from a local organized syndicate. Or, for a political reason—Mr Sodder had been critical of the Italian government.

Fayette County Court House Fayetteville, West VirginiaJimmy Emerson, DVM, Flickr

The Sodder Children Now

From their disappearance until the late 1980s, the Sodders kept up a billboard with photos of their five missing children on State Route 16—but the kids were never found. All the five other Sodder children have since passed on. Sylvia lived until 2021, and always believed that her siblings had survived the fire.

A steel arch bridge spanning 3,030ft long over the New river gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia.Nurs3 jhoy, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

The Ark Of The Covenant

Whether you’re familiar with it from history books, documentaries, or the Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, one thing is true: the story of the Ark of the Covenant is definitely one of history’s most compelling mysteries.

Moses and Joshua bowing before the Ark of the CovenantJames Tissot, Wikimedia Commons

What’s In The Ark?

Why is the Ark so important? Well, it’s supposed to contain the tablets that recorded the Ten Commandments. It’s said that the Art was in the First Temple in Jerusalem when it was sacked by a Babylonian troop under the orders of King Nebuchadnezzar II in 587 BCE—and it hasn’t been seen since.

Ark Of The Covenant In The Anikova DishSailko, Wikimedia Commons

Where’s The Ark?

Was the Ark hidden by the Jewish peoples who used the temple for worship? Was is taken back to the king by the Babylonians? No one knows for sure, though many theories have been thrown around.

Figures The Erection Of The Tabernacle And The Sacred VesselsGerard Hoet (1648–1733) and others,Wikimedia Commons

Theories Of The Ark

It’s possible that the Ark of the Covenant could have also been destroyed during the sacking of the First Temple. Another theory places it in Ethiopia, while one claims that God has hidden it—and that it will be revealed when the messiah comes.

Steven Spielberg's incarnation of the Ark of the Covenant from the feature film Mary Harrsch, Flickr


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