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Some of humanity’s most epic and paradigm-shifting discoveries have come completely by accident. Many have significantly shaped our interpretation of the past.

Even inventions like the microwave, Teflon, and super glue were created on the backs of accidental discoveries. Shoutout to the slinky, too!

Our understanding of hitherto existing society is constantly changing, shaped by new interpretations, information, and discoveries. Archaeological excavations will continue to shape the way we view the past, given that they’re tangible relics of different eras in human and world history.

Many of the greatest facets of human culture are predicated on the advancements of accidental uncoverings and innovations.

Check out 30 of the most amazing archaeological discoveries in human history that continue to shape the way we think of the past and present. Expect the unexpected!