1. Long Hidden Room Reportedly Discovered On The Queen Mary
This new room was hidden behind the locked bathroom, and is reported to be a 1,500 square foot space. The space contains the machinery that is used to control the ship's anchors; officials say they beleive that the room may have been sealed off in the 1960s as the ship was being converted into a hotel and tourist attraction.
2. The secret room hidden under a trapdoor in Florence that experts believe contains a lost Michelangelo artwork unseen for centuries
For hunders of years, a Renaissance secret lay hidden beneath the Medici Chapels in Florence. Behind a trapdoor discovered under a wardrobe, a museum director and colleagues found a room with charcoal and chalk drawings lining the walls and, they're thought to be the works of Michelangelo. Now, more than 30 years after their discovery, these rarely seen drawings have been revealed in breathtaking photos captured by National Geographic photographer Paolo woods. The room was found in 1975 by then museum director Paolo Dal Poggeto and colleagues while looking for a new way for tourists to exit, according to a National Geographic Exclusive report.
After the initial discovery of the room, which was filled with coal, experts undertook the careful job of removing layers of plaster from the walls to reveal what could be hidden beneath, given the city's history. And, this revealed dozens of drawings that appeared similar to some of Michelangelo's famous works. Among the drawings was an image that resembles a sculpture in the New Sacristy chamber of the chapel above, which was designed by Michelangelo, according to National Geographic. The experts also noted parallels between a particular sketch and the artist's chalk drawing of the Resurrection of Christ, as well as a sketch reminiscent of Michelangelo's depiction of Leda and the swan.
3. A secret room, boarded up after the 1906 earthquake, is found in the Winchester Mystery House
4. The hidden room behind Mount Rushmore
To make sure people in the future knew the history of his project and the meaning behind it, Borglum announced an ambitious addition: a massive room situated just behind Abraham Lincoln's hairline that would contain all the information anyone would ever need about the mountain. It would even house major historical artifacts like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Borglum called it the Hall of Records. In 1938, he had workers begin blasting away with dynamite, carving what he wanted to be the most elaborate artist's signature ever conceived.
5. Scans Reveal Two New Hidden Rooms in The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Scan Pyramids project continues to break new ground on the Great Pyramid at Giza whilst barely laying a finger on it. Their latest finds shows that the 4,500 year old monument has even more mysterious hidden cavities and corridors than their previous work showed. Their first new discovery is a cavity about 105 meters ( 345 feet ) up from the ground on the northeastern corner of the pyramid. This is followed by another "void" discovered on the north face of the structure, AFP reports.
The project, led by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities Authority, uses infrared thermography,"cosmic ray" muon detectors, aerial drone photography, and laser scanning to "look inside" the pyramids in a totally non invasive way. The project is coming to the final weeks of its year long mission, which started last October. The bulk of their work has been conducted on the Great Pyramid, the largest and oldest of the three pyramids at the Giza site, which acts a monument and tomb to Pharoah Khufu. They have also conducted work on its neighbor Khafre in Giza, as well as the Bent pyramid and Red pyramids in the Dahshur necropolis.
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7. Found: The Remains of Sally Hemings’ Small Room at Monticello
Hemings, a slave who is known as Jefferson’s “mistress,” would have lived in somewhat better conditions than other slaves on Jefferson’s property. In the excavation, archaeologists found her room’s original hearth, fireplace, and floors. The excavation is part of a project aiming to tell the full story of Monticello—including the story of the slaves that Jefferson kept.
8. A trove of Nazi memorabilia is found in a secret room in a Buenos Aires home
9. ‘Secret spy room’ uncovered in Moscow during renovation work
He said this chamber had helped Moscow’s defenders to snoop on enemies on the other side of the city’s wall. In all, more than 150 artifacts dating back to the 16th-19th centuries were unearthed during the renovation. Among them are coins, ceramics, utensils, bullets, buttons, an arrow and a cannon ball. The renovation of Moscow’s streets began last year. This spring and summer, 87 downtown streets are slated for gentrification.
10. Demolition of Prohibition-Era Wall Reveals Centuries-Old Wine Collection Dating Back to 1769
Historians and museum workers have been renovating Liberty Hall Museum, originally just called Liberty Hall, which was home to New Jersey’s first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston. The house was built in 1772, just prior to the American Revolution, and originally had 14 rooms. The estate changed ownership in 1811 to the Kean family and eventually became the 50-house mansion that stands today.