We have lost many historic sites due to the plain stupidity of human’s destruction. War, vandalism, and just plain ignorance have caused us to lose and destroy amazing hallmarks for absolutely no good reason. It is obvious that humans simply cannot be trusted as they are ruining incredible historic sites that we will never be able to replace. Here are 10 of them that are gone forever:
- The Singapore Stone
The Rosetta stone is a much more popular version of an ancient stone, but the Singapore Stone is like it’s close relative. This stone was a huge 10 ft by 3 ft boulder, which stood at the entrance of the Singapore River. There was ancient script on the stone that nobody could identify until later it was thought to be a variation of Old Sumatran from the 10-14th centuries. The stone including the surrounding area was considered holy and an important find. The British army found it better to blow it up and make building material, road surface, and a bench, merely because they wanted to build a fort.
- The Senator Tree
3500 years ago a cypress tree seed fell to the ground in Florida and took root successfully. It grew to a height of 118 ft. and stood the test of time. It outlived every tree on earth besides four; it became known as The Senator. One day in 2012, a meth addict named Sara Barnes, decided to climb into the tree and get high. It became dark so she lit a fire to help her see her way down. The fire lit instantly and went completely out of control. It burned for a couple hours and then stood as a pile of burnt ashes.
Nauru, a tiny island nation, known for one of Australia’s offshore detention centers, was once known as paradise. It was covered with tropical vegetation so beautiful they named it Pleasant Island. Nowadays, Nauru is only left as a stone island with no life to it at all. In 1900, the people of the island realized they were sitting on one of Earth’s biggest deposit of phosphate and decided it necessary to strip the entire island down to the bone.
- The Atacama Desert
The driest place on Earth, also known as the Atacama Desert, preserved many drawings and artifacts from the pre-Columbian era. Some of the sand dunes record the traces of wind patterns that helped to shape them 18,000 years ago. Challengers in the Dakar Rally in 2009 decided that it would be fun to drive a car straight through them, ruining them entirely. The Atacama archaeological site had been ruined by 44% due to complete stupidity, and therefore we lost out on the opportunity to study history further on that site forever.
- Jonah’s Tomb
Jonah, the well-known prophet most remember by getting swallowed up by a whale, who had a final restaing place known as Jonah’s Tomb, was dated back to the eighth century BC. The site was a pilgrimage site for both Christians and Muslims until one day the leaders of ISIS decided it necessary to blow up in 2014. In their mind they were saving people from worshiping a false idol, taking the historical site away from us forever by setting bombs inside the tomb.
- Benin City
Benin City stood until the 19th century as one of the most important sites on Earth. Located in Portugal, also larger than Lisbon, it was a beautiful and meticulous city full of houses and streets that were perfectly straight. Oba’s Palace was in the center of the city and many people adored it, comparing it to Florence, Italy. The British decided it to be necessary to burn it all to the ground. In an entire course of only 17 days, the British army sent in their army to destroy Oba’s Palace, steal from those who lived in the city, and left nothing standing.
- Lake Urmia
Before the 1990’s, Lake Urmia located in Iran was a complete tourist attraction known for its beautiful blue waters and the 100 islands which would house exotic animals. People went to bathe in the healing sands and others would simply go to see the beautiful site. The lake was enormous, the size of Luxembourg, and known as one of the natural wonders of the world. If you were to go there today, you would see it as a completely desolate, abandoned land. Now you will see a receded water line, toxic salt storms, and very little wildlife.
- The Mayrieres Cave
15,000 years ago in the southwest region of France were a group of cavemen who thought it be a good idea to put their artistic skills to work by painting two bison inside the Mayrieres Cave. In the year 1992 a local youth club decided it be a great idea to clean up some caves that were covered in graffiti. They reached the Mayrieres Cave and scrubbed it until most of it was cleaned off completely.
- The ancient sites of Syria
The war in Syria has caused a lot of damage, with extensive damage being caused to the historical treasures that are in Syria. The Aleppo souk is one of the most important trading points with much damage to the famous Silk Road. In 2012 a fire had ruined the souk and destroying Silk Road. An ancient minaret in Aleppo had been completely leveled after standing for over 1,000 years. In December of 2014 the UN declared that 300 sites had been damaged or destroyed across the country.
- Saudi Arabia sites
Many of the historical sites in Saudi Arabia have been destroyed, over 98 percent to be exact, since the year 1985, thanks to the ruling family. They deliberately have taken down many cultural and historical sites. A mosque that had belonged to the first caliph in Islam, named Abu Bakr, had been taken down and replaced with an ATM machine. Mount Uhud, a mountain in Madina, known for a place that Prophet Muhammad used to frequent, had been shut off from the public only to be filled in with concrete. With many other places completely destroyed willingly, they have managed to annihilate many historical sites.