Despite the best efforts of historians, archaeologists and curators, much still remains to be discovered about the treasures of the past. These three ancient wonders are unsolved mysteries.
The Lion Man
This figure – half-man, half-lion – carved out of a mammoth tusk, could be a depiction of a god or a shaman. Its making could itself have been a ritual. The carving of a modern replica was an attempt to find out more.
The Masks of Sanxingdui
3,000 years ago, Sanxingdui was the site of a city on the plains of Sichuan and the bronze masks found there are unlike anything else that has survived from Ancient China. Unfortunately, no evidence has surfaced to explain what they were for.