A carving of a bicycle was found in ancient ruins—what could this mean?

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A carving of a bicycle was found in ancient ruins—what could this mean?
Stars Insider

25/07/18 | StarsInsider

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Perhaps the bicycle has been invented for far longer than historians may have previously thought. While exploring a 2000-year-old ancient temple in India, an archaeologist named Dr. R. Kalaikovan discovered the image of someone riding a bike sculpted into part of the Meenakshi Amman temple.

“After the prayer, while taking a look around, I came across the carving of a bicycle on a pillar behind the Amman temple,” Dr. Kalaikovan stated in an article for The Hindu. “It was so funny and intriguing to see the picture of a cycle in an ancient temple. But neither the officials nor the scholar who wrote its history, were able to explain how it came there. I started researching this fact,” he wrote. 

Taking to Twitter, a fellow researcher and videographer captured the bizarre finding, writing, "Found a Bicycle carved in a 2000 year old #temple. According to historians, bikes were invented 200 years ago. So how was it carved in #ancient times? Are we looking at evidence of advanced ancient technology?"

Perhaps the bicycle is not nearly as modern as we may have previously thought. What else could be hiding among the ruins? 


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