(Do We Have This One?? Also, it could probably use a snappier title and probably some linking work. Perhaps separating the types of artifacts into categories like a sliding scale would also be a good idea? Also, I confess, I am no expert with the scripting here, so that probably needs a fix or two. Or ten.)
- Greame: Any idea what these are?Sebastian: No, you?Greame: No.Maxwell: Well it's a good thing we brought the experts.Greame: Yeah it is a good thing, because this is like finding Moses' DVD collection..
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- A driving force behind the plot of Spriggan. - ZCE
- Indiana Jones frequently discovers these, but perhaps most (in)famously played in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. - ZCE
- Aliens Versus Predator has an entire pyramid showing up in the middle of Mysterious Antarctica.
- Stargate has this as the way the heroes get to the alien planet that serves as the setting. It's an alien portal device found in an Egyptian ruin.
- Sphere starts off with the protagonists being asked to investigate a mysterious ship found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, which is thought to be an alien spacecraft. As it turns out, it's a time travel machine from the U.S, carrying an even stranger artifact.
- Occasionally crops up in Clive Cussler's works, due to Dirk Pitt's status as an Adventurer Archaeologist. One example is Sahara, where Dirk chases down leads taking him to a Confederate ironclad in the middle of the Sahara Desert, though there is a perfectly good reason for it being there.
- The H.P. Lovecraft story At the Mountains of Madness has the protagonists discover a temple complex created by the Elder Things, a race of Starfish Alien Ancient Astronauts.
- A frequent plot device in Tomb Raider, pretty much the framework of the plots for every game except 2. - ZCE
- Endless Ocean has the character frequently discover these, with both games used to find the remnants of an ancient civilization. - ZCE
- The "Pieces of Eden" in the Assassin's Creed series. - ZCE
- The Crystal Skulls. Claimed to have been discovered in a Mayan temple, and made out of pure quartz, one of the hardest minerals to cut and sculpt and way outside the technological capabilities of the Mayans. Most however, regard it as nothing more than a forgery.
- A more mundane example is the Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca Head. It shares similarities to Roman sculpture, but was found in a Mexican archeological dig.
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