In 1944 an Australian Air Force member dug up some coins from a beach on the Wessel islands. They were kept in a tin for decades until eventually identified. Four were minted by the Dutch East India company, but five were from the Kilwa, a port city-state in modern day Tanzania.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/25/world/africa/ancient-african-coins-history-australia/index.html

Further exploration has found one more suspected Kilwa coin on another of the Wessel islands.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-10/suspected-kilwa-coin-discovered-off-arnhem-land-coast/9959250

Kilwa started minting coins in the 11th century, but only two others had previously been found outside its borders: one at Great Zimbabwe, and another in Oman, both of which had significant trade links with Kilwa.

What other artefacts have been discovered in unexpected places?

Edit: A lot of great examples being discussed, but general reminder that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Take everything with a pinch of salt, particularly since a couple of these seem to have more ordinary explanations or are outright hoaxes.

Source: reddit post


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