Archaeological finds of ancient artifacts in Crete are not figurative, but really put scientists at a dead end. Here is one example, a miniature gold pendant, according to scientists made by representatives of Minoan culture in 1700 BC.
The suspension was found by French archaeologists at the beginning of the 20th century during excavations of the palace in Malia, which was destroyed by the catastrophic eruption of Santorini volcano. Scientists have only suggested that the suspension is 1700 years BC, because later this date the palace was already destroyed and it is likely that the suspension was created even earlier and it was just kept in the palace.
Why does this gold suspension put scientists around the world at a dead end – because no one can explain how and with what technologies they created this beauty thousands of years before our era.