The term OOPART—short for out-of-place artifact—is used to describe an object which is so bizarre that it completely stands against our understanding of history.
This article is going to be a part of a series on such artifacts as these discoveries are in no short supply when digging through the records of history. With that being said, when such finds have been made in the past they’re, more often than not, quickly discarded and lost from the records. So, despite the abundance of such OOPART finds, the ones that can be researched still only represent a small fraction of similarly unfitting artifacts that have been recovered.
One additional note, which is rather important to keep in mind, is that fame and/or finance are not associated with the individuals who discover these items. Such finds, instead, are typically met with boiler plate skepticism and the ridicule which naturally spews from dogmatic fountains when faced with something that might potentially derail the cozy paradigm they thrive upon. In other words, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who found such an artifact and rose to success because of it. And this is important to understand because the most common means of dismissing an OOPART is to claim that it must have been an elaborate hoax; despite the fact that, in nearly all cases, such discoveries only become a burden to the finders and are typically given away.
The Drill Bit Encased in Coal
On December 13th, 1852, John Buchanan presented an advanced drill bit, which had been found completely encased in coal, to Scotland’s Society of Antiquaries. Upon examination, the find was accepted as authentic by the organization, though they believed that the only reasonable explanation was that it must have somehow been lodged into the coal in more recent times as they believed impossible that modern man could have existed 100’s of millions of years ago—the time necessary for the bit to have become embedded in the coal.
The bit was found by a company building a road near Glasgow seven feet beneath the ground under dense clay and boulders. A group of the workers and supervisors were present to examine the bit after it was exposed in the freshly broken apart coal. It was then reported to the man heading the operation who went on to get in touch with John Buchanan.
Mr. Buchanan, in describing the man leading the construction project, had this to say:
“The person conducting these building operations is Mr. Robert Lindsay, wright and builder, a most respectable individual, well known to me, and on whose veracity implicit confidence may be placed”
In discussing the artifact, Mr. Buchanan goes on to say the following:
“I quite agree in the generally received geological view, that the coal was formed long before man was introduced upon this planet; but the puzzle is, how this implement, confessedly of human hands, should have found its way into the coal seam, overlaid as the latter was by a heavy mass of diluvium and boulders. If the workmen who saw the relic disinterred are to be depended on (and I have no reason whatever to doubt their perfect veracity), then there may and must be some mode of accounting for the implement finding its way down eight or nine vertical feet from the surface.”
The Three Hundred Million Year Old Tools
There’s a site in Aix-en-Provence, France where workers in the 1700’s uncovered relatively modern tools, after digging down fifty feet, which had been turned to agate due to their extreme age.
That transition from wood to agate, or petrified wood, is the highlight here; as this is a process that is believed to take millions of years, so finding any “petrified” tools is an incredibly serious discovery.
Researcher Roy Bainton dated the limestone that the workers had dug down to reach as being 300 million years old.
It was Count Bournon who initially led the digs into the site. In describing the findings, he had this to say:
“They found stumps of columns and fragments of stones half wrought, and the stone was exactly similar to that of the quarry. They found moreover coins, handles of hammers, and other tools or fragments of tools in wood. But that which principally commanded their attention, was a board about one inch thick and seven or eight feet long.”
With the workers having made their way through thirty beds of limestone in order to reach the tools mentioned, an almost undeniable feeling of extreme antiquity has accompanied these finds and embedded itself in those who’ve examined them. Yet, since the findings have since disappeared—as is the case with similar controversial finds from that era—not a great deal more was ever made of this peculiar event.
The Four Mystery Molds of America
More recently, researcher Todd Jurasek was directed to a site by an elderly Native American WW2 veteran whom he’d become familiar with; the man believing that this long-known site would be of interest to Mr. Jurasek.
At the site was a 300 million year old body of sandstone, and in that sandstone could be seen the depressions left by four objects. Around the depressions were chisel marks indicating that whatever created the depressions had been pried out sometime in the past. The depressions themselves showed the appropriate cracking to indicate that they had formed around an object, and the variety of sandstone also suggested that the depressions must have formed around an object as opposed to being created by tools.
Intrigued by the depressions, expert mold maker Joe Taylor was called out to create molds of the find.
The objects resemble modern pieces of infrastructure, like what you might find in an industrial operation involving piping or drilling. The exact location of the find is being temporarily kept disclosed as a further round of research is conducted at the area.
Currently, the molds have come into the control of a hard-line fundamentalist organization. They believe that the molds exist as evidence that the Earth is as old as the bible says that it is, refuting the commonly held understandings of different materials and things dating back before 10,000 BC.
Personally, these look to be four implements that were used at some time in extreme antiquity then discarded in a pile once they were dull or faulty. Or, alternatively, they were created near the scene and found to have imperfections and so discarded in the same area; this would be expected if many pieces were being created to build a large infrastructure.[Editor’s Note: The depressions were not found in the manner that the molds shown here depict them. They’ve only been aligned for the convenience of analysis.]
The Red Mountain Shoe Print
In 1997, by Red Mountain, China, a school teacher came across a shoe print embedded in rock. Further examination revealed that it was a left shoe based upon the visible signs of weight distribution. A codfish fossil was also found to have been entangled in the footprint and was used to help date the print.
Analysis of the print and related material eventually gave it a dating which placed it at an age of roughly 200 million years.
Due to the exotic nature of the find, it was immediately dismissed by academics as an impossibility.
The 225 Million Year Old Sandal
On Jan. 25, 1927, a geologist by the name of Albert E. Knapp discovered a heel print, from what looked to be a sandal, embedded in a body of limestone inside Fischer Canyon, Nevada. That limestone has since been dated to be about 225 million years old.
When examining the find in greater detail, researchers were even able to see a form of double stitching which was used to bind the sandals together. Interestingly, that advanced form of stitching wasn’t yet in use at the time of the discovery.
Experts at the Rockefeller Foundation, when the specimen was given over for further examination, even found crystals of mercury sulphide in the print; a tell-tale sign that it is indeed as old as it’s believed to be.
The Object of Aiud
Discovered by a team of workers digging a trench in Romania in the 70’s, the Object of Aiud has continued to baffle those who’ve attempted to study it. To this day, it remains one of the most enigmatic artifacts ever found, and one of the most frustrating discoveries for researchers bound to the narrative of mainstream history. Particularly because its composition is like nothing ever before seen.
We’d go into more detail here, but most of what we’d say has already been summed up in an episode of our Enigmas series, seen below:
The Dorchester Pot
While blasting through a body of rock in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1852, what appeared to be a small, metallic vase was discovered in the remains of the material that was blown out from fifteen feet underground. Although the artifact was initially discovered as two separate pieces amongst the rubble, the team of workers at the scene quickly realized that they fit together.
“there is no doubt but that this curiosity was blown out of the rock … The matter is worthy of investigation, as there is no deception in this case.”
-June edition 1852 Scientific American
The artifact, when examined, appeared to have been comprised of a zinc alloy with a high content of silver. Covering the bell shaped object are intricate designs which are said to have been the work of an expert craftsman. The object itself is 4.5 inches in height, 6.5 inches in diameter at the base, and is 2.5 inches in diameter at the top. The strata in which is was found suggests an age of hundreds of millions of years, with more precise estimates placing it at 593 million years old.
After examining some of these artifacts, the idea of accepting them, to a substantial degree, may be troublesome for some; as that would likely mean acknowledging a very different reality in which modern humans have existed for an incredibly long period of time. But, please keep in mind that the understanding that our world is far older than we believe, particularly in regards to the age of civilization, is an understanding which has been carried by nearly all religions and civilizations throughout known history; the primary exemptions being Abrahamic faiths such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The majority of other belief systems hold that this world is indeed substantially older than we take it to be, and the organized civilizations upon it come and go within a system of cycles which encompass millions, or even billions, of years.
So, when looking at these anomalies, please try to keep an open mind to the idea that our ancient ancestors—again, just to be clear, outside of the Abrahamic faiths—may not have been wrong in their belief that civilization has existed on this world for far longer than we conventionally believe. If we give some respect and credence to the understandings of these ancient cultures, we might not only make sense of the anomalies mentioned here, but we might also open our eyes to a fuller picture of this world’s history, one which we’ve been blinding ourselves to for some time.
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