Primeval | The Bizarre Case of the London Hammer

Primeval | The Bizarre Case of the London Hammer

The London Hammer

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At only six inches long, the London Hammer (so named after being discovered near London, Texas in 1936) is a peculiarly small hammer. Though, by far, the most bizarre aspect of its existence is that it was discovered completely encased in rock, suggesting that the rock material developed around it.

A local couple discovered it while on a hike; having picked it up because of the odd piece

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of wood protruding from it. They then brought it home and it remained undisturbed until their son took an interest in it in 1937. He wanted to find out what the protruding piece of wood led to so he broke apart the stone and discovered the hammer encased within.

Estimates to its age, based on the surrounding material, wildly range from 1 million to 500 million years; though any precise dating is not necessarily important in this context as anywhere between holds the same level of significance since such an implement, according to conventional history, should not have even existed outside of the last 100 thousand years.

Adding to the mystery is the fact that parts of its handle are in the process of turning into coal; a detail which supports the understanding that this artifact may truly be millions of years old.

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Yet, what might be the most mysterious aspect of the London Hammer is the fact that, since it was exposed to air over 80 years ago, no rust has accumulated upon it, despite the hammer being over 96% iron. This is a baffling feat of metallurgy, the means for which remain unknown today. In regards to this, the only other comparable items we know of also happen to be ancient and mysterious, the Iron Pillar of Delhi being one such example. So, just to clarify, there is no technique we know of today to make an almost solid piece of iron impervious to rust yet our ancient ancestors somehow understood how to do this—at least those ancestors living across the Atlantic in ancient times.

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This is a rather critical detail because rust-resistant creations of iron are extremely rare, and the only two primary ones in the world which are known and accepted—the Iron Pillar of Delhi and the Eiserner Mann—are not found in the Americas and predate Columbus’ “discovery”. [To note: the Eiserner Mann is understood by those familiar to be an incredibly ancient remnant, though its first registered dating only began when it was transplanted in the 1600’s to be used as a village boundary marker.]

To this day, the London Hammer is dismissed by many primarily due to a proposed theory which suggests that a form of rapid concretion must have taken place; in other words, it’s a relatively modern hammer that came to be encased in stone due to some very exotic series of circumstances which rapidly formed stone around it.

This flimsy explanation, which every party opposing the hammer’s significance has been forced to lean on, is somewhat painful to swallow. Primarily because the notion that components of strata can rapidly solidify together is entirely a theory and very close to outright speculation. Never has this process been recorded taking place. Minute examples of just so certain mineral interactions have been observed, though when faced with a situation such as this, that information is taken and grossly extrapolated to help reach a comfortable conclusion. This is comparable to aliens finding a tribe who’s built grass huts, announcing that they are our planet’s builders, then going on to assume that they must have built the great pyramid; it’s ignoring the more likely possibility that human civilization is older and more complex than we conventionally believe in favor of a woefully unlikely alternative.



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