Ancient Archaeological Anomalies
Human or Human like foot prints found alongside those of dinosaurs, remnants of shoes from a period that our ancestors where presumably still swinging from trees, advanced metallurgy from the bronze age and before, a period when - as per traditional thought - humans were just beginning to master the basics of metal work. Nails embedded in petrified trees presumably hundreds of thousands of years old.
One of the more puzzling type of artifacts is Aluminum found amongst primitive and pre historic fossils. Although aluminium salts and compounds occur naturally in stone, clay and soil and were in limited use among early civilizations as dyes and for medicinals, the manufacture of Aluminum as we know - as a metallic object, did not occur till 1825 . Aluminum as a metal does not appear naturally, only as a manufactured product of modern metallurgy.
The process required to make Aluminum is considered Advance metallurgy and supposedly not something early man could have conceivably mastered. For starters it requires a temperature of roughly 1,000 F degrees to be manufactured. It also requires bauxite, not discovered [or perhaps re-discovered] till 1821.
In 1959 Chinese archeologists discovered ancient belt buckles made of aluminum that were believed to be several thousand years old. - [Technology of the Gods: The Incredible Sciences of the Ancients ]
In 1974 the Aiud wedge was discovered among mastodon bones. It is a maunfactured object of unknown origins, made of aluminum. The Aiud Artifact
In 2013 a piece of aluminum machinery was found in Vladivostok. As per Russian experts it is a manufactured and not naturally occurring gear rail that was dated at 300 million years old. The artifact was found embedded in coal. Coal is of course a naturally occurring substance - formed from decaying organic matter between 280 and 320 million years ago. Whether or not the Russian scientists used this fact to ascertain the age of the aluminum artifact is uncertain, what is certain however is that it was not the first - nor will it be the last anomalous artifact found embedded in coal.
Anomalies discovered in coal.
Coal we use today was formed roughly 300 million years ago, the earth was covered by sweltering bogs and swamps. As plants died, the organic material they were composed of sank and formed peat, which over many millenia was compressed by natural forces into coal. In the middle of chunks of coal from 300,000,000 years ago are found metallic vases, jewelry, and figurines that somehow became lodged there when the coal was still in a semi-liquid form.
Circa 1880 - a Colorado Rancher discovered an Iron Thimble embedded in carbon deposits believed to be "billions of years old" . [The Forbidden Knowledge of Good and Evil: Creation] ' due to mishandling by its owners, the iron corroded and disintegrated. " J.Q. Adams, 'Eve's Thimble', American Antiquarian, Vol.5, 1883.
1868 Hammondsville England - A smooth slate wall was found encased in coal - upon the wall, as per its discoverers, were "hieroglyphics" The Los Angeles News reported it as a smooth slate wall covered with strange writing. The lettering was embossed and raised leaving a well defined impression in the coal when chiseled away. The fact that the raised lettering was able to leave an impression in the coal indicates that the wall was present when the coal was in a liquid form.
1885 - Austria. The Salzburg Cube was discovered when a worker broke open coal and found a metal cube encased by carboniferous deposits. It was originally beleived to be a meteorite, but more modern analysis propoved that the 'cube' object was made of forged iron, not consistent with meteorites and apparently was hand crafted. The cube has slightly rounded sides on opposing ends. It only measures roughly 2.5 by 1.2 inch. There is an groove or incision that runs around the perimeter, suggesting it was machined.
In 1891 a gold chain, roughly 10 inches long, was found embedded in a lump of coal . The Morrisonville, Illinois Times, on June 11, 1891 stated that it was of "quaint workmanship." and further stated that only part of the chain was visible when the coal was broken open, and that the full length of the chain remained embedded within the coal. The current whereabouts of the necklace are unknown, and no photographs are available. The discover of the necklace, Mrs. Silas Culp was the wife of the editor of The Morrisonville Times.
In 1912 a worker at a local electric power plant split open some coal and an Iron pot fell out. The impression of the pot remained in the coal. - Mysteries of Time and Space Brad Steiger p. 46.
In 1928 polished blocks and a wall of unknown origin as well as "a solid block of silver in the shape of a barrel" was discovered in an Oklahoma coal mine.
1937 - Pennsylvania, a ceramic spoon or ladle was found amongst coal ashes and sent to The Smithsonian Institute to be examined, where it disappeared until 1976.
In 1944 a 10 year old boy broke open a lump of coal and discovered a brass bell inside, the bell had an iron clapper.
In 1948 an Iron Pot was found embedded in coal from the same region of Oklahoma as the silver barrel and wall discovered in 1928. See - Ancient Civilization in Oklahoma
Other artifacts have been found in or amongst coal deposits some are more credible than others. The case of metallic vase found in coal in Dorcester Massachusetts for instance is easily refutable as it was not actually found in the coal itself. It was discovered among coal fragments that were recently blasted and bares a strong resemblance to candle holders manufactured in India in the 19th Century. Many others can not be successfully debunked.
Artifacts Embedded in Stone
In addition to artifacts encased in coal other curious artifacts are from time to time found inside solid stones.
The The London Hammer discovered in 1936 near the town of London, Texas. A hammer, a man made artifact embedded in stone is regarded as evidence of intelligent human presence in extreme antiquity. Some claim it to be the result of a process similar to that of petrifying wells and only dating as far back as the 19th Century, while others claim it is evidence of Human presence in pre-history.
In 1998 what appears to be an electronic component was found embedded in sold stone estimated to be 100,000 years old. It is basically a 3 prong plug comprised of an unknown substance. The artifact is embedded in solid granite, the granite itself is naturally formed, from quartz and feldspar.
An X-ray revealed that the component extends far into the internal structure of the stone. What purpose the object served its creators is uncertain, but the 3 prong plug like structure is indicative of an electrical nature. A Positive, a negative and a ground. Testing confirmed it still capable of carrying current.
In 2014 what appears to be an ancient micro-chip was discovered in stone from Labinsk Russia. Some say that the “microchip” is actually a 400 million year-old sea lily fossil.
Rutherford Scotland 1844 - gold thread found embedded in rock from a quarry 8 feet underground. London Times June 22, 1844 quoted by John Keel Our Haunted Planet p. 14.
Scotland 1845 - A nail was discovered partially embedded in solid stone at Kingoodie quarry. It was described by Sir David Brewster at a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science who stated that about one inch of the nail was embedded, the rest lying along the stone and projecting into a layer of gravel, where it had rusted. .. The Complete Books of Charles Fort, pg. 133
1851, Hiram de Witt, of Springfield, Massachusetts, dropped a fist sized piece of gold bearing quartz from California. The rock broke apart and inside it was a slightly corroded 2" cut iron nail, as per the article "It was entirely straight and had a perfect head," London Times December 24, 1851
France Circa 1786 [The following is excerpted from Mysteries of the Unexplained ]"Extensive quarrying was done near the city of Aixen -Provence, France between 1786 and 1788, to provide the large quantities of limestone needed for the rebuilding of the Palace of Justice. In the quarry from which the limestone was taken, the rock strata were separated from each other by layers of sand and clay, and by the time the workmen had removed 11 layers of rock they had found they had reached a depth of some 40 feet or 50 feet from the original level of the area.
Beneath the 11th layer of limestone they came to a bed of sand and began to remove it to get at the rock underneath. But in the sand they found the stumps of stone pillars and fragments of half worked rock, the same stone and rock that they themselves had been excavating. they dug further and found coins, the petrified wooden handles of hammers, and pieces of other petrified wooden tools. Finally they came to a large wooden board, seven or eight feet long and an inch thick. like the wooden tools, it had also been petrified into a form of agate and it had been broken into pieces. When the pieces were reassembled, the workmen saw before them a quarryman's board of exactly the same kind they themselves used, worn in just the same way as their own boards were, with rounded, wavy edges.
How a stonemason's yard equipped with the kind of tools used in France in the late18th century, had come to be buried 50 feet deep under layer of sand and limestone 300 million years old is a question even more vexing today than at the time of the original discovery. For we now know, thanks to advances in geological and anthropological dating, that such a thing is absolutely impossible. And yet it does seem to have happened. "