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Heavener Oklahoma Coal Mine
By R.A. Rajotte
Oklahoma seems to be a hot bed of bizarre archaeological anomalies. Are Oklahoman's prone to telling tall tales or did the Land that we currently call Oklahoma once host an advanced civilization completely unrelated to its last known aboriginal people - the Amerindians.
"In the year 1928, I, Atlas Almon Mathis, was working in coal mine No. 5., located two miles north of Heavener, Oklahoma. This was a shaft mine, and they told us it was two miles deep. The mine was so deep that they let us down into it on an elevator.... They pumped air down to us, it was so deep."
One evening, Mathis was blasting coal loose in this mine. "there were several concrete blocks laying in the room. These blocks were 12-inch cubes and were so smooth and polished on the outside that all six sides could serve as mirrors. Yet they were full of gravel, because I chipped one of them open with my pick, and it was plain concrete inside. .... As I started to timber the room up, it caved in; and I barely escaped. When I came back after the cave-in, a solid wall of these polished blocks was left exposed. About 100 to 150 yards farther down our air core, another miner struck this same wall, or one very similar." - Atlas Mathis
The coal in the mine was Carboniferous, formed at least 286 million years old.
According to Mathis, the mining company officers immediately pulled the men out of the mine and forbade them to speak about what they had seen. Mathis said the Wilburton miners also told of finding "a solid block of silver in the shape of a barrel... with the prints of the staves on it," in an area of coal dating between 280 and 320 million years ago. This is a believe it or not story, the current whereabouts of the block of silver is unknown and unphotographed as is the wall in the mine. Perhaps a tall tale invented by a mischievous coal miner - perhaps not.
300 Million Year Old Iron Pot
In 1948 a Frank J. Kenwood found an Iron Pot embedded in coal . The Coal came from the same area as the wall in the coal mine and silver barrel described above. The coal that the pot came from is estimated to be over 300 million years old.
'While I was working in the Municipal Electric Plant in Thomas, Oklahoma in 1912, I came upon a solid chunk of coal which was too large to use. I broke it with a sledge hammer. This iron pot fell from the center leaving the impression mold of the pot in the piece of coal."
A fellow employee also witnessed the breaking of the coal, and saw the pot fall out. - Source - Creation Research Society Quarterly (March, 1971), Wilbert H. Rusch, Sr., Professor of Biology, Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Not Arlo but certainly Woody. In the 1950s, Alleyne K. Ecker found a statue of a bearded, robed figure holding a lamb embedded in red clay in a well in Guthrie, Oklahoma. A local man who was familiar with woodcarvings told her that the artifact was shaped from a hardwood - harder than ebony, and speculated that the tree was extinct because it was not identifiable as any known wood.
Chinese students from a nearby college stated that they believed the artifact depicted Shou Hsing, a pre-Jesus Chinese Christ-like character who represented longevity in their pantheon.
Ancient Stone Wall
David Campbell on the blog viewzones reports the discovery of an ancient stonewall and furnace in the foothills of Oklahoma, comprised of "clearly defined cells which seemed to be separating from the dense limestone. They seemed to have been 'melted' on some way. They were so dense and black, I was almost sure they were iron.... The cells resemble a honeycomb."
Although this site has not and probably will or can not be dated to the same antiquity of the coal mine finds, it is at the very least pre-Columbian and most likely 'BCE' - Before the Current Era" it is in the same geographic area as many other bizarre anomalies. See - A Phoenician Fortress and Furnace?
"when Spiro Mound in Oklahoma was excavated in the 1930's, a tall man in full armour was discovered along with a pot of thousands of pearls and other artifacts, the largest such treasure so far documented. The whereabouts of the man in armour is unknown and it is quite likely that it eventually was taken to the Smithsonian Institution" - Genes, Giants, Monsters and Men Pg. 178