From ancient geological strata comes what have been labeled OOPARTS, or Out Of Place Artifacts. These are what appear to be recently produced items
and imprints found in natural mineral formations millions of years old. Conservative historians and archaeologists, who hold to the concept of linear
cultural development, point to the ancient Middle East as the home of the very first metal production. Here, they claim, man began to melt and shape
copper, iron, gold, and silver only 8,000 years ago
1820 From The American Journal of Science and Arts, 1820 comes the account of an ancient tool discovery. At a quarry near Aixen-Provence, France,
in 1788, 40 or 50 feet below ground in a layer of limestone were found coins, petrified wooden handles of hammers, pieces of other petrified wooden
tools, and a quarrymen's board. The limestone was 300 million years old.
1826 In a well dug near the Ohio River in north Cincinnati at a level 94 feet down, a buried tree stump was found which showed the marks of an ax. The
marks were deep and well cut, indicating the use of a sharp and durable blade. The ax used was confirmed to have been made of metal when, embedded in
the top of the stump, an advanced oxidized wedge of iron was found. The layer in which the stump was found was dated to be between 50,000 and 75,000
years old nearly 10 times the accepted age of the supposed first metal usage.
1851 In the June 1851 issue of Scientific American, a report was reprinted from the Boston Transcript about a metallic vase dynamited out of solid
rock in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The bell-shaped vase was 4 1/2 inches high, 6 1/2 inches at the base, 2 1/2 inches at the top and an eighth of an
inch thick. The metal of the vase was composed of an alloy of zinc and a considerable portion of silver. On the sides were six figures of a flower in
bouquet arrangements, inlaid with pure silver, and around the lower part a vine, or wreath, also inlaid with silver. The chasing, carving, and
inlaying are exquisitely done by the art of some unknown craftsman. This vase was blown out of solid pudding stone from 15 feet below the surface.
The estimated age was 100,000 years.
1867 At the Rocky Point Mine, in Gilman, Colorado, at a depth of 400 feet excavators found human bones embedded in a silver vein and a well-tempered
copper arrowhead. The vein was dated at 135 million years old.
1877 Prospectors near Eureka, Nevada found a human leg bone and kneecap sticking out of solid rock. Doctors examined the remains and determined they
were from a very modern-looking human being, and one that stood over 12 feet tall. The rock in which the bones were found was dated geologically to
the Jurassic Period, over 185 million years old
1896 From the American Anthropologist, 1896 comes the finding of a perfect human imprint in stone near Parkersburg, on the West Virginia side of the
Ohio River. The track was 14 1/2 inches long, and was found embedded in stone dated at 150 million years old.
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I think we have something wrong with our dating procsses.
Edit: All caps.
[edit on 3-6-2005 by intrepid]