The Kensington Runestone.
Discovered in 1898 near Kensington,Minnesota.The stone is a slab of Graywacke stone,grey in color,measuring 36 inches long,16 inches wide,and 6 inches
thick.It contains runic writing along the face of the stone and along one edge.It suggests that Scandinavian explorers reached the middle of North
America in the 14th century.
The inscription reads;
"Eight Goths and 22 Norwegians on a journey of exploration from Vinland very far west. We had camp by 2 rocky islands one day's journey north
from this stone. We were out fishing one day. After we came home we found 10 men red with blood and dead. AVM save from evil."
Tecaxic Calixtlahuaca Head.
A terracotta head discovered in 1933 among pre-Columbian grave goods in the Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca zone in the Toluca Valley, approximately 65
kilometers west of Mexico City.Because of the head’s non-Amerind facial features, including a beard, and its unusual style, some believe that it is
of Roman origin, and thus evidence of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact. The site where the head was found seems to be a genuine pre-colonial site
undisturbed during the colonial period.
The Dropa Stones.
Discovered in a cave in the Baian-Kara-Ula mountains of China,1938.
Measuring about nine inches in diameter,each had a circle cut into the center and is etched with a spiral groove.The spiral groove is actually
composed of tiny hieroglyphics that tell the incredible story of spaceships from some distant world that crash-landed in the mountains.The ships were
piloted by people who called themselves the Dropa, and the remains of whose descendents, possibly, were found in the cave.They are estimated to be
The Coso Artifact.
Discovered in 1961 near the town of Olancha,California.
Cutting up what was believed to be a geode Wallace Lane,Virginia Maxey and Mike Mikesell found an object inside that seemed to be made of white
porcelain.In the center was a shaft of shiny metal.Experts estimated that,if this was a geode,it should have taken about 500,000 years for this
fossil-encrusted nodule to form,yet the object inside was obviously of sophisticated human manufacture.Further investigation revealed that the
porcelain was surround by a hexagonal casing,and an x-ray revealed a tiny spring at one end,like a spark plug.
The Antikythera Mechanism.
More than a hundred years ago an extraordinary mechanism was found by sponge divers at the bottom of the sea near the island of Antikythera,a small
island that lies northwest of Crete.The find is a hunk of corroded bronze that contains some kind of mechanism composed of many gears and wheels.
Writing on the case indicated that it was made in 80 B.C.and many experts at first thought it was an astrolabe,an astronomer's tool.An x-ray of the
mechanism,however,revealed it to be far more complex,containing a sophisticated system of differential gears.It is the most sophisticated mechanism
known from the ancient world.Nothing as complex is known for the next thousand years.The artifact is now understood to be dedicated to astronomical
phenomena and operates as a complex mechanical "computer" which tracks the cycles of the Solar System.
[edit on 20-10-2008 by jakyll]