65 million years ago, when a cataclysmic meteor strike wiped out the dinosaurs, there was not even the merest hint of any creature remotely resembling man around, nor was there any creature intelligent enough to smelt and then use metal. That being so, why were oval shaped metallic tubes found in France, buried in Cretaceous chalk of that era? Not only that, but a metal cube, obviously manufactured, was found deep within a huge lump of coal, in 1885, and electric plant workers, in 1912, found, embedded deep within a billion year old sandstone block, a rusty nail! These are but a few of the discoveries that defy historical fact, but there are even more curious finds.
1. AntiKythera mechanism
Between 1900 and 1901, divers salvaging the wreck of the Antikythera, an archeological undertaking, as this was an ancient wreck, discovered what to all intents and purposes was a mechanical computer of great age, obviously constructed with the aim of calculating astronomical positioning. At the time, it was barely realized how very unusual this was, because, with a date of construction estimated at between 100 and 150 years before Christ, this artifact should have been impossible to build. The sophistication shown in the design and building was comparable with the technologies developed by19th century Swiss clock makers, while most known astronomical clocks began appearing in the 14th century. No satisfactory explanation for this advanced mechanism has yet appeared, but this incredibly rare and exciting object must, in truth, be priceless in terms of value.
2. The Ica stones
Found in Ica, Peru, and varying in dimension from football to golf ball sizes , these strange rocks appear to be inscribed, via hand etching, with images that purport to show dinosaurs, primitive fish and natives employing what look like modern tools. First brought to public attention in 1966, by Dr. Javier Cabrera, a local doctor, who had been gifted with a small, carved rock, as a birthday gift from a poor patient. It seems incredible indeed that some scenes depicted on these stones include men riding flying dinosaurs, others hunting and slaying such beasts, while yet more human figures perform complex surgeries. Since Homo Sapience has a history spanning only two million years, these pictured scenes cannot possibly be real, because if they were, the whole of history needs to be written again.
3. The Phaistos disc
This circular clay disc, completely covered on both sides with inscribed symbols, unlike any known kind of writing, was found in Southern Crete in 1908, in the ancient city of Phaistos. Thought to have originated about 1700 BC , the disc has fascinated those who study it for many years. A researcher called Steven Fischer laid claim to having deciphered the symbols, saying that the whole thing is written in an ancient Greek dialect, but since no similar artifacts have ever appeared in Crete, the disc may have come from a foreign land. One clear symbol is that of a crested helmet, often out to later use by the Philistines. T Some of these symbols again appear to depict technologies that could not have existed at the time, but until the disc, regarded by some as the earliest typewritten text, can be properly translated, the mystery remains.
4. The Baghdad battery
2,200 years ago, the technology for the building of electric batteries should have been unknown, yet a clay jar of that vintage, that was found, in 1938 by German archeologist Wilhelm Konig, turned out to be just such a device. This perfectly ordinary looking earthenware jar, 3 inches wide by six high, has an opening sealed with asphalt. This plug held a tube rolled from copper sheet, capped at the base with a copper disc, in place, while central to the tube was an iron rod that went from top to bottom, without making contact with the copper. The jar is thought to be an artifact of the Partthian empire, rulers of Iraq from 250BC to 230AD, about 500 years. It is believed that the jar, once filled with fermented grape juice or vinegar, was used to coat silver jewelery with gold, via electro-plating, something that was ‘discovered’ 2,000 years later by the scientist Galvini. Another slice of history being wrong?
5. The Dropa stones
These ancient artifacts were very mysterious, when found , in 1938, in a Chinese mountain range. Searching through caves that had been undisturbed for millennia, Dr. Chi Pu Tei found, buried under layers of ancient dust, signs that some incredibly old culture had once lived there, in the shape of several hundred discs, each about nine in across.Every one of these weird discs had spiral grooves cut into them, similar to those on vinyl records, though these artifacts are between 10 and 12,000 years old. Each groove was found to be made up of minute hieroglyphic symbols, relating the astonishing tale of extra-terrestrial vessels crash-landing in the area, occupied by beings calling themselves the Dropa. Remains were found within the cave that did not seem human, though this is shrouded in mystery, as is the true story of technology used but supposedly unknown at that time. Another cover-up?