- Walk into any modern museum, or open any history textbook,
and the picture of the past presented is one in which humanity started
from primitive beginnings, and steadily progressed upward in the development
of culture and science. Most of the artifacts preserved in archaeological
and geological records have been neatly arranged to fit this accepted linear
view of our past.
- Yet many other tantalizing bits and pieces unearthed
offer a very different story of what really happened. Called out-of-place
artifacts, they don't fit the established pattern of prehistory, pointing
back instead to the existence of advanced civilizations before any of the
known ancient cultures came into being.
- Though such discoveries with their inherent sophistication
are well-documented, most historians would like to sweep these disturbing
anomalies under the proverbial rug. But the rug of true history is getting
very lumpy, and hard to step across without tripping over such obvious
contradictions to the conservative picture of antiquity.
- What's more, the mysterious artifacts confirm ancient
legends and stories which describe human history not as linear, but cyclic.
Forgotten ages and former worlds rose and fell in great cycles of life
and death over millions of years, lost to our memory except in myths, and
now, through a few amazing pieces left to us. Here are the top ten out-of-place
artifacts and what they reveal to us about our missing legacy:
- 1. BAFFLING BATTERIES OF BABYLON
- In 1938, Dr. Wilhelm Kong, an Austrian archaeologist
rummaging through the basement of the museum made a find that was to drastically
alter all concepts of ancient science. A 6-inch-high pot of bright yellow
clay dating back two millennia contained a cylinder of sheet-copper 5 inches
by 1.5 inches. The edge of the copper cylinder was soldered with a 60-40
lead-tin alloy comparable to today's best solder. The bottom of the cylinder
was capped with a crimped-in copper disk and sealed with bitumen or asphalt.
Another insulating layer of asphalt sealed the top and also held in place
an iron rod suspended into the center of the copper cylinder. The rod showed
evidence of having been corroded with acid. With a background in mechanics,
Dr. Konig recognized this configuration was not a chance arrangement, but
that the clay pot was nothing less than an ancient electric battery.
- The ancient battery in the Baghdad Museum as well as
those others which were unearthed in Iraq all date from the Parthian Persian
occupation between 248 B.C. and A.D. 226. However, Konig found copper vases
plated with silver in the Baghdad Museum excavated from Sumerian remains
in southern Iraq dating back to at least 2500 B.C. When the vases were
lightly tapped a blue patina or film separated from the surfaces, characteristic
of silver electroplated to copper. It would appear then that the Persians
inherited their batteries from the earliest known civilization in the Middle
- 2. THE STRANGE ELECTRON TUBES FROM DENDERA
- In different locations within the Late Ptolemaic Temple
of Hathor at Dendera in Egypt are curious wall engravings which Egyptologists
cannot explain in traditional religio-mythic terms, but about which electrical
engineers are finding very modern interpretations.
- In one chamber, No. 17, the topmost panel, depicts Egyptian
priests operating what look like oblong tubes, performing various specific
tasks. Each tube has a serpent extending its full length inside. Swedish
engineer Henry Kjellson, in his book Forvunen Teknik (Disappeared Technology),
noted that in the hieroglyphs these serpents are translated as seref, which
means to glow, and believes it refers to some form of electrical current.
In the scene, to the extreme right appears a box on top where sits an image
of the Egyptian god Atum-Ra, which identifies the box as the energy source.
Attached to the box is a braided cable which electromagnetics engineer
Alfred D. Bielek identified as virtually an exact copy of engineering illustrations
used today for representing a bundle of conducting electrical wires. The
cable runs from the box the full length of the floor of the picture, and
terminates at both the ends and at the bases of the tube objects. These
objects each rest on a pillar called a djed, which Bielek identified as
a high-voltage insulator.
- The tube objects look very much like TV picture tubes,
an impression which is not far from wrong, for electronics technician N.
Zecharius has identified the objects as Crookes or electron tubes, the
forerunner of the modern television tube.
- Though the upper chamber scenes have been damaged by
vandals from a later age, other pictures found inside the crypt below the
Holy of Holies are almost perfectly preserved, and their portrayal deepens
the mystery of the strange electron tubes even further. Here, not only
are the tubes shown in full operation, but something else has been added
which may suggest the ultimate purpose for the tubes themselves. In several
instances, both men and women are shown sitting underneath the tubes, hands
held out and cupped, which meant they were in a receptive mode. What kind
of radiation treatment was being performed here?
- 3. THE ENIGMA OF THE ASHOKA PILLAR
- A testimony to ancient metallurgical skills in Delhi,
India is called the Ashoka Pillar. Standing over 23 feet, it averages 16
inches in diameter and weighs about 6 tons. The solid wrought-iron shaft
is made up of expertly welded discs. An inscription on the base is an epitaph
to King Chandra Gupta II, who died in A.D. 413.
- Despite being well over a millennium and a half in age,
the Pillar's constitution is remarkably preserved. The smooth surface is
like polished brass with only occasional instances of pock-marks and weathering.
The mystery is that any equivalent mass of iron, subjected to the Indian
monsoon rains, winds and temperatures for 1,600 years or more would have
been reduced to rust long ago.
- Production of the iron and the techniques of preservation
are far beyond 5th century abilities. It is probably far older, maybe several
thousand years. Who were the mysterious metallurgists who made this wonder,
and what happened to their civilization?
- 4. AN OUT-OF-PLACE COMPUTER FROM ANTIKYTHERA
- A few days before Easter Sunday in 1900, Greek sponge
divers off the small island of Antikythera discovered the remains of an
ancient ship filled with bronze and marble statues and assorted artifacts
later dated between 85 and 50 B.C.
- Among the finds was a small formless lump of corroded
bronze and rotted wood. which was sent along with the other artifacts to
the National Museum in Athens for further study. Soon, as the wood fragments
dried and shrank from exposure to air, the lump split open revealing inside
the outlines of a series of gear wheels like a modern clock.
- In 1958 Dr. Derek J. de Solla Price successfully reconstructed
the machine's appearance and use. The gearing system calculated the annual
movements of the sun and moon. The arrangement shows that the gears could
be moved forward and backward with ease at any speed. The device was thus
not a clock but more like a calculator that could show the positions of
the heavens past, present and future.
- It is highly possible that the device may have origins
ages long before the Greeks, and in a land far removed, now unknown.
- 5. FLIGHT IN ANCIENT EGYPT
- In 1898 a curious winged object was discovered in the
tomb of Pa-di-Imen in north Saqqara, Egypt dated to about 200 B.C. Because
the birth of modern aviation was still several years away, when the strange
artifact was sent to the Cairo Museum, it was catalogued and then shelved
among other miscellaneous items to gather dust.
- Seventy years later, Dr. Kahlil Messiha, an Egyptologist
and archaeologist, was examining a Museum display labeled bird figurines.
While most of the display were indeed bird sculptures, the Saqqara artifact
was certainly not. It possessed characteristics never found on birds, yet
which are part of modern aircraft design. Dr. Messiha, a former model plane
enthusiast, immediately recognized the aircraft features and persuaded
the Egyptian Ministry of Culture to investigate.
- Made of very light sycamore the craft weighs 0.5 oz.
with straight and aerodynamically shaped wings, spanning about 7 inches.
A separate slotted piece fits onto the tail precisely like the back tail
wing on a modern plane.
- A full-scale version could have flown carrying heavy
loads, but at low speeds, between 45 and 65 miles per hour. What is not
known, however, is what the power source was. The model makes a perfect
glider as it is. Even though over 2,000 years old, it will soar a considerable
distance with only a slight jerk of the hand. Fully restored balsa replicas
travel even farther.
- Messiha notes that the ancient Egyptians often built
scale models of everything familiar in their daily lives and placed them
in their tombs, temples, ships, chariots, servants, animals and so forth.
Now that we have found a model plane, Messiha wonders if perhaps somewhere
under the desert sands there may yet be unearthed the remains of life-sized
- 6. A JET FROM SOUTH AMERICA
- In 1954 the government of Colombia sent part of its collection
of ancient gold artifacts on a U. S. tour. Emmanuel Staubs, one of America's
leading jewelers, was commissioned to cast reproductions of six of the
objects. Fifteen years later one was given to biologist-zoologist Ivan
T. Sanderson for analysis. After a thorough examination and consulting
a number of experts, Sanderson's mind-boggling conclusion was that the
object is a model of a high-speed aircraft at least a thousand years old.
- Approximately 2 inches long the object was worn as a
pendant on a neck chain. It was classified as Sinu, a pre-Inca culture
from A.D. 500 to 800. Both Sanderson and Dr. Arthur Poyslee of the Aeronautical
Institute of New York concluded it did not represent any known winged animal.
In fact, the little artifact appears more mechanical than biological. For
example, the front wings are delta-shaped and rigidly straight edged, very
- The rudder is perhaps the most un-animal but airplane-like
item. It is right-triangle, flat-surfaced, and rigidly perpendicular to
the wings. Only fish have upright tail fins, but none have exclusively
an upright flange without a counter-balancing lower one. Adding to the
mystery, an insignia appears on the left face of the rudder, precisely
where ID marks appear on many airplanes today. The insignia is perhaps
as out-of place as the gold model itself, for it has been identified as
the Aramaic or early Hebrew letter beth or B. This may indicate that the
original plane did not come from Colombia, but was the product of a very
early people inhabiting the Middle East who knew the secret of flying.
- 7. CRYSTAL SKULL FROM ATLANTIS
- Without doubt the most famous and enigmatic ancient crystal
is the skull, discovered in 1927 by F.A. Mitchell-Hedges atop a ruined
temple at the ancient Mayan city of Lubaantum, in British Honduras, now
- The skull was made from a single block of clear quartz,
5 inches high, 7 inches long and 5 inches wide. It is about the size of
a small human cranium, with near perfect detail. In 1970, art restorer
Frank Dorland was given permission to submit the skull to tests at the
Hewlitt-Packard Laboratories. Revealed were many anomalies.
- The skull had been carved with total disregard to the
natural crystal axis, a process unheard-of in modern crystallography. No
metal tools were used. Dorland was unable to find any tell-tale scratch
marks. Indeed, most metals would have been ineffectual. A modern penknife
cannot mark it. From tiny patterns near the carved surfaces, Dorland determined
it was first chiseled into rough form, probably using diamonds. The finer
shaping, grinding and polishing, Dorland believes, was done with innumerable
applications of water and silicon-crystal sand. If true, it would have
taken 300 years of continuous labor. We must accept this almost unimaginable
feat, or admit to the use of some form of lost technology.
- Modern science is stumped to explain the skill and knowledge
incorporated. As Garvin summarized: It is virtually impossible today, in
the time when men have climbed mountains on the moon, to duplicate this
achievement...It would not be a question of skill, patience and time. It
would simply be impossible. As one crystallographer from Hewlitt-Packard
said, The damned thing shouldn't be.
- 8. WHO SHOT NEANDERTHAL MAN?
- The Museum of Natural History in London displays an early
Paleolithic skull, dated at 38,000 years old, and excavated in 1921 in
modern Zambia. On the left side of the skull is a perfectly round hole
nearly a third of an inch in diameter. Curiously, there are no radial split-lines
around the hole or other marks that should have been left by a cold weapon,
such as an arrow or spear. Opposite the hole, the cranium is shattered,
and reconstruction of the fragments show the skull was blown from the inside
out, as from a rifle shot. In fact, any slower a projectile would have
produced neither the neat hole nor the shattering effect. Forensic experts
who have examined the skull agree the cranial damage could not have been
caused by anything but a high-speed projectile, purposely fired at the
prehistoric victim, with intent to kill.
- If such a weapon was indeed fired at the man, then one
of two conclusions can be made: Either the specimen is not as old as it
is claimed to be, and was shot by a European in recent centuries, or the
remains are as old as claimed, and the marksman was ancient too. In view
of the fact that the Paleolithic skull was excavated from a depth of 60
feet, mostly of lead rock, the second conclusion is more plausible. But
who possessed gunpowder 38,000 years ago? Certainly not Stone Age man himself.
Another race must have existed, one far more advanced and civilized, yet
contemporary. The question is, where did that rifle-toting marksman call
- 9. THE INCREDIBLE STONES OF DR. CABRERA
- A very unique time-capsule of images is housed in a warehouse
in Ica, Peru. Here are some 20,000 stone boulders, tablets, and baseball-sized
rocks, decorated with an astounding assortment of pictures, in many cases
very much out of time and place. The owner is local physician, amateur
archeologist and geologist Dr. Javier Cabrera Darquea.
- Most material employed is a gray andesite, an extremely
hard granitic semi-crystalline matrix, that is very difficult to carve.
But as Dr. Cabrera observed, People have been finding these engraved stones
in the region for years. They were first seen and recorded by Jesuit missionary
Father Simon, who accompanied Pizarro in 1525. Samples were shipped to
Spain in 1562.
- The stone portraits show very sophisticated surgery skills
and medical knowledge, in some cases as advanced, and even more advanced,
than today. There are scenes of Caesarean sections, blood transfusions,
the use of acupuncture needles as an anesthetic (which only gained use
in the West since the late 1970s), delicate operations on the lungs and
kidneys, and removal of cancerous tumors. There are likewise detailed images
of open heart and open brain surgery, as well as 20 stones showing a step-by-step
heart transplant procedure.
- This is a disturbing revelation in itself, that someone
in unknown antiquity achieved a level of sophistication rivaling our own.
But there are other pictures even more out-of-place. As Dr. Cabrera noted,
and as has been verified by other medical physicians, there are stone etchings
which show a brain transplant. The prehistoric surgeons, it is evident,
possessed knowledge several steps beyond modern-day surgery.
- 10. MANUFACTURED METALS MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD
- For the past three decades miners at the Wonderstone
Silver Mine near Ottosdal in the Western Transvaal, South Africa, have
been extracting out of deep rock several strange metallic spheroids. So
far at least 200 have been found. In 1979, several were closely examined
by J.R. McIver, professor of geology at the University of Witwaterstand
in Johannesburg, and geologist professor Andries Bisschoff of Potsshefstroom
- The metallic spheroids look like flattened globes, averaging
1 to 4 inches in diameter, and their exteriors usually are colored steel
blue with a reddish reflection, and embedded in the metal are tiny flecks
of white fibers. They are made of a nickel-steel alloy which does not occur
naturally, and is of a composition that rules them out, being of meteoric
origin. Some have only a thin shell about a quarter of an inch thick, and
when broken open are found filled with a strange spongy material that disintegrated
into dust on contact with the air.
- What makes all this very remarkable is that the spheroids
were mined out of a layer of pyrophyllite rock, dated both geologically
and by the various radio-isotope dating techniques as being at least 2.8
to 3 billion years old.
- Adding mystery to mystery, Roelf Marx, curator of the
South African Klerksdorp Museum, has discovered that the spheroid he has
on exhibit slowly rotates on its axis by its own power, while locked in
its display case and free of outside vibrations. There may thus be an energy
extant within these spheroids still operating after three eons of time
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