Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ancient Enigmas

I admit it.  I am intrigued by very old artifacts whose existence strikes us as impossible. I am less interested in what Van Daniken put forward as I am in the really really old stuff....objects that are impossibly old.  I am interested in this because as a child I can remember learning just how old the earth is and thinking, that is a long long time for things to happen here. What if there were other epochs in our earth where entire races cam and went without so much as a notice in the fossil record simply because they were just so incredibly old?  I have never been one to need evidence for an idea in order to substantiate the idea.  After all, Einstein's concept related to relativity was all phenomenon that we as humans could not see or witness in the usual way.  This in no way negates the potential validity of such an idea.  Instead of going into science, I wound up in art, where free thinking was always encouraged.....

There are a very significant body of objects now that are so incredibly anomalous that most academics and scientists tend to simply dismiss them as unimportant.  Personally, I think they are very important since they could point to eras in our history when other intelligent life developed and thrived.  

Al of this brings up all kinds of tantalizing questions.  There is this notion that time travel is not possible.  What if time travel is possible, but it has been carried out in a careful way, with the understanding or care to not become too involved in past events in order to keep from changing the future. This is the big buggaboo in time travel;  you don't want to go back to marry your grandmother....that might well be disastrous, right?  But what if some of the objects we have been finding are the result of time travel?  Or what if this planet has been host to countless generations of beings so old, their fossil record has been difficult to find or dig up.  What if humanoid beings during the time of dinosaurs lived in underground complexes....or cam from other worlds and were only here for relatively small amounts of time, not enough to deposit huge amounts of material that would reveal their existence except for a few small and very strange objects (some of which you will actually get to see in this blog).  We can raise all kinds of questions, but in the final analysis, the sheer existence of these artifacts are incredible to me.

Okay, so here are some of the goods to wet your appetite....

A very old nail. In a 1851 edition of the The Illinois Springfield Republican, it was reported that  Hiram de Witt found a  chunk of auriferous quartz while on a trip to California. When it accidentally slipped from his hands, it split open, and out fell a cut-iron nail. The quartz was about 1 million years old.

Gold Chain in coal. In 1891, Mrs. S. W. Culp, of Morrisonville, Ill. was fragmenting coal into smaller pieces for her kitchen stove when she noticed a chain stuck in the coal. The chain measured about 10 inches long and was later found to be made of eight-carat gold, and described as being "of antique and quaint workmanship." According to the Morrisonville Times of June 11, investigators concluded that the chain had not simply been accidentally dropped in with the coal, since some of the coal still clung to the chain, while the part that had separated from it still bore the impression of where the chain had been encased.

Gold thread in stone. The Times of London reported in 1844 that workmen quarrying stone near the River Tweed in Scotland found a piece of gold thread embedded in the rock eight feet below ground level.

Ancient modern tools. While quarrying limestone in 1786, workers came to a bed of sand about 50 feet below ground level. In the layer of sand they found the stumps of stone pillars and fragments of half-worked rock. Digging further, they found coins, the petrified wooden handles of hammers, and pieces of other petrified wooden tools. The sand in which the discovery was made was beneath a layer of limestone dated at 300 million years old

Technology of the supersmall. In 1991-1993, gold prospectors on the Narada river on the eastern side of the Ural mountains in Russia found unusual, mostly spiral-shaped objects, the smallest measuring about 1/10,000th of an inch! The objects are composed of copper and the rare metals tungsten and molybdenum. Tests showed the objects to be between 20,000 and 318,000 years old.

Ancient screw. In 1865, a two-inch metal screw was discovered in a piece of feldspar unearthed from the Abbey Mine in Treasure City, Nev. The screw had long ago oxidized, but its form - particularly the shape of its threads - could be clearly seen in the feldspar. The stone was calculated to be 21 million years in age.

Mysterious vase.Electronic device in a geode. In 1961, the owners of a gift shop in Olancha, Calif. found a fossil-encrusted geode in the Coso Mountains. When one of the owners cut the geode in half with a diamond saw, however, he found an object inside that was obviously artificial. The object had a metal core surrounded by layers of a ceramic-like material and a hexagonal wooden sleeve. When X-rayed, the object seemed to resemble a modern spark plug or some other electronic component. Yet it had been completely encased in a geode that was covered with fossils estimated to be 500,000 years old.

Ancient vase. In June, 1851, Scientific American reprinted a report from the Boston Transcript about how a metallic vase, found in two parts, was dynamited out of solid rock 15 feet below the surface in Dorchester, Mass. The bell-shaped vase (see photo), measuring 4-1/2 inches high and 6-1/2 inches at the base, was composed of a zinc and silver alloy. On the sides were figures of flowers in bouquet arrangements, inlaid with pure silver. The estimated age of the rock out of which it came: 100,000 years.

Now, for as odd as it might seem, is it possible that we have been visited by time travelers in our current era?   If so, its entirely possible that someone from the future could fit in perfectly with us without hardly raising an eyebrow. What if someone defied the law governing going back during human history in order to interact with it....what then?  

It turns out that there is such a story.  And it is admittedly a  rather wild one.  But that is going to be the topic of a future post....

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