discoveries of objects that should not exist have often placed a huge
question mark against what we know of the world. Particularly
compelling is the evidence that suggests that deep in antiquity Mankind
was considerably more advanced than we have ever dared to imagine.
the very least these finds encourage us to ask deeper questions
concerning the world that once was. For only through a spirit of true
inquiry can we ever hope to acquaint ourselves with these forgotten
pages of our planets history.
Let us then examine a few of these finds, and see what conclusions can be drawn:
The Coso Artifact.
1961 a strange stone was found in the Coso Mountains of California.
Strange, because when it was sawed open it was found to contain a
bizarre mechanical device. This comprised of an hexagonal layer of some
unknown substance, which surrounded an inch thick porcelain cylinder,
which in turn contained a shaft of bright metal around 2 mm in length.
Around the porcelain cylinder were rings of copper, which remarkably
showed no signs of corrosion.
Later examination at the Charles
Ford Society confirmed the device as some kind of mechanical
instrument. Photographs taken of the object showed the metallic shaft
fixed to a tiny spring. This led to it being labelled as some form of
electrical device. Experts who examined it compared it to a spark plug.
was remarkable enough, but when geologists insisted that the rock in
which it was encased was over half a million years old, the mystery sky
rocketed. What was it doing there? How had it got there? On the face of
it there was no plausible answer. Just the unthinkable - that this was
a relic from a past era of high technological advancement - one that
existed over half a million years ago.
The Morrisonville Enigma.
1891 there was an even more remarkable find. A woman in Morrisonville
Illinois was shovelling coal when a piece broke open in front of her.
To her astonishment she found it contained a beautiful gold chain of
The local newspaper gave the following account:
Culp thought the chain had been dropped accidentally in the coal, but
as she undertook to lift the chain up, the idea of its having been
recently dropped was shown to be fallacious, for as the lump of coal
broke, it separated almost in the middle, and the circular position of
the chain placed the two ends near to each other; and as the lumps
separated, the middle of the chain became loosened while each end
remained fastened to the coal.....'
Nor was the Morrisonville
incident the only one of its kind. In 1844 an unidentified gold
artifact was discovered in a quarry in England.
granite, came across the discovery of an item of gold thread about
eight feet below the surface. It was embedded in rock thought to be
over 60 million years old. Experts sent at the behest of the Times
newspaper concluded that the object had been artificially manufactured,
but ventured no opinion as to how it could have found itself embedded
in rock so unimaginably old.
The Salzburg Cube.
1885 a block of coal was found to have a strange steel cube embedded
inside of it. Later tests confirmed it to be artificially manufactured
and experts were astonished. The edges were sharp and straight, and
there was little doubt that this was a machine made instrument that
seemed part of a much larger instrument.
The Rhodesia Man Mystery.
1921 the discovery of a Neanderthal skull in Rhodesia revealed an
astonishing mystery. The skull had been pierced by a high velocity
projectile, similar to a bullet. Mysterious, because it was disclosed
that this injury must have occurred at the moment of death, and not
afterwards. It meant that whoever fired the fatal bullet must have
fired it many thousands of years ago. In his book Secrets of the Lost
Races, author Rene Noorbergen had the following to say: 'A German
forensic authority from Berlin has positively stated that the cranial
damage to Rhodesian man's skull could not have been caused by anything
but a bullet'.
The fact that the skull was found fully 60 feet
below the surface of the ground attested to the fact that this was no
recent injury, and experts were baffled. Even so certain conclusions
seemed obvious: The most apparent of these was that in times considered
too remote for intelligent life, this creature had been gunned down by
a high velocity weapon. The neat entry point of the wound testified to
the great speed of the projectile, which had created a perfectly
of the most significant finds that gives undisputed evidence of
hitherto unsuspected ancient knowledge is the so called Antikythira
device ! This mysterious mechanism comprising of a series of
interlocking cogs and wheels was found at the site of an ancient
shipwreck just off the Greek island of Antikythira.
away it became apparent that this was something extraordinary, and
although heavily corroded, radiograph examination revealed the
existence of a precision instrument of great complexity. A differential
turn table with interlocking cogs testified to its high degree of
craftsmanship. But what was it?
At first experts dubbed it a
navigational instrument, but detailed investigation revealed it to be
something a good deal more complex. Certain similarities with later
astronomical instruments led to it being labelled a planisphere - a
calendrical device that gives the year round positions of stars and
planets. Other inscriptions, unfortunately damaged, seemed to refer to
zodiacal positions with a degree of accuracy that involved considerable
the wreck from which the device was salvaged dates back to nearly one
hundred BC. This created an immediate stir. Such refined craftsmanship
was at that time unknown, and was to remain so until the 16 th century.
Now suddenly this fortuitous find raised important questions. For this
kind of precision instrument to exist there must equally have existed a
sophisticated method of production. But up until that moment no hint of
such capability had ever been found.
what can we make of the Antikythira device ? Is it just an
archaeological oddity - a simple aberration to the established order,
or does it represent the tip of a vast treasure of unexplained ancient
our opinion this strange instrument categorically places the technology
of it's era in a completely different light. We are seeing something
that should not have existed for over 1500 years, and once again we are
left in awe at achievements that leap out across the void that
separates our understanding of these distant ages.
the meaning and function of the Antikythira device, we must not forget
that it's importance represents no more than a small gem in a large
crown of strange and magnificent finds.
corner of the globe is without some strange enigma of things that seem
impossible to explain. Indeed the catalogue of these finds is highly
impressive. Ancient lenses polished as finely as any we have today -
pieces of an ancient battery, magnificent astronomical observatories,
sophisticated toys resembling heavy earth moving equipment - these are
only a small element of a rich vein of finds that is slowly extending
our perception of ancient times. There is even evidence that ancient
man may have flown in aircraft.
It is a known fact that ancient
druidic legends speak of frequent flights using the power inherent in
ley-lines. By some unknown means these ley-lines were capable of
raising flying machines that according to author Rene Noorbergen
regularly flew backwards and forwards between England and Greece. He
writes: ' Druidic tradition tells of such heroes as Mog Ruith, Bladud
and the magician Abiris, who possessed flying vehicles activated by the
ley-line energies and were able to travel in them as far as Greece'.
Ancient electrical supply.
compelling is evidence of an ancient electrical supply. This seems to
have been utilised much as we use electric current today.
area especially rich in evidence of this sort is ancient Babylonia and
Persia. A discovery of several clay pots excavated in Iraq revealed an
amazing discovery. Each of the pots appeared to have been soldered with
a lead/tin alloy, topped with copper discs, sealed with bitumen. Far
sighted investigators discovered that when a mixture of copper sulphate
and acetic acid was added to the pots it produced around 2 volts of
Over the years many more electric cells were
discovered, almost as if this was part of a mass-produced industry.
Also of amazing importance is the discovery of electroplated gold
jewelry using a technique only recently discovered in this modern age.
Written evidence in mystical Hebrew literature speaks of strange energy sources and of lamps that 'lit themselves'!
strange, are seafaring stories from the last century. More than one
sea-man described strange orb like lamps hung by natives in the jungles
of South America. These lamps were apparently self-sustainable
utilising a source of energy that seemed impossible to explain.
1601 a Spanish writer and explorer who followed the Conquistadores to
South America wrote of a strange pillar on which was a brilliant white
object that illuminated the whole of the surrounding area to quite some
The ancient historian and travel writer Pausanias,
once wrote of a temple with a light that burnt continuously for at
least a year. Even more amazing is the account of the discovery of the
sepulchre of Pallas near Rome. This was said to have been lit by a
light source that had kept the interior of the chamber illuminated for
over two thousand years.
early knowledge of medical procedure is another strange aspect of the
ancient world. Perhaps the most bizarre evidence of this sort concerns
the discovery of numerous skulls from the Neolithic age that appear to
have been trepanned.
In his book Colony Earth, author Richard
Mooney explains the process in the following terms. 'Trepanning today
is an operation in which a section of bone in the skull is removed,
either to ease pressure caused by a tumour or blood clot, or to remove
splinters of bone caused by a skull fracture, and the cavity closed by
a plate. The operation is hardly minor and requires great skill and
care to perform. It is difficult to believe that Neolithic man - if he
was, as has been thought, extremely primitive - could have carried out
such operations with the crudest techniques, a flint knife, and no
anesthetics or notions of hygiene'.
Apparently survivors of this
treatment later went on to live for years afterwards. This in itself
was remarkable, as even in relatively recent times patients undergoing
surgery had a high mortality rate from infection or blood poisioning.
Particularly well documented evidence of ancient cranial surgery comes to us from research in the former Soviet Union.
of several skulls found at the site of Ishtikunuy near Lake Sevan in
Armenia, revealed a highly developed technique of skull surgery
employed over 4000 years ago. One patient had suffered a serious head
injury, presumably leaving sensitive brain tissue exposed. Despite
these difficulties the surgeons of the day had neatly plugged the
fracture using a carefully shaped wedge of animal bone. From the way
the patients bone tissue had enveloped the plug, it was possible to
deduce that the woman had survived the operation and went on to live
for quite some time afterwards.
Ancient brain surgery.
scientists uncovered even more starling evidence, this time involving
surgery directly on the brain. It was found that one woman had been
successfully operated upon to remove an inch wide object that smashed
through her skull. This had penetrated directly to the brain.
Sensationally the surgeons of the day were able to cut around the
object to remove the splinters, before closing up the wound using
animal bone. Once more the patient was able to live on for many years
Admiring the great skill of these early surgeons one
scientist, Professor Jagharian remarked: 'Considering the ancient tools
the doctors had to work with, I would say they were technically
superior to modern-day surgeons'.
Ancient X-ray machine.
Peru a rock drawing from Toro Muerto appears to a show a figure with
raised arms, with what appears to be an X-ray plate of the thorax.
Fully visible are the ribs of the chest cavity, and a central column
resembling the spine. Little information is available on the
circumstances of this find, which if genuine represents yet another
amazing insight into the astonishing complexity of the ancient world.
Far reaching conclusions.
detailing the sheer wealth of these strange and bizarre finds we could
go on and on. All we have done here is to just barely scratch the
surface of the many enigmas that surround us. In so doing we have seen
the image of a world that once was. We see it slowly take shape in
front of us. A world completely at variance with the established view
of things. It means that sooner or later, the pieces of this gathering
jigsaw will force even the most hardened skeptic to accept the full
majesty of the world that once was.
Even now we have approached
the point where doubters can rightfully be termed fools and idiots -
blind bigots, whom history will rightfully view with the scorn they
deserve. The evidence is overwhelming, and it all adds up to the fact
of a planet considerably stranger than we have ever imagined.
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