Strange Relics from the
by J.R. Jochmans, Litt.D., 1979
Dr. Jochmans cites numerous accounts of human artifacts being
found in earth strata, which according to the standard evolutionary time scale,
predate human evolution. These accounts show human existence far far back into
earth history, and prove evolution theory false.
Although Dr. Jochmans writes "as though" human remains and
artifacts are hundreds of thousands or millions of years old, is it is clear
from his conclusion that he considers this world to be young, in accordance with
a normal, straight, reading of the Bible and its genealogies.
not have any background on, nor contact with Dr. Jockman. I cannot contact the
"Forgotten Ages Research Society" of Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, which, I
understand, originally published the booklet. This booklet was available through
the Bible-Science Association some time back.
Accepted theories and unaccepted facts
In most of the academic and scientific world today, the
interpretation of the history of the earth, of life, of man, and of human
culture, is defined within the narrow boundaries of specific, prevailing
theories. The geology of the earth, for example, is viewed almost exclusively in
terms of uniformitarianism. This means that the present-existing processes of
erosion and volcanism are thought to have been the only forces at work in the
past. Because of the slowness of these processes of change, and the tremendous
transformations observed in the earth's depths, the age of the earth is thus
counted in billions of years - today, it is put between 4 1/2 and 5 billion
Likewise, the history of life on this planet is seen as a lengthy
development by evolution, or, the progression from simple to increasingly more
complex forms. Since the simplest - and supposedly earliest - life forms appear
in Cambrian rock, and Cambrian rock is dated geologically at 600 million years,
this is deemed the age of life on earth. Only in the final stage of evolution
did man appear on the scene, the ultimate end-product: According to the most
recent anthropological finds, the earliest man-like creatures roamed the earth
just 4 million years ago. Finally, the very nature of evolutionary theory
dictates that man's cultural development must have been linear - a slow,
gradual, but constant, upward climb from primitive beginnings, spanning the last
10,000 years, with the advent of modern technological civilization and its
products the recent culmination of that climb.
These theories, which
together form the uniformitarian-evolution-linear model, have predominated
modern science for the past century, to the extent that all finds made - every
rock sample, every fossil, every human remains and every artifact - have been
carefully interpreted and categorized so as to fit this model's framework, at
the exclusion of all other. But it is becoming increasingly apparent that not
all facts from the past find their "proper" place. Other discoveries have been
made that contradict the accepted model. Yet these discoveries are largely
ignored, since it is far easier for the majority of scientists and historians to
uphold what is "established," than to try to build a new model based on the
One of the greatest pitfalls of the
uniformitarian-evolution-linear model is that it must accept the premise that
man, as an intelligent being, was a very recent arrival in the history of the
earth. With the geologic record counted in billions of years, the fossil record
in hundreds of millions of years, the record of human fossils in the millions of
years, and human civilization only in the thousands of years, there would be no
way to explain the presence of human bones, or sophisticated artifacts derived
from the hand of man, in deep rock strata. In fact, the finding of even a single
such item would be totally devastating to the model, for it would negate the
entire concept of uniformity, and the evolution of man and human culture in the
The point that will be brought out in this book is that there is
evidence for man, and the products of human civilization, in the deep recesses
of the earth. Herein are presented the case histories.
The bones of forgotten men
Walk into any natural museum today, or read any textbook on
anthropology, and one invariably finds a large chart exhibited, tracing the
ancestry of man back through more primitive forebears, until the line is lost
somewhere amid the apes. Recently, paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey,
excavating in Ethiopia, announced the discovery of what are supposed to be the
oldest accepted fossil remains of man - about 4 million years old. What has been
disturbing about the new finds is that they are, in part, too human: Their great
age, yet partly "modern" appearance, has forced evolutionists to push back the
departure of man from the ape stock farther into the past, so that now it is
beginning to infringe upon the time period necessary for the development of the
But while the African finds are revolutionary, there
have been other discoveries of human fossils greatly more important, but these
have been deliberately neglected or denounced, because they are far older than
man is "supposed" to be.
Over a hundred years ago, in the 1850's, gold
miners began digging tunnels into the sides and top of Table Mountain, northwest
of Needles, California. Gold was discovered, but along with it were bones of
extinct mastodons, mammoths, bison, tapirs, horses, rhinos, hippos and camels -
all dating from the Pliocene. In 1863, a physician from nearby Sonora, Dr. R.
Snell, began to collect specimens from the excavations. In that year, with his
bare hands, he loosened from among the fossils a stone disc that appeared to
have been used for grinding. But Dr. Snell was not the first, or last, to
unearth mysterious objects from the mountain gravel: In 1853, Oliver W. Stevens
made affidavit that he removed a large stone bowl from the lowest level tunnel;
in 1857, the Honorable Paul Hubbs, of Vallejo, dug up part of a human crania
from inside the Valentine shaft; and in 1862, Mr. Llewellyn Pierce also signed
affidavit that he had found a stone mortar 200 feet in from the mouth of the
same shaft. The most dramatic find, however, was reserved for a Mr. Mattison,
one of the owners of the mines. In February of 1866, Mattison unearthed from
beneath a layer of basalt an object which - because of the encrustation's - he
first thought was the petrified root of a tree, but on closer examination
discovered was a complete human skull. The miner sent the skull to the office of
the State Survey in June of the same year. Eventually, the skull came into the
possession of Dr. L. Wyman, of Harvard College, who removed the encasing
material around the cranium. Dr. Wyman, and an associate named Professor
Whitney, identified the skull as very modern in type, but also noted that, "the
fragments of bones and gravel and shells were so wedged into the cavities of the
skull that there could be no mistake as to the character of the situation in
which it is found." The stickler was, however, that this meant the skull, along
with all the artifacts found, were 12 million years old.
In 1958, Dr.
Johannes Huerzeler, of the Museum of Natural History in Basel, Switzerland,
unearthed a human jawbone at a depth of 600 feet, in a coal mine in Tuscany,
Italy. The bone had belonged to a child, between the ages of five and seven.
Though flattened like a sheet of iron, the jaw was declared by several experts
to be not only human, but modern-looking at that. But what mystified them was
that it had been encased in a Miocene stratum - geologically dated at 20 million
years. Dr. Huerzeler declared it to be the world's oldest man" - but his fellow
anthropologists did not dare give it the same distinction. Here were human
remains more modern in appearance than all the "ape-men" forms ever found - yet
they were five times as old as any of them. In fact, the jaw bone is as old, if
not older, than many ancestors of the apes. The bone raised more problems than
answers - so the find was quickly "shelved," and no further work was ever done
to give it due recognition.
Early in November of 1926, archaeologist
J.C.F. Siegfriedt made a discovery in another mine, this one the Number Three
shaft of the Mutual Coal Mine of Bear Creek, 55 miles southwest of Billings,
Montana. What Siegfriedt found was a human tooth, in which the enamel had been
replaced by carbon and the roots by iron, by seepage petrification. In an
account published in the Carbon County News and dated November 11, 1926,
Siegfriedt reported that he had meticulously preserved the mineral matrix that
had been deposited around the tooth, and several dentists identified the mold
created as being a human second lower molar. The tooth, however, came from the
lower level of the mine - from an Eocene deposit dated at 30 million years old. Siegfriedt could generate no interest in his find among other specialists, and
as far as is known, no one has done any further study of the mystery.
One of the more controversial of the "out-of-place" bones from extreme
antiquity is today part of the collection of the Freiberg Mining Academy in West
Germany. It is a poorly preserved human skull, found in brown coal in 1842, from
an undisclosed locality. Early European authorities dismissed the skull as a
fake, but more recent research and analysis has questioned this hasty
pronouncement, putting it back into the realm of the authentic. The reason for
its initial denunciation is understandable: The coal it was embedded in, a
portion of which still clings to the skull, is estimated to be as much as 50
million years old.
It seems that even when authentication is
overwhelming, the response by the scientific community is, inversely,
underwhelming. In 1973, a rock collector named Lin Ottinger was searching over a
rock plateau that had just been bulldozed over, in preparation for the beginning
of mining operations by the nearby Big Indian Copper Mine. The mine is situated
35 miles southwest of Moab, Utah. During his pickings in the exposed rock,
Ottinger suddenly found pieces of bone and teeth, and traced these to a patch of
sand with a brown stain - the tell-tale sign of decayed organic matter.
Carefully removing the sand, Ottinger discovered the top portion of a large
intact bone. The rockhound, realizing the importance of his find, decided to
have a credited expert look at it, and let him do the digging, so that
everything would be "scientifically acceptable."
A week later, Ottinger
returned to the plateau with Dr. J.P. Marwitt, professor of anthropology at the
University of Utah in Salt Lake City, several photographers, a news reporter,
and a number of observers. With cameras recording the event, Dr. Marwitt
carefully removed the lower halves of two human skeletons. The bones were
articulated - that is, laid out naturally - showing the bodies had not fallen or
been washed into the stratum in which they were situated. These and other
factors revealed the bones to be as old as the layer in which they were found.
The one problem was, the layer is Lower Dakota and Upper Morrison formations
-over 100 million years of age, according to uniformitarian geologists. Yet, as
Marwitt noted, the bones were not simian or even half-ape: They were fully human
The skeletons were taken by Marwitt back with him to
the University of Utah, to run laboratory datings on them. But whether the tests
were ever run, there was no official confirmation. One gets the impression they
were, and that the findings were too disturbing for conservative thinking.
Marwitt suddenly became "disinterested" in the project, and left Utah to take up
a teaching position elsewhere. After a year waiting for results, Ottinger
recovered the bones - and that ended the scientific inquiry.
made in the last century, were similarly reported, and promptly forgotten. The
Saturday Herald of Iowa City carried an article that on April 10, 1867, human
remains and artifacts were brought to light at the Rocky Point Mine, in Gilman,
Colorado. At a depth of 400 feet below the surface, excavators found human bones
embedded in a silver vein. Along with the bones was found a well-tempered copper
arrowhead. As best as can be calculated, the vein in which the items were
situated was 135 million years old, by present geological standards. ((SR. #2))
At times, the discoveries made revealed "mysteries upon mysteries." In
July, 1877, four prospectors were looking for gold and silver outcroppings in a
desolate, hilly area near the head of Spring Valley, not far from Eureka,
Nevada. Scanning the rocks, one of the men spotted something peculiar projecting
from a high ledge. Climbing up to get a better look, the prospector was
surprised to find a human leg bone and knee cap sticking out of solid rock. He
called to his companions, and together they dislodged the oddity with picks.
Realizing they had a most unusual find, the men brought it into Eureka, where it
was placed on display.
The stone in which the bones were embedded was a
hard, dark red quartzite, and the bones themselves were almost black with
carbonization - indicative of great age. When the surrounding stone was
carefully chipped away, the specimen was found to be composed of a leg bone
broken off four inches above the knee, the knee cap and joint, the lower leg
bones, and the complete bones of the foot. Several medical doctors examined the
remains, and were convinced that anatomically they had indeed once belonged to a
human being, and a very modern-looking one. But an intriguing aspect of the
bones was their size: from knee to heel they measured 39 inches. Their owner in
life had thus stood over 12 feet tall. Compounding the mystery further was the
fact that the rock in which the bones were found was dated geologically to he
era of the dinosaurs, the Jurassic - over 185 million years old. The local
papers ran several stories on the marvelous find, and two museums sent
investigators to see if any more of the skeleton could be located.
Unfortunately, nothing else but the leg and foot existed in the rock.
The next and last skeletal find takes us another quantum leap in
geologic time, and plunges us even deeper into the earth's strata. A Scientific
American article published in 1880 reprinted the particulars of a discovery made
in the spring of that year, reported in the St. Louis Republican.
Dr. R.W. Booth, who operated an iron mine about 3 miles from Dry Branch, in
Franklin County, Missouri, unearthed from a depth of 18 feet a human skull,
portions of ribs, vertebrae and a collar bone. With them were two barbed
arrowheads of flint, and pieces of charcoal. Dr. Booth realized the significance
of all this, but was frustrated when at just a touch the skull crumbled to dust,
and the other bones likewise broke into pieces. But these pieces nevertheless
told their story: Later analysis showed they were definitely human. Two and a
half weeks later, Dr. Booth reached a level of 24 feet, and found more of the
same skeleton - a thigh bone, vertebrae, and more charred wood. What is more,
the remains were found resting on a layer of iron ore, which bore the
impressions of coarse matting. One could still see the marks of criss-crossing
fibers. What astounded Booth was that the layer in which both portions were dug
up was the second or saccharoidal sandstone of the Lower Silurian - dated an
incredible 425 million years old.
Let me repeat that: 425 million years.
We have gone far beyond the purported age of human culture, of man himself, the
apes, all mammals, even the age of the dinosaurs. According to evolutionary
theory, the Silurian age saw the advent of life on land and was in fact more
than two-thirds of the way back to the supposed advent of life itself. But what
are the remains of man and his products doing at this level? Something,
certainly, is very wrong.
Muddy footprints across the face of time
Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington once wrote: "We have found a
strange footprint on the shores of the unknown. We have devised profound
theories, one after another, to account for its origin. At last we have
succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the footprint. And lo! it is
our own." There is more truth in this statement than first meets the eye, for
there are many instances where not only did man leave his remains in the rock
strata, but also his imprint.
In 1884, Earl Flint, a geologist
representing the Peabody Museum and Harvard University, discovered in a rock
quarry near Managua, Nicaragua, on the shores of Lake Gilva, a layer containing
fossilized human tracks, 16 to 24 feet below the surface. Flint described the
tracks in these words, written in 1884:
"The footprints are from
one-half to three inches in depth and none exceeded eighteen inches. Some of the
impressions are nearly closed, the soft surface falling back into the
impression, and a crevice about two inches in width is all one sees, and my
first glance at some parallel to one less deep, gave me an idea that the owner
of the latter was using a stave to assist him in walking. In some the substance
flowed outward, leaving a ridge around it - seen in one secured for the museum;
the stride is variable, owing to the size of the person, and the changing nature
of the surface passed over. The longest one uncovered was seventeen inches,
length of foot ten inches, and width four inches, feet arched, steps in a right
line, measured from center of heel to center of great toe over three steps. The
people making them were going both ways in a direction consonant to that of the
present lake shore east and west, more or less."
Among these, and others
in nearby sites, Flint found examples of both barefoot and well-defined
sandaled-foot impressions. All were geologically dated as being over 200,000
years of age. Now supposedly at this remote time, man was nothing more than a
naked, hairy creature, capable of chipping a few flints and just beginning to
overcome his fear of fire. In sharp contrast, the Nicaragua finds reveal the
intelligent use of a walking stick, and the wearing of sandals that appear to
have been best designed for both comfort and protection. We are confronted here
with not just the footprint of a half-beast, but rather the footprint of a
Two years earlier, in the summer of 1882, inmates
working in the quarry at the State Prison near Carson City, Nevada, brought to
light a layer of sandstone covered with fossilized animal tracks, among them a
number having belonged to the extinct mammoth. What caused considerable
scientific consternation, however, was the fact that several human tracks were
also found. The tracks were in six series, each with alternate right and left
tracks. The stride was from two and a half to over three feet, and the
individual prints were from 18 to 20 inches in length - that of a giant. The
straddle - the distance between the lines of left and right prints - was 18 to
19 inches. Geologist Joseph Le Conte read a paper on the investigation done on
the Carson City tracks to the California Academy of Science on August 27,1882,
and attempted to explain them as the marks left by an extinct giant sloth that
lived during the late Pliocene - over 2 million years ago. But sloths, in order
to walk upright on only two feet, as the fossil tracks indicate, would have had
to have used their tails as a balance, and there were no tail grooves in the
sandstone. Not only this, but a comparison between the Carson City tracks and
known sloth impressions showed several dissimilarities. The sloth's prints have
marked toe protuberances as well as definite claw marks; the Carson City tracks
have neither. The Carson City tracks, in fact, showed signs that their maker had
worn some type of sandal or foot protection - very definitely not the habit of
The May 25, 1969 issue of the Tulsa Sunday World
carried the story of a curious fossil find made on a hilltop overlooking the
eastern part of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The find was made by Troy Johnson, a field
geologist of thirteen years' experience, and though he showed plaster-casts of
his discovery to several experts, each and every one refused to accept it or its
implications. Johnson had unearthed a sandstone strata filled with fossil tracks
- many five-toed and distinctly human. The fact that a number of examples of
these were overlaid by the tracks of now extinct creatures demonstrated that the
mantracks could not have been of recent origin, but dated back between 3 and 5
One remarkable mantrack find was reported in the Soviet
journal (no. 8, 1961). In 1959, a joint Russian-Chinese paleontological
expedition under the direction of Dr. Chou Ming Chen, discovered in the Gobi
Desert of central Asia the fossilized print of a shoe with a ribbed sole. The
find appears in sandstone dated at 15 million years. Members of the expedition
who carefully examined the shoe-print were quick to recognize that it was not
the footmark of any animal, for the ribbing was too straight and regular to be
of natural origin.
Even more recent examples of foot and shoe prints
were brought to light in the 1970's, in the Carrizo Valley in northwest
Oklahoma. The prints occur in both the Morrison formation and Dakota sandstone -
over 100 million years old. The bare foot marks are somewhat eroded, but show
evidence of definite pressure ridges. Several are in very close proximity to
dinosaur tracks. The shoe prints are more clearly defined, and reveal their
wearers to have been above normal size, with the imprints averaging 20 inches
long and 8 inches across the ball of the foot.
Probably the most
publicized mantracks are those found along the Paluxy river, near Glen Rose,
Texas. They were first observed in 1908, after a flood washed away a portion of
shore ledging, exposing geologic levels of the Glen Rose Formation, the Paluxy
Formation, and the Twin Mountain Formation of the Trinity Group - all dated to
the early Cretaceous, between 120 and 130 million years. Interestingly, these
same rock types occur at Bandera, not far from San Antonio, and there, too,
human prints have been uncovered and documented. On the Paluxy, serious research
into the mystery of the fossil prints did not begin until 1938, when Roland T.
Bird, of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology of the American Museum of
Natural History in New York City, removed a trail of brontosaurus tracks that
were alongside a series of what his eyes beheld with the "official" position,
but admitted in the May, 1939 issue of Natural History: "No man ever existed in
the age of reptiles although the tracks are perfect in every detail." Bird could
only conclude that the prints he saw were those of some "extinct ape" - but this
explanation was most unsatisfactory, since according to evolutionary theory,
apes were not to appear for another 100 million years after the epoch of the
The Paluxy site became a tourist attraction, and during
the Depression, locals began excavating both dinosaur and man prints, and
selling them for souvenirs. Some of the specimens sold were really hand-carved
by the more unscrupulous opportunists, and unfortunately in later years,
conservative scholars were quick to point to these few examples of fakery as the
answer to all the tracks discovered. But on-the-spot diggings by geologists and
paleontologists have uncovered many new prints found in situ that could not have
been hoaxes, for they were discovered deep within the rock layers, and at times
several feet back into the Paluxy banks, where no fabrication could possibly be
The sum total of finds along the Paluxy reveal quite a mixture of
man and animal types having lived all at the same time. There are heavy
brontosaur tracks, the talon marks of the feared Tyrannosaurus Rex, three-toed
spoors of other dinosaurs - and the imprint of a saber-tooth tiger, which was
supposed to have lived only a few million years ago, not in the era of the giant
lizards. As for the human prints, many are found in series, popping out of the
Paluxy banks in a very natural stride, then wading into the river bed. A good
number of the prints are bare, with the large toe in particular clearly
distinguishable; others show signs of the maker's feet having worn some form of
foot covering, like a moccasin or thin sandal. in one instance, in fact, the
fossil print is so well preserved that the impression of the lacing on the
moccasin is still visible. Some human tracks are of men of modern stature, with
shoe sizes from 7 to 13; others are of children, whose prints are both
proportionally smaller and shallower. Several more, however, are 1 6-inches,
with not a few of men with 21 and 1/2-inch feet and a 7-foot stride - giants in
the true sense of the word.
The most remarkable fact of all, however, is
that these prints are in the same layer as dinosaur tracks, and in a few
instances, the human and dinosaur prints cross each other, showing that the two
had been contemporary when the rock had been mud. The significance of these
examples was noted by Dr. A.E. Wilder Smith of the University of Illinois: "One
authentic man-track found in the same stratum as one authentic brontosaurus
track throws out one hundred years of evolutionary teachings. It is sufficient
to bring the whole Darwinistic theory down and revolutionize all biology today."
But the out-of-place footprints go back even further in geologic time.
The American Anthropologist, volume IX (1896), page 66, describes the finding of
a perfect human imprint in stone about 4 miles north of Parkersburg, on the West
Virginia side of the Ohio river. The track was 14 1/2 inches long, and was found
embedded in a large stone. Though few specifics were given, one expert has
calculated from the type of rock depicted, and its position on the river's edge,
that the track must be at least 150 million years old, according to modern
In the late 1970's, Dr. Rex Gilroy, director of the
Mount York Natural History Museum of Australia, discovered a giant impress on
Mount Victoria. One tentative estimate puts the track at 200 million years of
One of the most remarkable tracks was found in Fisher Canyon,
Pershing County, Nevada. On January 25, 1927, an amateur geologist named Albert
E. Knapp was descending a small hill in the canyon, when he spotted the fossil
laying topside up among a pile of loose rocks. He picked up the find, and took
it home with him. Upon closer examination, Knapp was astounded to discover, "it
is a layer from the heel of a shoe which had been pulled up from the balance of
the heel by suction, the rock being in a plastic state at the time." The shoe
print was in a marvelous state of preservation - the edges of the heel were
smooth and rounded off as if cut, and its right side appeared more worn than the
left - suggesting it had been worn on the right foot. But what Knapp found
really amazing was that the rock in which the heel mark was made, was Triassic
limestone - 225 million years old - which runs in a belt through the canyon
hills he had been exploring. The rock was later examined by an expert geologist
at the Rockefeller Foundation, who confirmed Knapp's analysis. The presence of
minute crystals of sulphide of mercury throughout spaces in the fossil also
testified to it being of great antiquity.
The real surprise about the
age-old heel imprint, however, did not come until micro-photographs revealed
that the leather had been stitched by a double row of stitches, the twists of
the threads is very discernable. One line followed along the heel's outer edge,
and the second line paralleled the first precisely, inwards by one-third of an
inch. What baffled investigators was the fact that this double-stitching had
been done with thread much smaller, and more refined in workmanship, than that
used by shoe-makers in 1927, when the fossil print was discovered. As Mr. Samuel
Hubbard, Honorary Curator of Archaeology of the Oakland Museum in California,
commented: "There are whole races of primitive men on earth today, utterly
incapable of sewing that moccasin. What becomes of the Darwinian theory in the
face of this evidence that there were intelligent men on earth millions of years
before apes were supposed to have evolved?"
In 1885, Professor J.F.
Brown of Berea College, Kentucky was called upon to examine a puzzling find,
made 16 miles east of the town of Berea, on Big Hill in Rock Castle County, one
of the spurs of the Cumberland Plateau. Near the summit, an old wagon trail cut
through a stratum of carboniferous limestone, and removal of earth to widen the
trail into a road had exposed a new section of this stratum. As E.A. Allen
reported in the American Antiquarian, volume 7, page 39, preserved in the layer
were the fossilized impressions of several creatures. What mystified those who
witnessed the remains was that among these tracks were two well-preserved prints
of a human being. They were described as "good-sized, toes well spread, and very
It was not until 1930 that further and more detailed
investigations were performed, this time by Dr. Wilbur Greely Burroughs, head of
the geology department at Berea College. Dr. Burroughs discovered a total of
twelve 9 1/2-inch mantracks and portions of others, and confirmed that they had
indeed been impressed upon gray Pottsville sandstone dating from the Upper
Pennsylvanian period -well over 300 million years old.
geologists and paleontologists of the conservative school, in search of a
face-saving explanation, declared the tracks not to be of human origin, but the
marks of some as yet unknown species of amphibian. Dr. Burroughs' research,
however, proved otherwise. He described the configuration of the tracks this
way, as quoted in the Louisville Courier-Journal, May 24,1953:
these, two pairs show the left foot advanced relative to the right. The position
of the feet is the same as that of a person. The distance from heel to heel is
18 inches. One pair shows the feet parallel to each other, the distance between
the feet being the same as that of a normal human being.
concluded that the prints were made by a creature that was exclusively bipedal.
Most amphibians and reptiles are quadruped - there were no foreleg prints. And
those that have been known to walk upright on their hindlegs, always do so with
the tail acting as a tripod or "third leg," to give balance. As Dr. Burroughs
carefully noted, nowhere were there signs of belly or tail marks in the examined
stratum. Furthermore, Dr. Burroughs and several of his colleagues performed a
microscopic analysis of the mantracks, and based upon the grain count,
established that, "the sand grains within each track are closer together than
the grains immediately outside the tracks and elsewhere on the rock for the same
kind and same combination of grains, due to the pressure of the creature's
foot." The "creature," they found, had exerted a weight pressure a little above
that of a modern man. As the Science Newsletter of October 29, 1938 commented,
no amphibian or reptile that size has been discovered in the fossil record that
walked upright in the Pennsylvanian era.
Finally, the clear impressions
showing five toes, ball and heel are totally unrelated to an amphibian's or
reptile's physical makeup - only man has a foot like that. Albert G. Ingalls,
writing in Scientific American, January, 1940, declared, "If man existed as far
back as in the Carboniferous Period in any shape, then the whole science of
geology is so completely wrong that all geologists should resign their jobs and
take up truck driving."
On an outcrop of greyish-blue crinoidal
limestone about 200 feet wide and extending along the west bank of the
Mississippi for 3 miles just south of St. Louis, are a number of mantrack
impressions which a century ago could be observed during low-water stages. The
early French explorers along the river were the first to note their existence,
and ever since they have created a heated controversy. The first scientific
observation of the prints was reported by Henry Schooleraft in The American
Journal of Science (volume V), for 1822, and he described them as, "strikingly
natural, exhibiting every muscular impression, and the swell of the heel and
toes, with a precision and faithfulness to nature I have not been able to copy."
His colleagues dismissed the tracks as Indian petroglyphs, but Schooleraft was
convinced of their natural origin: They had been impressed, he carefully noted,
not carved into the limestone. Whoever had made them, Schooleraft also
commented, had been of average size: The foot lengths were 10 1/2 inches; width
across the outspread toes were 4 inches; and the heels were 2 1/2 inches wide.
The American Antiquarian, volume 7, pages 364-367 (1885) gave the
account of another find associated with the St. Louis footprints that is perhaps
even more disturbing. Quoting from Priest's "American Antiquities," a particular
set of tracks was described in detail. Then, "directly before the prints of
these feet, within a few inches, is a well-impressed and deep mark, having some
resemblance to a scroll, or roll of parchment, two feet long by a foot in
width." The squared impression was not a natural shape; neither were there
scratch marks that would have indicated the patch had been carved. Rather, the
evidence points to the parchment impression having been made when the rock was
still in a plastic state - made at the same time as the footprints. What such a
find suggests is that the prints' owners were not only men, but were men with
the intelligence to produce some form of paper sheet - and perhaps write upon
it. But as if this were not enough of a mystery, the limestone in which prints
and paper appear, is dated to the Mississippian age - 345 million years ago.
Still more finds of prints plunge mankind "feet first" even farther down
into the geologic column. In 1948, a shoe impress was discovered near Lake
Windermere, England. As reported in the natural history journal The Field
for that year, the impress had been made in Ordovician limestone - an
unbelievable 500 million years old. Remarkable too is the finding that the print
bears signs of craft and artistry: Around the edge of both the heel and the
foreshoe are circular impressions which resemble tacking; while in the center of
the sole and heel are faint decorations of linear and flower-like designs.
Though the impression is somewhat distorted in shape due to fractures and
crevices in the rock surface, a measurement reveals an extended length of the
shoe of about 8 inches and a width of 31/2 inches.
On June 1, 1968, an
amateur rock hunter, William J. Meister, of Kearns, Utah was visiting nearby
Antelope Springs with his family. The area, which includes the Swasey Mountains
and the Cambrian Wheeler shale formation, is famous for its many fossils, and on
this particular day Meister was on the lookout for fossilized trilobites and
brachiopods - according to evolutionary theory, once among the oldest known
living creatures. Meister broke off a rock slab, and, tapping its edge with a
hammer, it fell open in two pieces, like the leaves of a book. To his great
surprise, inside was a human sandal print, pointed in the toes, rounded in the
heel, and with a squashed trilobite in the center of the sole. The sandal print
measured 10 1/4 inches long, 31/2 inches wide at the ball and 3 inches at the
heel. The sandal appears to have been well-worn on the right side - indicating
it had been worn on the right foot - and the heel impression is deeper by
one-eighth of an inch, characteristic of the weight distribution of humans on
the foot. This particular find was later examined by Dr. Hellmut H. Doelling, of
the Utah Geological Survey, and he found no irregularities or evidence of fakery
- the print was genuine.
On July 20th, Meister returned to Antelope
Springs with professional geologist Dr. Clifford Burdick. Digging in the same
locality, Burdick discovered another imprint in the Cambrian shale, this time of
a child The print was 6 inches long, and the five toes were barely
distinguishable, as if the child was wearing moccasins. Yet Burdick detected
that the toes were spread out, indicating the child had only begun to wear
shoes, which tend to compress the toes with age. The heel and arch were again
well depressed, showing weight distribution, and a segment of a fossil was
crushed in its middle. Burdick managed to find a larger fossil imprint, like
Meister's original, though the impression was shallower, and also unearthed a
second child's track, smaller than the first, with the toes broken off, but
perfect in its other aspects. Later, a detailed examination revealed that the
rock in which the prints were found was made of tiny layers, and where the
foot-marks occur, the layers were bowed downward from the horizontal -
demonstrating that weight had indeed, been pressed into the once prehistoric
But that "prehistoric mud" with its tell-tale prints, is now
Cambrian shale - an astounding 600 million years old. And the fossils in the
prints are trilobites - supposed to be among the earliest forms of life on
earth. This time, we have literally hit "rock bottom" in the fossil record - and
yet here we find the presence of man, and an intelligent, shoe-wearing man at
that. How could he have "evolved" from simple life, when the Cambrian prints
testify that he is as old as life itself?
Out-of-place metal objects
It is one thing to find evidence of human skeletal remains
and footprints in the incredible past, but it is something else again to
discover artifacts that prove the existence of advanced cultures in the strata
as well. One of the characteristics of any high civilization is its ability to
work metals. Conservative historians and archaeologists, who hold to the concept
of linear cultural development, point to the ancient Middle East as the home of
the very first metal production. Here, they claim, man began to melt and shape
copper, iron, gold, and silver only 8,000 years ago. But unusual relics brought
up from the depths of the rocky earth tell a different story.
In 1826, a
well dug near the Ohio river in north Cincinnati failed to produce water, but
did produce the unexpected. From a level 94 feet down, a buried tree stump was
brought to the surface which showed the marks of an ax. The marks were deep and
well-cut, indicating the use of a sharp and durable blade. The suspicion that
the ax had been made of metal was confirmed when, embedded in the top of the
stump, an advanced oxidized wedge of iron was found. The layer from which the
stump came was estimated to be between 50,000 and 75,000 years old - nearly 10
times the accepted age of the supposed first metal usage.
A letter kept
in the Archives of Madrid and dated 1572, records the account of the Spanish
Viceroy in Peru and a strange artifact which came into his possession. In the
year the letter was written, Indian miners removed from a subsurface layer of
gravel a large conglomerate boulder, and broke it into pieces for easier
disposal. As the mass shattered to the hammer blow, out of the center of it fell
a perfect six-inch nail. The nail was later given to the Viceroy as a souvenir,
who had it thoroughly examined, and verified its finding. The first mystery is
that iron was unknown to the Peruvian Indians, so the nail did not originate
with them. And the second mystery is that the rock from which the nail was freed
was in the neighborhood of 75,000 to 100,000 years in age.
In the June,
1851 issue of Scientific American (volume 7, pages 298-299), a report was
reprinted from the Boston Transcript about two parts of a metallic vase
dynamited out of solid rock on Meeting House Hill, Dorchester, Massachusetts.
When the two parts were put together, they formed a bell-shaped vase, 4 1/2
inches high, 6 1/2 inches at the base, 2 1/2 inches at the top and an eighth of
an inch thick. The metal of the vase was composed of an alloy of zinc and a
considerable portion of silver. On the sides were six figures of a flower in
bouquet arrangements, inlaid with pure silver, and around the lower part a vine,
or wreath, also inlaid with silver. The chasing, carving, and inlaying are
exquisitely done by the art of some unknown craftsman - yet this curiosity was
blown out of solid pudding stone from 15 feet below the surface. Estimated age -
100,000 years. Unfortunately, the vase was circulated from museum to museum, and
then disappeared. It is probably gathering dust in some curator's basement, its
identity or source long forgotten.
At Lawn Ridge, 20 miles north of
Peoria, Illinois, in August of 1870, three men were drilling an artesian well,
when - from a depth of over a hundred feet - the pump brought up a small metal
medallion to the surface. One of the workmen, Jacob W. Moffit, from Chillicothe,
was the first to discover it in the drill residue. A noted scholar of the time,
Professor Alexander Winchell, reported in his book Sparks From a Geologist's
Hammer, that he received from another eye-witness, W.H. Wilmot, a detailed
statement, dated December 4, 1871, of the deposits and depths of materials made
during the boring, and the position where the metal "coin" was uncovered. The
stratification took this form: Soil - 3 feet; yellow clay - 17 feet; blue clay -
44 feet; dark vegetable matter - 4 feet; hard purplish clay - 18 feet; bright
green clay - 8 feet; mottled clay - 18 feet; paleosol (ancient soils) - 2 feet;
coin location; yellowish clay - 1 foot; sand, clay and water - 11 feet. The
strange "coin-medallion" was composed of an unidentified copper alloy, about the
size and thickness of a U.S. quarter of that period. It was remarkably uniform
in thickness, round, and the edges appeared to have been cut. Researcher William
E. Dubois, who presented his investigation of the medallion to the American
Philosophical Society, was convinced that the object had in fact passed through
a rolling mill, the edges showed "further evidence of the machine shop." Despite
its "modern characteristics", however, Dubois plainly saw that, upon the object,
"the tooth of time is plainly visible."
Both sides of the medallion were
marked with artwork and hieroglyphs, but these had not been metal-engraved or
stamped. Rather, the figures had somehow been etched in acid, to a remarkable
degree of intricacy. One side showed the figure of a woman wearing a crown or
headdress; her left arm is raised as if in benediction, and her right arm holds
a small child, also crowned. The woman appears to be speaking. On the opposite
side is another central figure, that looks like a crouching animal: it has long,
pointed ears, large eyes and mouth, claw-like arms, and a long tail frayed at
the very end. Below and to the left of it is another animal, which bears a
strong resemblance to a horse. Around the outer edges of both sides of the coin
are undecipherable glyphs - they are of very definite character, and show all
the signs of a form of alphabetic writing.
In 1876, the medallion was
presented by Professor Winchell to a meeting of the Geological Section of the
American Association in Buffalo. There was much speculation, but few answers.
One participant, a conservative historian, Professor J.R. Lesley, tried to
explain the object as a "practical joke" dropped into a hole by a passing French
or Spanish explorer. The professor even claimed to see the coin's figures as the
astrological signs of Pisces and Leo, and read into the glyphs the date 1572.
However, Winchell countered with these arguments against such an interpretation:
1. By no stretch of the imagination were the figures and glyphs decipherable in
terms of any known symbology or script. 2. Who, as a practical joke, would have
dropped a metal object into a hole and known that someone several hundred years
later would happen to drill at that precise spot (within a 4-inch tolerance) and
find it? The odds would be phenomenal. And 3. There is the very real problem of
explaining the accumulation of 114 feet of deposit over the buried coin. Having
examined all the evidence, Winchell was convinced the coin had indeed come from
this depth. It had not fallen into a hole in the past - the sediments drilled
through were uniform and undisturbed. And the amount of sedimentation was not
what would have settled in only a few centuries. In fact, recent calculations
based on uniform rates of alluvium deposition and radioisotope dates for this
region estimate an age for materials from just below a depth of 100 feet to be
between 100,000 and 150,000 years.
What conclusions can we draw about
the mystery coin? A lost civilization once existed on the North American
continent which worked in copper and other metals; possessed art and writing;
attired themselves with crowns and other clothing; knew of and perhaps
domesticated several animals including the horse; utilized acids for etching in
a manner that is still not understood today; and perhaps the most disturbing,
possessed forms of machinery for the cutting, rolling and processing of metal
As a sidelight, the enigmatic coin was not the only item that
came from deep levels in Illinois. In 1851, in Whiteside County, another
well-drilling bit brought up from a sand stratum 120 feet deep two copper
artifacts: What appears to be a hook, and a ring. Their age is thought to be the
same as that of the coin - about 150,000 years old.
On February 13,1961,
three rock hunters - Mike Mikesell, Wallace Lane and Virginia Maxey - were
collecting geodes about 12 miles east-southeast of Olancha, California. Geodes
are spherical stones with hollow interiors lined with crystals. On this
particular day, while searching in the Coso Mountains, they found one stone
located near the top of a peak approximately 4,300 feet in elevation and about
340 feet above the dry bed of Owens Lake.
The rockhounds took it to be a
geode, but later found it was not, because it bore traces of fossil shells. The
next day when Mikesell cut the stone in half, he nearly ruined a ten-inch
diamond saw in the process, for it did not contain crystals, but rather
something totally unexpected. Inside were the remains of some form of mechanical
device: Beneath the outer layer of hardened clay, pebbles and fossil inclusions
is a hexagonal shaped layer of a substance resembling wood, softer than agate or
jasper. This layer forms a casing around a three-quarter inch wide cylinder made
of solid white porcelain or ceramic, and in the center of the cylinder is a two
millimeter shaft of bright, brassy metal. This shaft, the rock hunters
discovered, is magnetic, and after several years of exposure never showed traces
of oxidation. Also, surrounding the ceramic cylinder are rings of copper, much
of them now corroded. Embedded too in the rock, though separate from the
cylinder, are two more man-made items - what look like a nail and a washer.
Several readers have stated that this artifact is indeed a spark plug
from the 1920ís.
The puzzled rock hunters sent their find to the
Charles Fort Society, who specialize in investigating things out of the
ordinary. The Society made an X-ray examination of the cylinder object enclosed
in the fossil-encrusted rock, and found further evidence that it was indeed some
form of mechanical apparatus. The X-rays revealed that the metallic shaft was
corroded at one end, but on the other end terminated in what appeared to be a
spring or helix of metal. As a whole, the "Coso artifact" is now believed to be
something more than a piece of machinery: The carefully shaped ceramic, metallic
shaft and copper components hint at some form of electrical instrument. The
closest modern apparatus that researchers have been able to equate it with is a
spark plug. However, there are certain features - particularly the spring or
helix terminal - that does not correspond to any known spark plug today. The
rock in which the electrical instrument was found was dated by a competent
geologist at 500,000 years old.
The rock strata appear to be full of
metal "surprises." The Illinois Springfield Republican reported in 1851 that a
businessman named Hiram de Witt had brought back with him from a trip to
California a piece of auriferous quartz rock about the size of a man's fist, and
that while showing the rock to a friend, it slipped from his hand and split open
upon hitting the floor. There, in the center of the quartz, they discovered a
cut-iron nail, six-penny size, slightly corroded but entirely straight, with a
perfect head. the quartz was given an age of over one million years.
1865, a two-inch metal screw was discovered in a piece of feldspar unearthed
from the Abbey Mine in Treasure City, Nevada. 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.
Twenty years earlier, in 1844, Sir David Brewster made a report to the
British Association for the Advancement of Science which created quite a stir. A
nail of obvious human manufacture had been found half-embedded in a sandstone
block excavated from the Kindgoodie Quarry near Inchyra, in northern Britain. It
was badly corroded, but identifiable nonetheless. The sandstone was determined
to be at least 40 million years old.
In the fall of 1885, at an iron
foundry owned by the sons of Herr Isidor Braun located in Schondorf near
Bocklabruck, Upper Austria, a workman named Riedl was breaking up a block of
Tertiary brown coal that had been mined from the pits at Wolfsegg, near
Schwannstadt, and was about to be used to heat the foundry's giant smelters. As
the block disintegrated into several pieces, out dropped a strange cube-like
object. In 1886, mining engineer Dr. Adolf Gurlt made a report to the Natural
History Society at Bonn, Germany and noted that the object, coated with a thin
layer of rust, is made of iron, measures 2.64 by 2.64 by 1.85 inches, weighs
1.73 Ibs., and has a specific gravity measurement of 7.75. Four of the iron
"cube's" sides are roughly flat, while the two remaining sides - opposite each
other - are convex. A fairly deep groove was incised all the way around the
object, about mid-way up its height. Other early studies on the iron artifact
were in scientific journals of the day as Nature (London; November 11, 1886,
page 36) and L'Astronomie (Paris; 1886, page 463). A plaster cast was also made
before the turn of the century -important because the original object
subsequently suffered from handling, and from being disfigured by samples having
been cut from it by investigators for research. The cast is kept in the
Oberosterreichisehes Landesmuseum in Linz, Austria, where the original object
was also exhibited from 1950 to 1958. The iron cube is presently in the custody
of Herrn O.R. Bernhardt of the Heimathaus Museum in Vocklabruck.
1966-67, the iron "cube" was carefully analyzed by experts at the Vienna
Naturhistorisehes Museum, using electron-beam microanalysis. They found no
traces of nickel, chromium or cobalt in the iron - which means the object was
not of meteoric origin. No sulfur was detected either, ruling out the chance of
it being a pyrite, a natural mineral that sometimes forms geometric shapes.
Because of a low magnesium content, Dr. Kurat of the Museum, and Dr. R. Gill of
the Geologisehe Bundesanstalt of Vienna, are of the opinion that the object was
made of cast-iron. In 1973, Hubert Mattlianer concluded from yet another
detailed investigation that the object had been made from a hand-sculptured lump
of wax or clay pressed into a sand base, this forming the mold into which the
iron had been poured.
The final conclusion, then, is that the strange
object is definitely man-made. What is not explained is what it was doing
encased in coal dating to the Tertiary - 60 million years old.
French speleologists Y. Druet and H. Salfati reported finding unusual metal
nodules entombed in an Aptian chalk bed in a quarry at Saint-Jean de Livet. The
nodules are reddish brown, wafer-shaped and hollowed at the ends, measuring from
3 to 9 centimeters long and 1 to four centimeters wide. The two investigators at
first thought the nodules were fossils until they discovered their metallic
nature. Next, they theorized they were residue from a meteor - but careful study
showed the nodules were too uniformly shaped to be of natural origin. Chemical
analysis showed a carbon content consistent with modern forging and casting
techniques. But what had these man-made objects been doing in chalk beds dating
toward the end of the Cretaceous - over 120 million years? As Druet and Salfati
concluded, "These objects, then, prove the presence of intelligent life on earth
long before the limits given today by prehistoric archaeology."
9, 1891, Mrs. S.W. Culp of Morrisonville, Illinois was shoveling coal into her
kitchen stove when a large lump broke in two and out from the center of it fell
a gold chain. The chain was about 10 inches long, made of eight carat gold,
weighed 8 pennyweight, and was described as being "of antique and quaint
workmanship." The Morrisonville Times of June 11 reported that investigators
were convinced the chain had not simply been accidentally dropped in with the
coal: One portion of the coal lump still clung to the chain, while the part that
had separated from it still bore the impression of where the chain had been
encased. The Times could only comment, "Here is one for the student of
archaeology who loves to puzzle his brain over the geological construction of
the Earth from whose ancient depth the curious are always dropping out." In this
case, the "curious" "dropped out" of a piece of coal from the Pennsylvanian era
- over 300 million years old.
Similar events produced another metal
object of even greater age. In 1912, two employees of the Municipal Electric
Plant of Thomas, Oklahoma, were shoveling coal into the plant furnaces, using
fuel which had been mined near neighboring Wilberton. One chunk of coal was too
large to handle, so the workmen took a sledge hammer to it. Once it broke open,
however, the workmen found that the chunk contained an iron pot, and upon its
removal, the two coal halves bore the "mold" of the pot in its interiors. Both
employees signed affidavits testifying to the authenticity of the discovery, and
the iron pot was subsequently examined by several experts - every one of which
was most reluctant to comment on the pot, and the circumstances surrounding its
discovery. This was most understandable, since the object came from coal dated
from 300 to 325 million
One more find that must be mentioned
in the out-of-place metal category takes us - once again - to the deepest level
of fossil life. On June 13, 1880, a reporter for the Inverness Courier named
Walter Carruthers was vacationing near Loch Maree and Victoria Falls, in
Scotland, and - being an amateur rock hunter - decided to explore the geology of
the area. Between 300 and 400 yards above Victoria Falls, and immediately beside
the last of the three lesser falls on the west side of the stream, Carruthers
noticed peculiar impressions in the rock. The rock was a l6 x 16-foot exposed
surface of Torridon Red Sandstone, placed in the Cambrian age. The impressions
consisted of two continuous flat bands side by side, between 1 1/4 and 1 1/2
inches wide and about 1/4 inch deep, running unnaturally straight through the
flat layers of sandstone in situ, and perfectly distinct for 16 feet,
disappearing on the west side under the superimposed rock, and broken only where
portions of the sandstone had been weathered out. A few weeks later the curious
"bands" were also observed by a colleague of Carruthers, Mr. William Jolly, Her
Majesty's Inspector of Schools for the region. Carruthers had thought the
impressions to have been the creation of some highly unusual living creature,
but Jolly recorded that "the continuous even breadth and square section of the
bands would seem to render this impossible." Jolly further noted, "The double
band resembles nothing more nearly than the hollow impression that would be left
by double bars of iron placed closely together." Jolly's observation was
corroborated years later when micro-specks of iron oxide were taken from the
impression cavities. The superintendent thought, however, that perhaps the iron
bands had at one time been inserted into the rock, "to clasp some structure to
it" - but other findings discount this. First, the bands occur high above the
Falls in an almost totally inaccessible place, where a "structure" would serve
little purpose. Second, the bands are only one-quarter of an inch deep, so that
anything "clasped" to them would not hold for long. Third, parallel on either
side of each band are tin)? ripple marks in the sandstone, indicating the
presence of the original iron bands had caused turbulence patterns in the sand
during the time the sand had been laid down by water, and before it had turned
to stone. Fourth, the sandstone in the impressions show tiny striations which
are really the preserved grain marks of the iron - again, indicating the metal
had been impressed in the primordial sand, before solidification took place. And
finally, fifth, one portion of one of the bands bends back into the subsurface,
and careful excavation revealed the presence of iron oxide totally encased by
the surrounding sandstone.
Jolly also found other band impressions in
the same locality: There is a third band that runs alongside the other two, but
is much less distinct and is not continuous. Two more lines, about 2 feet lower
down on the rock surface, are only 7 feet long, and two more are higher up,
running 3 feet long. Jolly also saw still more bands on an outcropping of the
same sandstone on the other side of the stream, again parallel to one another -
one 3 feet, another 6 feet, and smaller portions of several others.
purpose these iron bands served, we can only guess. What we do know, however, is
that all the bands were very uniform in width and thickness, with squared edges,
and the grain marks they left indicate they were rolled and cut - all of which
points to precision manufacturing by machine production.
But this is
totally impossible, if we are to believe the geologists, for the sandstone in
which the bands occur is Cambrian - 600 million years old, by their own
measurements. Who, pray tell, was running an iron mill at a time when there was
supposedly only tiny invertebrate creatures ruling the world?
Images and messages from the incredible past
Metal-working is by no means the only sign of advanced
culture: Other characteristics include such developments as art, architecture
and writing. Since we have already observed several examples of metal production
encased in geologic rock, it should be no surprise to find examples of other
cultural elements also entombed deep within the earth.
In 1921, an
Arkansan named Rowlands was digging in one of the many gravel pits on a line of
small hillocks known as Crowley's Ridge, located two miles north of Finch. At a
depth of 10 feet, Rowlands' shovel suddenly struck something large and solid.
The object appeared at first to be a boulder, but excavating around it, Rowlands
soon discovered that it was a large rock-sculptured head of a man. It stood
about 4 feet high, and the figure had a squared, protruding chin, small,
tight-lipped mouth, a short nose, and a furrowed brow and stare accented by two
flat "buttons" of inlaid gold for eyes. Two more gold discs ornamented the
figure's ears, and a heart-shaped plug of copper was embedded in the chest. The
top of the head was covered by a carved hood that draped down the nape, and
attached to a piece around the neck. Near the head, and in the same layer,
Rowlands dug up a number of smaller objects: a gold ring, a small coffer made of
volcanic pumice (which does not exist in this region), and tiny carvings of men,
animals, moons and stars.
The head and artifacts soon became a local
attraction, and the newspapers dubbed the glowering figure "King Crowley."
Several investigators authenticated the find, though they could not explain its
presence in the ten-foot layer of gravel - geologically dated at 175,000 years.
The head and objects were sent to the Arkansas Natural History Museum in Little
Rock. The museum curators, who also examined the artifacts and had
double-checked and documented their discovery, were confident in the findings'
authenticity to place them on public display. At the same time, however, some of
the small carving samples were mailed to the Smithsonian in Washington. The
Smithsonian - being a far more conservative institution -described the carvings
as truly "unexplained items," but could not reconcile the antiquity of the
strata in which they had been brought to light. Finally, after fifteen years of
vacillating on the subject, orthodoxy triumphed: The Smithsonian concluded that
the Crowley Ridge artifacts could not be 175,000 years old as this contradicted
established theory on the age of human civilization, and therefore declared the
artifacts fakes. Conforming to this prestigious conservative pronouncement, the
Little Rock museum promptly took the stone head and other objects off display,
and eventually sold them to unnamed private collectors. The "King Crowley" had
was shipped off to California, and the rest of the collection was similarly
scattered to the four winds. Today, the location of even a single object is
One wonders how many other valuable out-of-place items, because
they do not conform to "acceptable" schemes of history and geology, have been
likewise thrown out or lost by Establishment institutions.
27,1969, workmen cutting into a rock shelf situated on the Broadway Extension of
122nd Street, between Edmond and Oklahoma City, came upon a find that was to
create much controversy among the experts. The find was an inlaid tile floor,
found 3 feet below the surface, and covering several thousand square feet.
Durwood Pate, an Oklahoma City geologist, commented on the floor in the Edmond
Booster of July 3, 1969:
"I am sure this was man-made because the stones
are placed in perfect sets of parallel lines which intersect to form a diamond
shape, all pointing to the east. We found post holes which measure a perfect two
rods from the other two. The top of the stone is very smooth, and if you lift
one of them, you will find it is very jagged, which indicates wear on the
surface. Everything is too well placed to be a natural formation."
also discovered a form of mortar between the tiles. He believes now that the
tile surface served as a common floor for several human shelters over a wide
area. Delbert Smith, a geologist and president of the Oklahoma Seismograph
Company, summed up the mystery concerning the tile floor in the Tulsa World of
June 29, 1969: "There is no question about it. It had been laid there, but I
have no idea by whom." Yet another facet of the mystery involved the question of
age. There are some differing opinions as to the geology involved, but the best
estimate places the tiles at 200,000 years old.
On August 1, 1889, a
professional well-driller, M.A. Kurtz, was working near his home in Nampa,
Idaho, along with two other crewmen, when their steam pump suddenly spat out a
piece of brownish clay 11/2 inches long that was clearly humanoid in appearance.
The discovery was also eye-witnessed by several prominent citizens of Nampa.
What amazed these men was that the little clay "doll" had come from below a
15-foot layer of lava rock, 100 feet of sand, 6 inches of clay, 40 feet of more
sand, then 165 feet composed of clay, sand, clay nodules mixed with sand, and
coarse sand layers - a total of 320 feet.
The small "doll" is composed
of half clay and half quartz, and according to at least one expert, Professor
Albert A. Wright of Oberlin College, it was not the product of a small child or
amateur, but was made by a true artist. Though badly battered by time, the
doll's appearance is still distinct: it has a bulbous head, with barely
discernible mouth and eyes; broad shoulders; short, thick arms; and long legs,
the right leg broken off. There are also faint geometric markings on the figure,
which represent either clothing patterns or jewelry -they are found mostly on
the chest around the neck, and on the arms and writs. The doll is the image of a
person of a high civilization, artistically attired.
The Nampa doll came
to the attention of Dr. G.F. Wright of the Boston Society of Natural History,
who sought to verify the depth at which it was found - and thus also establish
its great antiquity. In an on-location examination of Kurtz's equipment, the
hole drilled, and interviews with the witnesses, Dr. Wright became convinced the
find was genuine. Kurtz demonstrated that the well had been tubed with heavy
iron tubing 6 inches in diameter, so that there was no mistake about the
occurrence of the artifact at the stated depth. Furthermore, the pump worked in
only one direction - had the object fallen into the hole from above, it would
have been destroyed by the pump. Wright concluded in a report to the Boston
Society that, "There is no ground to question the fact that this image came up
in the sand pump from the depth reported." In another study, fellow Bostonian
Professor F.W. Putnam found through microscopic analysis that quartz grains
under the doll's right arm had been cemented by iron molecules. This too -
independent of the fact of the depth of the discovery - is indicative of a great
How old is the Nampa object? The lava rock layer through which
Kurtz's drill penetrated is part of the prehistoric lava flows of the Columbia
Plateau which occurred before the advance of the last Ice Age. And below this
layer, the image was discovered another 300 feet down. The best modern geologic
estimate puts the date for the layer in which the doll was found at over 300,000
years. Today, the Nampa doll is on exhibit at the Idaho State Historical Society
Curiously enough, a second doll-like figure was discovered
sometime before 1880 near Marlboro in Stark County, Ohio, by workmen drilling a
well. The image - made of black variegated marble and standing 6 inches tall -
was unearthed from a depth of only 120 feet, but was embedded in sand and gravel
of a similar type and age as that of the Nampa doll. There were two things
remarkable about the Ohio figure: First, the marble it is made of is not
indigenous to Ohio; and second, it bears an astonishing resemblance to the image
found at Nampa. One can see in it the same bulbous head, simple facial features,
stocky frame and long arms and legs. Did the two, the Ohio and Idaho "dolls,"
come from the same enigmatic lost civilization? The evidence answers yes.
One of the most convincing signs of a high civilization is the written
word. In the early spring of 1891, a farmer named J.H. Hooper was examining a
wooded ridge on his property, located in Bradley County, 13 miles from
Cleveland, Tennessee. A peculiar stone caught his attention, which he first took
to be a grave marker. But digging around it, he soon discovered that the stone
was only a surface projection of a subterranean structure that extended into the
depths below. Hopper spent the next several weeks in an attempt to uncover his
unusual find: A length of wall, traced for a thousand feet, on the average 2
feet thick and 8 feet high, with numerous projections - like the first one -
spaced along the top every 25 to 30 feet. The wall ran roughly at an angle of 15
to 20 degrees east. The structure continues on beyond the section exposed, in
both directions, following the crest of a ridge that extends from the Hiawassee
river north of Chattanooga southward, where it dips beneath the Tennessee river.
Its position dates it geologically to near the beginning of the Quaternary -
well over a million years old.
The wall is composed of red sandstone
blocks constructed in three courses, cemented together with a dark red clay
mixed with salt, and in numerous places is plastered over with red, slate and
yellow clays. Along one stretch of wall, near the northern end a distance of 16
feet, Hooper made without a doubt the most important discovery: Hidden beneath
the outer clay plasterings, a number of the sandstone block surfaces were
covered with the hieroglyphs of a lost language. The letters were arranged in
wavy, parallel and diagonal lines, interspersed with small pictures of strange
animals, many unidentifiable. there were other symbols too, of the sun and
crescent moon, which appear to have some astronomical significance. All
together, 872 individual characters were made out, many repeated - suggesting
the script is a form of pictographic writing, like Chinese.
implications of the wall, and the challenge of the discovery of an unknown
writing, the find was met by the scientific community with overwhelming apathy.
A short notice on the Tennessee mystery wall appeared in the Transactions of the
New York Academy of Sciences (11:26-29), written by A.L. Rawson, who examined
the structure and script first-hand, as well as published copies he had made of
some of the glyphs and pictures. But that was all; no further study was ever
In 1936, Tom Kenny, a resident of Plateau Valley, a town located
on the western slope of the Rockies in Colorado, was excavating for a winter
cellar to store vegetables, when at a depth of 10 feet his spade hit a barrier.
Clearing the covering material away, he unearthed a pavement made of tiles, each
man-made and five inches square. The tiles were laid in mortar, the chemical
composition of which later analysis showed was different from all materials
found in the valley. The perplexing problem is that the strange pavement was
found in the same layer containing the three-toed Miocene horse - upwards of 30
million years old.
In November, 1829, a block of marble measuring over
30 cubic feet was excavated from a depth of between 60 to 70 feet, from the
Henderson quarry, located 12 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The block was sent
to the Savage marble saw mill in nearby Norristown for cutting into slabs for
construction. After taking off one slab about 3 feet wide and 6 feet long,
workmen noticed something strange: They had exposed an unnaturally
straight-edged, rectangular indentation. Several respectable townsmen were
called to the scene, and in their presence the rest of the block surface was
carefully removed. Revealed were two sharply defined engraved letters,
resembling an "I," and a "U" with a squared base. The indentations were 11/2
inches long and five-eighths of an inch in width. There was no way the letters
could have been of recent origin - they were deeply embedded in the marble. More
mysterious, the marble had come from a very old lime rock. Estimated age: About
65 million years.
The Los Angeles News of December 17, 1869 printed an
account supplied to the paper by a correspondent of the Cleveland Herald,
writing from Wellsville, Ohio. The account described how in the autumn of the
year, at a coal mine operated by a Captain Lacey of Hammondville, a miner named
James Parsons was loosening a large mass at a depth of 100 feet, when he
suddenly exposed a smooth slate wall covered with strange alphabetic writing.
The letters were raised and well defined. The coal that had covered the wall
bore their distinct impression - which means the letters date to a time when the
coal was in a vegetable state, and had molded itself against the wall. Each sign
was three-quarters of an inch in size, and arranged in rows precisely spaced 3
inches apart. The first line of letters contained 25. Local teachers and
ministers examined the find, but could offer no explanations. Unfortunately,
just before a number of university professors arrived to verify the discovery,
the slate surface disintegrated from exposure to air, and the script was lost.
Nevertheless, the find was well-documented, and attested to by several reliable
witnesses. But the most disturbing fact about the mysterious slate wall and its
glyphs was their undeniable presence in coal - coal from the Carboniferous era,
well over 200 million years old.
A naturalist named Isaac Lea reported
in the American Journal of Science (volume I, number 1, page 155), in 1822, a
find he had made in a stretch of sandstone located a quarter mile north of
Pittsburgh, on the same side of the Monongahela river. Lea described it as the
most singular specimen he had ever seen: An unusually flat rectangular surface,
3 feet long and varying from 5 to 6 inches wide. One end was cut off by a break
in the rock - so there is no way of knowing the real length of the original
impression. The other end terminated in the middle of the rock face in a
straight, square line -as if a roll of paper had been torn off clean. On this
flat surface were row after row of evenly spaced, perfect diamond shapes, each
with an oblique, raised band across its center. Lea was mystified as to how to
classify the impression, as belonging to the animal or vegetable kingdom. The
answer is neither: The pattern is too precise to be natural, the diamond shapes
too square to be designed by anything but an intelligent hand. Luckily, Lea had
forethought enough to make accurate measurements and draw sketches of the
impression, for when he returned to remove it for further study, he found that a
quarryman had beaten him to it, and had done his work. The naturalist also took
meticulous note of the position of the rock surface in relation to the geology
of the surrounding area. The hill in which it existed is not high enough to take
in the bed of carboniferous coal found in a horizontal stratum about 250 feet
above the locality. In fragments of the impressed rock, Lea found fossils of
primitive jointed plants - the type which made its appearance in the Devonian
era, 400 million years ago.
What exactly was the mysterious pattern in
rock? We do not know, but the fact remains that it bore the artistic and
measuring hand of man. That hand was contemporary with purportedly the earliest
plant life on earth.
Analysis and conclusions
How can this evidence of the presence of man from the very
beginning of the fossil record be explained? Certainly, the prevailing
Uniformitarian-evolution-linear model of the past is in no position to do so,
because the mere existence of deeply buried human objects completely destroys
the whole premise of slow, gradual, progressive development of the earth, of
life, of man, and of human culture -the very cornerstone of the model. If man
and his products can be found all the way down to the lowest level of geologic
life, where is the evidence for his continual evolution, or for his long
cultural climb from primitive beginnings? It is clear we must look elsewhere for
Today, besides the Uniformitarian-evolution-linear model,
there have been three new and alternative models proposed, and each of these
offer their own interpretations of the past. These are: Extraterrestrialism,
Catastrophic evolution, and Creationism. Let us look at each one separately.
Most people have become aware of the Extraterrestrialist model through
the writings of Erich von Daniken, author of Chariots of the Gods, and other
similar works. What is not often realized, however, is that von Daniken's ideas
not only have had popular appeal to the man on the street, but they are having a
definite impact on the academic and scientific world as well. Von Daniken offers
what appears to be a plausible answer to the riddle of out-of-place artifacts of
an advanced nature which have been unearthed from the archaeological record
-and, as we have seen from the fossil and geological records as well. According
to him, aliens from other worlds have supposedly been visiting the earth
throughout history and prehistory, and the out-of-place remains we find were the
product of contact between the spacemen and early man. In the case of those
objects discovered in those layers believed to pre-date man's appearance, then
the items were left by the extraterrestrials themselves. By giving the
out-of-place artifacts an "other world" source, Von Daniken has thus neatly
explained their presence, while at the same time preserving accepted" theories
of evolution. In effect, he has placed the artifacts in a realm outside the
earthly scheme of things, where they do not conflict with slow, progressive
evolutionary development - only intervening now and then.
But there are
several flaws in the Extraterrestrialist model. In not one instance has Von
Daniken been able to demonstrate the existence of a single "ancient astronaut."
His "evidence," on close inspection, is largely based on his own personal
interpretations of primitive drawings and ancient records which look and sound
(to him) like men wearing spacesuits, or riding around inside spaceships. In
every case, there is another simpler and literally more "down to earth"
interpretation for every "space" drawing and record he offers as proof.
When we examine closely the out-of-place artifacts themselves,
especially those we have studied embedded in the geologic layers, we find that
they do not appear alien to us, and they certainly do not exhibit a technology
exclusively different from that of, say, our own civilization today - that is,
what man himself has and could have once before produced. What is more, where we
have found the presence of artifacts, we have also found clear evidence of the
presence of man: You will remember that among those discoveries made in the
fossil record, not only did we observe objects of worked metals, stone, etc.,
but there were also human skulls, bones and footprints. Man was there; the
artifacts logically were of his making. There is no need to invoke spacemen, or
look to the stars, for an answer - the answer lies here on earth, or as in the
case of our study here, in the earth.
A second modern model of the past
is Catastrophic evolution -and as its name implies, it is a modification of the
old Uniformitarian-evolution model. Catastrophic evolutionists propose to fully
accept the existence of human remains in the geologic column, while leaving the
column and the dating of the various rock layers intact. What this means is a
scenario of human history in which civilizations have been born, risen to
intellectual and technological heights, and then were destroyed by earth
upheavals, again and again over 600 million years. At first glance, this model
might seem plausible enough to explain the facts. But there are problems to
consider. As noted earlier, historians measure the antiquity of our own
civilization as being no more than 10,000 years. If we take this as the average
"lifespan" for the development of a technological society, and attempt to apply
this to the multiple civilization scenario, we find that we must presuppose the
existence of an incredible 60,000 civilizations to each down to the Cambrian
age. What is more, there is the major difficulty of how all these societies
would have disappeared -unless one is also to imagine 60,000 separate
cataclysms. Unfortunately, the geologic record does not support that many world
changes. The geologic record also reveals that, if only simple forms of life
supposedly existed in the earliest levels, there was no way such environments
could have supported a human population, let alone active civilizations.
Finally, there still remains the unanswered question of where man originated -
and for that, we have already seen, evolution cannot even attempt a solution.
Our third alternative model to examine is by no means new - in fact it
was the accepted model of the past long before uniformitarianism of geology came
to the forefront. It is called Creationism, or Creation-Flood science, because
it is based on the Biblical account in Genesis of the Divine creation of the
world, life and man, and the world-destroying Deluge. What makes Creationism
distinctive from the other proposed models is it teaches that mankind existed on
the earth before most geologic strata were formed. What is more, he was created
and lived as an intelligent, civilized being from the outset. The Genesis record
describes how after Creation and before the Flood, the descendants of Adam - the
Antediluvians - possessed an advanced culture that included agriculture,
urbanization, the arts, metal-working and sophisticated engineering abilities.
The Flood completely destroyed the Antediluvian civilization and the entire
world, depositing the remains (according to Creationist-Flood geology) in a
short time in the form of all the strata from Cambrian to early Tertiary. After
the Flood, the first descendants of Noah built another civilization culminating
in the technology that constructed the Tower of Babel. The remains of this
post-Flood civilization, after the destruction of Babel, were swept away by the
Ice Age disaster, and were preserved in the strata of the Tertiary-Pleistocene.
The Creation-Flood model can thus accept the appearance of human remains
and advanced artifacts in the geologic past, as evidence for pre-Flood and
immediate post-Flood civilizations. Because of the cataclysmic nature of the
Flood, and the abruptness with which the Babel-Ice Age disaster occurred, the
Creation-Flood model predicts further that buried artifacts are probably few and
far between, appearing as rare surviving remnants in the rock - which is the
Another upset in Creationism's favor is that, by its
rejection of uniformitarian long-age dating of the earth's strata, it is able to
explain remarkable similarities among the out-of-place artifacts, in diverse
levels. For instance, we found several examples of giant human bones and
footprints - in Tertiary, Cretaceous, Jurassic, Triassic, and Pennsylvanian
rock. This would mean, in "accepted" geologic time measurements, the persistence
of a very specialized life form - Homo gargantuan - over a span of 300 million
years. There is no precedent for that kind of survival anywhere in the fossil
record. But by viewing all these layers as having been laid down in a short time
period, and by regarding the remains within as the remnants of one destroyed
world, the various giant finds and their similarities are explained. In
addition, the large bones and prints confirm what was recorded in Genesis about
conditions before the Flood: "There were giants in those days, mighty men, men
There is, however, one problem that Creationism must contend
with. But that problem at least may have a satisfactory answer. It involves the
presence of foot and sandal prints - and, for that matter, the prints of extinct
animals - found in the fossil record. Dr. John D. Morris of the Institute for
Creation Research, in San Diego, noted that in the case of the mantracks and
dinosaur tracks found on the Paluxy river, there is a layer of sedimentary rock
8,500 feet in thickness underlying these Cretaceous formations. Now according to
the Creationist model, this must all have been deposited during the Flood. The
problem is, as Morris put it, "How could man and dinosaur witness such massive
deposition at the beginning stages of the Flood and survive long enough to leave
their prints so high up in the geologic column?"
The answer may lie in
an uplift of pre-Cambrian rock located just to the southwest of Glen Rose. The
uplift shows only small traces of the deposits which covered the Paluxy area,
which means it could have served as a refuge for men and animals during the
first part of the Flood. The waters appear to have retreated momentarily, and
the men and dinosaurs climbed down from their summit, to cautiously walk across
the mud-filled Paluxy region, probably in search of food. It is significant that
all the Paluxy man prints are clear impressions of the whole foot, indicating
that the stride of their makers had been slow and deliberate, and not running,
as the impressions then would have been deep prints of the forefoot only. The
tracks also go off in different directions, as if the survivors had split their
company to search over more ground. But just moments after the impressions were
made, the Flood waters must have returned, sweeping men and creatures away, and
quickly burying their tracks by new deposits - deposits which aided in the
perfect preservation of the prints to this day.
This particular scenario
of waters retreating and returning may not only have applied to Paluxy, but to
the making of the other fossil foot and shoe prints as well. Flood geologists
note many examples in various sedimentary rocks of evidence for tidal water
action. Some coal seams, for example, contain numerous layers of limestone
alternating with carbonized vegetable matter (coal). These, the geologists say,
were created by the "rocking" motion of a large body of water, that carried the
remains of marine organisms at one end and land life on the other, and dropped
portions of its two different loads with each surge, as it moved back and forth.
Sometimes in these layers, coal appears directly on coal, or limestone on
limestone, without the alternate material between - indicating a complete
retreat of the waters temporarily, and then their dramatic return and
deposition. Noteworthy is the fact that in the book of Genesis, Noah described
the Flood waters as "prevailing upon the earth." In the Hebrew, the word used
for "prevail" has the connotation, "a movement to and fro."
Summarizing now the various models we have discussed, we find that:
1. The Uniformitarian-evolution-linear model is totally
inadequate to explain the presence of human remains in the geologic record, as
these remains are in direct contradiction to the model's premise of slow,
progressive development from simple, primitive beginnings.
Extraterrestrialist model is dependent upon the unproven existence of aliens
from outer space, and rests on the false assumption that man himself could not
have produced the out-of-place artifacts - even though they are in fact
accompanied by human skeletal remains and imprints.
3. The Catastrophic
evolution model presupposes the existence of a highly improbable number of
destroyed civilizations to explain the buried objects, and cannot answer the
basic question of the origins of man by evolution, since his remains are found
as far back as the earliest fossil layer.
4. The Creation-Flood model
offers a workable solution to the mystery of out-of-place fossil relics, which
is also consistent with observable geologic phenomena based on a catastrophic
premise. The model also explains similarities and parallels between out-of-place
finds in diverse layers, which no other model can do.
Based on these
findings, then, we must conclude that the Creationist model is superior to all
other models in supplying answers to the riddle of human remains and artifacts
in the geologic record. These "strange relics from the depths of the earth," in
fact, testify to the validity of the Creation-Flood model, and tend to prove
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