Out-of-place artifact (OOPArt) is a term for an object of interest found in a seemingly impossible context that would challenge conventional historical chronology by being “too advanced” for the level of civilization that existed at the time, or showing “human presence” well before humans were supposed to exist.
The Message Bible describes it the best:
Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness” (Genesis 1:2 Message Bible).
Before the six-day recreation of Genesis, the Earth was a dead and desolate planet, drifting in the freezing night of space. Earth was an underwater-uninhabitable planet wandering in the cold and dark remains of an old creation. The land was submerged and the water’s angry wrath abounded. Abyss called unto abyss. The lonely night got ever darker, longing for the dawn that did not appear. As a lifeless chunk of rock, the World hurried through the cosmos without any sun to warm its waters or touch its lifeless mass.
One questions what caused the Earth to be in this terrible condition. Remember the fact that it had to be remade, but we did not discuss what had happened to cause this destruction. Briefly review Genesis 1:2, again for clarity.
And the earth was (hâyâh) without form, (tôhû) and void ;(bôhû) and darkness (chôshek) was upon the face of the deep” (Genesis 1:2 Hebrew)
A great destruction took place as described by the author of Genesis and later by Jeremiah. This destruction occurred at the fall of Lucifer. We can see from the Hebrew words that destruction took place upon the earth, but I would submit that this entire Solar System fell under judgment. Before continuing, allow me to paraphrase Genesis 1:2 and clarify where this is going.
And the earth became a desolation a worthless ruin and destruction was over its entire face”. (My paraphrase)
This took place not by accident, for God created the world in Genesis 1:1, so we can presume that he created it whole and protected it. Such destruction came by the hand of God, as told by Jeremiah and Isaiah.
Before Adam, civilizations existed on the Earth and also perhaps on other terrestrial planets.
Cenozoic Era Ooparts
The Cenozoic Era is last of the five major eras of geologic time, beginning about 65 million years ago and extending through the present.
It follows the Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era and is subdivided into the Tertiary period and the Quaternary period. Shorter time periods are called “epochs” and make up the Tertiary period; in order, from earliest to latest, these are the Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, and Pliocene. The accepted scientific view of the Cenozoic Era shows humanoid beings appearing on the earth about 1.6 million years ago, and human civilization just 10,000 years ago.Yet the scientific finds presented below present a very shocking and different story.
Copper Coin from Illinois, over 200,000 years old
This is a coin-like object, from a well boring near Lawn Ridge, Illinois, it was found at a depth of about 114 feet below the surface.
According to the information supplied by the Illinois State Geological Survey, the deposits containing the coin are between 200,000 and 400,000 years old...
Modern Human Skeleton from Tanzania, over 800,000 years old
In 1913 Professor Hans Reck, of Berlin University, conducted investigations at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, then German East Africa. The human skeletal remains, including this complete skull, were cemented in the rock and had to be chipped with hammers and chisels. It was found in the upper end of a rock bed dated at more than 1,000,000 years old.
Willendorf Venus Statue, over 30,000 years old
The Willendorf Venus, from Europe, dated at 30,000 years old. Who created or left this artifact nearly 20,000 years before human civilization was suppose to have appeared?
Modern Human Skull in Buenos Aires, over 1,000,000 years old
In 1896, workers excavating a dry dock in Buenos Aires found a modern human skull. The Pre-Ensenadan stratum in which the Buenos Aires skull was found was at least 1.0 – 1.5 million years old.
Pliocene Epoch Finds
Figurines from Nampa, Idaho, about 2 million years old
A small human image, skillfully formed in clay, was found in 1889 at Nampa, Idaho.The figurine came from the the 300-foot level of a well boring and dated to be of the Plio-Pleistocene age, about 2 million years old. G. F. Wright noted,
“The image is about an inch and a half long; and remarkable for the perfection with which it represents the human form… It was a female figure, and had the lifelike lineaments in the parts which were finished that would do credit to the classic centers of art.” Upon showing the object to Professor F. W. Putnam,” wrote Wright, “he at once directed attention to the character of the incrustations of iron upon the surface as indicative of a relic of considerable antiquity. There were patches of anhydrous red oxide of iron in protected places upon it, such as could not have been formed upon any fraudulent object.”
Modern Human Skull found in Italy, over 3 – 4 million years old
In 1860, Giuseppe Ragazzoni, a geologist traveled to Castenedolo, about 10 kilometers southeast of Brescia, to gather fossil shells in the Pliocene strata exposed in a pit at the base of a low hill, the Colle de Vento. Here he discovered an anatomically modern human skull. The stratum from which was assigned to the Astian stage of the Pliocene. The Astian stage of the Pliocene belongs to the Middle Pliocene, which would give the skull an age of 3 – 4 million years.
Carved Shell from the Red Crag, England, between 2.0 and 2.5 million years old
In a report delivered to the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1881, H. Stopes, F.G.S. (Fellow of the Geological Society), described a shell, the surface of which bore a carving of a unmistakably human face. The carved shell was found in the stratified deposits of the Red Crag. The Red Crag, part of which is called the Walton Crag, is dated to be of the late Pliocene age between 2.0 and 2.5 million years old. This find would place humanoids in England as far back as 2.0 million and maybe as much as 2.5 million years ago.
Eocene Epoch Finds
Chalk Ball near Laon, France, 45 – 55 million years old
In the April 1862 edition of The Geologist a report was given by Maximilien Melleville, the vice president of the Societe Academique of Laon , France. This chalk ball was discovered in an Early Eocene lignite bed. On the basis of its stratigraphic position, is has been assigned a date of 45 – 55 million years ago. According to Melleville, there was no possibility that the chalk ball was a forgery:
“It really is penetrated over four-fifths of its height by a black bituminous color that merges toward the top into a yellow circle, and which is evidently due to the contact of the lignite in which it had been for so long a time plunged. The upper part, which was in contact with the shell bed, on the contrary has preserved its natural color — the dull white of the chalk…. As to the rock in which it was found, I can affirm that it is perfectly virgin, and presents no trace whatever of any ancient exploitation.
Mortar and Pestle in California, up to 55 million years old
In 1877 Mr. J. H. Neale was superintendent of the Montezuma Tunnel Company, and ran the Montezuma tunnel into the gravel underlying the lava of Table Mountain, Tuolumne County. At a distance of between 1400 and 1500 feet from the mouth of the tunnel, or of between 200 and 300 feet beyond the edge of the solid lava, Mr. Neale saw several spear-heads of some dark rock and nearly one foot in length. On exploring further, he himself found a small mortar three or four inches in diameter and of irregular shape. This was discovered within a foot or two of the spear-heads. He then found a large well-formed pestle and near by a large and very regular mortar. All of these relics were found the same afternoon, and were all within a few feet of one another and close to the bed-rock, perhaps within a foot of it. Mr. Neale declares that it is utterly impossible that these relics can have reached the position in which they were found excepting at the time the gravel was deposited, and before the lava cap formed. The position of the artifacts in gravel close to the bed-rock at Tuolumne Table Mountain indicates they were 33-55 million years old.
Sling Stone from Bramford, England, 5 – 50 million years old
This sling stone is from the detritus bed beneath the Red Crag at Bramford, England. At least Pliocene in age, the stone is at least 5 million and possibly up to 50 million years old. Upon examination it was obvious that the stone had been shaped……..!
The whole surface… has been scraped with a flint, in such a way that it is covered with a series of facets running fairly regularly from end to end…. The scraping described above covers the whole surface of the object, and penetrates into its irregularities.
As it stands the object is entirely artificial… yet left in a time millions of years before “humans” or advanced civilizations?
Mesozoic Era Proof
The Mesozoic Era is one of the major divisions of geological history, following the Paleozoic era and preceding the Cenozoic era.The Mesozoic era, which lasted from approximately 240 million to 65 million years ago. The first birds and mammals and the first flowering plants appeared at this time. The Mesozoic era is divided into three time periods: the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous.
The Mesozoic Era began with the first dinosaurs appearing on the earth, yet the scientific finds suggest proof that advanced civilizations were on the Earth when dinosaurs roamed the planet.
Metallic Tube at Saint-Jean de Livet, France over 65 million years old
Y. Druet and H. Salfati announced in 1968 the discovery of semi-ovoid metallic tubes of identical shape but varying size in Cretaceous chalk. The chalk bed, exposed in a quarry at Saint-Jean de Livet, France, is estimated to be least 65 million years old.
Shoe Sole from Nevada, dated at 213 – 248 million years ago
On October 8, 1922, the American Weekly section of the New York Sunday American ran a prominent feature titled “Mystery of the Petrified ’Shoe Sole,” by Dr. W. H. Ballou.
“Some time ago, while he was prospecting for fossils in Nevada, John T. Reid, a distinguished mining engineer and geologist, stopped suddenly and looked down in utter bewilderment and amazement at a rock near his feet. For there, a part of the rock itself, was what seemed to be a human footprint! Closer inspection showed that it was not a mark of a naked foot, but was, apparently, a shoe sole which had been turned into stone. The forepart was missing.But there was the outline of at least two-thirds of it, and around this outline ran a well-defined sewn thread which had, it appeared, attached the welt to the sole. Further on was another line of sewing, and in the center, where the foot would have rested had the object really been a shoe sole, there was an indentation, exactly such as would have been made by the bone of the heel rubbing upon and wearing down the material of which the sole had been made. The Triassic rock bearing the fossil shoe sole is now recognized as being dated at 213 – 248 million years old.
Paleozoic Era Proof
The Paleozoic Era is a major division of geological time, preceded by Precambrian time and followed by the Mesozoic era, and including the Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, and Permian periods. The Paleozoic Era began about 570 million years ago and ended about 240 million years ago.
The Paleozoic Era is where life evolved from primitive, multicellular, free-floating forms in the sea to advanced groups on land. The most advanced life forms at the end of this period where amphibians, insects, fern forests, and small reptiles.
Gold Thread in England, between 320 – 360 million years old
June 22, 1844 London Times:
“A few days ago, as some workmen were employed in quarrying a rock close to the Tweed about a quarter of a mile below Rutherford-mill, a gold thread was discovered embedded in the stone at a depth of eight feet.”
Dr. A. W. Medd of the British Geological Survey wrote in 1985 that this stone is of Early Carboniferous age between 320 and 360 million years old.
Gold Chain from Morrisonville, Illinois, 260 – 320 million years old
June 11, 1891, The Morrisonville Times reported:
“A curious find was brought to light by Mrs. S. W. Culp last Tuesday morning. As she was breaking a lump of coal preparatory to putting it in the scuttle, she discovered, as the lump fell apart, embedded in a circular shape a small gold chain about ten inches in length of antique and quaint workmanship. At first Mrs. 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 at once made 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 lump separated, the middle of the chain became loosened while each end remained fastened to the coal.
The lump of coal from which this chain was taken is supposed to come from the Taylorville or Pana mines (southern Illinois) and almost hushes one’s breath with mystery when it is thought for how many long ages the earth has been forming strata after strata which hid the golden links from view. The chain was an eight-carat gold and weighed eight penny-weights.”The Illinois State Geological Survey has said the coal in which the gold chain was found is 260 – 320 million years old.
Carved Stone near Webster, Iowa, 260 – 320 million years old
The April 2,1897 edition of the Daily News of Omaha, Nebraska, carried an article titled “Carved Stone Buried in a Mine,” which described an object from a mine near Webster City, Iowa.
The article stated:
“While mining coal today in the Lehigh coal mine, at a depth of 130 feet, one of the miners came upon a piece of rock which puzzles him and he was unable to account for its presence at the bottom of the coal mine. The stone is of a dark grey color and about two feet long, one foot wide and four inches in thickness. Over the surface of the stone, which is very hard, lines are drawn at angles forming perfect diamonds. The center of each diamond is a fairly good face of an old man having a peculiar indentation in the forehead that appears in each of the pictures, all of them being remarkably alike. Of the faces, all but two are looking to the right.
Iron Cup from Oklahoma Coal Mine, 312 million years old
On November 27, 1948 the following statement was made by Frank J. Kenwood in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas.
“While I was working in the Municipal Electric Plant in Thomas, Oklahoma in 1912, I came upon a solid chunk of coal which was too large to use. I broke it with a sledge hammer. This iron pot fell from the center leaving the impression mould of the pot in the piece of coal. Jim Stall (an employee of the company) witnessed the breaking of the coal, and saw the pot fall out. I traced the source of the coal, and found that it came from the Wilburton, Oklahoma, Mines. According to Robert O. Fay of the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the Wilburton mine coal is about 312 million years old.
What advanced civilization used iron pots 300 million years ago?
Block Wall in an Oklahoma Mine, at least 286 million years old
W.W. McCormick of Abilene, Texas, reported his grandfather’s account of a stone block wall that was found deep within a coal mine:
“In the year 1928, I, Atlas Almon Mathis, was working in coal mine No. 5., located two miles north of Heavener, Oklahoma. This was a shaft mine, and they told us it was two miles deep. The mine was so deep that they let us down into it on an elevator…. They pumped air down to us, it was so deep.” One evening, Mathis was blasting coal loose by explosives in “room 24″ of this mine.”The next morning,” said Mathis, “there were several concrete blocks laying in the room. These blocks were 12-inch cubes and were so smooth and polished on the outside that all six sides could serve as mirrors. Yet they were full of gravel, because I chipped one of them open with my pick, and it was plain concrete inside.”
Mathis added: “As I started to timber the room up, it caved in; and I barely escaped. When I came back after the cave-in, a solid wall of these polished blocks was left exposed. About 100 to 150 yards farther down our air core, another miner struck this same wall, or one very similar.”
The coal in the mine was Carboniferous, which would mean the wall was at least 286 million years old. According to Mathis, the mining company officers immediately pulled the men out of the mine and forbade them to speak about what they had seen. Mathis said the Wilburton miners also told of finding “a solid block of silver in the shape of a barrel… with the prints of the staves on it,” in an area of coal dating between 280 and 320 million years ago.
Hieroglyphics in Ohio Coal Mine, 260 million year old
It is reported that James Parsons, and his two sons, exhumed a slate wall in a coal mine at Hammondville, Ohio, in 1868. It was a large smooth wall, disclosed when a great mass of coal fell away from it, and on its surface, carved in bold relief, were several lines of hieroglyphics.
Nail in Devonian Sandstone, between 360 and 408 million years old
In 1844, Sir David Brewster reported that a nail had been discovered firmly embedded in a block of sandstone from the Kingoodie (Mylnfield) Quarry in North Britain. Dr. A. W. Medd of the British Geological Survey recently indicated that this sandstone is of “Lower Old Red Sandstone age” (Devonian, between 360 and 408 million years old). In his report to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Brewster stated:
“The particular block in which the nail was found, was nine inches thick, and in proceeding to clear the rough rock for dressing, the point of the nail was found projecting about half an inch (quite eaten with rust) into the ’till,’ the rest of the nail lying along the surface of the stone to within an inch of the head, which went right down into the body of the stone.”
The fact that the head of the nail was buried in the sandstone block would seem to rule out the possibility the nail had been pounded into the block after it was quarried. This was a time where amphibians and insects were the only dominant life form on our planet.
Shoe Print in Utah Shale, 505 to 590 Million Years Old
In 1968, William J. Meister, a draftsman and amateur trilobite collector, reported finding a shoe print in the Wheeler Shale near Antelope Spring, Utah.This shoe-like indentation and its cast were revealed when Meister split open a block of shale.
Clearly visible within the imprint were the remains of trilobites, extinct marine arthropods. The shale holding the print and the trilobite fossils is from the Cambrian, and would thus be 505 to 590 million years old.
Meister described the ancient shoe-like impression in an article that appeared in the Creation Research Society Quarterly:
“The heel print was indented in the rock about an eighth of an inch more than the sole. The footprint was clearly that of the right foot because the sandal was well worn on the right side of the heel in the characteristic fashion.”
Metallic Vase from Pre-Cambrian Rock, over 600 Million Years Old
The following report, titled “A Relic of a Bygone Age,” appeared in the magazine Scientific American (June 5, 1852):
“A few days ago a powerful blast was made in the rock at Meeting House Hill, in Dorchester, a few rods south of Rev. Mr. Hall’s meeting house. The blast threw out an immense mass of rock, some of the pieces weighing several tons, and scattered fragments in all directions. Among them was picked a metallic vessel in two parts, rent asunder by the explosion. On putting the parts together it formed a bell-shaped vessel, 4-1/2 inches high, 6-1/2 inches at the base, 2-1/2 inches at the top, and about an eighth of an inch in thickness.
The body of this vessel resembles zinc in color, or a composition metal, in which there is a considerable portion of silver. On the side there are six figures of a flower, or bouquet, beautifully inlaid with pure silver, and around the lower part of the vessel a vine, or wreath, also inlaid with silver.
The chasing, carving, and inlaying are exquisitely done by the art of some cunning workman. This curious and unknown vessel was blown out of the solid pudding stone, fifteen feet below the surface.”
According to a recent U.S. Geological Survey map of the Boston-Dorchester area, the pudding stone, now called the Roxbury conglomerate, is of Precambrian age, over 600 million years old.
Over the past several decades, South African miners have found hundreds of metallic spheres, at least one of which has three parallel grooves running around its equator.
The spheres are of two types
“one of solid bluish metal with white flecks, and another which is a hollow ball filled with a white spongy center.”
Roelf Marx, curator of the museum of Klerksdorp, South Africa, where some of the spheres are housed, said:
“The spheres are a complete mystery. They look man-made, yet at the time in Earth’s history when they came to rest in this rock no intelligent life existed. The globes are found in pyrophyllite, which is mined near the little town of Ottosdal in the Western Transvaal. This pyrophyllite is a quite soft secondary mineral with a count of only 3 on the Mohs’ scale and was formed by sedimentation about 2.8 billion years ago. On the other hand the globes are very hard and cannot be scratched, even by steel.”
The sphere with the three parallel grooves around it are too perfect to be anything but man made. The Precambrian mineral deposit where the globes are found is dated to be at least 2.8 billion years old.
Artifacts From AIX En Provence, France
In his book Mineralogy, Count Bournon recorded an intriguing discovery that had been made by French workmen in the latter part of the eighteenth century.
“During the years 1786, 1787, and 1788, they were occupied near AIX en Provence, in France, in quarrying stone for the rebuilding , upon a vast scale, of the Palace of Justice. The stone was a limestone of deep grey, and of that kind which are tender when they come out of the quarry, but harden by exposure to the air.
The strata were separated from one another by a bed of sand mixed with clay, more or less calcareous. The first which were wrought presented no appearance of any foreign bodies, but, after the workmen had removed the ten first beds, they were astonished, when taking away the eleventh, to find its inferior surface, at the depth of forty or fifty feet, covered with shells.
The stone of this bed having been removed, as they were taking away a stratum of argillaceous sand, which separated the eleventh bed from the twelfth, they found stumps of columns and fragments of stone half wrought, and the stone was exactly similar to that of the quarry: they found moreover coins, handles of hammers, and other tools or fragments of tools in wood.
But that which principally commanded their attention, was a board about one inch thick and seven or eight feet long; it was broken into many pieces, of which none were missing, and it was possible to join them again one to another, and to restore to the board or plate its original form, which was that of the boards of the same kind used by the masons and quarry men: it was worn in the same manner, rounded and waving upon the edges.”
Count Bournon, continuing his description, stated:
“The stones which were completely or partly wrought, had not at all changed in their nature, but the fragments of the board, and the instruments, and pieces of instruments of wood, had been changed into agate, which was very fine and agreeably colored. Here then, we have the traces of a work executed by the hand of a humanoid, placed at a depth of fifty feet, and covered with eleven beds of compact limestone: everything tended to prove that this work had been executed upon the spot where the traces existed.
Letter-like Shapes in Marble, Philadelphia
In 1830, letter-like shapes were discovered within a solid block of marble from a quarry 12 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The marble block was taken from a depth of 60-70 feet.
850,000-year-old human footprints found in Norfolk
This was reported in the American Journal of Science (vol. 19, 1831, p. 361). The quarry workers removed layers of gneiss, mica slate, hornblende, talcose slate, and primitive clay slate before coming to the layer from which the block containing the letter-like shapes were cut. While they were sawing through the block, the workmen happened to notice a rectangular indentation, about 1.5 inches wide by .625 inches high, displaying two raised characters. Several respectable gentlemen from nearby Norristown, Pennsylvania, were called to the scene and inspected the object. It is hard to explain the formation of the characters as products of natural physical processes.
The oldest human footprints found outside Africa, dated at between 850,000 and 950,000 years old, have been discovered on the storm-lashed beach at Happisburgh in Norfolk, one of the fastest-eroding stretches of the British coast. Within a fortnight, the sea tides that had exposed the prints last May destroyed them, leaving only casts and 3D images made through photogrammetry (stitching together hundreds of photographs) as evidence that a little group from a long-extinct early human species had passed that way.
They walked through a startlingly different landscape from today’s, along the estuary of what may have been the original course of the Thames, through a river valley grazed by mammoths, hippos and rhinoceros. The pattern of the prints suggests at least five individuals heading southward, pausing and pottering about to gather plants or shellfish along the bank. They included children. The best preserved prints, clearly showing heel, arch and four toes – one toe may not have left a clear impression – is of a man with a foot equivalent to a modern size 8 shoe, suggesting a height of about 1.7 metres.
“This is an extraordinarily rare discovery,” said Nick Ashton, a scientist at the British Museum, where the find was announced. “The Happisburgh site continues to rewrite our understanding of the early human occupation of Britain and indeed of Europe.”
Although far older footprints have been found in Africa, the prints are more than twice the age of the previous oldest in Europe, from southern Italy and dated to around 345,000 years.