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Five Unexplained Artifacts That Challenge Modern Archeology
John O'Melveny Woods | Aug 4, 2014
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Unexplained Archeology

The Antikythera Mechanism

In researching my new book series, The Seekers, I discovered hundreds of ancient sites and artifacts that, frankly, were astounding. If we are to believe modern archaeology, then these sites and artifacts simply could not exist.

But they do.

And how do most of today’s archaeologists deal with these sites and artifacts? They ignore them, or state they are hoaxes, or dismiss them as not important.

I disagree, and in the first book of my series, Lost Tomb of Alexander, I mention and refer to many of these Unexplained Archeology artifacts.

Some of the more interesting, are:

The Antikythera Mechanism (image appears above)

Could this have been the world’s first computer?

We know now how the Antikythera mechanism works, thanks to modern technologies. It can calculate future planet positions and eclipses. But exactly why and how it was used remains a mystery. It was discovered in 1900 when a group of sponge divers waited out a storm on the island of Antikythera. The wreck was determined to have occurred during the 1st century B.C., with artifacts dating as far back as 4th century B.C. The inner workings are made of very fine bronze. The gears are mounted in wood with over 2000 characters inscribed around the outside. The whole mechanism measures 32 x 16 x 10 cm. After being underwater for over 2000 years, the metal was corroded and coated with calcium, making it difficult to determine what it was.

Originally thought to be a nautical device, scientists recently were able to create and present a working model after using gamma rays to penetrate the calcification. Today, there are teams of scientists from around the world that continue to study this ancient artifact. It is displayed in the National Archeological Museum of Athens, with reproductions in other museums around the world.

South American Petrospheres

In Costa Rica you can find, scattered around the country, over three hundred petrospheres. These spheres range in size from a few centimeters to over 2 meters in diameter, and weigh up to 15 tons. They are dated to the Pre-Columbian cultures of southern Costa Rica, between 200 B.C.E. and 800 A.C.E. Carved mostly from granodiorite, these spheres adorn public buildings, parks and the lawns of some of the country’s rich and famous. They were first found in the 1930s when the United Fruit Company was clearing the rainforest to build banana plantations. Unfortunately many were destroyed or moved before they could be studied. Most were found in the Diquis Delta and on Isla del Caño, about 50 miles away from the quarry site at the summit of the Talamanca mountain range.

Many of the balls were found to be aligned in straight and curved lines, and in shapes such as triangles and parallelograms. People are enchanted with the balls and you can’t help touching them when you see them. Some people claim they radiate energy noticeable to the touch.

Pre-Columbian Airplane Model

Originally found in Central and South America, these zoomorphic pendants made their rounds in the U.S. in 1954 and caught the eye of biologist-zoologist Ivan T. Sanderson. The two inch long gold pendant dates back to a pre-Incan civilization from 500 – 800 C.E. While classified as animal pendants, Dr. Sanderson could find no animal or insect to match this shape, while all other artifacts of this time were very precise. The pendant was further examined by several aeronautical experts.

Arthur Young, a designer at Bell Helicopters, determined that the artifact contained many attributes of a high speed airplane. Another aeronautical expert, Dr. Algund Eenboom, constructed a small scale replica without any modifications, and it flew! More proof to the aircraft hypothesis includes the engravings on the artifact. The spiral engravings found on the wings and nose represent ascending and descending in Amerindian iconography. Some reports state that there is a Hebrew letter Beth or B on the rudder, which could place its origination from the Middle East.

Dropa Stones

In 1938, Chi Pu Tei, a professor of archeology at Beijing University, led a group of students into the remote and mountainous region on the border of China and Tibet. They went to study caves, but what they discovered astonished them. The caves were not naturally made. They were too square and perfect in construction, seeming to have been created using fire, and were joined by tunnels.

Drawings of the sun, moon, and stars were on the cave walls. Inside these caves were many tombs, which contained human-like bodies. The skeletons were very small (4 feet 4 inches) with oversized heads and small bones. While the tombs had no markings themselves, 716 “Dropa Stones” were found among the tombs. Unfortunately, further study is problematic as the caves are closed to the public by the Chinese government and the Dropa stones are not available to study by the rest of the world.

Here is what is currently written on the subject, although much is suspect due to the lack of pictures and research. The Dropa Stones are stone disks, 12 inches in diameter, with a hole in the middle and minuscule hieroglyphics engraved upon it. They have been dated to 10,000 B.C.E. and are associated with the Dropa race, an alien race from Syrius which came to Earth 20,000 years ago. Then, 12,000 years ago, another spaceship came and crashed in the Himalayas. The race had to survive on Earth. Some say the race died out; others that they evolved into two tribes still living in that region today.

Baigong Pipes

Locals residing forty kilometers southeast of Qinghai’s Delingha city, in the Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China, have known of pipes dotting their landscape for centuries. In 2002, these pipes were announced to the modern world, but since there hasn't been an accepted paper studying the find, archaeologists have decided to define them as natural occurrences created 150,000 years ago.

The pipes are located predominantly throughout Mount Baigong, the top of which is a pyramid. At the base of the mountain are three caves, two of which are inaccessible. The biggest has an opening six meters wide and eight meters high. It is in this cave that two of the biggest pipes exist. One is 40cm in diameter and spans the roof from the front to the back of the cave. The other pipe is roughly the same size and runs deep into the earth with just its top protruding. The pipes have been analyzed to be 92% known material and 8% unknown.

At the foot of the mountain is Toson Lake, on whose beach run many more pipes in unlikely patterns with a variety of diameters. In addition, many pipes have been found protruding from the mountain between the caves and the mountain top.

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As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, modern archaeologists dismiss these artifacts. I think we should create an open dialogue wherein facts (those stubborn things that keep showing up) that contradict accepted dogma about ancient civilization can be openly discussed and debated.

There are hundreds more of these that can be viewed at www.UnexplainedArcheology.com.

Tags: Baigong Pipes, Dropa Stones, Pre-Columbian Airplane Model, South American Petrospheres, The Antikythera Mechanism, Unexplained Archeology
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