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Mystery of the 100-million-year old hammer


Posted on Wednesday, 9 April, 2014 | Comment icon 73 comments

The hammer was found near London, Texas. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Rolintt
A mysterious hammer was discovered in Texas in 1934 embedded inside a rock several million years old.
The peculiar object is an example of an out of place artifact (oopart), a term that is generally applied to the discovery of a modern object that seems to have originated from a time period that pre-dates its invention.

The 'London Hammer' has been the subject of several tests and a lot of controversy since it was first discovered in Texas by a hiker in the 1930s. An analysis conducted at the Battelle Laboratory in Ohio, the same place that NASA sent some of the moon rocks for testing, was said to have determined that the hammer possessed unusual metallurgical properties.

The question of the hammer's age however is one that has divided researchers. Carl Baugh, who currently possesses the artifact, maintains that the hammer is literally prehistoric and that its handle has turned to coal over the ages. He also writes that fossils within the surrounding rock "retain fine detail, indicating that they were not reworked, but part of the original formation," suggesting that both the rock and the hammer are from the same time period.

Skeptic Glen J. Kuban however believes differently. In a 1997 paper he claimed that all testing on the object had been conducted privately and not at the Battelle Laboratory as had been originally implied. He also maintained that inconclusive test results had dated the hammer back just 700 years and that Baugh had delayed a full carbon dating test because he didn't want to be proven wrong.

So does the London Hammer really date back several million years or is it simply a relic from the recent past ? To date the true age and origins of this enigmatic tool continue to remain a mystery.

Source: The Epoch Times | Comments (73)

Tags: Out of Place Artifacts


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #64 Posted by Harte on 17 July, 2014, 12:22
Yes, "Wth?" indeed. The first dinosaurs arose 230 million years ago. So, "Wth?" Harte
Comment icon #65 Posted by 95-Nasty on 17 July, 2014, 14:13
I completely agree with you, well said
Comment icon #66 Posted by stereologist on 17 July, 2014, 16:04
Even in science things are controversial. An example is the issue at CERN with the supraluminal, faster than light speed, neutrinos. The people at CERN are pretty smart and know that supraluminal claims come and go every few years. it took a while, but the problem was related to a bad connection of a cable. The supraluminal issue was controversial. That is the way things are. It was an exciting possibility. It was studied and turned out to be wrong. That's ok isn't it? You look at something and learn that it is not what was originally thought. It is a pretty good assumption at this p... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by sargo on 17 August, 2014, 15:09
Due to natural processes forests are slowly converted to coal. Therefore, it is completely impossible that a wooden stick would look like the one in picture after 100 million years. Also the hammer does not fit the rock so well as it should and it seems that the stick has been broken to put it inside the rock.
Comment icon #68 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 18 August, 2014, 1:23
Comment icon #69 Posted by stereologist on 18 August, 2014, 1:40
The hammer of course is real. It is a real hammer, but not an old one. It has become encrusted with rock which can form in a short period of time. The problem here is that the creationist with it has assigned a date to the hammer that is not warranted. The hammer was found in an area with rock dated to something like 100Ma. The hammer was not found in a rock layer. It was found loose. It was found loose with some minerals encrusted on it. The date of the hammer cannot be assigned to the nearest rock. Button Bay in Vermont has been the site of many concretion finds. They are even on display i... [More]
Comment icon #70 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 18 August, 2014, 1:55
Sure looks like the hammer was embedded into the rock to me. Maybe I should check my glasses? Now if someone faked that they did one hell of a job. Like I say the yellow hue is consistent throughout, rock or hammer. That is pretty hard to fake.
Comment icon #71 Posted by stereologist on 18 August, 2014, 2:29
The hammer was never imbedded in bedrock. The hammer is encrusted with minerals. It is covered by a concretion which can form in only a few years as evidenced by them forming on roots. Pieces of trash have been encrusted in a few years. It is not a matter of checking glasses, but realizing that the material on the hammer is recent. The fact that the color is consistent means little. Here is an example of rapid mineralization. http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3515128?uid=3739936&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21104064100491 Here is an article with a modern coral growing ov... [More]
Comment icon #72 Posted by Hanslune on 18 August, 2014, 2:30
A mining tool left in a limestone cave will be dripped on and covered with a concretion, rather common. Full report on that silly thing http://paleo.cc/paluxy/hammer.htm


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