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Archaeology from the dark side

Posted on Saturday, 3 September, 2005 | Comment icon 16 comments


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"In February of 1961, three amateur gem collectors dug a mechanical gizmo encased in fossil-encrusted rock out of a mountainside in the Southern California desert."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by Baku on 3 September, 2005, 20:28
^heh appariently the discoverers of this item died, and they were the last to have hold of it. they wouldn't let anyone study it as they were selling it for 25,000 dollars. but before they sold it, they died and the object is now persumed 'missing'. EDIT heres a link to further info on the coso artifact  .  http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/coso.html 824565[/snapback] So the only excisted proof of human history let alone acient world history is missing? Have the scientist even tried to search o0n eBay
Comment icon #8 Posted by Leliel on 3 September, 2005, 20:45
^heh appariently the discoverers of this item died, and they were the last to have hold of it. they wouldn't let anyone study it as they were selling it for 25,000 dollars. but before they sold it, they died and the object is now persumed 'missing'. EDIT heres a link to further info on the coso artifact  .  http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/coso.html 824565[/snapback] So the only excisted proof of human history let alone acient world history is missing? Have the scientist even tried to search o0n eBay 825165[/snapback] doesn't look like its being sold on ebay.co.uk OR .com ...no... I didn't look... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by jsf35rino on 3 September, 2005, 21:02
seems like i read somewhere else on the net that that thing was actually a spark-plug from about 1912?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Lord_Kazius on 3 September, 2005, 21:03
why is it that these finds always go missing?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Leliel on 3 September, 2005, 22:34
why is it that these finds always go missing? 825225[/snapback] ah, but this one was actually studied by scientists. which you know, is better than it missing before its been studied
Comment icon #12 Posted by merlinhoot on 4 September, 2005, 5:11
Could of been left by time travelers. I just saw the movie "A Sound of Thunder" which was about this same theme. Cool movie by the way.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Yelekiah on 4 September, 2005, 9:27
There will alwyas be another find that predates this or that. Nothing to cry over.
Comment icon #14 Posted by ROGER on 4 September, 2005, 13:45
What I find amusing is that the technology of just a few years ago was not recognized by the younger generations. I grew up around old farm machines that, like the F-20 Farmall tractor, had a Magneto instead of a generator. And with no battery YOU had to crank it over to start it. The spark plugs of these tractors were huge. Some times 4 to 6 times larger than today's. I have read in different posts that some members find it hard to believe that an advanced civilization could lose all its accumulated knowlege, and resort back to primitive living. But recent Disasters in the World have prov en ... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Piney on 5 September, 2005, 1:51
What I find amusing is that the technology of just a few years ago was not recognized by the younger generations. I grew up around old farm machines that, like the F-20 Farmall tractor, had a Magneto instead of a generator. And with no battery YOU had to crank it over to start it. The spark plugs of these tractors were huge. Some times 4 to 6 times larger than today's. I have read in different posts that some members find it hard to believe that an advanced civilization could lose all its accumulated knowlege, and resort back to primitive living.  But recent Disasters in the World have prov en... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Elysiumfire on 5 September, 2005, 3:41
Hmm, this was a curious find, wasn't it? Having had a look at the x-ray of it, it does remind me of something other than a sparkplug. The 2mm shaft of metal that ran all the way through it, surrounded by a porcelain-like material (is it conductive?), and the spring-like item at one end, actually makes me think of it as a fuse or switch for a piece of machinery. Perhaps, when the shaft of metal became heated and expanded it turned something off, and as it cooled, the spring helped to return it to the 'on' position. Rather like the safety mechanism of a kettle's element? Just a thought! Regards ... [More]


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