There are many riddles and mysteries in human history that still remain unsolved. One such mystery is the discovery of what has been termed as “misplaced artifacts”. These items, found in various places around the world, have perplexed scientists and researchers. They indicate a level of technological advancement that is not appropriate for the time when they were created.
According to the conventional view of history, modern man emerged about 200,000 years ago and his ancient ancestors about 6 million years ago. However, discoveries of “misplaced artifacts” have raised doubts about this traditional chronology. One of the most famous artifacts was found in the 19th century inside a large lump of coal. This tool, resembling a drill part, was of comparable quality to 19th century tools. It was found in a coal seam that formed hundreds of millions of years ago.
The discovery shocked scientists. How is it possible that hundreds of millions of years ago there was already an advanced human civilization? John Buchanan, who presented this find at a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 1852, shared his thoughts and doubts. He noted that coal was formed long before man appeared on Earth, but then how can we explain the presence of human tools inside a coal seam covered by a huge mass of diluvial sediments and pebbles?
Scientists and antiquarians present at the meeting offered their own versions of the explanation of this mystery. Some believed that the tool found was a part of a broken drill used during previous coal prospecting efforts. However, Buchanan’s detailed report does not indicate that the coal around the tool was split. The description suggests that it was completely encased in a shell of charcoal when it was found.
This discovery has generated not only scholarly interest but also widespread publicity. It became the subject of discussion in scientific circles and attracted the attention of historians, archaeologists and anthropologists. Various theories and hypotheses have been proposed to explain the origin of the “misplaced artifacts”.
One hypothesis suggests that these artifacts may have been left behind by ancient civilizations that existed long before the civilizations we know. This is supported by artifact finds that do not match the technological development of known ancient civilizations. For example, stone tools have been found in Africa that are superior to those used in the Iron Age.
Another hypothesis suggests that these artifacts may have been the result of temporal distortions or the transfer of objects through time. There are theories about the possibility of time and space travel, and finds of “misplaced artifacts” may be related to such phenomena.
Although there are many hypotheses and theories, there is still no definite answer to the origin of these mysterious artifacts. They remain unknown evidences of ancient technological achievements, which cause perplexity and interest of scientists and researchers.