In the 1930s in the city of London, near Red Creek, Texas, an iron hammer was discovered embedded in a rock. How did it get there? The hammer had to have been built before the rock was formed, hundreds of millions of years ago.
According to analysis, the rock enveloping the tool was dated to the Ordovician era, more than 400 million years ago, while the hammer itself is thought to be much older, dating back 500 million years. The wooden handle of the hammer is so old that it has begun to turn into coal.
It was determined that the hammer’s head is made of 97 percent pure iron, 2 percent chlorine, and 1 percent sulfur.
In the 80 or so years since the hammer was unearthed, the metal object has not shown any signs of rust, making it a unique blend of metallurgy that some claim to be a lost technology from an ancient civilization.
Both researchers and historians are divided into two camps in respect to the finding, with one arguing that the artifact is proof prehistoric cultures existed long before what history books tell us, and the other denying this possibility.
Could this strange object be evidence of a civilization predating what is known in our modern understanding of history?
There have been numerous theories about its origin and even more about its age.
Just how did the hammer manage to become embedded in the rock?
Is it evidence of an advanced human technology from the very remote past?
There have been many other similar findings of ancient artifacts from around the world; for example, there was a 300-million-year-old screw, a “microchip” found in Russia, and the alleged 2-billion-year-old nuclear reactor in Gabon Republic.
The “London hammer” can be added to the growing list of items that point to a civilization from the remote past, with skills seeming to surpass those of today’s mankind.
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