Out-of-Place Artifacts

17 Out-of-Place Artifacts Said to Suggest High-Tech Prehistoric Civilizations Existed

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By Tara MacIsaac Epoch Times  

According to the conventional view of history, humans have only walked the Earth in our present form for some 200,000 years. Advanced civilizations appeared several thousand years ago, but much of the mechanical ingenuity we know in modern times began to develop only around the Industrial Revolution a couple hundred years ago.

Oopart (out-of-place artifact) is a term applied to dozens of prehistoric objects found in various places around the world that seem to show a level of technological advancement incongruous with the times in which they were made.

Many scientists attempt to explain them using natural phenomena. Others say such explanations ignore the mounting evidence that prehistoric civilizations possessed advanced technological knowledge that was lost throughout the ages only to be redeveloped in modern times.   

We will look at a variety of ooparts here ranging in purported origin from millions of years ago to merely hundreds of years ago, but all said to show advancement well ahead of their time.

We do not claim that all or any of the ooparts are definitive evidence of advanced prehistoric civilizations, but rather attempt to provide a brief glimpse at what’s known or hypothesized about these artifacts. This is not a comprehensive list of all ooparts, but it is a substantial sampling.

17. 2,000-Year-Old Batteries?

Right: An illustration of a Baghdad battery from museum artifact pictures.

Right: An illustration of a Baghdad battery from museum artifact pictures. (Ironie/Wikimedia Commons)

Clay jars with asphalt stoppers and iron rods made some 2,000 years ago have been proven capable of generating more than a volt of electricity. These ancient “batteries” were found by German archaeologist Wilhelm Konig in 1938 just outside of Baghdad, Iraq.

“The batteries have always attracted interest as curios,” Dr. Paul Craddock, a metallurgy expert at the British Museum, told the BBC in 2003. “They are a one-off. As far as we know, nobody else has found anything like these. They are odd things; they are one of life’s enigmas.”

16. Ancient Egyptian Light Bulb?

The light-bulb-like object engraved in a crypt under the Temple of Hathor in Egypt.

The light-bulb-like object engraved in a crypt under the Temple of Hathor in Egypt. (Lasse Jensen/Wikimedia Commons)

A relief beneath the Temple of Hathor at Dendera, Egypt, depicts figures standing around a large light-bulb-like object. Erich Von Däniken who wrote “Chariot of the Gods,”created a model of the bulb which works when connected to a power source, emitting an eerie, purplish light.

15. Great Wall of Texas

A historic photo of the “wall” found in Rockwall, Texas.

A historic photo of the “wall” found in Rockwall, Texas. (Public Domain)

In 1852, in what is now known as Rockwall Co., Texas, farmers digging a well discovered what appeared to be an ancient rock wall. Estimated to be some 200,000 to 400,000 years old, some say it’s a natural formation while others say it’s clearly man-made.

Dr. John Geissman at the University of Texas in Dallas tested the rocks as part of a History Channel documentary. He found they were all magnetized the same way, suggesting they formed where they are and were not moved to that site from elsewhere. But some remain unconvinced by this single TV-show test and ask for further studies.

Geologist James Shelton and Harvard-trained architect John Lindsey have noted elements that seem to be of architectural design, including archways, linteled portals, and square openings that resemble windows.

14. 1.8-Billion-Year-Old Nuclear Reactor?

Nuclear reactor site, Oklo, Gabon Republic.

Nuclear reactor site, Oklo, Gabon Republic. (NASA)

In 1972, a French factory imported uranium ore from Oklo, in Africa’s Gabon Republic. The uranium had already been extracted. They found the site of origin to have apparently functioned as a large-scale nuclear reactor that came into being 1.8 billion years ago and was in operation for some 500,000 years.

Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, former head of the United States Atomic Energy Commission and Nobel Prize winner for his work in the synthesis of heavy elements, explained why he believes it wasn’t a natural phenomenon, and thus must be a man-made nuclear reactor. For uranium to “burn” in a reaction, very precise conditions are needed.

The water must be extremely pure, for one. Much purer than exists naturally. The material U-235 is necessary for nuclear fission to occur. It is one of the isotopes found naturally in uranium. Several specialists in reactor engineering have said they believe the uranium in Oklo could not have been rich enough in U-235 for a reaction to take place naturally.

13. Sea-Faring Map Makers Before Antarctica Was Covered in Ice?

A portion of the Piri Reis map of 1513.

A portion of the Piri Reis map of 1513. (Public Domain)

A map created by Turkish admiral and cartographer Piri Reis in 1513, but sourced from various earlier maps, is thought by some to depict Antarctica as it was in a very remote age before it was covered with ice.



Is there any link to a source on the Glenn Seaborg story? I've tried to find a link to the astonishing claim that he believed the reactor to be artificial, but the only sources I find are of recent coinage. I can't find one source that backs up this claim from the period.

The existence of natural reactions was predicted in the 1950s:


You obviously don't know the definition of "prehistoric." Prehistoric literally means before written history. Basically, anything before 2600 BC is prehistoric. Most of what you've been posting are historic artifacts.

The nuclear reactors have been destroyed. There were seventeen of them found and they have all been completely mined for their Uranium. They didnt even leave one of them behind for further study.

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Well unfortunately this is typical behavior when something doesn't fit the para-dime of evolution, witch is also wrong.

“Modern studies refute Hapgood’s theory that such a shift could have taken place within thousands of years, but they show that it could have happened within millions of years.”

Total BS.  No modern studies have “refuted” anything, but merely have substituted one opinion based on some facts, with other opinions based on no facts.

I challenge anyone to show how the Antarctic ice formed by “climate change.”  Show me the math of snowfall creating miles thick ice.

The ice could not have formed through any mechanism known to us on the earth today.  No natural phenomenon known to us today could have created miles thick ice, no matter how many millions of years given for the task.

If you look at images of the maximum extent of the northern and southern ice sheets and compare them to a map of the earth’s geomagnetic poles, you will see the ice covered the same area as the geomagnetic poles.  

While this doesn’t prove anything, it suggests a correlation between the magnetic poles and the ice.  The catastrohist Donald Patten argued that the ice formed during a close encounter with Mars as massive amounts of water from Mars rained down on the earth, following the magnetic lines of the poles.  

Although Patten referred to himself as a “creationist,” his books have no creation in them from the Biblical sense of God making everything, but rather consist of detailed analysis of facts.  He argues that many of the descriptions of catastrophes in the Bible described actual catastrophic events caused by close encounters with Mars.  



Tom Carberry

“Although Patten referred to himself as a “creationist,” his books have no creation in them from the Biblical sense of God making everything, but rather consist of detailed analysis of facts.  He argues that many of the descriptions of catastrophes in the Bible described actual catastrophic events caused by close encounters with Mars.”

Given their orbits, the closest possible approach the earth can make with Mars is 54.6 million km.  That’s 142 lunar distances, and nowhere near close enough to cause catastrophic effects.  If Mars were knocked out of its orbit into a much closer path of approach we might be in trouble, but this clearly has not happened (to say nothing of repeated encounters).

Maybe Mars has already been knocked out of a pre-existing orbit due to a planetary collision, or gravitational forces from close encounters along a previous trajectory slinging it beyond its original orbit?

It is now understood that the Gabon uranium reactors were natural in origin. The point previously overlooked is that due to their extreme age, the uranium in that era would have been more active than that of today. (Uranium-235's half-life is about the same as the age of the Earth, the Gabon reactors are about half as old as the Earth) Consequently it would have been possible to create a stable reaction with plain water as the moderator, whereas today heavy water or graphite would be needed. Hence, no need for intelligence, just suitable minerals accumulated in a stream of water.

So, whilst the Antikythera mechanism and Baghdad batteries remain fascinating items which suggest the ancients knew more than we give them credit for, I think we can discount this one.

Also known as The Map of the Creator should be considered as an out of place artifact.

Just over one hundred fifty years ago (give or take) did humanity leave the past ten thousand years plus of a agricultural society.

On a planetary scale our present civilization is but a pencil mark, why is it so ‘far fetched’ to believe others have attained and surpassed where we are today? 

And like ourselves have reached a tipping point where their ‘nuclear clock’ went negative and the results were catastrophe, our present civilization would be overtaken by the planet in a mere fifty thousand years.


History channel seems to have a bible bashing agenda so the wall seems like the real thing and all we are likely to find from so long ago

I wonder if the  special wood would point to any kind of bearing?

Troy Mobley

---These sound very much like cricket balls so perhaps we, in England, didn't invent the game after all!

"...prehistoric civilizations possessed advanced technological knowledge that was lost throughout the ages only to be redeveloped in modern times."

There are anomalies out there that we STILL can't reproduce, such as the huge trilithons at Baalbek, and the small diorite Egyptian bottles that are hollow.

Respected Higher Dignitaires , I have so enthusiastic to analyze the human explosion in micro also macro existential themes . Intelligence of time and life and other systems inexploratory methodologies . Thank you

If there was 'advanced technology', more then we think, there would be more versions of the same thing found all over the place.

These random artifacts suggests that from time to time someone would figure out something above the standard level of technology for that time no that the ancient world over all knew much more then we think.

People really need to stop watching ancient aliens if they are going to think its real. Sure somethings, but come on.

Furthermore, the whole world is under surveillance by satellites at this point. Alien visitors? Really?

No offense, but its ignorance at earth science and physics, a realistic grasp on available technology and too many conspiracy forms that ends up with ideas like magic crystals and metaphysical sky gods who where created by savage middle eastern slaves.

The more educated you are th more that you realize that a lot of this stuff is made up by people who have no idea what they are talking about.

Check your sources. Where does the original information come from? Is this person cerdiable? Do they even exist?

No, WIKI isn't a good source.

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