This iron pot is allegedly an OOPArt found in coal.

OOPArts Found in Coal and Stone: Is There an Explanation for These Anomalous Bells, Chains, Walls and More?


According to the World Coal Association, the process responsible for the formation of coal began 360 to 290 million years ago. With this in mind, it would seem absolutely impossible for any human artifacts to be found within this ancient substance; but incredibly, many items have reportedly been found in such deposits, either buried inside the coal itself or found buried deep down within coal veins found in mines which have been tunneled out far beneath the Earth’s surface. OOPArts found in coal and stone are some of the strangest of unexplained artifacts.

An OOPArt in Illinois Coal

On June 11, 1891, an Illinois newspaper reported the unusual discovery of a modern artifact found embedded in a lump of coal that had originated from a South Illinois mine, which the Illinois State Geological Survey said had formed between 260 and 320 million years ago, at some time during the Carboniferous Period. The bizarre report printed in The Morrisonville Times went as follows:

‘A curious find was brought to light by Mrs. S.W. Culp last Tuesday morning. As she was breaking a lump of coal preparatory to putting it in the scuttle, she discovered, as the lump fell apart, embedded in a circular shape a small gold chain about ten inches in length of antique and quaint workmanship.’

Example of a gold chain. (CC0)

Example of a gold chain. ( CC0)

According to the report, Mrs. Culp initially suspected that the chain must have accidentally been dropped into the coal container, but as she went to pick up the chain she saw that it was actually still attached to the coal itself.

The news article read:

 ‘the idea of its having been recently dropped was at once made fallacious, for as the lump of coal broke, it separated almost in the middle, and the circular position of the chain placed the two ends near to each other; and as the lump separated, the middle of the chain became loosened while each end remained fastened to the coal.’

Finding a human artifact such as this with the possibility of being crafted hundreds of millions of years ago raises the most unlikely of questions , should we choose to accept that a) the object was actually located inside the coal as reported and not simply discovered alongside it and b) the geological age of coal itself has been accurately dated. Should these two factors prove to be correct as they initially appear, one must then question civilized man’s place in history.

Lumps of coal. (Duncan Harris/CC BY SA 2.0)

Lumps of coal. (Duncan Harris/ CC BY SA 2.0 )

The Out of Place Iron Pot in Oklahoma

A remarkable iron pot was allegedly found inside a large piece of coal in Oklahoma back in 1912, and is now being kept at the Creation Evidence Museum at Glen Rose, Texas. On January 10, 1949, a photograph of the iron cup was sent to Frank L. Marsh of Andrews University, in Michigan, by Robert Nordling who wrote, ‘I visited a friend’s museum in southern Missouri. Among his curios, he had the iron cup pictured on the enclosed snapshot.’

The iron cup had been displayed at the private museum along with the following signed affidavit made by Frank J. Kenwood in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas, on November 27, 1948:

‘While I was working in the Municipal Electric Plant in Thomas, Okla[homa], in 1912, I came upon a solid chunk of coal which was too large to use. I broke it with a sledge hammer. This iron pot fell from the center, leaving the impression or mould of the pot in the piece of coal. Jim Stall (an employee of the company) witnessed the breaking of the coal, and saw the pot fall out. I traced the source of the coal, and found that it came from the Wilburton, Oklahoma Mines.’

The iron pot OOPart found in coal with the affidavit. (Metallicman)

The iron pot OOPart found in coal with the affidavit. ( Metallicman)

The Wilburton mine coal is about 312 million years old according to Robert O. Fay of the Oklahoma Geological Survey.

A Brass Bell Discovered in Virginia Coal

Another bizarre and anomalous coal discovery was made in 1944 by Newton Richard Anderson, who was ten years old at the time. Tasked with stoking the furnace at his home in Buckhannon, West Virginia, Anderson went down to the basement one evening and picked out a particularly large lump of coal which he placed onto his already loaded shovel. The large piece inevitably wobbled and fell to the ground, splitting in two as it hit the hard floor. Protruding from one of the broken halves was a slender metallic object; so setting aside the piece containing the unusual item, the curious boy threw the remainder into the furnace.

Using a croquet mallet, Anderson bashed the bituminous coal lump that had been mined in Upshur County not far from his house, and extracted what appeared to be a small and ornate brass bell with an iron clapper, before cleaning it with lye and a scrubbing brush. Again, the coal from that particular mine is supposed to date back to around 300 million years ago.

An ornate brass bell was found in 300 million year old coal. (

An ornate brass bell was found in 300 million year old coal. (

The bell was tested using neutron activation analysis (NAA), a  nuclear process used for determining the concentrations of elements in various materials, and the results revealed an unusual mix of metals which included copper, tin, iodine, zinc, and selenium, proving they were different from any known modern alloy production.

In order to validate his claims, Newton Anderson took a polygraph test in 2007, which he passed comfortably.

Newton Anderson’s 2007 polygraph test proves he was telling the truth about finding the bell inside coal. (Author provided)

Newton Anderson’s 2007 polygraph test proves he was telling the truth about finding the bell inside coal. (Author provided)

More Mystery in the Figure Atop the Bell

The figure atop the bell which Anderson discovered is strikingly similar to that of the Hindu deity Garuda, which is commonly placed on top of Ghanta bells used in Indian, Tibetan, and Nepalese worship. These bells are generally made from brass and are usually adorned with a figure.

The winged figure on both Anderson’s bell and a Nepalese bell reveal a stepped design with a ribbed grip and a figure on the platform praying in a kneeling position. The latter has been catalogued as originating somewhere between the 18th and 19th centuries.

Figurine on the handle of the hand-bell. (Metallicman)

Figurine on the handle of the hand-bell. ( Metallicman)

Could the anomalous artifact discovered in a lump of coal possibly reveal the presence of a Vedic influence in North America hundreds of millions of years ago? It might seem completely implausible following the rigid framework of Darwinist thought, but Vedic literature is in sync with such timescales spanning back into great antiquity.

OOParts in Mines

The following examples of OOPArts reveal manmade walls reportedly found deep within coal mines, where evidence of human manufacture should simply not be present.

W.W. McCormick of Albilene, Texas kept a document recording his grandfather’s account regarding a stone block wall that was exposed whilst mining for coal. The document read, ‘In the year 1928, I, Atlas Almon Mathis, was working in coal mine No. 5, located two miles north of Heavener, Oklahoma. This was a shaft mine, and they told us it was two miles deep.’ It was in ‘room 24’ of this mine one evening where Mathis had blasted coal loose using explosives that he would discover physical proof of ancient civilized activity below the ground.

Representative image inside a coal mine. (Hylgeriak/CC BY SA 3.0) This coal mine is "Gruve 2" in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway.

Representative image inside a coal mine. (Hylgeriak/ CC BY SA 3.0 ) This coal mine is "Gruve 2" in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway.

‘The next morning there were several concrete blocks laying in the room. These blocks were 12-inch cubes and were so smooth and polished on the outside that all six sides could serve as mirrors’, wrote Mathis. If the coal was Carboniferous, as would be expected, this would mean that the wall dates back to at least 286 million years.

Another wall-in-coal-mine story was reported by author and astronomer M.K. Jessup, ‘It is . . . reported that James Parsons, and his two sons, exhumed a slate wall in a coal mine at Hammondville, Ohio, in 1868. It was a large, smooth wall, disclosed when a great mass of coal fell away from it, and on its surface, carved in bold relief, were several lines of hieroglyphics.’ (Jessup, M.K. - The Case for the UFO. Garland, Texas, Uaro Manufacturing Company, 1973.)

Looking at OOPArts Found in Coal and Stone in a Larger Context

If told in isolation, then one might feel rightly inclined to ignore tales of modern artifacts found in ancient strata, but these accounts should be considered as part of a larger context.

In 1844, a curious report appeared on June 22, in the London Times which mentioned the bizarre discovery of a gold artifact in Early Carboniferous stone dated between 320 and 360 million years old. The newspaper report was as follows: ‘A few days ago, as some workmen were employed in quarrying a rock close to the Tweed about a quarter of  mile below Rutherford-mill, a gold thread was discovered embedded in the stone at a depth of eight feet.’

Workers at the entrance to a W. Va. coal mine: a "drift" mine. (Public Domain)

Workers at the entrance to a W. Va. coal mine: a "drift" mine. ( Public Domain )

Eight years later, on June 5, 1852, another unusual report surfaced, this time appearing in the magazine Scientific American :

‘A Relic of a Bygone Age – A few days ago a powerful blast was made in the rock at Meeting House Hill, in Dorchester, a few rods south of Rev. Mr. Hall’s meeting house. The blast threw out an immense mass of rock, some of the pieces weighing several tons, and scattered fragments in all directions.  Among them was picked up a metallic vessel in two parts, rent asunder by the explosion.  On putting the two parts together it formed a bell-shaped vessel. . . On the other side there six figures of a flower, or a bouquet, beautifully inlaid with pure silver, and around the lower part of the vessel a vine, or wreath, also inlaid with silver. . . This curious and unknown, was blown out of the solid pudding stone, fifteen feet below the surface. . . The matter is worthy of investigation, as there is no deception in the case.’

Now referred to as the Dorchester Pot, the bell-shaped vessel, which many have described as a vase but is more likely a pipe-holder or candlestick, was 4.5 inches (11.43 cm) high with a diameter of 6.5 inches (16.51 cm) at the base and 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) at the top, with a thickness of about 0.12 inches (3 mm).

19th-century pipe holder from India, Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. (Public Domain)

19th-century pipe holder from India, Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya . ( Public Domain )

Italian author Biagio Catalano pointed out that the ‘vase’ was almost identical in appearance and style to an Indian pipe-holder which is being housed at the CSMVS Museum in Mumbai, India. The similarities between the Dorchester Pot and the Indian artifact are so striking that a link between the manufacturers of both must exist somehow. Yet it would still remain somewhat mysterious to find an Eastern relic beneath the ground in America during the 19th century.

The pudding stone, now called the Roxbury Conglomerate, is of Precambrian age according to a more recent U.S. Geological Survey map of the Boston-Dorchester area, dating the stone which allegedly contained the vase-like container to 600 million years old.

Top Image: This iron pot is allegedly an OOPArt found in coal. Source: Monte Aldone

By J.P. Robinson

Excerpt taken from ‘The Myth of Man: Hidden History and the Ancient Origins of Humankind’. For more information, you can visit the author’s website, facebook page or Amazon author page


My suspicion about the possibility of the 16th Amendment ‘controversy’ possibly providing a motive for the CIA to declare Thomas Chan’s book The Adam & Eve Story classified is clearly not correct. So it continues to be a bit of a puzzle. I went on a search for info and easily discovered information about the 16th Am and allegations that it had not been properly voted into law and properly ratified so it is not something that was not in the public domain until the advent of Thomas Chan’s book. Hmmm. So there you have it. No doubt if I were American and more familiar with the ins and outs of the Constitution I would already have been aware of all this. Apologies for sparking interest about something that turned out to be nothing.

"A nation can survive its fools and and even the ambitious but it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable..."
- Cicero, greatest orator of ancient Rome

You asked me why the CIA had classified the book The Adam & Eve Story and I wasn't able to give much of an answer. I had recently downloaded a full copy of the book from the website but had not looked at it yet so I
had a scan through it which threw up something interesting. Between pages 55 and 61 the book makes allegations including that the 16th Amendment had never been voted into law and, of course, if this is true the ramifications would be pretty titanic. Plus the fact that, as I understand it, the only way this could be rectified would be by activating Article 5 and calling a Convention of States. I understand one has, in fact, already been called with the object of nullifying the result of the last election, although only 15 states have completed the voting process to attend so far. But my point is that the CIA might well have declared the book classified on the basis that this would be the easiest way to prevent it being discovered that successive governments have been collecting taxation with no legal standing, and the more you read the worse it gets.....if it is true, of course.

"A nation can survive its fools and and even the ambitious but it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable..."
- Cicero, greatest orator of ancient Rome

LukeCage151 wrote on 23 October, 2021 - 23:11
Why do you think CIA got involved with the book and censored it?
I have my suspicions but would like to hear your take on it.


I don't think the CIA have ever commented on why exactly they felt compelled to declare it classified, so one can only speculate. I have mulled the question over in my mind a few times and the only conclusion I can reach is that the Powers That Be were horrified at the prospect of the possible reaction by the mass of the general public if it became common knowledge that such a universally cataclysmic level of disaster is approaching, propelled by the unalterable cycles of the sun. Everybody might just sit on their bums and contemplate their navels. Then who would build the shelters for the elites of the planet? Who would bother to cultivate food to keep us all alive in the meanwhile? Where would the police come from to prevent disorder on a grand scale?

The book "The Adam & Eve Story" is now available on I love that book site. They have 75m free books and growing all the time. Of course a lot of it is dross, but there is a plenitude of absolute gems also. I think the CIA must have given up on trying to keep "The Adam & Eve Story" under wraps. I also discovered that the WayBack Machine website's book section has a copy of "World In Peril" available for download.

Something I did not cover in my original post was the diminution of the earth's protective magnetic shield that can be expected as the Poles move. Our ancestors clearly had the technical understanding of such matters to be able to realise the importance of sheltering from the harmful cosmic rays that would penetrate the atmosphere under such circumstances. To my mind this is clearly why they excavated the thousands of miles of tunnels that still lie underground all over the earth, and built underground cities such as Derinkuyu. Hewn out of solid rock, 9 levels deep, capable of housing 20,000 people and their livestock.

And schoolchildren are still taught that our ancient ancestors were ignorant savages incapable of anything but the most utterly primitive lifestyle. For a better understanding of just how technically accomplished people were in the far distant past I would recommend the UnchartedX youtube channel, where some of the videos discuss the impossibility of achieving the stonework accuracy that can be observed in various parts of the world, especially Egypt, without modern tools; with some of the accomplishments not being capable of duplication even today. The inside corners of the granite boxes of the Serapeum being a case in point.

"A nation can survive its fools and and even the ambitious but it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable..."
- Cicero, greatest orator of ancient Rome

I have my suspicions but would like to hear your take on it. 

It occurs to me that if the text below happens to be true that the ginormous earthquakes accompanying tectonic plate dislocation would openchasms in the earth down which artefacts could disappear to great depths to be found again at a later time.

In the 1940s the Americans sent an Air Force Scientific Team team led by a Major Maynard E. White to investigate possible movement of the earths's magnetic poles. His son later wrote a book about his father's discoveries titled World In Peril but this does not seem to currently be obtainable. What they found was not at all comforting. They concluded that the poles did not merely move a little but moved over great distances and that upon their meeting a point would be reached where they would swing back with great rapidity. They are moving now. The North Pole is now in Siberia and moving at several miles per year.
There was speculation that under these circumstances, given the great speed of spin of the earth a dislocation of the earth's tectonic plates could occur and give rise to a great cataclysm including a tsunami of unimaginable ferocity. However, even Einstein, at that time, declared himself unable to make adequate calculations about likelihood and consequences.
In 1964 Chan Thomas published a book, The Adam & Eve Story. The CIA had a convulsion and declared it Classified. More recently they released a redacted version of the first chapter only. Thomas' writings in this book may, to my mind, have provided an additional spur for the moon landings. The book predicted huge solar flare, magnetic pole reversal at high speed and tectonic plate dislocation involving cataclysm beyond biblical proportions
When man landed on the moon heat scarred areas were found which were not the result of meteor hits but which would appear to be the result of massive Solar Flare of some sort. Such heat scarred areas are also present on earth but on the moon there is no question of its source being human.
Further persuasive evidence is provided by the fact that scientists have now identified a number of suns which undergo repeated 'micro-novas' at intervals. They think there may be a lot more such suns but they can only identify them when they repeat the process, which may in some cases be at intervals of thousands of years. They now think our own sun undergoes a superflare or mini-nova at intervals of something in the order of 12,000 years. The exact link with magnetic pole reversal cannot yet be stated with certainty. They also think the next 're-set' of our planet could be arriving anytime from now but within the next 2,000 years. This would explain why many governments have been industriously busying themselves constructing underground shelters of huge capacity. Even little Finland has one. It may be that most of them would be destroyed but if even a few of them survive we, as a species, would be able to find a way to carry on. I imagine, however, that it would be unlikely that we ordinary mortals will be allocated a place in one of these shelters.
It also would explain why archeologists have found seemingly inexplicable evidence of previous civilisations of sophisticated ability in the far distant past which vanished apart from their stonework, fashioned and moved around in ways we cannot fathom or reproduce even today with all our modern technology.
The following video, plus others on the SuspiciousObservers Youtube Channel contain more information.

"A nation can survive its fools and and even the ambitious but it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable..."
- Cicero, greatest orator of ancient Rome


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