Out-of-place artifacts
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Out-of-place artifacts


Out-of-place artifacts are usually ancient artifacts, sometimes found in unusual places, or too advanced for their time, or demonstrating the human presence before they were known to exist.


Examples of Out-of-place artifacts (OOPArts) are:

The Kensington Runestone

The Kensington Runestone


The Kensington Runestone is perhaps the best known among artifacts that would demonstrate the presumed Scandinavian presence in America in the pre-Columbian era.
It, which looks like a 202-pound slab of greywacke stone, was found in November 1898 by the Swedish immigrant farmer, Olaf Ohman, and his son Edward, during the clearing of an area near his home. continue reading
"A Relic of a By-gone Age": the Dorchester Pot

"A Relic of a By-gone Age": the Dorchester Pot


The Dorchester Pot is a metal vase probably an alloy of zinc and silver found during some construction work in Dorchester, Massachusetts (USA), in 1852. The fact that it was embedded in a layer of puddingstone which was at a depth of about 15 feet which some claim to be about 320 million years ago , has prompted many independent researchers to count it as an OOPArt. continue reading
The Crystal Skulls

The Crystal Skulls


Crystal skulls are artifacts in the shape of a human skull made from blocks of transparent quartz and declared by their discoverers as Mesoamerican artifacts belonging to the pre-Columbian era, although, to date, none of them have been authenticated as such. Some people continue to consider them OOPArts, others attribute them esoteric meanings or consider them responsible for inexplicable phenomena, there are also who believe that they are artifacts abandoned on Earth by alien life forms. continue reading