OOPArts: the ultimate list of Out-of-place artifacts

OOPArts

The authorship of the term OOPArts, acronym for Out of Place Artifacts, is attributed to Scottish-American naturalist and writer Ivan Terence Sanderson (Edinburgh, January 30, 1911 - New Jersey, February 19, 1973), also known as Terence Roberts.
The term indicates a category of archaeological or paleontological finds that would seem to have a difficult historical location, representing in fact an anachronism since, according to conventional academic dictates, could never have existed in the era to which the initial dates refer.

OOPArts and Archaeology

Mysterious Archaeology or Pseudoarchaeology revolves around these "out of time" objects and although the scientific community has never recognized their validity, over the years, they have been used to support many theories in fringe science ranging from ufology to creationism such as cryptozoology, the ancient astronaut theory, the young Earth creationism and paranormal.

According to supporters of the OOPArts, some of these findings would undermine scientific theories and consolidated historical beliefs and demonstrate that traditional science is neglecting, intentionally or by mere ignorance, vast areas of knowledge.
On the other side, detractors consider most of the OOPArts to be hoaxes while the rest would be just the result of a misinterpretation or an unconscious desire by "unconventional" writers and researchers to find evidence that dismantles the traditional view of human history.

The ultimate list of Out-of-place artifacts

OOPArts: the ultimate list (in update)

  • The Antikythera mechanism:

    a complex clockwork mechanism with dimensions of about 30 cm by 15 cm, copper-built and originally mounted in a wooden frame.

  • The Maine Penny:

    A small silver coin, found 1.5 meters below the surface of the ground at Naskeag Point (Maine) and initially mistaken for a 12th century English penny. In 1987 the numismatic expert Peter Seaby identified it as a medieval Norwegian penny.

  • The Sarcophagus of Pakal:

    A huge sarcophagus decorated with bas-reliefs on the lid of which is represented King Pakal, in the form of a manifestation of a Mayan god that is emerging or sinking into the world of the dead. Some scholars who support the the Ancient Astronaut Theory have suggested an alternative view that the king is depicted in the act of ruling a spaceship, hence the name of "astronaut of Palenque".

  • The Shroud of Turin:

    A linen sheet 4.41 meters long and 1.13 wide, woven with a herringbone pattern, on which the double negative image of the corpse of a man who died after suffering a series of atrocious tortures culminating in the crucifixion. The image on the shroud is much clearer in black-and-white negative than in its natural sepia color but the actual method used for the formation of the image, has not yet been conclusively identified.

  • The Baghdad Battery:

    an artifact dating back to the dynasty of the Parthians (247 AC -224 AD) which is supposed to be a primitive galvanic cell

  • The Dorchester Pot:

    a metal vase probably an alloy of zinc and silver found during some construction work in Dorchester, Massachusetts (USA), in 1851, embedded in a layer of puddingstone which some claim to be about 320 million years ago (Precambrian origin)

  • The Kensington Runestone:

    a 202-pound slab of greywacke stone covered with viking runes, found in November 1898 by the Swedish immigrant farmer, Olaf Ohman and his son Edward, during the clearing of an area near his home, in Kensington.

  • The Cambodian Stegosaurus:

    A particular small carving on a doorway at Ta Prohm Temple seems to depicts a Stegosaurus. According to advocates of creationism this is evidence that humans and dinosaurs actually coexisted because if an artist was able to carve a stegosaurus, he must have seen one with his own eyes.

  • The London Hammer or the London Artifact:

    A hammer made of wood and iron found in 1936 in London (Texas), apparently set in a rock concretion that would have been around 400 million years old.

  • The Kingoodie artifact

  • The Lake Winnipesaukee mystery stone

  • The Fuente Magna Bowl:

    It is a stone bowl for making libations, with zoological and anthropomorphic engravings on it. According to Dr. Clyde Winters, who translated the script on either side of the bowl, it also has written on it Sumerian Cuneiform plus Proto-Sumerian hieroglyps.

  • The Sivatherium of Kish

  • The Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca head:

    a small terracotta figurine of presumed Roman origin, discovered by Jose Garcia Payon in Mexico in 1933, during the excavation of a funerary offering in the pre-Hispanic settlement of Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca, almost forty miles northwest of Mexico City.

  • The Iron Pillar of Delhi

  • The Broken Hill Skull or Kabwe 1:

    A skull of a Neanderthal, dated 38,000 years old found together with other bone remains in 1921 in the locality of Kabwe (Northern Rhodesia), which would present a circular hole about 8 mm in diameter on the left side.
    The radial split-lines that would have been left and the parietal bone shattered as if it was blown up from inside on the opposite side of the skull, have pushed some forensic scientists trace back to the action of a very high speed bullet.


  • The Pokotia Monolith:

    The Pokotia Monolith (or the Pokotia Monument) is a stone statue excavated from the pre-Incan site of Pokotia (Bolivia). The inscriptions present on the front legs of the monolith, on the back of the statue and directly below the left hand of the figure are written in the Sumerian language.

  • The Cocaine Mummies:

    The presence of cocaine and THC in Egyptian mummies and in Peruvian ones made a stir because these date back to a long time before "discovery" of America by Christopher Columbus.

  • The Abydos helicopter

  • The Dendera Lamps

  • The Hidden Character Stone

  • The Iron Man (Eiserner Mann)

  • The Lady of Elche:

    A limestone bust discovered in 1897 at La Alcudia (Spain) which is generally considered an Iberian artifact from the 4th century BC.
    The artisanship suggests strong Hellenistic influences and it is not uncommon for the Lady of Elche (or Lady of Elx) to be associated with Tanit, the goddess of Carthage. The mitre and the pendants have features of the Celtiberian culture.


  • The Meister Print

  • The Dogu Statues:

    Dogū are clay figurines ranging in height from 10 to 30 cm, dating back to the Jōmon period, the first identifiable period of Japanese history. Hands and feet are indefinite or even absent, while the other one seems to be dressed like a modern astronaut, wearing a helmet, suit, gloves and boots.

  • The Nazca Lines:

    The Lines of Nazca are a series of geoglyphics traced on the desert plateau between the cities of Nazca and Palpa, in Southern Peru.

  • Las Bolas

    About 300 almost perfect large sized spheres, made in andesite, gabbro and granodiorite, found in Costa Rica

  • Puma Punku

    A complex and modern modular architectural system, dated back to pre-Columbian times

  • The Newark Holy Stones

  • Gobekli Tepe:

    the oldest megalithic site in the world presumably erected between the end of the Mesolithic and the early Neolithic.

  • The Piri Reis map:

    The map would draw some ideas from other contemporary maps, including those by Martin Waldseemüller, and some Portuguese documents that have not reached us, but of which some descriptions have survived.

  • The Baigong Pipes:

    a series of pipe-like features identified by some as fossil trees or tree roots but considered by others to be an enigma of unknown origin, perhaps alien.

  • The Quimbaya Artifacts or The Quimbaya Airplanes:

    gold ornaments [...] that remind in an impressive way airplane models and aroused OOParts enthusiasts and the interest of supporters of the Ancient Astronauts theory.

  • The Saqqara Bird

  • The Shakōkidogū

  • The Eltanin Antenna

  • The Aix-en-Provence petrified tools

  • The Face on Mars

  • The Klerksdorp spheres

  • The Paluxy River tracks

  • The Acambaro Figurines:

    33,500 bizarre-looking statuettes found in 1944 in Acambaro, near Mexico City, portrayed human figures belonging to different ethnic groups but also men riding creatures and women nursing babies of what appeared to be dinosaurs.

  • The Aiud object

  • The Coso artifact

  • The Malachite Man

  • The Wolfsegg Iron

  • Olmec colossal heads


“But that was the trouble with ancient artifacts - no one really knew what they did.”

― Patricia Briggs, Wolfsbane


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What does OOPArts mean?

The term OOPArts is an acronym for Out of Place Artifacts and it's attributed to Scottish-American naturalist and writer Ivan Terence Sanderson. The term indicates a category of archaeological or paleontological finds that would seem to have a difficult historical location or could never have existed at the time it was dated.



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