In 1969, construction workers in Oklahoma spotted a antediluvian structure that according to many experts could rewrite history.
The team of manual laborers found the remains of a 200,000-year-old structure.
The Oklahoman, the daily newspaper covered the incident in 1969, leading to a heated debate among the experts.
Could Oklahoma’s “Ancient Mosaic Floor” consisting of mysterious post holes challenge the history of not only North America but the whole globe as well?
As per a newspaper report published in 1969, the structure discovered by construction workers in Oklahoma is estimated to be 200,000-year-old.
The discovery made in Oklahoma in 1969, when an archaeologist stumbled across what is described as a massive mosaic floor, with strange post holes baffled scientists across the world.
Many questions popped up which have no answers even till now.
How old was the alleged floor? Is it man-made, or a natural formation?
Let’s get into the details bit by bit.
The interesting discovery is the age of the structure.
How on Earth did the scientists conclude it is 200,000 years old?
The first mentions about the puzzling discovery can be traced back to The Oklahoman, a daily newspaper.
On the 27th day of June in the year 1969, The Oklahoman quoted-
“On June 27, 1969, workmen cutting into a rock shelf situated on the Broadway Extension of 122nd Street, between Edmond and Oklahoma City, came upon a find that was to create much controversy among the experts.“
“To the layman, the site looked like an inlaid mosaic floor. It apparently looked very much like someone’s floor to some of the experts, as well.”
“I am sure this was man-made because the stones are placed in perfect sets of parallel lines which intersect to form a diamond shape, all pointing to the east,’ said Durwood Pate, an Oklahoma City geologist who studied the site.”
“We found post holes which measure a perfect two rods from the other two. The top of the stone is very smooth, and if you lift one of them, you will find it is very jagged, which indicates wear on the surface. Everything is too well-placed to be a natural formation.’”
“Dr. Robert Bell, an archaeologist from the University of Oklahoma, expressed his opinion that the find was a natural formation. Dr. Bell said that he could see no evidence of any mortaring substance. But Pate, on the other hand, was able to distinguish some kind of mud between each stone.”
“Delbert Smith, a geologist, president of the Oklahoma Seismograph Company, said the formation, which was discovered about three feet (0.9 meters) beneath the surface, appeared to cover several thousand square feet.”
“The Tulsa World quoted Smith as saying: ‘There is no question about it. It has been laid there, but I have no idea by whom.’”
According to the newspaper, Delbert Smith, president of the Oklahoma Seismograph Co. and past president of the Oklahoma City Geophysical Society, and Durwood Pate, independent petroleum geologist, traveled to the site to study the area and take samples.
“I am satisfied that it is not a natural earth formation and that it is man-made,” Smith later said.
Delbert Smith, a geologist, and president of the Oklahoma Seismograph Company, concluded the mystery regarding the tile floor in the Tulsa World of June 29, 1969-
“There is no question about it. It had been laid there, but I have no idea by whom.” Yet another facet of the mystery involved the question of age.
There are some differing opinions as to the geology involved, but the best estimate places the tiles at 200,000 years old.”
On July 1, 1969, The Oklahoman again reported about the discovery of a second hole through the rock strata.
Measurements of the discovered holes revealed the holes to be exactly 16 1/2 feet apart or precisely one rod.
As per Pate, the rock is Permian limestone laced with quartz grains.
On July 3, The Oklahoman published that the archaeologists found an ancient stone hammer at the site.
“The mystery of a dolomitic limestone formation unearthed between Oklahoma City and Edmond was compounded Wednesday by the discovery of an object on the site which resembles a stone hammer”.
“Geologists who have focused their attention on the unusual formation were at a loss to explain the origin of either the formation or the artifact”.
“It simply can’t be explained within the field of geology, we need an archaeologist to give a final opinion”. – John M. Ware, an Oklahoma City geologist
However, its age and origin may remain a mystery unless an archaeologist can be persuaded to take on the project soon.
Within 20 days, construction workers will continue their job of digging out the area to begin building on a foodstuff warehouse.
Another interesting point about the rock is that it contains marine deposits suggesting that it was laid down in the ocean.
Pate stated that the formation, 100 feet by 60 feet in area, is rapidly becoming a tourist attraction.
‘People are flocking there and taking pieces of the rock away,’
‘We need to preserve it until something can be done about determining its origin.” – Pete.
It looks like that a couple of headlines mentioned in an old newspaper managed to create a massive hype about a discovery that would have been treated differently, had no one mentioned the age of 200,000 years.
However, a few things found in Oklahoma are quite mysterious and intriguing.
One of them is an Iron cup embedded inside a piece of coal that is 300 million years old discovered in 1912 by Frank J. Kennard.
Kennard, who was a Benton Co-worker, in 1948 stated-
“While I was working in the Municipal Electric Plant in Thomas, Oklahoma in 1912, I came upon a solid chunk of coal which was too large to use. I broke it with a sledgehammer. This iron pot fell from the center leaving the impression mold 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.”
What do you think about this antediluvian structure?