Out-of-place artifacts
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An out-of-place artifact (OOPArt) is a term coined by American zoologist Ivan T. Sanderson for a historical, archaeological or palaeontological object found in a very unusual or seemingly impossible location. The term covers a wide variety of objects, ranging from material studied by mainstream science, such as the Iron pillar in Delhi, to so-called "forbidden archaeology" that is far outside the mainstream.

Includes:
Artifacts alleged to come from recognized cultures, recovered in unexpected places

The Kensington Runestone purported to be a 14th century Viking artifact found in North America.
The Piri Reis map made by the Turkish admiral Piri Reis from a diverse range of sources; it supposedly contains an accurate map of Antarctica.
Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca head – terracotta head found in Mexico that some say is of Roman origin.
The Fuente Magna, discovered in Bolivia. Ceramic bowl with writing in alleged Sumerian cuneiform.
The Saqqara Bird in Egypt, discovered in a tomb, claimed to be a 7-inch model of a flying machine.

Artifacts allegedly produced by unknown cultures or societies

The Acambaro figures, from Acámbaro, Mexico, some of which are in the apparent form of dinosaurs.
The Ica stones, Peru, allegedly depicting anachronistic images such as dinosaurs and modern medical procedures.
The Kingoodie hammer, Scotland, purportedly an iron nail dated from 460 to 360 million years ago.
The Klerksdorp Spheres, South Africa, dated 2.8 billion years ago – their regular shapes lead to claims that they were artificially created.
The mortar and pestle (or molcajete) set discovered in Table Mountain (near Jamestown, California), in a gravel deposit which a documentary version of Forbidden Archaeology claimed to be 55 million years old; this claim has since been discredited.
The Dendera Lamps, representations of lotus flowers engraved into a relief in a temple dedicated to Hathor, Egyptian Goddess of the Milky Way, and alleged by some to actually represent electrical lamps.
The dropa stones, also known as the Bayan Kara Ula Disks; supposedly found near Nimu in the Chinese region of Sichuan, and claimed to be 12,000 years old and the product of an alien civilization.
The Iron Man (Eiserne Mann), dating to the 13th century.
The Lake Winnipesaukee mystery stone
The Wolfsegg Iron, a cubical block of metal in coal found in Austria.

Artifacts alleged to predate humanity

The mortar and pestle (or molcajete) set discovered in Table Mountain (near Jamestown, California), in a gravel deposit which a documentary version of Forbidden Archaeology claimed to be 55 million years old; this claim has since been discredited.


are there any other out of place artifacts that you know????
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