From time to time strange artifacts appear in places where they just shouldn’t be. There’s no explanation for how they got there. One such case occurred in 1944 in West Virginia. Ten year old Newton Anderson was sent to fetch coal for the stove to heat the family house. He dropped a lump, cracking it open. He was beyond puzzled when he saw a bell entombed inside the block of coal.
The bell was made of brass with an iron clapper, and was adorned with a figure on it’s top. Scientists became interested and testing dated it to be an antediluvian artifact, a big word that means before the Great Flood associated with Noah. Anderson later researched the figure on the bell’s top and believes it to be similar to depictions of a Babylonian Wind Demon and the Hindu god Garuda, who is sometimes depicted atop bells. The question is, how did such a relic find it’s way into the coal?
The lump of coal in which the bell was found was bituminous, mined just a few miles down the road from his house in Upshur County. Coal is formed over millions of years as dead vegetation decays and hardens. Could it be an artifact of an ancient race, perhaps carried by a flood that covered the Earth and came to rest in the hills of West Virginia? Of course skeptics would wonder if the bell was indeed found inside the coal as stated, or somewhere else. Either way, the dating is puzzling. The bell is now in possession of the Genesis Park, a group who’s goal is to show evidence that man and dinosaurs coexisted.
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Other objects have been found inside coal which shouldn’t have been there, including an eight karat gold chain about 10 inches long, an iron pot, an iron object resembling a thimble, and a small metallic cube with an incision running around it horizontally. These anomalous finds buried deep in coal veins far below the earth’s surface are problematic to historians, as their carbon-dating reveals them to be much older than they should be, and leads many to question how much of what we believe to be true both of man’s history and the history of the Earth is actual fact. There are those who would rather sweep such out of place artifacts under the rug, but if our goal is to seek the truth, we must pursue such matters. We cannot accept that such anomalies are just random coincidence, but seek to find answers as to how they got there.