The 10 Most Not-So-Puzzling Ancient Artifacts: Giant Stone Balls of Costa Rica

Here perhaps is the only true puzzler on the list. Probably not for the reasons you think, but it does give me a moment to explain why Context is so important in archaeology. Lets start with what we do know about the Balls. The earliest reports of the Balls began in the late 1800's, but... Continue Reading →

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Gen Con 2012 Wrap-Up

This year at Gen Con was a blast, probably because I am gainfully employed, and could actually spend money this year...but I digress. Be that as it may, it was also the best year for my presentations. I sold out ticket wise, had some really great questions form the audience, and I even learned a little about planning... Continue Reading →

The 10 Most Not-So-Puzzling Ancient Artifacts: Ancient Model Aircraft, Plus a Rant!

This appears to be more of a category than an individual artifact, it seems to cover a couple of different artifacts that share the common thread of vaguely looking like flying objects. Or at lest that's what you're supposed to think. Two major items stand out in this category, The Saqqara Bird and the Tolima Artifacts,... Continue Reading →

The 10 Most Not-So-Puzzling Ancient Artifacts: Out-Of-Place Metal Objects

As we move though The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts list, we come to a couple "catch-all" categories. The first is Out-Of-Place Metal Objects, which is a subcategory of what are called OOPArts, or Out-Of-Place Artifacts. This really is a huge catch-all and includes many objects that are both real (in that they exist, but are not necessarily what... Continue Reading →

The 10 Most Not-So-Puzzling Ancient Artifacts: The Baghdad Battery

Ah the Baghdad Battery, such a simple, yet confounding object...or is it? Let's start at the beginning...or should I say beginnings? The story starts with one German artist/archaeologist Wilhelm Konig who either unearthed the vessel during an excavation in Khujut Rabu [2], or found the object in the basement of the Baghdad Museum when he took over as curator [6].... Continue Reading →

The 10 Most Not-So-Puzzling Ancient Artifacts: The Grooved Spheres

  I've seen this article several times now, and I meant to address it the first time, but then I got distracted by something shinny...er I mean work? Either way, the biggest reason I let it go was that I wasn't terribly concerned about it. I mean, these things are so obviously geofacts or frauds, who in their right mind would believe them? Then I saw this same... Continue Reading →

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