3 ‘Modern’ Inventions That Existed Millions of Years Ago: Nuclear Reactor, Telescope, Clothes
3 ‘Modern’ Inventions That Existed Millions of Years Ago: Nuclear Reactor, Telescope, Clothes

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Evidence exists pointing to prehistoric civilizations as advanced as our modern civilization—or perhaps more advanced.

Such evidence could turn our scientific certainties upside down. It wouldn’t be the first time—the history of science proves, after all, that science has been grossly wrong on countless occasions.

Paradigm shifts are ushered in amid abundant controversy. The following discoveries have been contested, but some scientists have maintained that they constitute indisputable evidence that tens of thousands, or even many millions of years ago, humans walked the earth with as much knowledge and culture as today’s people.

1. A Nuclear Reactor 1.8 Billion Years Old

In 1972, a French factory imported uranium ore from Oklo, in Africa’s Gabon Republic. To its surprise, it found the uranium had already been extracted.

They found the site of origin to be a large-scale highly advanced nuclear reactor that came into being 1.8 billion years ago and was in operation for some 500,000 years.

Scientists gathered to investigate, with many explaining it away as a wondrous, yet natural, phenomenon.

Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, former head of the United States Atomic Energy Commission and Nobel Prize winner for his work in the synthesis of heavy elements, explained why he believes it wasn’t a natural phenomenon, and thus must be a man-made nuclear reactor.

For uranium to “burn” in a reaction, very precise conditions are needed.

The water must be extremely pure, for one. Much purer than exists naturally anywhere in the world.

The material U-235 is necessary for nuclear fission to occur. It is one of the isotopes found naturally in uranium.

Several specialists in reactor engineering have said they believe the uranium in Oklo could not have been rich enough in U-235 for a reaction to take place naturally. 

Furthermore, it seems the reactor was more advanced than anything we could build today. It was several miles in length and the thermal impact to its environment was limited to 40 meters (about 131 feet) on all sides. The radioactive waste is still contained by surrounding geological elements and has not migrated beyond the mine site. 

The Oklo, Gabon Republic, nuclear reactor site. (NASA)


2. Peruvian Stone Showing an Ancient Telescope, Modern-Style Clothing

It is thought that Galileo Galilei invented the telescope in 1609. A stone believed to have been engraved as long as 65 million years ago, however, shows a human figure holding a telescope and observing the stars.

About 10,000 stones housed in the Cabrera Museum in Ica, Peru, show prehistoric humans wearing headdresses, clothes, and shoes. The stones depict scenes similar to organ transplants, cesarean sections, and blood transfusions—and some show encounters with dinosaurs.

While some say the stones are fake, Dr. Dennis Swift, who studied archaeology at the University of New Mexico, documented in his book “Secrets of the Ica Stones and Nazca Lines” evidence that the stones date back to Pre-Columbian times.

Swift says one of the reasons the stones were considered fake in the 1960s is that, at the time, it was believed dinosaurs walked dragging their tails, but the stones depict dinosaurs with their tails up, and thus were thought to be inaccurate.

Later studies showed, however, that dinosaurs likely walked with their tails up, as depicted on the stones.

(Courtesy of Eugenia Cabrera/Museo Cabrera)


3. Advanced Culture in Cave Paintings

The La Marche caves in west-central France contain depictions over 14,000 years old of people with short hair, groomed beards, tailored clothing, riding horseback and suited in modern style—a far cry from the animal-skin loin cloths we usually imagine.

These paintings were confirmed as genuine in 2002. Investigators, such as Michael Rappenglueck of the University of Munich, insist that these important artifacts are simply ignored by modern science.

Rappenglueck has studied the advanced astronomical knowledge of Palaeolithic people. He writes: “For some years it has been left to broader media coverage (in the form of printed matter, audio-visual material, electronic media and planetarium programs) to raise awareness of proto-astronomy (as well as proto-mathematics and other proto-sciences) during Palaeolithic times.” 

Some of the stones from La Marche cave are on display at Paris’s Museum of Man, but the ones that clearly portray prehistoric people with advanced culture and thought are not to be seen.

Cave painting from the cave of Altamira in the Anthropos Pavilion of The Moravian Museum in the Czech Republic. (Wikimedia Commons)

When paintings from more than 30,000 years ago were first discovered in the caves of Europe in the 19th century, they challenged the commonly accepted understanding of prehistory. One of the greatest critics of the discovery, Emile Cartailhac, came around decades later and became a leading force in proving the paintings are genuine and raising awareness of their importance. 

He is now considered a founding father of cave art studies.

The first paintings were discovered by Don Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, a Spanish nobleman, and his daughter, Maria, in 1879 in the Altamira cave. They showed an unexpected sophistication.

The discovery was dismissed, until the early 20th century when Cartailhac published a study of the paintings.

RELATED: 100,000-Year-Old Art Studio Found in Africa

With reporting by Epoch Times staff members Leonardo Vintini and Cornelia Ritter.

  • Armin

    “A stone believed to have been engraved as long as 65 million years ago”

    Believed by who? Stop spreading this bullshit unsubstantiated drivel. There is plenty of knowledge about our ancient history that doesn’t resort to a mix of wishful thinking and tin-hat theories on your part.

    • Logan Krumbhaar

      http://www.creationliberty.com/articles/icastones.php Interesting article related to the stones. Here’s an interesting quote from it: “Father Simon, a Jesuit missionary, accompanied Pizarro along the Peruvian coast and recorded his amazement upon viewing the stones. In 1562, Spanish explorers sent some of the stones back to Spain.”

      1562 is still before the telescope was invented and also before we discovered dinosaurs existed. If that quote is true I think there is a fair chance to at least some of them being real. I think some of them are definitely faked though because I read that the person who faked them demonstrated how he did it in a documentary.

  • http://thedaoofdragonball.com/ DerekPadula

    I don’t see where it implies that ancient people were smarter than us, or that modern humans have an inferiority complex. Rather I see the article showing evidence that ancient people were not dumb, as commonly believed.

  • Wim Van Aalst

    The point is probably to up the credibility of Epoch Times?

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    The Ancient Egyptians may have had electricity, but humans and dinosaurs didn’t coexist.

  • Logan Krumbhaar

    It is said Galileo invented the first Astronomical telescope to look at the stars as the figure on the stone was doing, Hans Lipperhay’s wasn’t called a telescope but a ‘Dutch Perspective Glass’ and it was used to see things that were far away not astronomical purposes. So the article is in a way true because Galileo’s invention was actually called a telescope although it was just an improvement upon Hans Lipperhay’s invention. Just clarifying a point based on what I’ve read.

  • Kenji Makoto

    There is no conspiracy here, you must be one of those persons who have adopted the derogative poor manners of the internet slang. They only person who mention aliens in this page is you. And there are many concepts and technology that will be out of your limited knowledge and imagination always mainly because you are educated (mentally formed and structured, limited beyond certain age) to believe we are in the only possible outcome of technological, biological and social evolution, and that you have to mock and disregard anything that might, at first glance, be against what your established train of thinking proposes, not even daring to leave it open to investigation, and secondly, you could realize that if we can´t figure out something it is because we are thinking differently than those who built/developed it, that doesn´t make us less, just different. But even so, I think masses today are extremely dumb to the point of fright, if you could compare any given large enough and proportionally sized group of people from your society with a bunch from classic Greece, you would most likely have the greeks much more engaged and developed in all the aspects of a social and communitarian life, more acquainted and sensitive to arts, physical development and scientific knowledge.

    • Fredo Muñiz López

      You seem to know and judge a lot about me just by reading a couple of messages. I guess it’s fair since I made a few assumptions before too, about the article and its writer.

      But I won’t accept the self-entitlement. Am I educated to believe certain things? Probably. We all are, including you. But, most certainly, I wasn’t educated about what you accuse me, since I’m firmly against anthropocentrism and that implies recognizing our evolutionary path isn’t necessarily more valid than others. I’m all for investigating, and excited about proving us wrong. The investigations named in this article are very interesting on their own. My problem lies in the sensationalism with which they’re treated here, trying to use them to back up some far-fetched theories.

      And secondly, it wasn’t me who used the words “more advanced” all over the article to refer to these supposed technologies. They didn’t say “different” or “alternative”, they said “more advanced”. And that unequivocally means better and/or more sophisticated, right?

      About your last statement… I guess that debate doesn’t belong here, but once again, the article doesn’t talk about greeks. It refers to times several thousand years before Greece ever existed.

  • Lesenia

    I can’t stand fake archaeology. I seriously have to question anyone who really believes this stuff. Simple searches will find much evidence, research written by real scientists and approved by their peers, that more or less proves that each one of these things you listed is a false claim. The engraved stones-fake. The La Marche cave paintings-fake. And the nuclear reactors are something that can happen in nature. Science proves this.

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