Thursday, May 31, 2012
Proof of Pleistocene Modernity
Yesterday we posted on a compelling piece of ancient evidence in the form of a manufactured chunk of aluminum alloy known as the Wedge of Aiud. It looks like a tooth from an excavator and the metal mix is that of an aluminum alloy. We know also from the mix that it was likely cast. The oxidation layer is extraordinary and conforms with the Pleistocene age of the other artifacts.
I posted that this conforms with my developing conjecture for a Pleistocene era rise of humanity that included modernism matching and ultimately surpassing our present achievements. In fact, for this conjecture to stand up, such artifacts must exist however scarce.
There are in fact many other similar anomalous artifacts out there that beg interpretation. These include manufactured metallic items contained inside coal and stone. These have had substantial ages assigned to them that has also been off putting.
Most important however, we have a source of human artifacts matching modern capabilities originating from 42000BP through 13900BP. That is a long time and inevitably, accidents do happen and stuff gets lost. Yet metal itself would have always been scavenged, just as we presently scavenge our metallic wastage. In time I expect we will actually mine out landfills for remaining metal content. So any metal recovery took an unusual set of events to be lost in the original time and space.
Because rare aluminum artifacts could be found, it is no surprise that they have shown up in Bronze age grave goods and beyond. The reason is simple. The metal is easily remelted and reworked into belt buckles (as found in a Chinese grave) and surely would be. Thus ancient post Pleistocene Nonconformity aluminum artifacts have a natural provenance that precludes some implausible form of Bronze Age aluminum production.
That leaves us with the problem of super aged human artifacts and bones found in geological settings.
The problem is actually one of geological aging. The classical assumption of uniformism has imposed some age calculations that are completely untested and in fact suspect. Any given age is typically one geologists opinion based on good ideas and assumptions but capable of been wrong.
An example of this is the super high mountains of the present. It is plausible that under the crustal shift brought about by the Pleistocene Nonconformity, that the major part of these uplifts took place over a few days some 13900 years ago. It this turns out to be an accurate description of what happened, then two hundred years of geological aging research becomes rubbish.
The crustal movement itself would have accelerated cold creep and likely finished the job. I certainly cannot imagine coal mine tunnels holding up during a sustained period of vibration as was experienced.
The reality is that the ages quoted in most geological work is the apparent age of the host rock within its adjacent strata showing a chronological sequence. It may turn out that a more correct assumption to make would be to assume that all known faults are generally 13900 years old unless shown otherwise.
Artifacts can be lost in such strata as part of mining efforts. What is not so obvious is that deep structures such as coal and shale are quite deformable over great reaches of time if the surrounding material is under great pressure. Twenty thousand or so years is quite ample (two inches or so per century) to squeeze out voids leaving little trace of any workings. Thus contained artifacts are evidence of antiquity, but not beyond the cold creep time on the encasing rock.
So once we get past the common geological error (done in aging faults all the time) of aging physical evidence against the age of the rock itself, we find that these artifacts do conform to the 42000BP through 13900BP window rather well.
To date we have only a handful of such artifacts and the aluminum artifact is actual proof of the underlying conjecture. It is Pleistocene and can not be faked without modern metallurgy. It is also the metal most likely to be used and lost out on a project site. You can even see the breakage that allowed it to be lost. I also doubt that lab work will show an alternative explanation but it certainly is needed here to provide all possible negative evidence.
For the record, the only thing preventing aluminum from totally replacing steel is a cheap way to produce the metal itself. Cheap energy will do the trick in the next twenty years and after that steel will be generally retired as alloys can match any characteristic package of steel you can imagine. After that for the next million years or so, the only metal objects that we will lose will be aluminum based.
The only other way to explain away this evidence is to either loudly yell fraud in the hope serious researchers will be scared away, or alternatively assume it is all evidence of an alien exploratory visit. Except that aliens are no more profligate with metal than we are. There we have around 100,000 sightings and a handful of controversial physical evidence at best and no massive excavator tooth.