Here we go, short story lovers! This week the arena brings you two tales of out of place artifacts. We asked our authors to do some story telling to explain away one of the mysterious artifacts found on this page.
Tony Southcotte gives us his take on where The Dropa Stones came from:
In 1938, an expedition led by archaeologist Dr. Chi Pu Tei into the Baian-Kara-Ula in China made an astonishing discovery. Nearby caves held traces of the ancient culture which once occupied them. Buried by the dusts of time, hundreds of stone disks lay scattered about the cave’s interior. Nothing too spectacular you may think, but the disks turned out to be eerily similar to phonograph records — nine inches in diameter, a circle cut into their centers and an obvious spiral groove. They are believed to be more than 10,000 years old. But the spiral, as it turns out, is composed of tiny hieroglyphics. When studied and translated, it was revealed that the discs tell the amazing story of spaceships that crashed into the mountains, piloted by people who called themselves the Dropa.
Go read his offering of “Discs of Gold.”
In the other corner, Tomi Wiley chimes in with her steamy explanation of The London Hammer:
In June 1936 Max Hahn and his wife Emma were on a walk when they noticed a rock with wood protruding from its core. They decided to take the oddity home and later cracked it open with a hammer and a chisel. Ironically, what they found within seemed to be an archaic hammer of sorts. A team of archaeologists checked it, and as it turns out, the rock encasing the hammer was dated back more than 400 million years (there is some question regarding that dating though); the hammer itself turned out to be more than 500 million years old, according to the same measurement. Apparently it’s so old that a section of the handle has begun the transformation to coal. Creationists, of course, were all over this. The hammer’s head, made of more than 96% iron, is far more pure than anything nature could have achieved without an assist from technology.
Finally the arena has some hot alien action in her story, “The London Hammer.”
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