In the 18th century, workers at the stone quarry near Aix-en-Provence (France) stumbled upon a find that remains a mystery to this day.
The quarry workers were digging layers of limestone, and in the sand between the 11th and 12th layers they came across a number of man-made objects which seem to contradict the conventional timeline for human existence.
The finds were described in the American Journal of Science and History in 1820 by T. D. Porter, who translated Count Bournon’s “Mineralogy”. Here you can find an online version of the scientific article.
Although Porter did not mention the age of the objects, Roy Bainton wrote in his book “The Mammoth Book of Unexplained Phenomena”, that the limestone was at least 300 million years old. “They found stumps of columns and fragments of stones half wrought, and the stone was exactly similar to that of the quarry. They found moreover coins, handles of hammers, and other tools or fragments of tools in wood. But that which principally commanded their attention, was a board about one inch (2.5cm) thick and seven or eight feet (213-243cm) long.”
This board had a shape similar to those used by modern stonemasons and quarry workers. This suggests that humans existed long before conventional history admits. Not only they existed, but they were engaging in quarrying work, using man-made objects.
“Here then, we have the traces of a work executed by the hand of man, placed at the depth of fifty feet (15 meters), and covered with eleven beds of compact limestone. Everything tended to prove that this work had been executed upon the spot where the traces existed,” continues Porter.
This means that the presence of man had preceded the formation of the stone, and that very considerably, since he was already arrived at such a degree of civilization, that the arts were known to him, and that he wrought the stone and formed columns out of it.
One thing is for sure – conventional history can’t explain a lot of recent and not so recent findings. But is mankind ready to rewrite its own history?