Newton Anderson’s job as a ten-year-old child in 1944 was to keep the coal stove at his Buckhannon, West Virginia, home fueled. He went into the basement one evening to replenish the stove, carrying a large lump of coal on his shovel. As he took the laden shovel, it wobbled, and the coal dropped onto the floor, breaking the bow in two. A slim metallic object protruded from one of the fractured sections. Anderson set aside the portion containing the strange object and threw the rest into the furnace.
The boy pulled a small bell from the coal over the next several days, first whacking it with a croquet mallet and then cleaning it with lye and a scrub brush. Unfortunately, he scoured all of the intriguing artifact’s coal! However, his parents and others saw the bell he carried up from the cellar, and it became a topic of talk as it sat on an old secretary desk shelf.
Coal is found in sedimentary strata (layers of soil or rock), which are commonly referred to as coal beds or coal seams. There are four types of coal: peat, lignite, bituminous, and anthracite. The majority of the world’s coal was generated between approximately 298.9 and 358.9 million years ago, during the Carboniferous Age, and coal reserves are six times higher than oil and petroleum reserves.
Our forefathers, on the other hand, began to employ brass throughout the Bronze Age, which lasted from 2500 to 800 BC. Between the Stone Age and the Iron Age, bronze was commonly utilized to manufacture tools, weapons, and other objects. Bronze is created when copper is heated and combined with tin, resulting in a more durable metal than copper, and brass is a metallic alloy composed of copper and zinc. So, how could a bronze age metal survive inside a million-year-old coal lump?
Boris Bilas took the bell to the geology department at the University of Delaware at Wilmington in 1963–1964, where it was studied and then returned. They established that the bell was manufactured by hand. Anderson later relocated to Florida and began teaching chemistry. Later that year, in 1973, Dr. John Morris examined the item in his laboratory at the University of Oklahoma. “Nuclear Activation Analysis found it to be mostly bronze with a peculiar admixture of zinc,” Morris concluded. A microprobe revealed no evidence of coal.”
The answer, according to creationists, is hidden in the Book of Genesis and points to the brass bell being millions of years old. Because Tubal-Cain, who was recorded in the Hebrew Bible in Genesis 4:22 and Jasher 2:24, was considered to be the “teacher of every artificer in brass and iron.” They claim that after the prehistoric society was destroyed by the legendary flood, one of Tubal-bells Cain’s was buried with a mass of vegetation, which turned into coal and ended up millions of years later in Newton Anderson’s coal bin.
Anderson devoted a significant amount of work to researching the figure atop the bell. He identified parallels to the Babylonian Southwest Wind Demon known as Pazuzu. The devil is usually depicted with a conspicuous headgear, such as the bell figure. The headpiece of the bell has been broken off, indicating that it was formerly much taller. The bell’s clapper is made of iron, and it still rings brilliantly. The Hindu deity Garuda, as well as the Egyptian winged goddess Isis, are sometimes represented atop bells. The kneeling stance with hands clasped is similar to Garuda’s depictions. As a result, some have speculated that it is an Indian Ghanta Bell.
The Brass Bell’s Detailed Figure
The “bell found in coal” eventually became quite renowned, appearing in a number of creationist and apologetics works. The bell was offered as irrefutable proof of the widespread flood in an evangelistic tract. When Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” discovered the bell, they dispatched a representative to investigate. Anderson was interviewed, and the fascinating relic was featured extensively in the 1992 CBS docudrama production Ancient Secrets of the Bible, which is now part of the Genesis Park collection. The bell was even shown for a few years at the San Diego Museum of Natural History, and they made an offer to buy it.
Mr. Anderson consented to take a lie detector test at the request of Genesis Park’s authority in order to further corroborate his accusations. In 2007, he was examined by Stan Fulmer, an expert polygraph ologist who specialized on death row cases. Anderson’s credibility was determined, and he passed the test. The polygraph examination report is available online here.
What are your thoughts on this enigmatic relic? Is it a Brass bell that dates back 300 million years? Could it be that human or human-like lives have been lived on this planet many times before throughout the lengthy span of Earth’s history? If this is not the case, how can the bell be kept inside a 300-million-year-old coal lump? Or was the lie detector gadget itself a liar?
Earth has gone through a number of significant geological and biological changes over its 4.6 billion-year history.
4.6 billion years ago – Earth’s formation
3.8 billion years ago – First life emerges
2.1 billion years ago – Eukaryotes evolve
1.1 billion years ago – First sexually reproducing organisms
570 million years ago – First arthropods evolve
530 million years ago – The first fish
475 million years ago – First land plants
385 million years ago – First forests
370 million years ago – The first amphibians
320 million years ago – The dinosaurs appeared
200 million years ago – mammals appeared
150 million years ago – the first birds appeared
130 million years ago – flowering plants appeared
100 million years ago – and the first bees appeared
65 million years ago – Dinosaurs and ammonites died out
14 million years ago – The first big apes appeared
2.5 million years ago – the genus Homo evolved
200 thousand years ago – our species, Homo sapiens, evolved
10 thousand years ago – the last Ice Age ended
We, as humans, have only been around for a minuscule portion of the Earth’s 4.6-billion-year history, and we still don’t know every detail. We still don’t know much about what’s beneath our feet, we don’t know much about Earth’s first 1.5 billion years, and we don’t know why the cosmos exists. So, practically everything remains a mystery to us to this day; and what isn’t is referred to as “science” by humans. That is the priority of science; it always discovers the ideal solution to every mystery, and it is a never-ending adventure.
So, our objective isn’t to make people superstitious or fanatics, and I don’t like spreading hoaxes to gain fake notoriety. Creating such an environment is pointless to me. Today, we’re here to talk about anything weird and unknown, as well as to hear everyone’s valuable viewpoint. Every notion, we believe, is like a seed that must be sprouted through deeds.