Fascinating Artifacts 2: The Questionable Cosa Artifact

History is composed of a variety of technological and cultural changes within the world. We follow the texts that are written in regards to the way of life in the past. These studies and research deal with geology and anthropology. Sometimes artifacts are found that lead to questions regarding the validity of some of the theories and claims pertaining to the world and man.


Within a set of mountains located close to Olancha, California, a group of people found an interesting discovery. In 1961, Virginia Maxey, Wallace Lane and Mike Mikesell were searching for minerals during the winter season. The trio was exploring the top of a peak that measured around 4300 feet in elevation, as well as 340 feet above the dry area of Owens Lake. This is where they uncovered a rock and other items, which they believed was a geode, which is a hollow, sphere-shaped rock. This is an attractive find due to the crystals that line the inside wall of the rock. 


But when Mikesell cut open the rock, an object was discovered resembled white porcelain. What was described as a “shaft of shiny metal,” was found in the center of the rock. When examined by experts, they stated that if this specimen was a geode, it would have taken close to 500,000 years to form this sort of fossil find. In regards to the inspections of the artifact, little is actually known about its physical characteristics. Maxey spoke of a geologist that analyzed the fossil shells that could be found on the outside of the find. The identity of this geologist was never revealed and his input was never published on an official basis. They believed that this item was created by advanced human technology.


Conflicting information is available regarding this case, including the hardness and classification of the rock material. For the artifact to be found within a geode, it would have to consist of a thin outer shell, made out of dense chalcedonic silica. The inside is then found with a layer of quartz crystals, but many claim that the artifact did not display either. Even Maxy herself claimed that the material around the artifact was surrounded by what seemed like “hardened clay.” She even stated that an array of pebbles, even a nail and a washer was found on the surface. When a hardness test of the outside was supposedly conducted, the surface was believed to have a hardness much softer than the chalcedonic silica associated with being a geode.


When researchers examined the find even further, x-rays were conducted. The x-ray showed that a tiny spring, resembling a small spark plug was found, which was surrounded by a casing. The casing was hexagonal in shape, which was around the porcelain. This stirred up controversy.


Some dismissed the object as being encased in clay that had hardened, instead of being an artifact inside of a geode. There are some experts that claim that the so-called artifact was a Champion spark plug that was created during the 1920s. To set the doubters straight, the artifact, which was dubbed the Cosa Artifact disappeared and further examination obviously could not be made.


There are those who demand a natural explanation for the find. Questions that need to be answered were whether or not the find was an actual artifact or another item from the past. If the artifact was indeed a sparkplug from the 1920s, then was this item discovered inside a rock that was 500,000 years old.