London Hammer

In 1936, a couple, Max Hahn and his wife, walking along Red Creek, near the town of London, Texas saw a piece of loose rock that had a piece of wood protruding.

They took it home where it was untouched for ten years. It was then in 1947, that their son, Max, broke open the rock to find a hammer inside. This “London Artifact”, as it is sometimes known, has a 6 inch long hammerhead that has a diameter of 1 inch.

The metal is 96.6% iron, 2.6% chlorine, and 0.74% sulfur. The encasement rock is like lime stone that has been dated up to 400 million years old. Obviously, this is a problem since the tool inside resembles miner’s hammers of the late 1800’s. The wooden handle is petrified with a portion that has turned to coal.

One possible explanation for the rock containing the artifact is that the highly soluble minerals in the ancient limestone may have formed a concretion around the object, via a common process (like that of a petrifying well) which often creates similar encrustations around fossils and other nuclei in a relatively short time.

In 1984, creationist Carl Baugh bought the artifact wanting to prove it was a “monumental ‘pre-flood’ discovery”. You can see the London hammer as it is now on display Baugh’s Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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