has been a subject of controversy ever since its discovery, its
authenticity as a genuine “out-of-place artifact” dependent upon
whether the material in which it was encased is a geode hundreds of
thousands of years old or a lump of sun baked clay its age a mere
handful of decades.
The story begins on February 13,
1961, when rock hounds Virginia Maxey, Wallace Lane and Mike Mikesell
went prospecting in the hills surrounding Owens Lake, a dry bed located
a few miles northeast of Olancha, California, where the trio owned the
“LM & V Rockhounds Gem and Gift Shop.” After a fruitful day
collecting specimens they returned to Olancha, their finds to be
inspected the following day.
On the morning of February 14,
Mikesell began sawing through what appeared to be a geode in the shop’s
workplace but instead of finding the cavity typical of geodes, he
discovered what seemed to be porcelain inside of which was a metal
At this point, according to Virginia Maxey, a trained geologist
was contacted and asked to examine the supposed geode; this unknown
identity has never been revealed) allegedly declared that the crusty
artifact-bearing nodule was at least 500,000 years old.
second examination of the artifact, this time by
creationist Ron Calais during which he X-rayed the
object, revealed what appeared to be a ceramic insulator surrounding a
metal shaft, threaded and with a spring at one end.
There's been a great deal of speculation over the years about just what
the Coso artifact really is:
It’s evidence of an unknown and advanced ancient civilization.
It’s evidence of time travel.
It’s part of a communication device dropped by alien visitors in the
a spark plug, and the so called geode nothing but sun hardened mud. 
present location of the Coso artifact is unknown. The last person
possess it, Wallace Lane (now deceased) while adamently
refusing to let
anyone (new) examine it, was willing to sell it for the princely sum of
position held by Chad Windham, President of the Spark Plug Collectors
of America, who after viewing the X-ray declared immediately and
without equivocation “it’s a spark plug.” Other collectors concurred
it was indeed a spark plug, more specifically a 1920s era Champion,
from a Ford
Model T or A that had been modified and used in mining operations.
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