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In 1945 German archeologist, Waldemar Julsrud discovered clay figurines buried at the foot of El Toro Mountain on the outskirts of Acambaro, Guanajuato, Mexico. Eventually over 32,000 figurines and artifacts were found. They were similar to artifacts identified with the Pre-classical Chupicuaro Culture (800 BC to 200 AD) found throughout this area.
The authenticity of the find was challenged because the collection included dinosaurs. This is because many archeologists believe dinosaurs have been extinct for the past 65 million years and man’s knowledge of them has been limited to the past 200 years. If this is true, man could not possibly have seen and modelled them 2500 years ago.
In 1954 the Mexican government sent four well-known archeologists to investigate. A different but nearby site was selected and a meticulous excavation was begun. They found numerous examples of similar figurines and concluded
that the find was authentic. However, three weeks later their report declared the collection to be a fraud because of the ‘fantastic representation of man and dinosaur together.’
In 1955 Charles Hapgood, respected Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire, conducted an elaborate investigation including extensive radiometric dating. Interestingly, his work was supported by Earl Stanley Gardner, former District Attorney of the city of Los Angeles, California and the creator of Perry Mason. Hapgood responded to charges that Julsrud manufactured the figurines, by excavating
under the house of the Chief of Police, which was built 25 years before Julsrud arrived. Forty three more examples of the same type were found, including dinosaurs. Three radiocarbon tests were performed by Isotopes Incorporated of New Jersey resulting in dates of 1640 BC, 4530 BC and 1110 BC. Eighteen samples were subjected to thermoluminescent testing by the University of Pennsylvania, all of which gave dates of approximately 2500 BC. These results were subsequently withdrawn when it was learned that some of the samples were from dinosaurs.
In 1990 an investigation was conducted by Neal Steedy, an archeologist whose livelihood depends on contract work from the Mexican government. He arbitrarily selected an excavation site considerably removed from the Julsrud site. Shards were found but no figurines. He commissioned radiocarbon tests for a few samples from the Julsrud collection which produced a range of dates; 4000 years for a human face and 1500 years for a dinosaur. However, he concluded that the laboratory had not given true dates because he felt the samples were too soft to last more than 20 years.
Note: In the foreword to the book Earth’s Shifting Crust, Albert Einstein said Hapgood’s concept could be of ‘great importance to everything that is related to Earth’s surface.’
Text by Dr Don Patton
These outstanding artifacts can be seen at the Waldemar Julsrud Museum, in Acambaro, Guanajuato, Mexico. Their web site is: