CLAIMS archaeologists have dug up an 800-year-old object that perfectly resembles a modern-day mobile phone have gone viral online.
Video clips have emerged of the bizarre discovery.
The object, unearthed during a dig in Austria, is allegedly a clay copy of a mobile phone with a Sumerian writing style known as cuneiform on the keys.
YouTube channel Paranormal Crucible reported: “What is it? Is it evidence of an advanced civilisation or time travel?”
The tablet was dated to around the 13th century BCE. By that time, the Sumerian writing style – usually known as cuneiform – had already been around for a few thousand years.
Editorial on the channel goes on to say: “Cuneiform tablets aren’t unusual – an estimated two million have been excavated. The language was a mystery until the 19th century when its code was deciphered.”
Cuneiform was one of the first systems of writing developed by the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia around 3,500BC to 3,000 BC.
But the lack of checkable information on the dig and the startling similarity to a cell phone handset have many online posters convinced it is just an imaginative hoax.
Conspiracy website tothedeathmedia.com reported: “According to reports, during archaeological excavations at Fuschl am See, (in Salzburg), Austria, researchers unearthed a mysterious artefact from the thirteenth century with cuneiform writing that strangely resembles a cell phone.
“This type of writing is typically found in modern-day Iran or Iraq (ancient Mesopotamia).
“What a device like this with Cuneiform writing is doing in Austria is something that no one is able to fully understand or explain.
“Regrettably the information about this ‘sensational’ discovery is limited.”
Even conspiracists are not convinced it is real at this stage.
The website added: “We cannot explain what it is, whether it is real or not, but it has caught our attention and we would love to know more about it.
Some UFO hunters have pounced on the “discovery” as “evidence of aliens visiting ancient civilisations on Earth, and bringing sophisticated technology to the more primitive beings,” without questioning the validity of the claims.
Scott C Waring, editor of UFO Sightings Daily, concluded: “It is evident from this cell phone like device that someone with an advanced knowledge of the future created it.
“The language is said to go back tens of thousands of years…very cool discovery.”
The lack of originating detail about the footage, which just shows a white-gloved hand holding the clay sculptured object in close-up has concerned most commentators, who said if it were genuine it could be proof of time travel and sensational world news.
Ancient Code website reported: “Most of you will remain sceptical about the discovery, and trust me so do I.
“There are two things that just don’t add up.
“First of all discovering anything that resembles cuneiform writing in Austria is an extraordinary finding since great distance separated Austria and Ancient Mesopotamia, so it is a true mystery how the object ended up in Europe.
“Secondly, and the most mysterious part of the finding is in fact that the objects eerily resembles a modern-day cellphone.
You can clearly make out the nine “keys” in the lower part of the artefact which are positioned in a way mimicking the keys on a cellphone.
“Obviously we cannot avoid considering the possibility that this artefact is a hoax.
“Finding something like this is more than sensational and points to the possibility that its creator could have seen a similar device in the distant past. What does this mean?
“Well, it means that it is possible that in the distant past, someone saw something that resembled a communication device like a mobile phone and decided to recreate the device in stone.”