Based on an article from the Boston Transcript which published by a local paper "Scientific American" on June 5, 1852, a metal vase-like object called the Dorchester Pot was recovered in two pieces after an explosion used to break up rock at Meeting House Hill, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The Scientific American describes the artifact as “an antique metal vessel perhaps made by Tubal Cain, the first inhabitant of Dorchester.” However, the Roxbury Conglomerate, from which this pot is alleged to have come, has been dated as having accumulated between 570 and 593 million years ago and during the Ediacaran Period.
Scientific American Volume 7 Issue 38 (June 5, 1852): "A few days ago a powerful blast was made in the rock at Meeting House Hill, in Dorchester, a few rods south of rev. Mr. Hall's meeting House. The blast threw out an immense mass of rock, some of the pieces weighing several tons and scattered small fragments in all directions. Among them was picked up a metallic vessel in two parts, rent assunder by the explosion. On putting the two parts together it formed a bell-shaped vessel, 4.5 inches high, 6.5 inches at the base, 2.5 inches at the top, and about an eight of an inch in thickness. The body of this vessel resembles zinc in color, or a composition metal, in which there is a considerable portion of silver. On the sides therea are six figures of a flower, or bouquet, beautifully inlaid with pure silver, and around the lower part of the vessel a vine, or wreath, inlaid also with silver. The chasing, carving, and inlaying are exquisitely done by the art of some cunning workman.
|The Dorchester pot|
This curious and unknown vessel was blown out of the solid pudding stone, 15 feet below the surface. It is now in the possession of Mr. John Kettell. Dr. J.V.C. Smith, who has recently travelled in the East, and examined hundreds of curious domestic utensils, and has drawings of them, has never seen anything resembling this. He has taken a drawing and accurate dimensions of it, to be submitted to the scientific..."
Some Young Earth creationists regard the Dorchester Pot as having been manufactured by an ancient civilization that predated the Great Flood (Noachian Flood).
Scientific American Volume 7 Issue 38 (June 5, 1852) [pp. 297-304];