rock. Stones, which are billions of years old and rotate on their
axes, captured the attention of Mr. John Hund of Pietersburg
fifteen years ago. Review previously published reports about Hund's
journey to the Gestoptesfontein mine near Ottosdal in the Northern
Province where he found a stone just like the one he read about and
saw in the Klerksdorp museum.
While playing with the stone on a very flat surface at a restaurant
one day, Hund realized it was very well balanced. He took
to the California Space Institute at the University of
California to have tests done to determine just how well balanced it
was. "It turned out that the balance is so fine, it exceeded the
limit of their measuring technology and these are the guys who make
gyrocompasses for NASA.
The stone is balanced to within one-hundred thousandths of an inch
from absolute perfection," explains Hund. Nobody knows
what these stones are. One NASA scientist told Hund that they
do not have the technology to create anything as finely balanced as
this. He said the only way that either nature or human technology
could create something so finely balanced would be in zero gravity.
Here is an extract of Mr. Hund's letter:
existence of the sphere came to my attention ca 1977 while removing
endangered rock engravings from the site where pyrophyllite or
"wonderstone", as it is commonly known in the region, is mined on
the farm Gestoptefontein (meaning plugged fountain) near the little
Ottosdal about 110 km from Klerksdorp in
South Africa's Northwest Province.
I was intrigued by the form of the spheres, grooves around the middle
and the fact that they are as hard as steel, while the material (pyrophyllite)
in which they are found, is as soft as limestone with a count of
only 3 on the Moh scale. As you probably know,
(Al2 Si4 O10 (OH)2) is a secondary mineral and the deposits were
formed by a process of sedimentation. On Gestoptefontein
volcanic activity was responsible for the forming of outcrops varying
in height from about 10 to 100 meters. The smooth and relatively
soft surface on the slopes were ideal for the prehistoric dwellers
(San) to make their engravings of animal and abstract designs.
On Gestoptefontein these outcrops were "swan" into huge
pieces by means of twisted steel cables running zig-zag on pulleys
for several kilometers. These blocks were then sawn by the same
method into more manageable pieces of about 500 x 500 mm.
Occasionally the "sawing cable" got stuck on one of the metal
spheres embedded in the pyrophyllite.
They vary in size from 30 – 50 mm in diameter and have
perfectly concentric grooves round the center as if they were
molded. Inside the hard "shell" some have a spongy substance, while
in others it resembles charcoal.
When only partly embedded so that they can be seen on the surface,
they are not all spheres, but some are also oblong in form.
According to Professor Andries Bisschoff of the University of
Potchefstroom (retired some years ago) they are limonite
concretions. Due to the relative scarcity of the spheres and the
almost impossibility for outsiders to obtain samples from the mine,
his conclusions have not been verified by other scientists.
It is very strange that the grooves are always and only round the
Mr. Credo Mutwa, a notorious witch doctor from the
city of Soweto was brought to the museum by a TV –
team some years ago and he as well as some amateur archaeologists
believed the spheres to be from outer space. It is also hard for me
to believe their theory. The original sphere exhibited in this
museum was stolen by a white sangoma (witch – doctor) - not
Mr. Mutwa, for its supposedly magic qualities and was never
Inquiries were made from all over the world about this phenomenon.
Countries include Canada, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, England,
USA, Norway, France and Botswana. Institutions such as the
University of South Florida, Miles Price and Associates, the
Society for Physic Advancement (S.A), Kokkolan Kaupunchi
(Finland), Esotera (Germany) Geologisches Institut der
Universiteit Pleicherwall (Germany), the Department of
Philosophy UICC (Chicago), Danfoss (Denmark), Illustreret Videnskab
(Coppenhagen), Louisiana Geological Survey, Gale Research Company
Search and Research Institute of Florida also made