Mobile phones are a relatively modern invention, with early models – those huge brick phones –appearing in the 1980s.

But now a video has emerged showing an 800-year-old object with striking similarities to a modern mobile phone.

The video (below) – posted on the Paranormal Crucible YouTube channel – shows an artefact reportedly discovered by archaeologists during a dig in in Fuschl am See in Austria.

Despite allegedly being 800 years old, the artefact looks very similar to a mobile phone. It has a screen, control keys and 12 keys with Cuneiform symbols. This writing system was first used by the Sumerian, an ancient people living in Babylonia (part of present-day Iraq).

The video says that UFO researchers have theorised that “an advanced extra-terrestrial species visited earth in the distance past. If this is true, then its possible artefacts like this were copied directly from extra-terrestrial technology.”

Is it a hoax or valuable archaeological find? One conspiracy website questions how an object from the Middle East ended up in Europe.

Perhaps more tellingly, the video has no information about when the archaeological dig took place or who found it – which leads us to believe it’s an elaborate hoax using an old Nokia.

What do you think the device is? Tell us your thoughts in the Comments section below.