Creationists were quick to embrace the finding in support of the biblical view of history. Such an obviously man-made object encased in rock could only mean that rocks formed in recent times. The hammer is now an exhibit in Baugh's Creation Evidence Museum.
Interestingly, the hammer is stylistically similar to typical American tools used and manufactured in the region in the late 1800s. A scientific explanation for the artifact may be that the highly soluble minerals in limestone could have formed a concretion around the object. This can occur through common and natural processes, much like those that occur in petrifying wells, often creating similar encrustations around fossils and other solid objects.
"The stone is real, and it looks impressive to someone unfamiliar with geological processes. How could a modern artifact be stuck in Ordovician rock? The answer is that the concretion itself is not Ordovician. Minerals in solution can harden around an intrusive object dropped in a crack or simply left on the ground if the source rock (in this case, reportedly Ordovician) is chemically soluble." (J. R. Cole)
Just the same, it looks pretty cool.