15 things you should know about the Aiud Aluminium wedge


It is true that archaeology can provide an answer for countless questions that have been raised throughout history, but some of these discoveries actually raise more questions then they answer. The Aiud aluminum wedge is certainly one of those discoveries.  The artifact has a weight of five pounds, and according to research, is made almost out of pure aluminum. Next, we bring you 15 things you need to know about the Aiud aluminum wedge:

  1. It was discovered by workers while digging a trench along the Mures river in Romania in 1974.
  2. It was found next to mastodon (distantly related to Elephants) bones.
  3. Researchers who have had the time and opportunity to examine the object believe it is not a natural formation.
  4. Aluminum production requires an enormous amount of heat, 1,000 degrees actually.
  5. Two separate laboratories tested the artifact but both laboratories received almost identical results. The object was tested in the Archaeological Institute of Cluj-Napoca, n Lausanne, Switzerland.
  6. It is composed of 89 percent out of aluminum but also has traces of copper, zinc, lead, cadmium, nickel and smaller traces of other elements.
  7. Aluminum isn’t found freely in nature, thus must be manufactured, but it has not been produced until the 1800s.
  8. Even though its exact age is perhaps a debate among scholars, if the aluminum wedge was the same age as the mastodon bones it would make this mysterious piece at least 11,000 years old.
  9. Geological evidence places the aluminum wedge to be at least 10,000 years old.
  10. The oxidized layer coating has shown that the artifact is more likely to be around 400 years old, still placing way before aluminum was produced. The dating technique utilized to obtain the age of the artifact was not released.
  11. The wedge was stored in a museum up until 1995.
  12. Pseudoarchaeologists and Ufologists believed that this finding is evidence of extraterrestrial beings visiting Earth in the past.
  13. Floring Gheorgita a known Romanian ufologist believes that this item is actually a landing gear of an alien spacecraft.
  14. According to research the exact composition of the artifact is as follows: aluminum (89%)  Copper (6,2%), silicon (2,84%), zinc (1,81%), lead (0,41%), tin (0,33%), zirconium(0,2%), cadmium (0,11%), nickel (0,0024%), cobalt (0,0023%), bismuth (0,0003%), silver (0,0002%), and gallium (in trace amounts).
  15. Even though there has been interest surrounding the Wedge of Aiud, some scholars believe that this item is just another… fake.

See the Wedge of Aiud appear on Ancient Aliens, Season 12, Episode 2 below:


Like it? Share with your friends!


  1. The mystery of the aluminium wedge was solved by a Romanian researcher who studied the wedge and came with the idea that it was part of a plane. He assumed that given the fact that it was burried really deep it must have fallen from high altitude. And in 2000 he sent some requests to Russian plane factory that was building planes for the army during WW II. The Russians adviced the researcher to contact a German plane factory as it seemed that it looked quite similar to a piece belonging to a Messerschmitt ME 262 plane. The German team confirmed that the piece was most certainly belonging to a Messerschmitt ME 262 plane that fell from a it during the war.

  2. Please re-publish your article without ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. THANKS SO MUCH.

  3. If it came from some modern piece of equipment, show us another piece.

  4. Looks very much like a piece of Russian space junk that survived reentry, and plowed itself into the ground, only to be recovered over.

  5. I recognise that. Its fits between the pilots seats of the Astro5 Spacecruiser Mark 2. its definitely the Mark 2 because the Mark 1 didn’t have the place for the coffee cup that you can clearly see in the photo.

  6. From RationalWiki “There’s a much more rational (albeit boring) explanation. The wedge is simply a tooth from a modern day excavator bucket, the kind used by workers digging foundations for construction projects.[6]
    The results of metallurgical tests made on the wedge are consistent with modern 2000 series duraluminWikipedia’s W.svg which oxidizes fairly rapidly, accounting for the aged appearance of the wedge, and which can be hardenedWikipedia’s W.svg to a degree similar to mild steel.
    Aluminum will not strike sparks as steel might, which makes the alloy desirable for service in environments with combustible gases or vapors, such as the coal mines that flourished for a while in Romania.[3]
    With a decline in coal mining, the excavators may be reasonably supposed to have been turned to other uses. It’s extremely likely that one of these excavators lost a tooth while digging the hole in Aiud; someone unfamiliar with the machine found it in the sand near the mastodon bones, and assumed it to be an anachronism.[3]
    See many examples of excavator teeth, here, a number of which closely resemble the so-called “out-of-place” artifact.[3]”

Comments are closed.