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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:
- It was discovered by workers while digging a trench along the Mures river in Romania in 1974.
- It was found next to mastodon (distantly related to Elephants) bones.
- Researchers who have had the time and opportunity to examine the object believe it is not a natural formation.
- Aluminum production requires an enormous amount of heat, 1,000 degrees actually.
- 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.
- 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.
- Aluminum isn’t found freely in nature, thus must be manufactured, but it has not been produced until the 1800s.
- 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.
- Geological evidence places the aluminum wedge to be at least 10,000 years old.
- 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.
- The wedge was stored in a museum up until 1995.
- Pseudoarchaeologists and Ufologists believed that this finding is evidence of extraterrestrial beings visiting Earth in the past.
- Floring Gheorgita a known Romanian ufologist believes that this item is actually a landing gear of an alien spacecraft.
- 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).
- 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: