Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Weird: The Aluminum Wedge of Aiud

In 1974, a group of workers discovered three buried object 35 feet under the sand of the Mures River, 1.2 miles east of Aiud, Romania. Two of the objects turned out to be mastodon bones, but the third was a wedge-shaped piece of metal.







Made from an alloy of aluminum and encased in a layer of oxide, it resembles the head of a hammer.

Since it was found in the same layer as the mastodon bones, it indicated that the Wedge was probably around 11,000 years old.

The issue is, though, that Aluminum isn't naturally found in nature and wasn't discovered until 1808, and wasn't put into mass-production until 1885.

An aeronautical engineer remarked that it looked surprisingly similar to the landing foot of a flying vehicle, like the lunar module or Viking probe.





Because of this, some people think that the Wedge was part of a flying object (of extraterrestrial origin) that fell into the river.

Thoughts, theories?
In 1974, this is a wedge-shaped object found 1.2 miles east of Aiud, Romania. It was discovered on the banks of the Mures River. It was reportedly unearthed 35 feet under sand and alongside two mastodon bones. It looks like the head of a hammer and is made of an alloy of aluminum encased in a thin layer of oxide. It’s strange because aluminum was not discovered until 1808 and not produced in quantity until 1885. Since it was found in the same layer as mastodon bones, it would indicate that this wedge was at least 11,000 years old.
Many people believe that this wedge is evidence that aliens visited earth, since there is no way that humans created such an alloy so many thousands of years ago

Read more at http://www.viralnova.com/unsolved-earth-mysteries/#xfkIthJU58SIhfpW.99

9 comments:

Matthew MacNish said...

An Arcturus probe?

Rena said...

I thought the doctor was much better at cleaning up after the Tardis when it broke...


In truth, this piece was found in sand, not rock, so even though it's next to Mastodon bones, there's no guarantee the sand itself deposited 11,000 years ago (sayeth the geologist).

While it looks like the landing gear of a spacecraft, it also looks like the tooth of an excavator bucket. We usually make those out of iron, but aluminum is used when the digging is happening in a part of the world hard to get to (though, again, not as common). Our tractor loses teeth from time to time, no big deal. So I'm going with an excavation site up river that knocked some mastodon bones lose. A couple big floods (today's swimming holes are tomorrows cryptids hiding places).

*sigh* reality is just not as much fun as an Arcturus probe.

Anne Gallagher said...

Well, whatever it is, probably shouldn't be there in the first place. Who knows, maybe cave men learned to make aluminum by accident, came up with this ax head, and tried to kill the mastadons with it. Who knows.

Maria Zannini said...

Kind of looks like a foot from an Imperial Walker (Star Wars).

Who knew walkers and mastodons hung out together. :)

R. Mac Wheeler said...

There's a foundry a stone's throw away. Not hard to guess the plant's location isn't a coincidence. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Perhaps it was just a technology that was lost?

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

In fiction, time travel is often used as a cop-out for everything. Once Upon A Time is even resorting to Time Travel for their season finale. So I'm going to say, "TIME TRAVELERS!"

Slamdunk said...

Ancient X-Box controller for mastodons? Their teens needed entertainment too right?

Catherine Stine said...

The universe is a strange place!

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