Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Mystery For A Wednesday...!

Sorry about missing yesterday, but sometimes life gets in the way, ya know?

I thought that we could go over something today that I found very interesting! I really like these strange stories, especially when there are pictures to go with them!

History is so full of many mysteries that as yet to be solved! I guess we could spend the rest of our lives checking them out and maybe never find an answer...but just think of how interesting it would be to try!

Check this out...!

The Aluminum Wedge of Aiud
Posted on February 14, 2011

In 1974, in Romania, East of Aiud, a group of workers, on the banks of the river Mures, discovered three buried objects in a sand trench 10 meters deep. Two of the objects proved to be Mastodon bones. These dating from between the Miocene and the Pleistocene periods.

The third object — the Aluminum Wedge of Aiud, also known as the Object of Aiud, is a mysterious wedge-shaped block of metal similar in some respects to the head of a hammer. The object was sent to the archeological institute of Cluj-Napoca. The examination of this object showed it to weigh about 5lbs. There are two holes of different sizes. The object has two arms. Traces of tool marks can be seen on the sides of the object and at its lowest part. It measures approximately 8″ x 5″ x 3″.

Dr. Niederkorn of the institute for the study of metals and non-metallic minerals located in Magurele, Romania, concluded that the object is comprised of a alloy of an extremely complex metal. Twelve different elements combine to form the Aiud Object. It consists of: 89% aluminum, 6.2% copper, 2.84% silicon, 1.81% zinc, 0.41% lead, 0.33% tin, 0.2% zirconium, 0.11% cadmium, 0.0024% nickel, 0.0023% cobalt, 0.0003% bismuth, and trace of galium.

Furthermore, this strange object is covered with a thick layer of aluminum oxide, which lends credence to its antiquity. After the analysis of this aluminum oxide layer, specialists have confirmed that the object is a minimum of 300 to 400 years old.

The fact that this strange metal object was found alongside Mastadon bones does cause one to wonder and raises many issues. These findings helped to ignite a heated debate within the scientific community.

The results puzzled the researchers because pure aluminum was not readily obtainable until the middle of the 19th century. Aluminum is not found freely in nature, but is combined with other minerals. The manufacturing process requires 1,000 degrees of heat. It has been thought that only in the last 100 years or so has the technology existed to successfully separate the materials from the mineral bearing ore.

Other specialists claim that the object could be 20,000 years old because it was found in a layer with mastodon bone. Perhaps this particular specimen lived in the latter part of the Pleistocene.

Some researchers suppose that this piece of metal was part of a flying object that had fallen into the river. They presume that it had an extraterrestrial origin. Other researchers believe the wedge was made here on Earth and its purpose has not yet been identified.

Not much information can be found on this subject. The lack of data can possibly be explained by the imposed restrictions on archaeology and history by the communist rule of the time.

The aluminum wedge of Aiud remains a mystery.

Ya know, we could sit and speculate for a long time as to what this thing actually is...and where it came from! But then, that's what makes it a mystery, right?

You just have to love stories like this! At least, I do!

Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit on the patio! You can help me decide what I'm gonna put in the garden!


Catman said...


That is one object that I was unaware of. Thanks for sharing, on the above link, you can see some amazing artifacts that have been found in coal beds that are hundreds of millions of years old!

There are many more, such as the spheres that come from mines in South Africa that slowly spin under their own power.

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

HermitJim said...

Hey Catman...
So many things to be learned from the past, distant and not so distant!

Keeping the mind open is all important when studying these things!

Thanks for the links, buddy!

Ben in Texas said...

"insert spooky Twilight music Theme here!!! "

Odd, Not sure I have ever heard of this

Sissy said...

Life is mysterious. The object is certainly 'manmade'. Wouldn't it be wonderful to know our full history - the reality, not some expert opinion built upon more human 'expertness'. Ha, I momentarily forgot. This describes government to a T.

Catman's remarks remind me of the "mystery" object I have; found in my coal stove grate, covered with indentations on both sides, resembling pores.

A coin or medallion found in grandmother's garden 50 years ago; looks Mayan. I don't know where it is but suspect theft. :(

I'll accept a big mugful of your coffee as MY coffeemaker crashed after a month. Bah, vollyvurld and foreign made stuff.

I'm hungry, Hermit, got anything to snack on? My my, I can smell that beautiful aroma; what brand do you use?

Sissy said...

Just finished the article. Loved it, urging me to get my tools together and ready. Give my thanks to Catman and hope everyone reads about these amazing finds.

chinasyndrome said...

Jim,the item you describe is a Mastadon skull splitting maul.Previously owned by Aunk the Mastadon hunter. The rest of his family used bronze mauls,none of that for Aunk he used the latest Aluminum alloy,lightweight,high speed maul.I believe that was AR-15 model. Just FYI.


Bob from Athens said...

I was wondoering what happened to my wedge. I had to throw it out just before I crashed. Now all I have to do is call the home world and they can come and get me.

Silent Warrior said...

Paper weight for alien high school kids?

Anonymous said...

Tooth off of trackhoe.....

tffnguy said...

Time traveling Mastodon slayer?

HermitJim said...

Hey Ben...
I hadn't heard of it either, until I ran across it purely by accident!

Just never know what you may turn up on these 'Net surfing days!

Thanks for coming by today, buddy!

Hey Sissy...
Nothing like finding something you know is old...and trying to piece together exactly where it came from!

Sorry to hear about your coffee maker! That's why I have two spares! Just in case!

You have a great day, my friend!

Hey China...
Being as how it was found along side some bones, I guess we can take it that it worked pretty well!

Nothing like a dead trophy to prove the worth of a new type weapon, I think!

Bet he was upset when he lost it!

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Hey Bob...
I only hope they don't make you pay for a replacement! Those wedges are fairly expensive, I hear!

I appreciate you coming by today!

Hey Warrior...
More like some alien "gang-banger" type weapon! Guess they exist all over!

Your visit is appreciated this morning!

Hey Anon 8:15...
That's certainly something I hadn't thought of!

Guess nothing is impossible!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Hey Tffnguy...
You know, that had to be an expensive hunt! I mean, the fuel bill alone would be way out of reach for me!

Wonder what mastodon tasted like?

I enjoyed your visit today, my friend!

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's just the yellow color talking, but in the second image that thing looks a whole lot like a foot used to steady a backhoe while it's digging. It even has holes in place where it would be hinged to swing out.

HermitJim said...

Hey Jimmycrackedcorn...
My only question about that is...what is it doing along side mastodon bones ? Seems a bit strange to me!

This is why I love this sort of thing! Gets everyone thinking about it and talking about all the possibilities!

Nice to keep the old gray matter working, don't you think?

Thanks for coming by today!

Bustednuckles said...

I was wondering where I had seen something similar, ever looked closely at a CAT blade?

HermitJim said...

Hey Busted...
I have to admit, the pictures certainly do look alike!

Wonder what the hell it's doing out there?

Thanks, man, for coming by today!

Selous Scout said...

Just another OOPArt, out-of-place artifact.

Do a web search for other sites.
Very interesting stuff!