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Monroe

Mystery Piece of Aluminium May Be 250,000 Years Old

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... or somewhere in between 400 to 250,000 years old. The article mentions that ... "Metallic aluminium was not really produced by mankind until around 200 years ago". It does look like an axe but it's probably too soft to be of much use unless it is hardened from the other metals ... from the article:

"According to tests, the object is made of 12 metals, 90% aluminium, and it was dated by Romanian officials as being 250,000 years old. The initial results were later confirmed by a lab in Lausanne, Switzerland."

Experts believe mysterious aluminium object dating back 250,000 years 'could be part of ancient UFO'

20 Oct 2016 ... By Kara O'Neill

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/experts-believe-mysterious-aluminium-object-9086060

Metallic aluminium was not produced by mankind until around 200 years ago - but this appears manufactured making the object a baffling find.

A piece of aluminium that looks as if it was handmade is being hailed as 250,000-year-old proof that aliens once visited Earth.

Metallic aluminium was not really produced by mankind until around 200 years ago, so the discovery of the large chunk that could be up to 250,000 years old is being held as a sensational find.

The details of the discovery were never made public at the time because it was pulled out of the earth in communist Romania in 1973.

Builders working on the shores of the Mures River not far from the central Romanian town of Aiud found three objects 10 metres (33 feet) under the ground.

They appeared to be unusual and very old, and archaeologists were bought in who immediately identified two of them as being fossils.

The third looked to be a piece of man-made metal, although very light, and it was suspected that it might be the end of an axe.

All three were sent together with the others for further analysis to Cluj, the main city of the Romanian region of Transylvania.

It was quickly determined that the two large bones belonged to a large extinct mammal that died 10,000-80,000 years ago, but experts were stunned to find out that the third object was a piece of very lightweight metal, and appeared to have been manufactured.

According to tests, the object is made of 12 metals, 90% aluminium, and it was dated by Romanian officials as being 250,000 years old. The initial results were later confirmed by a lab in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Other experts who conducted later tests said the dates were far alter, ranging between 400 and 80,000 years old, but even at 400 years old it would still be 200 years earlier than when aluminium was first produced.

The object is 20 centimetres (7.8 inches) long, 12.5 centimetres (4.9 inches) wide and 7 centimetres (2.8 inches) thick.

What puzzled experts is that the piece of metal has concavities that make it look as if it was manufactured as part of a more complex mechanical system.

Now a heated debate is going on that the object is actually part of a UFO and proof of visitation by an alien civilisation in the past.

Gheorghe Cohal, the Deputy Director of the Romanian Ufologists Association, told local media: "Lab tests concluded it is an old UFO fragment given that the substances it comprises cannot be combined with technology available on Earth."

Local historian Mihai Wittenberger has tried to claim that the object is actually a metal piece from a World War II German aircraft. However, this does not explain the age of the artefact.

The metal object has now gone on display in the History Museum of Cluj-Napoca with its full history causing heated speculation after it was noted that museum officials had added a sign saying: "origin still unknown".

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Well, I don't really have a theory ... I just posted the story in case some people missed it from other sites. The sad thing is that most of us who might find this news very interesting are just hearing or reading about it now ... 43 years have passed and so also have many people who might have had some decent ideas or theories about all of this. I wonder how many scientists and others from around the world really knew about this ... and the story just comes out in 2016. Even reading about this in the 1990's would have been great news ... I'm usually into all this odd type news and I don't recall ever any mention of this metal object. There is one more interesting sentence from the article: "Lab tests concluded it is an old UFO fragment given that the substances it comprises cannot be combined with technology available on Earth." ... forget the UFO part, they are saying that those other metals ... "the object is made of 12 metals, 90% aluminium" cannot be done by humans on Earth.

So the object may not be 250,000 years old ... a lab in Lausanne, Switzerland says it is or could be that old. However, since humans on the earth knew nothing about the metal until after 1800 ... it was suspected to exist in 1787 but I guess no one actually saw aluminum until 1825.

From this article: The Element Aluminum

http://education.jlab.org/itselemental/ele013.html

"Although aluminum is the most abundant metal in the earth's crust, it is never found free in nature. All of the earth's aluminum has combined with other elements to form compounds. Two of the most common compounds are alum, such as potassium aluminum sulfate (KAl(SO4)2·12H2O), and aluminum oxide (Al2O3). About 8.2% of the earth's crust is composed of aluminum.

Scientists suspected than an unknown metal existed in alum as early as 1787, but they did not have a way to extract it until 1825. Hans Christian Oersted, a Danish chemist, was the first to produce tiny amounts of aluminum. Two years later, Friedrich Wöhler, a German chemist, developed a different way to obtain aluminum. By 1845, he was able to produce samples large enough to determine some of aluminum's basic properties. Wöhler's method was improved in 1854 by Henri Étienne Sainte-Claire Deville, a French chemist. Deville's process allowed for the commercial production of aluminum. As a result, the price of aluminum dropped from around $1200 per kilogram in 1852 to around $40 per kilogram in 1859. Unfortunately, aluminum remained too expensive to be widely used."

... although I like science fiction films from the 1950's and when I was younger ... I was all into the UFO craze, along with Bigfoot, the Bermuda Triangle, the Loch Ness monster, any and everything ... but here it is 40 or 50 years later and none of these mysteries have really been solved or 'put to rest'. We have better cameras and scientific equipment today but these mysteries (and others) still exist.

So if the aluminum metal object is even only 50,000 to 100,000 years old ... who really did make it, where did it come from ... could some really smart early cave inhabitants been making and working with this metal and then the whole process was forgotten until the 1800's?

Open for discussion ... if that metal object was there with those bone fossils all that time ... that's a mystery, it really does look like it was made by somebody.

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