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Mystery surrounds object found in Romania

Posted on Friday, 21 October, 2016 | Comment icon 135 comments

The object resides in the National Museum of Transylvanian History. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 CristianChirita
A strange aluminium object unearthed in Romania in 1973 is thought to date back up to 250,000 years.
The unusual artifact was originally discovered alongside two other objects by builders who were working on the shores of the Mures River near to the central Romanian town of Aiud.

All three of the finds were sent to Cluj, the main city in Transylvania, for further analysis.

Two of the objects were quickly determined to be fossils belonging to an extinct mammal species which lived up to 80,000 years ago. The third however was far more difficult to identify.

Resembling the head of an axe, the metal object appeared to be made of aluminium - a metal that has only been produced by mankind for the last 200 years or so.

An analysis by two separate laboratories however indicated that the artifact was 250,000 years old.

These days the peculiar object can be found on display at the National Museum of Transylvanian History in Cluj-Napoc alongside the full story of its discovery and analysis.

Accompanying the exhibit is a note which states quite plainly - "origin still unknown."

Source: Daily Record | Comments (135)

Tags: Aluminium, Romania

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #126 Posted by toast on 27 October, 2016, 15:54
Its even not an image of a ME262 landing gear, its an image of a RC A/C landing gear. @ qx: nice try, but sorry, no banana.
Comment icon #127 Posted by Flog on 27 October, 2016, 18:15
I've been looking at available ME262 drawings and pictures online and can't find that part either. I should point out that i don't have a background in engineering so i could be worng. Just to clear something up (i haven't bothered to read all posts in this thread, but this is worth repeating): It's not possible to directly date an element, such as iron (Fe) or aluminium/aluminum (Al). What we can date is a ratio of an element to a radio-active isotope of that element, e.g. C12("regular" carbon) to C14 (radio-isotope) but only if we know a few things - What was the original ratio of the elemen... [More]
Comment icon #128 Posted by stereologist on 27 October, 2016, 18:23
My understanding is that the dating was based on the proximity of the piece of metal to fossils that were dated based on species information. This was along the banks of a river and the bones, mastodon bones IIRC, appeared to be an alluvial deposit, most likely a flood deposit. I do not believe that a reliable source dated the deposit. Rather, the dating was based on asking how old the bones were and then assigning the same age to everything in the vicinity.
Comment icon #129 Posted by Aftermath on 27 October, 2016, 20:02
Finally, evidence that mastodons drove excavators!
Comment icon #130 Posted by DieChecker on 28 October, 2016, 4:05
The funny part is that not only does no one know who found the object, or when. But no one has seen these bones, or identified where exactly anything was found. Its all just a story. The object could have come right out of a coal mine and been sold to some idiot as an alien artifact for all we know.
Comment icon #131 Posted by Harte on 28 October, 2016, 7:28
Finally figured this one out. It's not an aircraft part. It's not an excavator tooth. It's not part of an alien craft's landing gear. It's a ... cheese straightener! Harte
Comment icon #132 Posted by ShadowSot on 28 October, 2016, 8:34
Which frankly, as mentioned earlier, the location will screw up trying to establish a date through relative dating.   I used to snorkel a rover, and found a bend where, as it happened, floating debris would sink down and accumulate. There was a large collection of bottles there, and pulling them out to look they covered a range of at least forty years. Some had been there awhile, others were fresh and still had their paper labels on them.   In some rivers here you can find megalodon teeth, and they'll be sitting loose, eroded from the sediment. Friend of mine used to collect them, and often fi... [More]
Comment icon #133 Posted by Flog on 28 October, 2016, 15:20
Sure....or it could have been aliens playing golf and using megalodons as caddies.
Comment icon #134 Posted by ShadowSot on 28 October, 2016, 20:39
That is a version of golf I could actually see myself playing.
Comment icon #135 Posted by aquatus1 on 29 October, 2016, 16:29
"Sir, your caddy ate my ball." "Mulligan!"

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