(ORDO NEWS) — 48 years ago, on the banks of the Mures River in Aiud, Romania, a team of workers stumbled upon an object so strange that some claim it is literally out of this world.
It is not known exactly what these workers were looking for when they accidentally discovered two mastodon bones deep in the sandy shoreline.
What is known is that, more than 35 feet below the site, there was something even more unusual. The item, with no date, no purpose, no explanation, became known as the “Ayudah Aluminum Wedge” or simply the “item” if you will.
In an interview with History, which was later published on YouTube, museum curator Anna Gruia admitted that even by museum standards, this item is strange.
“As historians, we do not consider it a historical object that we are used to. We do not know what it was used for, and we recognize these uncertainties regarding its dating as well as its composition,” she explained.
The Ayuda wedge is puzzling in that it has neither age nor function. The likelihood that a modern object will be found next to the bones of an animal that became extinct more than 11,700 years ago is small. Added to this is the fact that the object is covered with a patina – a coating that takes hundreds and even thousands of years to form. However, it looks like modern aluminum, which is believed not to have existed at the time.
Museum curator Anna Gruya says part of the reason the object is not on public display is that historians don’t know how to explain it to the public.
If you’re hoping to see an Aiuda aluminum wedge, you can cross that desire off your wish list. For some reason, this item is so valuable to historians that it lay locked in a safe for almost half a century, never seeing the light of day.
Interesting facts about the aluminum wedge
1. An aluminum wedge from Ayud, sometimes called the “Ayud object”, was found in 1974 in a place 2 kilometers east of Ayud in Romania.
2. The exact place where it was found is the bank of the Mures River. It was discovered by a group of Romanian workers.
3. This Ayuda object was not the only object found. There were two other objects with the wedge, but the other two were mastodon bones dating back to between the Miocene and Pleistocene periods. All three objects were buried in sand at a depth of 32 feet.
4. Unable to determine what it was, the workers sent the object to the archaeological institute of Cluj-Napoca for inspection, and it was there that the dimensions of the object were measured: 20.2 cm long, 12.5 cm wide and 7 cm high.
5. A study led by Dr. Niederkorn of the Institute for the Study of Metals and Non-Metal Minerals in Magurele, Romania, confirmed that the aluminum wedge from Ayud was made from an extremely complex metal alloy.
6. Florin Georgita (a well-known ufologist in Romania) studied the reports and came to the conclusion that the alloy consisted of 12 different elements, of which 89% was aluminum.
7. The remaining elements present in the object were trace amounts of gallium, 0.0002% silver, 0.0003% bismuth, 0.0023% cobalt, 0.0024% nickel, 0.11% cadmium, 0.2% zirconium , 0.33% pond, 0.41% lead, 1.81% zinc, 2.84% silicon, and 6.2% copper.
8. Although modern science is quite capable of creating a complex alloy like that from which this object is made, the only obstacle to a correct explanation of the origin of this object was that it was found together with ancient bones.
9. Further examination of the subject revealed alumina that was at least 300 years old. This created even more problems because aluminum, which is the main component of the Aiuda facility, was only discovered in 1808 and its mass production only began in 1885.
10. If mastodon bones are to be attached to an object, then the situation becomes even more critical, since they existed about 11,000 years ago, and therefore the object could be 11,000 years old!
11. Do you have any idea? You guessed! During the heated debate surrounding the object, some people have suggested that the object is related to aliens.
12. A well-known aircraft engineer unexpectedly complicated the situation a little and spoke in favor of the alien theory, stating that the object really looks like a spacecraft landing gear leg.
13. The engineer went on to say that the object looked like the footboard of small modern spacecraft such as the Viking probe or the lunar module.
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