Out of placed artifacts make up one of the more intriguing subjects in the field of paranormal study. One example of this is a wedge-shaped metallic object that is now frequently referred to as the “Aiud Artifact.”
In 1974 a group of workers discovered three objects in a trench buried in the sand while working on the banks of the Mures River in Aiud, Romania. Two of the objects were later identified as mastodon bones. A mastodon is a large tusked mammal similar to modern-day elephants that went extinct 11,000 years ago. The third object was a metallic wedge shape object.
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The objects were sent to the Institute of Archaeology and Art History, Cluj-Napoca for analysis. The results of the analysis ignited a debate in the scientific community due to the fact that this weird metal object was 89% aluminum and was found with very ancient, bone (mastodon) in a trench 10 meters deep indicating a possible age of at least 11,000 years old for the metallic object.
The debate centers on how to resolve the presence of an aluminum alloy found in the same layer as the mastodon bones indicating an age of at least 11,000 years old. Aluminum was not discovered until 1808 and not produced in quantity until 1885.
Many have claimed that this is proof of alien visitation. Engineers have reported that the wedge resembles the foot of landing gear used on spacecraft. Others point to the complexity of the alloy.
Debunkers dismiss the Aiud Artifact as simply a tooth off a piece of excavating equipment. There are two problems with this explanation.
First, the teeth on various excavating equipment (backhoes, dredgers and augers) are made of steel alloys not aluminum.
Second is the fact that since Aiud Artifact appears to be largely intact it should make finding a match for it an easy task. To date no matches have been found.
The debunkers have also played the hoax trump card by declaring it a hoax. Declaring something a hoax without supporting evidence simply indicates a threaten position. For example, when evidence of Viking settlements in North America started appearing the findings were attacked as misinterpretations or an outright hoax.
It was not until 1960 when undeniable proof at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada that the debunkers backed down.
The Aiud Artifact leaves us more questions than answers. Is it part of an Ancient Alien Spacecraft? Is it an artifact of an ancient human civilization comparable to our present one?
An affirmative answer to either of the preceding would certainly throw a wrench in our understanding of past history just as it did when Vikings in North America was accepted and the idea that Columbus discovered America had to be revised.