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Wolfsegg Iron: A Man-Made Artifact 60 Million Years Old?

Wolfsegg IronIn the year 1885, a workman named Reidl, who worked at a foundry in Schöndorf / Vöcklabruck (Austria), founded by Isidor Braun (1801-1866), broke open a block of brown coal that had been mined at Wolfsegg. He found an unusual metal cube/cuboid like object embedded in the block.

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Why is it interesting? There are numerous things around this object that have given it a mysterious “aura”. First of all the origin of this strange artifact is a mystery.

It is a small cuboid of iron that was allegedly found inside a block of lignite, a type of coal that formed during the Tertiary period. The iron cube measures about 67 mm by 67 mm by 47 mm, and weighs about 785 grams.

It has four flat sides and two convex sides, and a deep groove around its middle. The iron cube has been analyzed by various methods, and the results have been contradictory and inconclusive.

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According to many who have seen and analyzed it, it is an artifact that unarguably proves the existence of ancient civilizations in prehistoric times whose technological developments exceeded the modern human race.

The Tertiary coal deposit in which it had been embedded is generally dated to about 60 million years ago.

The workman Reidl and his workmates must have found the metal object unusual and significant because they took it to their boss. The son of Isidor Braun, the founder of the mine, took the artifact to the Heimathaus (Museum) in Vöcklabruck.

In 1886, the mining engineer Adolf Gurlt (Professor of Geology at the University of Bonn) suggested that it was meteoritic in origin.

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A cast is kept in the Oberosterreichisches Landesmuseum in Linz, where the original object was exhibited from 1950 to 1958.

In 1966-67, the object was analyzed by at the Vienna Naturhistorisches Museum, using electron-beam microanalysis, which found no traces of nickel, chromium or cobalt in the iron, suggesting that it is not of meteoric origin, while the lack of sulfur shows that it is not pyrite.

Because of its low magnesium content, Dr. Gero Kurat (born 1938) of the Museum and Dr. Rudolf Grill (1910-1987) of the Geologische Bundesanstalt of Vienna thought it might be cast iron. A further investigation by Hubert Mattlianer, in 1973, concluded that it had been cast using the cire perdue (lost wax) technique.

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Some say that the edges were sharp and straight, and there was little doubt that this was a machine made instrument that seemed part of a much larger instrument. It was made of iron, carbon, and a trace of nickel. The cube measured 2 1/2″ by 1 4/5″, weighed 28 oz., and had an incision that ran around it horizontally.

Here is another description:

“The object was almost a cube, with two of its opposing faces slightly rounded. It measured 67 mm by 47 mm, being this last measure taken between the two rounded off faces. It weighed 785 grams. A very deep incision surrounded it. Its composition age of hard steel with nickel and carbon. It did not contain sulphur, and thus he was not pyrite.”

The cube was said to have a specific gravity of 7.75.

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Ufologists claim that this object did not emerge in space, as was commonly thought, they propose that this artifact is evidence that millions of years ago, civilizations existed on earth that had sophisticated technologies, and they point to many other objects discovered all over the world, suggesting that a pattern exists among all of them.

It is often stated as a fact in paranormal literature that The Wolfsegg Iron disappeared without a trace in 1910 from the Salzburg Museum. In fact, as mentioned above, it is at the Heimathaus Museum in Vöcklabruck, Austria, which is where the above photo was taken.

Other researchers have claimed that the Wolfsegg Iron is an out-of-place artifact (OOPArt), a term used to describe objects that seem to be anachronistic or out of context with their surroundings.

They argue that the iron cube is a man-made artifact that was somehow embedded in the lignite millions of years ago, before humans existed. They speculate that the iron cube could be a part of a larger machine or device, possibly from an ancient civilization or an extraterrestrial origin.

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The Wolfsegg Iron remains a mystery that challenges conventional views of history and technology. It raises questions about the origin and age of the object, as well as its purpose and function.

It also invites further investigation and analysis, using more advanced and reliable methods.

The true origin and meaning of wolfsegg Iron will serve as a subject of debate between researchers and ufologists. The Wolfsegg Iron is a fascinating enigma that could potentially reveal new insights into the past and the future.

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, a website he created in 2013.