Aluminum Wedge of Aiud (Object of Aiud)
Romania, east of Aiud, an aluminum wedge-shaped object was found buried
10 meters (33 feet) deep by workmen digging on the banks of the Mures
River. Two other items, identified as mastodon bones dating from
between the Miocene and Pleistocene periods, were supposedly unearthed
at the same depth.
wedge, sent to the Archaeological Institute of Cluj-Napoca  for
examination, was found to be 20.2 cm long, 12,5 cm wide and 7 cm high
(approximately 8x5x3 inches). It weighed in at approximately 2.3 kg (5
lbs) had two arms and two cylindrical holes.
alleged analysis by a Dr. Niederkorn of the Institute for the Study of
Metals and Non-Metallic Minerals in Magurele, Romania,  supposedly
revealed the wedge to be composed of aluminum, 89 percent, along with
copper, silicon, zinc, lead, tin, zirconium, cadmium, nickel, cobalt,
bismuth, silver and traces of gallium.
fact that the object is covered with a thick layer of aluminum oxide
and that it was apparently found alongside two mastodon bones, is taken
as proof of antiquity by some while naysaid by others.
true, that the object is thousands of years old, it presents a mystery
in that aluminum is not found free in nature, only becoming readily
available following advances in the technology of smelting in the
middle of the 19th century. According to some it’s still under
investigation in an undisclosed location, while others place it in
storage at the National History Museum of Transylvania (National Museum
of History of Transylvania) in Cluj-Napoca.
on the object is fragmentary, difficult to find and difficult to assess
perhaps because of restrictions imposed by the communist government of
the time or perhaps because it’s a deliberate hoax and the difficulties
Unable to verify the existence of the Archaeological Institute of
Cluj-Napoca: the closest reference is the Institute of Archaeology and
Art History in Cluj-Napoca.
Unable to verify the existence of a Dr. Niederkorn of the
Institute for the Study of Metals and Non-Metallic Minerals except in
the context of the "Aluminum
Wedge of Aiud. "
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