Discovered in the summer of 1973, this thing has baffled both believers and skeptics for over 40 years. It’s called the Aiud Artifact, a metal object whose existence is a contradiction to traditional knowledge and beliefs.
Workers at a sand quarry on the banks of the River Mures, near the Romanian city of Aiud were the first to recognize the strange wedge-shaped object. Digging at a depth of 33 feet (10 meters), the workers accidentally uncovered a deposit of fossilized bones and a specialist was called on site.
Having determined that two of the items were fossilized mastodon bones, the consultant catalogued the enigmatic object as a stone axe head that was probably used by ancient men to hunt the mastodons. The findings were sent to the Museum of Transylvanian History in Cluj, where the unique item caught archaeologists’ eyes.
After carefully scraping off the layer of hardened sand which encapsulated the artifact, they were amazed to find an evidently artificial object cast out of a light metal. It quickly became obvious that the artifact was an anomaly.
The mastodon fossils were at least 10,000 years old but the metallic wedge showed signs that it was produced with modern equipment. It measured 8 x 5 x 3 inches and weighed approximately 5 pounds. Its shape was a clear indicator that it was once part of a larger assembly and many investigators have pointed out that it resembles the foot of an aircraft’s landing gear.
Mastodons walked the earth for over 34 million years until disappearing some 11,000 years ago. How can a flying craft be present on our planet such a long time ago and even end up losing one of its parts?
Hoping to solve this mystery, Romanian researchers sent samples from the object to the Radioactive Metal Research and Development Center in Baia Mare. Analysis showed the wedge was made from an alloy consisting of 80% aluminium and 11 other elements. Another sample was sent to a research institute in Lausanne, Switzerland, but the results came back the same.