The Aluminum Wedge of Aiud (Object of Aiud)

In 1974, in 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.

The wedge, sent to the Archaeological Institute of Cluj-Napoca [1] 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.

An alleged analysis by a Dr. Niederkorn of the Institute for the Study of Metals and Non-Metallic Minerals in Magurele, Romania, [2] 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.

The 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.

If 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.

Information 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 intentional.

[1] 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.

[2] 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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