Scientists discover two ancient artifacts are actually made of extraterrestrial material

Both date before the humanity started production of terrestrial iron.

A recent revelation has stunned the archaeological world with its cosmic implications. Spanish researchers examining Late Bronze Age artifacts have discovered that two iron items are composed of iron sourced from meteorites believed to be approximately 1 million years old.

Detailed in a paper published in the journal Trabajos de Prehistoria at the end of last year, the discovery sheds light on the chemical composition of these artifacts. One appears to be a fragment of an iron bracelet or ring, while the other is half of a hollow iron sphere adorned with delicate gold filigree.

These items were retrieved from the Villena Treasure, a cache dating back around 3,000 years, unearthed by Spanish historian and archaeologist José María Soler García in 1963.

The enigmatic nature of these iron pieces has long intrigued researchers, particularly due to their origin predating widespread terrestrial iron production. To resolve this mystery, the artifacts underwent rigorous analysis using a spectrometer, both in Spain and Germany. The results conclusively indicate their extraterrestrial origin.

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Remarkably, the composition of the artifacts suggests they may have originated from the same meteorite, according to the study.

This isn't the first instance of ancient peoples utilizing iron from meteorites. An iron arrowhead discovered in Switzerland, estimated to be 3,000 years old, and King Tutankhamen's 3,300-year-old dagger are among the most known artifacts made of extraterrestrial materials.


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