Aluminium wedge of Aiud
The aluminium wedge of Aiud was found with Mastodon bones at a depth of about 15m during 1973 or 1974 in Romania. It was initially thought to be dated at 9 000 BC, due to the presence of the bones.
Aluminium mass production began in 1885, so an initial date of 9 000 BC caused a debate. The wedge is covered with a thick oxide layer that is at least 300 or 400 years old. Once found, the object was transferred to the Archaeological Institute of Cluj-Napoca, where it was examined and the ages were confirmed. There is no information about the dating techniques that were used.
Nigel Watson, author of the UFO Investigations Manual, said the object could be wreckage from a spy satellite, which may explain why it was kept secret back in 1973.
The alien connection
Gheorghe Cohal, the Deputy Director of the Romanian Ufologists Association, told local media: ‘Lab tests concluded it is an old UFO fragment given that the substances it comprises cannot be combined with technology available on Earth.’
WWII Aircraft explanation
Historian Mihai Wittenberger said that the object is actually a metal piece from a World War II German aircraft. He believes the aluminium wedge of Aiud is a piece of the landing gear from a Messerschnmitt ME 262 fighter jet.
Excavator bucket tooth
Others identified the aluminium wedge of Aiud as a tooth from a modern day excavator bucket that was dislodged and left behind during a prior dig in the area.
The pitted and worn appearance is based on the compounds of the aluminium that oxidizes faster, so when examined will give a date of 300 – 400 years old.
The aluminium wedge of Aiud is still considered an OOPArt by many believers who want to know how the object became so deeply buried, next to Mastodon bones, plus the weathered look adds to the mystery. It seemed a bit odd I have to agree, but having done a bit of reading into the matter I am quite happy that the wedge is in fact a tooth from a modern day excavator bucket.