For most of us, aluminum is not something particularly high tech or new, but in the coarse of civilization it is. Aluminum does not occur in naturally, and instead has to be separated from other materials in a complex way. According to mainstream historians, it was first discovered in the mid 1700’s. It was discovered by a German chemist named Andreas Margget. However, Andreas never saw actual aluminum. Instead, he found soil rich in aluminum oxide. He called the aluminum oxide alumina. Since Andreas didn’t find aluminum in it’s pure form, most of mainstream science dismissed his discovery.
In 1825, Hans-Christian Oersted passed chlorine through a hot mixture of alumina and coal. this produced aluminum chloride. By heating the aluminum chloride with potassium amalgam, he was able to extract a metal he said was similar to tin in its properties. Another German scientist, Friedrich Wohler, expanded on Oersted’s experiments, and after 18 years of work, was able to produce the first aluminum ingot. Or was it?
In 1974, workers in Romania, near the town of Aiud, uncovered a strange artifact. The artifact was made from machined Aluminum. It was covered in a thick layer of aluminum oxide, showing that it has been in the ground for a very long time. The object was found buried 35 ft deep in the earth next to mastodon bones. Mastodons became extinct about 10,000 years ago, placing the age of this object to at least that old. (Although some studies say that the oxidation of the object could have occurred naturally in about 400 years, and therefore the object must only be 400 years old… that is still 300 years before we were making aluminum)
The Romanian artifact weighs a little over 5 pounds, and is about 8 inches long by 5 inches wide and 2.75 inches thick. There appears to be tooling marks on the object. The exact composition of the artifact is as follows: aluminum (89%) Copper (6,2%), silicon (2,84%), zinc (1,81%), lead (0,41%), tin (0,33%), zirconium(0,2%), cadmium (0,11%), nickel (0,0024%), cobalt (0,0023%), bismuth (0,0003%), silver (0,0002%), and gallium (in trace amounts).
The object has been theorized to be everything from a part of a tool, to the foot for some kind of aluminum landing strut off of an extraterrestrial craft. If the pre 10,000 BCE dates are correct, that would place this objects creation to before the end of the last ice age. Some researchers (myself included) believe that mankind had developed a somewhat advanced civilization that was wiped out by the drastic climate change caused by the end of the ice age. Could the Aluminum wedge of Aiud be proof of that civilization?
Whatever the object was originally used for, it is severely out of place in our currently accepted timeline. As I mentioned earlier, it wasn’t until the mid 1800’s that the first aluminum ingot was produced in our modern historical record. However, it wasn’t until 1899 that a method to produce aluminum was created that was modestly cost effective, and it wasn’t until 1933 that a “cheap” production method was developed. As an example of the early costs of aluminum production, the cost of the aluminum pyramid that sits atop the Washington monument was $75 in 1884 for reference, the average worker working on the monument made $1 per day.
In our timeline, metallurgy is a relatively recent invention. The Bronze Age is thought to have began around 2,400 BCE. This is when metal tools began to replace stone tools. This is also 7,600 years after the Romanian Aluminum relic was made. We didn’t start making aluminum until the mid 1800’s and we didn’t figure out how to make it effectively enough to use it in industry until the early 1900’s. That is almost 12,000 years after the Romanian aluminum relic was made.