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Is This Paleolithic Aluminum?

A strange aluminum object found in Romania in the 1970s is now being hailed by some as evidence of very advanced and very ancient technology. Causing much excitement, not only on the Internet but in the press as well, the apparent machine part with drill holes has been dated to a quarter million years ago. The British Sun newspaper and Fox News in the U.S. were among those reporting in late October on the startling new test results.

The making of aluminum is a modern industrial process, invented just two centuries ago, yet, according to official accounts, the Romanian object was found in a very ancient setting, 35 feet underground, by workers on the shore of the Mures River near the town of Aiud. Buried alongside were two animal bones dating to between 10,000 and 100,000 years ago. The object is almost 8 inches long. Now displayed in the museum at Cluj-Napoca, where the recent tests were conducted, it is marked with a card reading, “origin still unknown.”

While some have seized on the find as evidence of ancient UFO intervention in the affairs of Earth, others see it as more likely pointing to some, now lost, technology possessed by civilizations native to Earth. Long believed by some researchers to have once been home to now lost, advanced societies, Romania has many mysterious sites. The so-called Carpathian Sphinx, which some researchers say is an immense, unspeakably old, sculpture, is found in Transylvania near where the anomalous aluminum object was unearthed.


Can We Read the Unreadable?

A typical problem with unlocking the secrets of the past seems literally ‘bound up’ in an almost completely burned scroll from the third-to-fourth century, unearthed in 1970 from an ancient Israeli synagogue. A cylindrical lump of charcoal was all that remained of what has come to be called the Ein Gedi Scroll. Prospects for ever unraveling and reading the original writing on goat skin seemed remote indeed, especially given that the slightest touch could knock off fragile flakes of charcoal. Nevertheless, the scroll has now been successfully unrolled and read.

According to a paper published in September in the journal Science Advances, it was all done virtually—without touching the actual scroll. Using a technique called ‘microcomputed tomography,’ specialized X-ray imaging by scientists at the University of Kentucky produced a computer image that, with special software, could be ‘unrolled,’ printed out and read by scholars. The text, it turns out, is from the Old Testament book of Leviticus. Scientists hope to use the trick with many unread documents sitting in museum storerooms around the world.