Outer Space Metal Discovered In Ancient Treasure

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Published

Meteoric artifacts have been found in a stash of metalworks from the Iberian Bronze Age. While studying the famed Treasure of Villena, a collection of glittering treasures from the Iberian Bronze Age, researchers have uncovered evidence of meteoritic iron relics within. Not only is it incredible to have found artifacts made of space metal, but this revelation challenges previous assumptions about the technological prowess of ancient civilizations and highlights the sophisticated metalworking techniques of the past.

A Historic Find In Spain

Led by Salvador Rovira-Llorens, the now-retired head of conservation at the National Archaeological Museum Spain, the research team who found the space metal conducted a meticulous examination of the Treasure of Villena, which was unearthed more than six decades ago in what is now Alicante, Spain. 

Artifacts Predate The Iron Age

Among the 66 mostly gold objects in the cache, attention was drawn to a pair of corroded artifacts—a dull bracelet and a rusted hollow hemisphere adorned with gold. These objects, initially thought to be made of terrestrial iron, puzzled archaeologists due to their appearance conflicting with the established timeline of the Iron Age in the Iberian Peninsula. Upon testing the date of the date of the collection, the researchers found that it spanned 1500 to 1200 BCE, predating the onset of the Iron Age by centuries and giving them the first clue that the artifacts were made of space metal.

Iron From Space


To further unravel the mystery, the researchers turned to advanced analytical techniques, including mass spectrometry, to analyze the composition of the corroded artifacts. Despite the challenges posed by corrosion, the results revealed a surprising truth: both the hemisphere and the bracelet were crafted from a type of space metal called meteoritic iron.

Smithing With Meteorites

This finding suggests that ancient metalworkers in Iberia possessed a sophisticated understanding of metallurgy, utilizing materials from beyond Earth‘s surface in their creations. The use of space metal predates the widespread production of terrestrial iron, indicating a level of technological advancement previously unrecognized in Bronze Age societies.

“The available data suggest that the cap and bracelet from the Treasure of Villena would currently be the first two pieces attributable to meteoritic iron in the Iberian Peninsula,” the researchers who found the space metal noted in their publication in Trabajos de Prehistoria.

A New Archaeological Mystery

Despite the significance of the discovery, the corroded state of the artifacts presents challenges for conclusive analysis. However, the research team remains optimistic about the potential for future non-invasive techniques to further elucidate the origins and composition of these ancient space metal treasures. With advancements in archaeological technology, there exists the possibility of employing cutting-edge methods like high-resolution imaging, spectroscopic analysis, and elemental mapping to obtain more detailed data without causing further damage to the already corroded objects, and the researchers are eager to unravel the mysteries concealed within the ancient metalwork.

Amazing Technological Achievements Of Humanity

The revelation of space metal in the form of meteoritic iron artifacts within the Treasure of Villena highlights the importance of ongoing archaeological research in unraveling the mysteries of ancient civilizations. It provides a tantalizing glimpse into the ingenuity and resourcefulness of our ancestors, reshaping our understanding of the technological landscape of the Bronze Age.

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