This Fox News article says an aluminum metal part discovered in 1970 is 250,000 years old (and then conclude it must be from an alien craft.)

Now tests at a lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, have revealed that the strange fragment of metal is made up of 90 percent aluminium and is 250,000 years old.

Aluminium was not produced by mankind until about 200 years ago

Is it really 250,000 years old?

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    There is a huge difference between "is this thing really this old and made of aluminum?" and "was this a part of an alien craft?". Perhaps you could limit the question to validating the authenticity of the find, and avoid the speculative part about aliens?
    – Batman
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 18:16
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    That thing is also referred to as "Aluminium Wedge of Aiud" and is mentioned a lot in the ancient alien believers community. Google it and you will find tons of other claims.
    – Philipp
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 21:48
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    We need to find the "lab in Lausanne, Switzerland" to see what tests were (allegedly?) done.
    – GEdgar
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 21:52
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    Does anyone know what particular measurements can tell us the age of a piece of aluminium? I don't know of any.
    – hdhondt
    Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 2:45
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    Fox can claim that the aluminum in the object is over 6 billion years old, and they would not be wrong. weather or not the structure is 250,000 years old is another story.
    – tuskiomi
    Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 17:29


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