Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Ancient statue discovered by Nazis is made from meteorite

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Ancient statue discovered by Nazis is made from meteorite

    From: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19735959

    27 September 2012

    An ancient Buddhist statue that was recovered by a Nazi expedition in the 1930s was originally carved from a highly valuable meteorite. Researchers say the 1,000-year-old object with a swastika on its stomach is made from a rare form of iron with a high content of nickel. They believe it is part of the Chinga meteorite, which crashed about 15,000 years ago.




    The findings appear in the Journal, Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

    The 24cm (9-inch) tall statue is 10kg (22lb) and is called the Iron Man.
    Origins unknown. The story of this priceless object owes more perhaps to an Indiana Jones film script than sober scientific research. It was discovered in Tibet in 1938 by German scientist Ernst Schafer. His expedition was supported by the Nazis, in particular by Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS. Himmler was said to believe the Aryan race originated in Tibet and was keen to recover objects from the area.

    Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19735959
    "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell

  • #2
    First of all, the "swastika" is backwards. Himmler should have known that, even if he was only a chicken farmer.

    Secondly, nickle-iron is the most common composition of meteorites found on Earth.


    Godwin's Law strikes again.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

    Comment


    • #3
      Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
      First of all, the "swastika" is backwards. Himmler should have known that, even if he was only a chicken farmer.

      Secondly, nickle-iron is the most common composition of meteorites found on Earth.


      Godwin's Law strikes again.
      From the article:

      Brought back to Germany, the statue became part of a private collection and disappeared from view until 2007. A new owner then sought scientific advice on the origins. He turned to Dr Elmar Buchner from the University of Stuttgart. "I was absolutely sure it was a meteorite when I saw it first, even at 10 metres" said Dr Buchner.

      He said that the clue was in small, thumb like impressions caused by the melting of the surface. Further analysis showed that it was a rare ataxite class, a type of meteorite not often found on Earth.

      "It is rich in nickel, it is rich in cobalt. Less than 0.1% of all meteorites and less than 1% of iron meteorites are ataxites, so it is the rarest type of meteorites you can find."
      "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell

      Comment


      • #4
        How did they carve that out of iron in 1000 A.D. without machine tools or acetylene tourches?
        Battles are dangerous affairs... Wang Hsi

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
          First of all, the "swastika" is backwards. Himmler should have known that, even if he was only a chicken farmer.


          Godwin's Law strikes again.
          Yes, the Nazis got the swastika backwards : some people believe that's why they were defeated.
          The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson.

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by PhilipLaos View Post
            From the article:

            Brought back to Germany, the statue became part of a private collection and disappeared from view until 2007. A new owner then sought scientific advice on the origins. He turned to Dr Elmar Buchner from the University of Stuttgart. "I was absolutely sure it was a meteorite when I saw it first, even at 10 metres" said Dr Buchner.

            He said that the clue was in small, thumb like impressions caused by the melting of the surface. Further analysis showed that it was a rare ataxite class, a type of meteorite not often found on Earth.

            "It is rich in nickel, it is rich in cobalt. Less than 0.1% of all meteorites and less than 1% of iron meteorites are ataxites, so it is the rarest type of meteorites you can find."
            If you amend that generality to only the tiny percentage of meteorites that hit Earth that are actually found, then the original statement might be more accurate.
            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

            Comment

            Latest Topics

            Collapse

            • casanova
              Berlin.1945
              by casanova
              The Sowjet T-34 tank against a German Tiger tank in Berlin in the II World War in 1945. ...
              Yesterday, 23:41
            • casanova
              AW 169M
              by casanova
              The Austrian minister of defence Klaudia Tanner declared the buy of 18 Italian military helicopters of the type AW 169M for the Austrian army, the Bundesheer....
              Yesterday, 23:26
            • JBark
              What changed?
              by JBark
              There was a time not too long ago when this forum was full of discussion, multiple posts, votes and involved discussions on the best of the war, etc.,...
              Yesterday, 18:54
            Working...
            X