Scientists say this 3,000-year-old gold hoard found in Spain contains jewelery made from ‘extraterrestrial’ metals.

Scientists say this 3,000-year-old gold hoard found in Spain contains jewelery made from ‘extraterrestrial’ metals.

A new analysis of ancient treasures unearthed in Spain has revealed that some of the artefacts were made of “exotic metals” 3,000 years ago.

Scientists have conducted a new analysis of the Vilena Treasure, a hoard of 59 gold-plated objects found in 1963, and found that two objects contained meteoric iron.

Meteoric iron is the remnant of a protoplanetary disk from the early universe found in meteorites made of iron and nickel.

The hat and gold-plated bracelet contain extraterrestrial material from a meteorite that collided with Earth 1 million years ago, the team estimates.

A gold-plated case and bracelet complement the space material from a meteorite that collided with Earth a million years ago

The study explained that meteoric iron is found in certain types of rocky meteorites, and consists mainly of silicates – a salt made of silicon and oxygen.

“Because it comes from outer space, it consists of an iron-nickel alloy with a variable nickel composition of more than five percent by weight,” the researchers wrote.

“It also contains other minor and trace chemical elements, and cobalt is one of the most important.”

Using fallen meteorites to shape objects has been a common practice for thousands of years, with a similar artifact found in Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The Velena Treasure has been discovered on the Iberian Peninsula, revealing a look at the time when people turned from stone to bronze.

However, it is more likely that the trove belonged to an entire community rather than to a single royal family.

About 90 percent of the collection is made of 23.5-karat gold and includes eleven bowls, three bottles and 28 bracelets.

The artifacts were discovered by archaeologist José María Soler in December 1963, while he and his team were excavating the bottom of a dried-up river called “Rambla del Panadero” – about seven miles from Villena.

The treasures have since been preserved in the city’s Archaeological Museum, allowing new analysis to be carried out that revealed the strange metals.

A team of Spanish and Saudi scientists measured the molecules in each piece, allowing them to search for traces of iron and nickel alloy.

The researchers found a hat and a bracelet containing meteoric iron, with the former consisting of 5.5% of the material and the latter only 2.8%.

The artifacts were discovered by archaeologist José María Soler in December 1963, while he and his team were excavating the bottom of a dry river called

The artifacts were discovered by archaeologist José María Soler in December 1963, while he and his team were excavating the bottom of a dried-up river called “Rambla del Panadero” – about seven miles from Villena.

The researchers found a hat and bracelet containing meteoric iron, with the former containing 5.5 percent and the latter only 2.8 percent.

The researchers found a hat and bracelet containing meteoric iron, with the former containing 5.5 percent and the latter only 2.8 percent.

“Iron technology is very different from copper-based metals and the noble metals (gold and silver),” study lead author Ignacio Montero Ruiz, a researcher at the Institute of Spanish History, told Live Science.

“So, people who started working with meteoric iron, and later with terrestrial iron, had to innovate and develop new technology.”

“However, nickel levels in ground iron are generally low or very low and often cannot be detected in analysis.”

In 2016, researchers at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Polytechnic of Milan and the University of Pisa announced an intricately decorated dagger covered in a gold sheath, featuring a blade made of meteoric iron.

The team used a similar technique to examine the mineral’s composition, matching it to a meteorite called Kharga, which was found in 2000 on the Meras Matruh Plateau in Egypt, 150 miles west of Alexandria.

The dagger is considered one of the most prominent items recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb due to the fine metal decorations it displays.

It was found inside the sarcophagus of the young pharaoh.

The hilt has a finely engraved gold hilt with a crystal pommel, while the sheath is decorated with floral motifs, feather patterns, and a jackal’s head.

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