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Ancient statue discovered by Nazis is made from (Chinga) meteorite
BBC News ^ | 9/27/12 | Matt McGrath - BBC

Posted on 09/27/2012 1:19:50 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

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.

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: buddhist; catastrophism; chinga; discovered; elmarbuchner; ernstschafer; germany; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; heinrichhimmler; ironman; meteorite; nazis; statue; tibet
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1 posted on 09/27/2012 1:19:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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2 posted on 09/27/2012 1:20:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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“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.”


3 posted on 09/27/2012 1:21:47 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

This seems like the back story to a rejected Indiana Jones script.


4 posted on 09/27/2012 1:22:12 PM PDT by verum ago (Note to self: check the date, stupid!)
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To: verum ago

Tibet was the place to be back then, not too far from Shangri-La and Burma on a slow week-end.


5 posted on 09/27/2012 1:24:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: verum ago

I was thinking the same thing.


6 posted on 09/27/2012 1:24:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SunkenCiv

‘Iron Man’ ping


7 posted on 09/27/2012 1:24:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

What a waste. In more sensible places and times, they would have used that meteoric iron to make some very fine swords, not a useless idol.


8 posted on 09/27/2012 1:29:37 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: NormsRevenge
The meteorite at mecca:


9 posted on 09/27/2012 1:31:37 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: NormsRevenge
Jump to conclusions much? You know what, if you find ONE of something.... keep looking you'll find another, and another.

Maybe it's made from a piece of the planet Orpheus? (sarc)

10 posted on 09/27/2012 1:33:14 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Slyfox

Coincidentally named “The Iron Vagina.”


11 posted on 09/27/2012 1:38:13 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Revolting cat!; JoeProBono; SunkenCiv

12 posted on 09/27/2012 1:46:53 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: Slyfox

It would be cool if that thing chopped off a hand now and then. That would prove you were a sinner and they could take you outback and stone you.


13 posted on 09/27/2012 1:49:41 PM PDT by winodog
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To: Slyfox

Is that what the hajis throw rocks at?


14 posted on 09/27/2012 1:58:05 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Socialism is the political dream of the unachiever, the excuse maker, and the lazy.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Love this guy’s hairdo and his phony accent.


15 posted on 09/27/2012 2:01:58 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: NormsRevenge
That fagola Nazi has a ring in his RIGHT ear! (Right is Wrong).


16 posted on 09/27/2012 2:03:18 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Slyfox

The sand savages smooch sphincter, that’s for sure.


17 posted on 09/27/2012 2:09:17 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Nuke Mecca.)
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To: NormsRevenge

So, either the image has been reversed, or that just isn’t a Nazi swastika. (It’s backwards).


18 posted on 09/27/2012 2:35:55 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Slyfox
In the 11th century, a man allegedly sent by the Fatimid Caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah attempted to smash the Black Stone, but was killed on the spot, having caused only slight damage. In 1674, according to Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, someone smeared the Black Stone with excrement so that "every one who kissed it retired with a sullied beard". The Shi'ite Persians were suspected of being responsible and were the target of curses from other Muslims for centuries afterwards, though explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton doubted that they were the culprits; he attributed the act to "some Jew or Greek, who risked his life to gratify a furious bigotry.

from wiki

19 posted on 09/27/2012 2:51:01 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Official Romney/GOP-E Platform - We suck less)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sounds like the plot form an Indiana Jones movie ...

Ping


20 posted on 09/27/2012 3:13:34 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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