Hoard of Bronze Age treasure made from an extraterrestrial body

Decades after its discovery in Spain, experts have determined that a dazzling hoard of Bronze Age treasure contains material made from an extraterrestrial body.

Known as the Treasure of Villena, the collection of at least 59 pieces of jewelry, bowls, and bottles was initially believed to be crafted from silver, amber, gold, and iron, according to a report.

Yet, since its discovery in 1963 in a gravel pit in Alicante, a “dark leaden metal” has fascinated many who come into contact with the treasure.

Treasure of Villena, Iberian Peninsula; Argaric culture or Bronze of Levante culture, 1000 BC.

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That metal, used in at least two of the artifacts, is now believed to have originated
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