The researchers explained that a faded bracelet and a rusty hollow hemisphere decorated with gold were not crafted from metal from underground, but from iron from meteorites that fell from the sky. The “Velina Treasure,” as it is known, was discovered in the cache that included 66 pieces, most of which were gold. More than 60 years ago in 1963 in what is now known as Alicante, Spain, it has since come to be considered one of the most important examples of the Bronze Age. However, determining the age of the group has been somewhat difficult, thanks to two things: a small, hollow hemisphere It is believed to be part of a mace or sword handle, and one bracelet resembling a torch, both of which have what archaeologists have described as an “iron” appearance, meaning they appear to be made of iron. The researchers carefully took samples from both artifacts and subjected the material to mass spectrometry to determine its composition. Despite the high degree of corrosion, which changes the elemental composition of the artifact, the results strongly indicate that the hemisphere and bracelet are made of meteoric iron. The researchers confirmed that this accurately solves the dilemma of how the two artifacts fit in with the rest of the collection, as they were made in approximately the same period. And they date back to about 1400 to 1200 BC. Available data indicate that the hat and bracelet from the Vilena Treasure will currently be the first two pieces attributed to meteoric iron in the Iberian Peninsula, according to the scientific journal “Science Alert.” The researchers concluded by saying: “Now, given that... "If the objects are so severely corroded, the results are inconclusive, but there are newer, non-invasive techniques that can be applied to the objects to obtain a more detailed set of data that will help strengthen the results."