Pulp adventure. Mysterious artifacts from the stars. Tibet. Nazis.
It’s all here, baby. And it’s real:
No, it isn’t the plot for the next Indiana Jones movie: According to a research paper published on the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science, scientists have discovered that an Iron Man sculpture found by a Nazi expedition in Tibet is of extraterrestrial origin.
The Nazi archeologists found the Iron Man in a remote region of Tibet and brought it to Germany in 1939, just before the start of World War II. It portrays a man in armor, with a clockwise swastika on his chest.
According to the paper—titled Buddha from space-An ancient object of art made of a Chinga iron meteorite fragment—the 23.3-pound (10.6-kilogram) “Iron Man” sculpture may represent “the Buddhist god Vaiśravana and might originate in the Bon culture of the eleventh century.” However, this is just one conjecture.
The only thing they are sure about is where it came from: space. In fact, as stated by the paper’s lead researcher Elmar Buchnher of the University of Stuttgart, “the Iron Man statue is the only known illustration of a human figure to be carved into a meteorite.”
Be sure to read the rest. And here’s the mystery object in question:
This is just too cool for words. Now where’s my whip and fedora? 😀