Piece of metal from Roswell crash high-tech material

April 15, 2017 • Editorial

The first time I held a piece of metal allegedly pulled from the bottom of a triangular UFO west of Roswell in July 1947, I was struck by how light it was on my skin. One side was shiny silver, the other deep black. Under my magnifying glass, I could see many wavy layers.
Dreamland and Coast to Coast AM radio host Art Bell had sent me the piece to investigate since I frequently reported about science, environment and Real X-Files with Art. The odd metal came in six pieces, each a couple of inches wide, with a series of letters between April 10 and July 5, 1996, from a South Carolina U.S. Army Sergeant who requested anonymity. He quoted from his deceased grandfather’s diary, who had served in a security team at a crashed wedge-shaped UFO “between San Mateo Mtns. and Sierra Blanca,” most likely below Oscura Peak on the White Sands Proving Ground. The Army sergeant’s fifth and last letter said about the layered metal:
“Sample extraction radiated light for a full three hours. Originally located on underside of wedge-shaped disk. Speculate some type of shielding to enable craft and crew to survive accelerated entry into atmosphere. …”
South Carolina Army sergeant’s grandfather allegedly served in the security team that surrounded a crashed wedge-shaped UFO “between San Mateo Mtns. and Sierra Blanca” in July 1947 west of Roswell, most likely at LZ-2, Landing Zone 2, between the Trinity Site and Oscura Peak.
I had no idea what the black and silver layers were made of, so I contacted a scientist in a major Midwestern university, who had helped me analyze unusual materials before. He used a scanning electron microscope to examine structure and used energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) to analyze element composition. He confirmed that the silver shiny side of “the skin” was primarily magnesium with a small amount of zinc.
Energy dispersive spectroscopy spectra of “Layered specimen (the skin) Shiny side” showed primarily Magnesium and a small amount of zinc.
The dark black side of the layered skin was primarily bismuth and Magnesium with a little zinc.
Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) spectra of “Layered specimen (the Skin) Dark side” showed primarily bismuth, magnesium and a little zinc.
Bismuth is a hard, brittle metallic element that is greyish-white with a tinge of red. That pink color in Pepto-Bismal stomach medicine comes from a bismuth ingredient. Bismuth’s atomic number on the Periodic Table of Elements i 83. Lead is 82. So bismuth is heavier than lead. The Guide to Uncommon Metals says, “Bismuth is one of the few metals that expands when cooled, like water does when it turns to ice, and that makes bismuth valuable for detailed metal castings. Bismuth also has a low melting point, but its thermal conductivity is lower than that of perhaps every other metal with the exception of mercury, and its electrical resistance is high. A modern use is as a coolant for nuclear power reactors.”
I contacted two dozen metal manufacturers in aerospace, superconductors and other exotic manufacturing. One manager in New York told me, “No one layers bismuth with magnesium because it won’t hold!”
On July 20, 1996, I took a sample to the Carnegie Institution in Washington D.C., for an ion microprobe analysis of the magnesium and bismuth. Technician Dr. Erik Hauri confirmed there was no bonding agent between the micron-sized layers.
The bismuth was essentially pure without even atoms of lead in it, surprising because bismuth and lead are right next to each other on the Periodic Table of Elements. The layered metal had 11 percent more Magnesium-26 than the baseline magnesium metal standard that Dr. Hauri was using for comparison.
One anomaly was that the bismuth/magnesium layered metal emitted more positive ions than the pure magnesium metal being used for standard comparison. Dr. Hauri wrote in his report: “The Bi-Mg sample gave count rates of Mg+ ions, which were enhanced 60 times more than in the pure Mg metal standard.”
From 1996 to 2017, no one has ever reproduced the micron-layered bismuth/magnesium metal. Electrical engineer and physicist Travis Taylor at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, volunteered to do a literature search in scientific and military channels to see if he could find any references to bismuth and magnesium-zinc in thin, alternating micron layers.
After several weeks, he reported to me: “I have basically exhausted every resource that I have ever tried to use in the past from about 1940 to now. I have found no reference, even in government research, for bismuth/magnesium layers. This material didn’t just make itself. It had to come from somewhere.
And that’s one of the things about it that excites me — somebody had to build it and no one has reported building it. It’s a very high tech piece of material, so if they didn’t report it, why did they build it? That’s what we do in science. We do some research and then we tell everyone about it. And nobody’s told anyone about this material”
Linda Moulton Howe is an investigative reporter and editor of science, environment and real X-Files award-winning news journalism, as well as author of four books. She may be contacted at

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