Whilst out Metal Detecting I came across this rock, my detector reported it as a Nikel object..
the baffling part is that it is not magnetic !! I have now found two of these within 500mtrs of each other.
there is a credible area next to this of a large impact crater.
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There are two main types of meteorite; irons and stones. You are right that being dense and metallic is a good sign for an iron meteorite. However, as you know being non-magnetic means it is almost certainly not an iron meteorite as iron meteorites are strongly magnetic. It is likely to be man-made waste metal or a naturally formed metal rich concretion.
Please get in touch at email@example.com if you'd like to bring it in to the museum though, as I'm afraid it's going to be difficult to identify it any more than this without seeing the actual specimen.
These links include some good information to help identify meteorites:
Hope this helps
I have sent an email to the email address you supplied, is it possible to send a sample in via post and if so what are the contact and address details ?
I agree totally in what you say, however what puzzles me is what it could be ? very dense and heavy for its size, it has rust spots so that would indicate some form of iron ? my detector gives it a HIGH confidence as Nickel !! its location is rural and away from any built up area so if its man-made it would have to be ancient.
Thanks for your help
I have found similar objects whilst metal detecting on one of my sites. These have been surface finds as they have not given off a signal. The site is an Iron Age/Romano-British site and I have been told by archaeologists that these are waste products from iron working. Still interesting finds and some of mine were recently exhibited at an Iron Age exhibition.
Darron sent the specimen in for analysis and results from a chemical analysis using the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) show that it contains only manganese and some iron, and so is either a piece of manganese metal or a piece of ferro-manganese, used for making special steels. So not a meteorite I'm afraid!