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27 Mar 2011

Jalandhar Meteorite: India, *1621

Jalandhar is a witnessed fall from the Punjab, India in 1621. I’m not aware that any of the original material survives, although some of this iron meteorite was broken up, smelted, and used in the creation of
27 Mar 2011

Ensisheim Meteorite: France, *1492

Ensisheim is one of the most famous historic falls, as well as being one of the earliest. It fell in Alsace, in what is now France, on the 13th November 1492 – the same year Columbus set
26 Mar 2011

Tjabe Meteorite: Indonesia, *1869

Tjabe is one of only 16 recorded falls from Indonesia. It fell on the 19th September, 1869, near Rembang, East Java. It’s an H6 chondrite. The total weight is about 20kg, of which this little end cut
26 Mar 2011

L’Aigle Meteorite: France, *1803

L’Aigle is one of the most famous metorites in history. On April 26th, in the Basse-Normandie area of France, a shower of 3,ooo or so stones descended in front of numerous witnesses. This was recorded and picked
26 Mar 2011

Jonzac Meteorite: France, *1819

Jonzac is a beautiful monomict eucrite which fell in the Poitou-Charentes region of France in 1819. Only 5,000g was recovered.   This lovely part slice weighs in at 0.91g.
26 Mar 2011

Hessle Meteorite: Sweden, *1869

Hessle fell to earth in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1869. Recovered material weighed around 20kg. This 0.78g part slice originated from Russ Kempton and the NEMS.
26 Mar 2011

Diep River Meteorite: South Africa, *1906

Diep River fell in Western Cape in South Africa, knocking a hole through a farm roof in the process. A small stone weighing only 1,000g was recovered. This nice part slice weighs 0.51g
26 Mar 2011

Apt Meteorite: France, *1803

Apt landed in France in 1803, in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur. Another very rare early specimen, this 1.66 part slice has a little crust. The total known weight of this L6 chondrite is 3,200g.
26 Mar 2011

Albareto Meteorite: Italy, *1766

Albareto fell in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in 1766, Only 2,000g were recovered, of which this fragment represents 0.7g. A very rare 18th century specimen, traded out from the Museo Mineralogico at the University of Modena.
22 Mar 2011

Wold Cottage Meteorite: England, *1795

As noted elsewhere, 18th century meteorites are pretty thin on the ground. At this time they weren’t considered ‘real’ by men of science, despite the numerous accounts of peasants, blacksmiths, farmers, and the rest. It’s hard to