Treasure-hunters unearth meteorite

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 03:43 PM.

 Gibson, who has found numerous Indian, Spanish and pirate artifacts along the Gulf Coast , though the object was a conquistador's helmet or possibly a cannonball.

 Although a single hammer blow usually breaks the crust off centuries-old Spanish armor, Gibson said his hammer "bounced back past my chin when I hit it."

 That was the first clue that they had stumbled upon something odd.

 They consulted with scientists in Pensacola who were baffled by the cumbersome object. The scientists suggested Gibson and Green mail a sample to Povenmire, who runs a meteorite tracking network in Melbourne .

 A cigarette pack-size piece was sent off. Two days later Gibson received confirmation that the object was an extraordinarily old, hunk of out-of-this-world metal.

 Povenmire traveled to Destin last week to verify the find, examine the site where it was unearthed and confer with Gibson, Green and three geology professors at the University of West Florida .

 He also mailed part of his sample to Huss in Denver , who acknowledged it was a chondrite stony meteorite.

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