The Williamette meteorite, known as the Tomanowos according to its ancient name, is believed to have arrived on the Earth directly from heaven. The 15-ton rock was found by the European Americans in the vicinity of the Willamette River more than one century ago.
The meteorite is made out of a mixture between iron and nickel, which were formed at the core of massive stars that died during supernovae explosions.
The enormous blast resulted in clouds of dust and gases that were eventually brought together by the gravitational force. Tomanowos meteorite was part of the first planets to appear in the outer space 4.5 billion years ago.
More than 17.000 years ago, Tomanowos entered the atmosphere of our planet and landed in Canada. From there, it was transported by the flowing ice towards the Fork River of Montana in the United States of America.
The Ancient Tomanowos Meteorite
It traveled towards Washington, Oregon, and Portland, sinking into the river bottom. The researchers discovered Tomanowos since it was the only rock element that did not match with the local geology.
Then, the meteorite suffered the impact of the natural environment in that area. The rain that mixed with the iron sulfide in its composition created sulfuric acid, which explains the presence of the craters on its surface.
In 1902 an Oregon inhabitant moved the extraterrestrial rock into his yard, claiming that it is his belonging. He was sued by the Oregon Iron and Steel Company, who managed to win the case three years later. The company sold the object to the American Museum of Natural History from New York.
In 2000 the museum signed a contract with the descendants of the Clackamas tribe to recognize the spiritual background of the Tomanowos meteorite. Last year, a series of fragments that were deposited separately from the meteorite was brought to the museum.