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Lost ” miniature UFO wreck discovered in museum

A picture of the alleged “miniature UFO” that appeared in the Yorkshire Post newspaper (Dr. David Clarke/Sheffield Hallam University)

The long lost wreckage of an alleged “miniature UFO” was discovered in a UK museum.

Fragments of the so-called ‘UFO’ that was found in 1957 in a remote part of Northern England had missed for decades, but have in the archives of the Science Museum in London.

The ‘flying saucer’ was discovered on Silpho Moor, an area of open country in North Yorkshire, in an incident described as “Britain’s Roswell.” After analyzing the object, however, scientists said that the ‘UFO’ was probably part of an elaborate hoax.

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David Clarke, a principal research fellow at the U. K’s Sheffield Hallam University, told Fox News that he found out about the artifacts after delivering a presentation at the Science Museum at the end of last year.

How the Yorkshire Post newspaper about the alleged “miniature UFO” discovery (Dr. David Clarke/Sheffield Hallam University)

“At first I thought it must be a joke, or the pieces of metal would be worthless,” he explained, via e-mail. “They were stored off-site, so I made sure that the files are sent to London for examination early in the New Year.”

Clarke, an expert in the study of contemporary legends, said that the fragments were stored in a plastic box, along with files compiled by a former press officer at the Museum.

“Within the files is a large tin cigarette box with a label with the inscription ‘Victoria and Albert Museum – alleged UFO bit,” he said. “When the box was opened, we saw a collection of five paper envelopes (A-E) contain pieces of metal, molten metal/plastic amalgam, and small pieces of copper foil. When I examined the associated correspondence that I immediately noticed references to pieces of ‘The Silpho Moor Object’, with a note that these documents were forwarded to the museum for scientific research in 1963.”

The lost ‘UFO’ fragments discovered in the Science Museum archives (Dr. David Clarke/Sheffield Hallam University)

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The object was ‘discovered’ on Silpho Moor, by three men who later paid £10 ($13.89) to another party that had been removed from the Moor, Clarke told Fox News. A section of the upper part of the ‘UFO’ was then removed and the object was split in two. The central portion was then extracted from the object, revealing a roll of copper wire that a copper book.

Clarke explained that the book contains 17 small copper foil pages marked with hieroglyphic-type lettering, which correspond to the letters etched on the copper base of the main object.

A picture of the alleged “miniature UFO” that appeared in the Yorkshire Post newspaper (Dr. David Clarke/Sheffield Hallam University)

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However, the analysis by scientists from the University of Manchester and, later, in London, to the conclusion that the ‘UFO’ is most likely part of a hoax.

“Mystery remains the question of who was responsible and why they went to such elaborate lengths for the production of this artifact,” Clarke told Fox News. “From my point of view, the importance lies not in the object itself, but the stories and elaborate conspiracy theories that have grown up around.”

The Science Museum declined to comment on this story when contacted by Fox News.

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