For our ancestors, meteorites were at once harbingers of the gods, and the most ready form of iron. We know now that some contain amino acids – the building blocks of life – and some of those are not known in native form on Earth.
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By comparison, in numismatics, dealers and collectors often find themselves standing against the interests of museums, especially those operated by governments. The Ancient Coin Collectors’ Guild was formed to lobby Congress, and to sue in courts for the rights of collectors. And it is not just about coins. Coins do signal to metal detectors, but they are only the most common artifacts of any Western civilization since 500 BCE. Where you find coins, you find oil lamps, amphoras, and other ceramic household goods.
New York, New York - June 22, 2000 -- The American Museum of Natural History and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon today signed a historic agreement that ensures access to the Willamette Meteorite, a world famous scientific specimen at the Museum, by the Grand Ronde for religious, historical, and cultural purposes while maintaining its continued presence at the Museum for scientific and educational purposes. The agreement recognizes the Museum's tradition of displaying and studying the Meteorite for almost a century, while also enabling the Grand Ronde to re-establish its relationship with the Meteorite with an annual ceremonial visit to the Meteorite. (AMNH Archives here.)
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The Meteoritical Society (here) was founded in 1933 by professional and amateur scientists in order to organize the study of meteorites and planets.