Winona Meteorite / Winonaite
The Winona meteorite. This meteorite was found in a stone cist in 1928. Classified as Winonaite, a rare primitive achondrite.
Type: Primitive achondrite, Winonaite. AWIN
Country: Arizona, Coconino County, USA
Co-ordinates: 35'12' N., 111'24' W
Date of Find: Found 1928 September in a stone ciste
Total Known Weight: 24Kg
Burial of the Winona stony meteorite in a crypt constructed by prehistoric Indians in northern Arizona. The Indians probably saw it fall and thus attached special significance to it.(Museum of Northern Arizona, Anthropological Collections; photo by WKH.)
In September 1928, a mass of meteoritic material of unusual interest was found in the neighborhood of a small group of pre-historic ruins (Elden pueblo) about five miles northeast of Winona, in northern Arizona. The meteorite was found enclosed in a rought cist of flat stones, the cover of the cist being ten inches below the level of the ground. The meteorite was carrefully buried, perhaps at the spot where is was seen to fall. According to the finder, the meteorite when found in the cist was a roughly egg-shaped mass which fell to pieces on removal, 24kg of fragments were recovered.