When a preliminary investigation of a specimen showed evidence of shock metamorphism,and other samples in a first approach were speaking in favor of meteoritic components, theidea of an impact in young geological times, probably in the Holocene, got contours, all themore many of the peculiar finds showed surprising affinity to meteorite impact features thathave been reported for the Holocene so-called Chiemgau impact event (Rappenglück et al.2004, Ernstson et al. 2010 a, Hiltl et al. 2011, Rappenglück et al. 2011).In recent times, young, Holocene meteorite impacts have controversially been disputed (e.g.,Bobrowski & Rickman 2009, and references therein) with a tendency to underestimate their frequency and resulting threat to mankind. In this debate statistics plays a major role, and it isevident, that newly discovered very young impacts may significantly alter statistics.Here, with regard to this increasing interest in Holocene impacts, the existence of a possiblenew impact site is brought to the knowledge of the scientific community, and a few basic dataare reported.It is intelligible that for the time being the exact location of the proposed impact site is keptunder wraps in order to prevent rock and meteorite hunters from predation. Scientists showingserious interest in the topic under consideration may contact the author by e-mail.
The host of peculiar finds is done on an area a few hundred meters wide without exhibiting amorphologically clear crater structure. This may be explained by post-impact alluvialoverprint on low ground or by special conditions in the course of the proposed impact event.The peculiar material under consideration may be divided into three groups:-- strongly magnetic metallic chunks reminding of iron shale of heavily weathered ironmeteorites (Fig. 2). A rapid nickel test proved to be positive, and a polished slab gaveevidence of Neumann lines.-- various glasses and glass-like matter: glass in the form of dense bluish, greenish and bluishblack fragments (Fig. 3); brownish impure vesicular glass (Fig. 4) reminding glasses fromother meteorite impacts like, e.g. Chapadmalal (Fig. 4); glass scraps as components inpolymictic breccias (Fig. 5); glass forming the matrix of melt rocks containing various rock fragments (Fig. 6) reminding of impactites like those from the Monturaqui meteorite crater,Chile, (Fig. 6); glass containing organic matter like charcoal and probably splinters of bones(Fig. 7); glass-like carbon (Fig. 8). It should be noted that the term
is used in a broadsense also including recrystallized glass.-- pebbles and cobbles showing mechanical load and high-temperature signature in the formof glass coating and interspersing the in most cases sandstone samples (Figs. 9-11).In the following, images of typical samples from the suspected impact site are shownaccompanied by an in each case short description.