Sericho meteorites are amongst the most recent meteorite finds – these incredible specimens were discovered at the end of 2016 near a small town called Habaswein in Kenya, Africa. Two brothers were looking for their camels when they came across a number of large stones. As there were no other stones in the area, they suspected that these must be meteorites. After a few weeks of collecting the specimens they brought the pieces to their home in Habaswein. After investigating the stones, these specimens were officially classified as meteorites. Originally called “Habaswein meteorite,” this fall was later renamed “Sericho” after the Keynesian area where the impact took place.
Sericho is a rare type of meteorite called a pallasite. A pallasite is a special type of meteorite, it is both metal and stone, often the stone part contains peridot or olivine. These are extremely rare and are sought after by collectors. Not all Sericho meteorites contain olivine, but all are rare and very collectible. It is classified as a stony iron meteorite.