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This small meteorite slice is from the NWA 869 strewn field, near Tindouf, Algeria. Currently classified as an L5 Common Chondrite, it shows brecciation and even carbon inclusions.
This North West African common chondrite was obtained from a Berber collector who found it in the region around the Tindouf, to the South of Agadir. The exact location of the strewn field (discovered in 2000) has been kept a closely guarded secret by its finders!
NWA 869 is a much-studied meteorite, classified variously as L3 to L6: some examples show brecciation and higher metal content than others. Your meteorite seems to be an L4/5 and shows some regmaglypting and primary fusion crust. It is very difficult to date meteoric finds accurately, but it is not heavily weathered and probably fell to Earth less than 10,000 years ago.
Common chondrites consist of pieces of undifferentiated accreted material that formed within the solar nebula around 4.5 billion years ago; as such, they are among the oldest rocks in the Solar System.
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