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Trapeang Ronoas   contributed by Rob Wesel   MetBul Link

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1,115 grams.   H4

TKW 13 kg. Fell 4 July 2010, Cambodia.

Rob writes:
One of only three known pieces.

After reading the account of the Trapeang Ronoas1 meteorite fall in the November 2015 issue of Meteorite Times, I decided to reach out and attempt to acquire one or both of the two known stones. The veneration of the meteorite falls right into the center of my collecting focus. The fear of bombs, blessings by priests, the community pouring water over it to to consume as medicine, all up my alley.

After more than a year negotiating the price with owner Nary Suon, by way of her daughter Saravy who lives here in the US, a price was agreed upon and we met last week to complete the transaction. Nary was kind enough to allow me to film her description of the experience.

Melinda Hutson's article explains the difficult nature of nailing down a consistent account, and elements of the video do seem to further contradict details in the article. What is not covered in either, and worth mentioning, is that Nary is an active philanthropist back in Cambodia. Having done well financially raising chickens to the tune of 2500 birds a week going to market, she has now turned to improving the lives of those in her community. Despite difficult and protracted negotiation, the lion's share of the proceeds from this sale are being directly inserted into improving the lives of those around her. She had tears in hers eyes looking forward to the good it will do.

The article and the video are long so I do encourage you to pour a cup and enjoy both. There is so much I haven't said because others have done so for me.

1 The Met Bulletin lists this fall as Trâpeăng Rônoăs. Nary is quite opposed to the use of the diacritical marks as they are not used in Cambodian text and are Vietnamese in nature. Out of respect to her wishes I have described in the above as simply Trapeang Ronoas.

Photo 5 credit: Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory

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Jon Taylor
 1/7/2017 1:11:02 PM
What a special and important acquisition- congrats and thanks for sharing the story.
Rob Wesel
 1/4/2017 7:49:47 PM
Thanks for all the kind words. It was a long process filled with fear that I would lose the chance to buy it. In the end I am proud to be its caretaker.
Roman Jirasek
 1/4/2017 3:28:57 PM
Right on bro, great work!
Andi Koppelt
 1/4/2017 12:46:53 PM
Persistency pays! Congrats to this rare beauty!
Mitch Noda
 1/4/2017 12:32:21 PM
Rob, thanks for the wonderful story and pictures!
Mark Bowling
 1/4/2017 11:47:51 AM
Pretty awesome, thanks for sharing!
Frank Cressy
 1/4/2017 10:34:47 AM
Congratulations Rob...just AWESOME in every regard!
Larry Atkins
 1/4/2017 10:03:11 AM
That's the epitomy of "Collectable". Awesome story, Rob and congratulations on your success in obtaining such a fine stone. I love philanthropy aspect too, great story all the way around
John Lutzon
 1/4/2017 9:13:50 AM
Super!!! Thank you Nary & Saravy ! Oh yeah, you too Rob.
Mendy Ouzillou IMCA#8395
 1/4/2017 8:31:01 AM
Rob, you have captured all the elements that make a meteorite special and interesting. Well done!
Adri*n Contreras G*mez
 1/4/2017 8:06:51 AM
Espectacular! Gracias por compartir. Saludos!
Denis Gourgues
 1/4/2017 6:03:58 AM
#2...this fusion crust is Like "camel donga" ..... Fresly.... And Nice shape...
John A. Shea, MD
 1/4/2017 3:58:35 AM
What an incredible acquisition Rob! :-) Thank you for sharing the story, video and the photos! Based on Photo 7 there would be four known pieces total at this point? Only two though in the hands of collectors though... 1) The main mass recovered, still with Nary I presume? 2) The smaller mass recovered, now in your collection. 3) The type specimen with Cascadia. 4) My 2.2g specimen which I acquired in trade from Cascadia. Is that accurate Rob? Just trying to make sure the count is right. John A. Shea, MD IMCA 3295
 1/4/2017 3:37:25 AM
Great stone full of character, fresh crust, manifold features of orientation. And not at least wrapped in a very special story. Not much left for meteoritical desires. Congratulations, Rob.
 1/4/2017 1:52:28 AM
Great stone with nice crust and flight markings, and great story, too. Thanks for sharing this with us, Rob!
paul gessler
 1/4/2017 1:52:18 AM
What an adventure! Great to read the story and as usual superb photography. congrats
 1/4/2017 1:31:55 AM
Thanks Rob! What an interesting story! Beautiful stone!!
Steve Brittenham
 1/4/2017 1:20:13 AM
As Pierre-Marie said, a wonderful stone. The flow lines are awesome! It's great to have not only the story, but a video to document it as well. And knowing the money spent for the stone is going to help others in her community must be heart-warming.
Pierre-Marie Pel*
 1/4/2017 1:03:22 AM
Amazing story and really nice stone, congratulations !
 1/4/2017 12:15:09 AM
Thanks Rob for reaching out and bringing this home and for us all to enjoy here on MPOD. What a fine example of the two hefty stones you got (1.2kg)! Nary looks so young and beautiful in your video! A July 4 meteorite too! She does a great job narrating ... Congrats!

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