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Dagger in King Tutankhamun’s tomb was made of meteorite iron

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Published Jun 3, 2016, 1:22 am IST
Updated Jun 3, 2016, 1:28 am IST
Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy found the famous dagger contained 10 percent nickel and 0.6 percent cobalt.
This undated image shows the dagger and sheath found in the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. — Via web
 This undated image shows the dagger and sheath found in the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. — Via web

Egypt: An Egyptian dagger found in King Tutankhamun’s tomb was made with iron from a meteorite, a study has confirmed.

Using a hi-tech X-ray, the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy found the famous dagger contained 10 percent nickel and 0.6 percent cobalt.

 

A comparison with 11 metallic meteorites found they were made of similar elements. The dagger dates back to the 14th century B.C. and was found in the wrapping surrounding the right thigh of King Tut’s mummy. It features a gold handle with a rounded knob of rock crystal.

Another separate gold blade was found under King Tut’s abdomen. Iron objects were rare and considered more valuable than gold during the Bronze Age and were mostly decorative. This may have been because Egyptians found iron difficult to work with as the metal requires a very high heat to forge.

 

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