King Tut's Dagger Was Made From Meteorite Iron

Posted: Jun 2 2016, 7:28am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 2 2016, 7:50am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

King Tutankhamun Dagger was Made From Meteorite Iron
The iron dagger of King Tutankhamun. Color picture of the iron dagger with its gold sheath. The full length of the dagger is 34.2 cm.
  • Apparently King Tut had a Dagger that was made from a Space Meteorite

Apparently it seems to be the case that King Tut had a dagger that was made from material taken from a space meteorite that fell to earth in those ancient times.

King Tut died a youthful death at merely 18 years of age. He was the quintessential boy king. According to legend, his body virtually self-destructed in his own tomb.

What is really interesting is that he also owned a space dagger of sorts. This was made from meteoric iron and was buried alongside his mummified body in Ancient Egypt.

The experts from three famous institutes employed X-ray fluorescence spectrometry in order to assure what the dagger was made of without allowing it to crumble in any manner.

Human beings tend to have a destructive effect on everything they touch since they are an analytical species. Yet here the scientists made sure that no harm whatsoever would come to the dagger which belonged to King Tut.

The iron in the dagger had a high percentage of nickel and small amounts of cobalt, phosphorus and other trace elements. This is a sure sign that the dagger was made from space materials. In fact, the composition of this dagger was found to hail from a certain meteorite that fell to earth in the past, according to study published in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

The meteorite was named Kharga, reported Seeker. It had nickel and cobalt in it thus verifying the fact that the dagger was constructed from its elemental structure. Fragments of the meteorite were discovered in the year 2000.

The site was many miles west of Alexandria. Similar objects made from meteoric stuff were taken to be very rare and precious in Ancient Egypt. This fact also lends us a glimpse into the industry of those times which was way ahead of the generally primitive conditions which prevailed.

The dagger was not the only such opulent object among King Tut’s burial stuff. A scarab necklace made of silica glass was also found in the paraphernalia.

This was constructed from materials taken from a space rock impact that fused the sand in the surrounding area in Libya. The search for more objects of interest in King Tut’s tomb is underway.

The ruler seemed to have a fine sense of style in the various regalia he surrounded himself with. As for the space dagger, it is currently on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the capital city of Egypt.

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