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King Tut’s ‘Dagger’ was Crafted Using ‘Alien’ Metals

Not that aliens did it, but the intricate dagger, buried with King Tut was found to have been made using a rare combination of metals that originated from space.

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A dagger that once belonged to Tutankhamun was found to have been crafted using curious extraterrestrial metals.

Pharaoh Tutankhamun, son of Akhenaten, ruled over the land of Egypt from 1336 to 1327 BCE. 

Working with metals played an extremely important role in human evolution and civilization itself.

If you ask historians, they would tell you about the so-called metal ages, where experts take into consideration the use of copper, bronze, and iron in sequence.

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And like many civilizations across the planet, Egypt was one known for their vast mineral resources.

Egypt’s Eastern Desert is widely known for its mines and quarries, which have been exploited by the ancients for thousands of years.

In fact, there is evidence of Copper, bronze, and gold as early as the 4th millennium BCE.

But despite using a variety of metals, a significant presence of iron ores in Ancient Egypt, and the use of iron, as well as iron smelting in the Nile Valley, occurred during the 1st millennium BCE.

Finding artifacts, tools or weapons, made of a material other than iron, copper, bronze or gold is rare.

Despite this, archaeologists recovered one such artifact from King Tut’s tomb: A curious iron dagger.

Since its discovery in 1925, the meteoritic origin of the iron dagger blade from the sarcophagus of the ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun (14th C. BCE) has been the subject of debate and previous analyses yielded controversial results.

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To end the mystery behind the dagger, it was analyzed by scientists who discovered that the sheet that makes up the dagger was crafted with meteorite fragments.

It was a special dagger, for a special king.

The ancient Egyptians knew that the material that came down from the heavens was unique.

Image Credit: Daniela Cornelli.
Image Credit: Daniela Cornelli.

“Beyond the Mediterranean area, the fall of meteorites was perceived as a divine message in other ancient cultures. It is generally accepted that other civilizations around the world, including the Inuit people; the ancient civilizations in Tibet, Syria, and Mesopotamia; and the prehistoric Hopewell people living in Eastern North America from 400 BCE to 400 CE, used meteoritic iron for the production of small tools and ceremonial objects,” wrote scientists.

In fact, according to previous studies “The celestial or terrestrial origin of ancient Egyptian iron, and when its usage became common are contentious issues, which are subject to debate. The evidence is drawn from many areas, including architecture, language, and belief.”

The dagger, which measures thirty-five centimeters was found rust free at the time of discovery together with King Tut’s mummy.