In 1922, archeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut. This 19 year old pharaoh died after ruling for only 10 years. The discovery of his tomb has helped us put the pieces together to find out how advanced the ancient Egyptians were. The latest discovery of Tut’s treasures is the extraterrestrial origin of a dagger that was buried with him.
Italian and Egyptian researchers, using a delicate, non-invasive, portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, found that the iron of the dagger placed on the right thigh of King Tut’s mummified corpse has meteoric origin. Technological advances have made it possible to determine that the blade was possibly forged from a meteorite that was discovered in the year 2000, 150 miles away from Alexandria, where King Tut ruled.
Daniela Comelli, at the department of Physics of Milan Polytechnic, told Discovery News:
“Meteoric iron is clearly indicated by the presence of a high percentages of nickel. The nickel and cobalt ratio in the dagger blade is consistent with that of iron meteorites that have preserved the primitive chondritic ratio during planetary differentiation in the early solar system.”
What this means is that iron used from quarries has much less nickel and insignificant amounts of cobalt, whereas the dagger in question has a much more noticeable amount of both. Nickel found in iron ore is usually no higher than 4% while King Tutankhamun’s weapon contains 11%.
“It would be very interesting to analyze more pre-Iron Age artifacts, such as other iron objects found in King Tut’s tomb. We could gain precious insights into metal working technologies in ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean.”
Realistically we can assume that the Egyptians sought after meteorites as divine gifts, making them invaluable for royalty and forging decorative weapons. The geek in me really hopes that the dagger was given to him by a sentient alien race that helped the advancement of the human race. I’ll leave the final verdict up to you.
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