Discovery: King Tuts Dagger Made From Meteorite
A new discovery shows that King Tutankhamen dagger was made with iron from a meteorite. Researches from both Italy and Egyptian analyzed the metal with an special X-ray fluorescence spectrometer to determine its chemical composition. They noticed it had a high nickel content, along with its levels of cobalt, “strongly suggests an extraterrestrial origin”. The technique which singles out different elements from the characteristics colors of the X-ray light they give off when hit with higher energy X rays. They also compared the composition to known meteorites within 2,000 km around the Red Sea coast of Egypt, and found similar levels in one meteorite.
Kharga the meteorite was found 175 km off the coast of Alexandria.
During 1925, archaeologist Howard Carter searched and found 2 daggers, one made of gold, and the other was iron. The unique design of the iron blade had researchers scratching their heads for decades trying to figure out the iron work, as it was very rare in that time. It consisted of a gold handle, rock crystal pommel and lily, and jackal-decorated sheath.
The dagger is said to go back as far as the 14th century BC and is one of the rare iron artifacts every discovered from the ancient Egypt. Most archaeologists assumed that iron smelting wasn’t developed until the 8th century BC. Researches wrote in their paper that they added that the finding also provides insight into Egyptian descriptions of iron that appeared around 100 years later, which use the term “iron of the sky.” “The introduction of the new composite term suggests that the ancient Egyptians were aware that these rare chunks of iron fell from the sky already in the 13th C. BCE,” the authors wrote.
Fascinating Facts About King Tut:
King Tut was born 1341 B.C.E., was the 12th king of the 18th Egyptian dynasty, probably one of the best known pharaohs of ancient Egypt. King Tut only served as a king for a short period of time was son of the powerful Akhenathen.
Tutankhamun was only eight or nine when he became ruler of Egypt. As King at such a young age, most of the decision-making was made by two senior figures, likely to have been Ay (father of Nefertiti) and Horemheb, an army commander.
Tutankhamun was only King for about ten years before dying in his teenage years. It was said he died from gangrene possibly from falling and breaking his bone. It was estimated that he ruled from 1333 BC to 1324 BC
It was said that Tutankhamun may have married one of his half-sisters.
Despite being one of the most well-known of the Egyptian pharaohs to modern people, evidence of Tutankhamun’s reign was obliterated shortly after his death. The ruler of Egypt after the death of Tutankhamun’s successor was Horemheb, who replaced Tutankhamun’s name with his own on many monuments bearing Tutankhamun’s name.
CAT scans where done on his body back in 2005 which revealed that the King was appx 5 foot, 8 inches tall (180 cm). He was of slight build but was well nourished.
It is said that he… and his wife had no children, although Ankhesenpaaten did miscarry twice. The bodies of two stillborn baby girls were mummified and placed in Tutankhamun’s tomb in small coffins.
The curse of Tutankhamun: During the time of the discovery certain strange events are said to have happened after the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and removal of items from it. A donation was given for the project from Lord Carnarvon which… funded… Howard Carter’s work and discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. In April 1923, six weeks after the official opening of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, Carnarvon died after a mosquito bite on his cheek became infected. After lifting Tutankhamun’s death mask, it was found that the pharaoh himself had a lesion in the same place on his cheek. At the same time of Carnarvon’s death, the lights in Cairo went out (although this apparently was a fairly common occurrence) and back at home in England, Lord Carnarvon’s dog Susie howled and dropped dead. Also quite spooky was the fact that Howard Carter’s pet canary was eaten by a snake on the day of the opening of the tomb. The media speculated that a number of people involved with the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb died shortly afterwards, but tend to ignore the fact the the majority actually survived to a ripe old age, and most of those that died shortly afterwards were quite elderly or in poor health anyway.