Aliens made the pyramids – is often what conspiracy theorists love to prove. Well, this time around, something is indeed extraterrestrial. Science is backing it, too. The news maker is none other than one of the most mysterious characters of Egypt, Pharaoh (Egyptian King) Tutankhamun, and his dagger. Was his dagger made by aliens? Scientists found that it came from space. What is it?
In 1922, within the wrappings of Tutankhamun, who was mummified more than 3,300 years ago, archaeologist Howard Carter unearthed two daggers, one iron and the other with a blade of gold. The iron blade had a gold handle, rock crystal pommel and lily and jackal-decorated sheath. For decades, the iron blade one has baffled researchers, as Carter’s discovery say that ironwork was rare in ancient Egypt. Moreover, the metal had not rusted, reports The Guardian.
A team of researchers along with experts from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo examined the weapon. With the development in scanning technology, especially the usage of non-invasive, portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, it was proved that the blade’s iron came from a meteorite. The regular iron has 4% nickel, whereas the blade has 11% nickel, hinting that meteoric iron was used.
‘Meteoric iron is clearly indicated by the presence of high percentages of nickel,’ stated Daniela Comelli of the Physics department of Milan Polytechnic.
Tutankhamun has been one of the most interesting subjects for researchers. In 1922, his tomb was discovered in the Valley of the Kings by Howard Carter after years of painstaking persistence. This discovery is counted as the most significant archaeological find of the century. Tutankhamun’s outstanding treasures turned into a yardstick for all future archaeological findings. There had been many mysteries revolving around Tutankhamun’s life and death, and with this discovery, these puzzles were solved gradually.
However, there are more to unfold about his saga and many new theories are being tried to find out what really happened to the teenage king behind the golden mask. This new twist in his dagger also titillated many thoughts.
Is there any alien angle to his death? What do you think? Do comment below.