Tutankhamun, an Egyptian pharaoh, was buried with a dagger forged from a meteorite. A study published in Meteoritics and Planetary Science uncovers the ancient role of metallurgy and the things discovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb.
The iron dagger was made with gold sheath and is 34.2 cm long. The golden dagger has a non-rusted blade. Its handle was carved with fine gold work, with its gold sheath adorned with a floral lily motif, and a feather on the other side.
The curiosity to dig more didn’t stop Italian and Egyptian researchers to scoop more about the exceptional dagger. To check whether the dagger had meteorite fragments, they used X-ray fluorescence spectrometry to clearly confirm what King Tut’s knife was made of. They found high nickel content and cobalt.
Well, the test indeed confirmed its meteoritic origin.
“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,” said Associate Professor Comelli to ABC.
The Tut’s tomb was discovered by an archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. It was buried 3300 years back and was one such a remarkable finding that captivated the world’s interest. In 1925, Carter discovered two daggers, which reflected the epitome of high-quality craftsmanship. One was made of the iron blade and was placed on the Tut’s right thigh. Another one was of gold placed on the abdomen.
Well, the finding does not end here.
Along with the iron things, the tomb had 16 miniature iron blades, a miniature head rest, and a bracelet with the Udjat eye of iron, according to the study.
Researchers added that Egyptians at that time gave more importance to rocks falling from 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 [century] BC, anticipating Western culture by more than two millennia,” researchers said in a report by The Guardian.