King Tutankhamun’s dagger came from outer space



King Tut continues to astound the archaeological community, as new research shows that the ancient Egyptian child pharaoh was buried with a dagger that originated in outer space.

The iron blade placed in his sarcophagus next to the right thigh of his mummified body was manufactured from a meteorite, according to researchers from Milan Polytechnic, Pisa University and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The team carried out an analysis using non-invasive, portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and published their results in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

Archaeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 sparked worldwide fascination with the 14th Century BC pharaoh. Three years later, two blades – one iron and one gold – were found in the wrapping of the 18th Dynasty mummy.

Previous analyses of iron objects found in King Tut’s tomb have proven controversial, but technological advances enabled the researchers, led by Daniela Comelli, to confirm that the iron in the dagger blade did, indeed, come from a meteorite.

“Meteoric iron is clearly indicated by the presence of a high percentages of nickel,” Comelli told Discovery News..

The pharaoh’s dagger is composed of nearly 11 percent nickel – almost three times the amount found in artifacts produced from iron ore quarrying. It also has traces of cobalt consistent with that of iron meteorites.

The team then went a step further to locate the source of the blade. “We took into consideration all meteorites found within an area of 2,000 kilometers in radius centered in the Red Sea, and we ended up with 20 iron meteorites,” Comelli explained.

Only one of them turned out to have nickel and cobalt levels consistent with Tut’s blade. It was found in 2000 at the Egyptian resort town Mersa Matruh.


isnt this a curious story?

Meteoric iron is clearly indicated by the presence of a high percentages of nickel,”

or was it a gift from “visitors”? 🙂


~ by seeker401 on June 6, 2016.

5 Responses to “King Tutankhamun’s dagger came from outer space”

  1. Hello Seeker.

    Interesting little story.

    There are other historical accounts of iron meteorites used as weapons, or used to manufacture them. In the case of the one in Tutankhamon’s grave, it was made during the Bronze Age, when (at least in the Middle East and Mediterranean area) iron working was either uncommon or not practiced due to the high temperatures needed for smelting.

    There is an interesting little aside in either of Homer’s Illiad or Odyssey, that concerns a warrior who used a club made of solid iron. Since much of Homer’s original material comes from the Bronze Age, it’s assumed that this unusual weapon was probably a re-worked iron meteorite.

    A much later example comes from about the 17th century in India, where of course they’ve always had pretty advanced metal-working skills. In that case, part of an iron meteorite was re-worked into a dagger or sword blade, but the comment was made at the time that “it would not stand under the hammer,” meaning that the meteoric iron metal was too brittle and at first broke up when subject to normal iron-working.

    As always, thanks for all your work.

    Andrew Farquharson.

    • thanks andrew..

      i guess back then a lot more time was spent looking at the sky and these sort of object could have been detected and then found and “gifts” from the gods they would have had immeasurable value to a king..

  2. Considering our entire planet is hanging in space, I’d say everything on Earth “came from outer space.”

  3. Hello Seeker and Scortch Dearth.

    “… a lot more time was spent looking at the sky…” That’s true. The seasonal changes to constellations were very handy when it came to marking seasons, although of course the weather would usually do that of itself.

    Even something like the number of stars visible in the Pleiades cluster could give warning of an oncoming drought, given that drier conditions led to more fine dust in the sky which led to slightly less stars visible in that cluster.

    There’s even an account in one medieval English chronicle of a monk looking up at the night sky to estimate, from the position of the stars, what hour of the night it was. The mentioning of that sort of ordinary detail of daily life is quite rare in documents of that sort.

    And getting back to meteorites, if one was actually seen to fall and then located, it would certainly add to its value as something from the realm of the gods. Particularly if it was unusual or useful metal.

    All the best to all.

    Andrew Farquharson.

    • And getting back to meteorites, if one was actually seen to fall and then located, it would certainly add to its value as something from the realm of the gods.


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