Discovery scientists from Egypt and Italy, which indicates that discovered in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s dagger was forged from material of extraterrestrial origin, literally shocking. After all, this means that the inhabitants of Ancient Egypt were not just familiar with the “visitors from outer space”, and found them an excellent application. For example, for meteoric iron. To determine the composition of ancient metal dagger, today scientists have used x-ray fluorescence spectrometer, and in those days the Egyptians apparently knew a lot about the properties of metals, despite the lack of special equipment.
35-centimeter blade was found during excavations in the tomb of Tutankhamun, after opening the sarcophagus, shrouded mummies, in 1925. Examination of the dagger, the researchers decided to conduct a once in February 2010, it was the discovery of Kamil crater of meteoric origin. The fall of the meteorite, according to scientists, happened, space standards, recently. He fell in the Egyptian desert somewhere between 5 to 10 thousand years ago. Also, scientists and Egyptologists in one of the ancient papyri discovered information about the “iron fallen from the sky”.
-Analysis of composition specialists have found that the Nickel content in the blade is 10 %.
-Meteoric iron always contains a sufficient amount of Nickel is from 5 to 30 %. Minerals that are derived iron and Nickel, are arranged in a specific order. I fully admit that the dagger found in Tutankhamun’s tomb were forged from meteorite iron. This concentration of Nickel is 2.5 times higher than its content in other artifacts made from terrestrial iron ore. Also, as far as I understood from messages in the blade was found 0.6 % of cobalt, which is also characteristic of meteorite iron. If we got at least a tiny piece of this dagger, we would be able to answer accurately — whether it is made from a meteorite or not, so for now it is only on the assumption.
-We can say that in Ancient Egypt, the iron at that time did not produce, because the inhabitants were not to do any resource base or technology?
-Of course, the domain at that time was not yet. But, in principle, smelting could be. Again, with regard to findings, it could be native iron, which is formed by volcanic activity in the massifs of basic rocks under very specific conditions. In particular, in these cells should not be present a lot of oxygen, otherwise the iron will turn into oxides. As a rule, native iron is found in the form of fine, irregularly shaped grains, sometimes in the form of spongy or solid objects dispersed in basaltic rocks. The known deposits of native iron in basalts on the island of Disko near the Western coast of Greenland, near the city of Kassel in Germany and in the Department of Auvergne in France. It is quite rare, but it is the place to be on earth. Although, it should be noted that native iron is quite soft, and it is unlikely that the dagger could be made of it.
-Collectors have not seen the photos of the dagger nor gash nor was serrated on the blade.
-This dagger could never use in everyday life. It could be just a symbol of wealth of the owner.
Tutankhamun rules from 1333 in the year 1323 BC and died at the age of 18 years. Currently the dagger is kept in the Cairo Museum. The blade is made of stainless steel, the scabbard and hilt of gold.Related posts: