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King Tut’s dagger made from an ancient meteorite

A dagger found in the folds of King Tutankhamun’s wrappings was made of metals from an ancient meteorite, The New York Times reports. Scientists analyzing the blade—decorated with a crystal and gold handle and housed in a golden sheath—found that its composition of cobalt, nickel, and iron closely matches that of a meteorite found 16 years ago in northern Egypt, according to a study published this week in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science. The blade’s origins may also help explain Old Kingdom hieroglyphics in pyramids that refer to a mysterious metal as “iron from the sky.”
 

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