Cairo (Egypt): In a mind-boggling discovery, researchers have claimed that the Pharaoh Tutankhamun, the boy king who ruled Egypt around 1332-1323 BC, had an object of admiration and mystery which was turned out be made of a meteorite.
A team of Egyptian and Italian researchers published the papers which noted that the king Tut had a beautiful dagger which was made of mostly iron and small amount of nickel and cobalt.
The new discovery set the international media on fire. The researchers, led by Daniela Comelli, an associate professor at the department of Physics of Milan Polytechnic, wrote, “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 BCE, anticipating Western culture by more than two millennia.”
It is hard to believe that the Egyptians were well-versed in using iron while the rest of humanity was still living in Bronze Age.
According to the researchers, the quality of the dagger’s blade is an indicative of Egyptian mastery of iron work.
The dagger was found in the mummified pharaoh in 1925 and was analysed with a technique called X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. The technique works by energetically exciting various compounds within the object to compare different radiation wavelengths.
This complete process allows researchers to study about the elements that are present without damaging the object.
On the basis of past famous discoveries on Tut, it has been found that there is much more to reveal groundbreaking secrets of Tut’s tomb and which can also be linked to space mystery.