Burial mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, who ruled Egypt from 1334 to 1325 BC
Italian and Egyptian researchers claimed the cosmic blade was placed next to 18-year-old King Tut’s mummified body, presumably in the hope he could use it to protect himself in the afterlife. The Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun was buried alongside a dagger made from the metal of a meteorite, archaeologists have revealed.
A team of scientists used a technique called “portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry” to analyse the weapon without breaking it, leading them to conclude its iron blade was made from meteorite metal.
The weapon is described as a “a highly ornamented gold dagger with crystal knob” and is on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
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“The nickel and cobalt ratio in the dagger blade is consistent with that of iron meteorites,” Daniela Comelli of Milan Polytechnic, told Discovery News .
Tut’s tomb also contained other objects with a link to the cosmos.
The young king was buried wearing a scarab amulet thought to be made of a type of glass found a remote area of the Libyan desert, which was formed when a meteorite smashed into the Earth’s surface.
The legendary boy king is perhaps the most famous of all the Egyptian monarchs due to his mysterious early death.
King Tutankhamun in his burial chamber
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King Tut’s posthumous profile peaked last century after his body was discovered in the Valley of Kings.
The tragic pharoah’s corpse and stunning gold sarcophagus coffin is now on display in Egypt, but has travelled the world and starred in a famous exhibition held at the British Museum in 1972.
It is still not clear how and why King Tut died, but experts have put forward a number of competing suggestions.
Some have claimed he was assassinated, others insist he was offed by an illness like malaria, while researchers have recently suggested he was hit by a chariot.