Meteoritics & Planetary Science

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The meteoritic origin of Tutankhamun's iron dagger blade

Daniela Comelli, Massimo D’Orazio, Luigi Folco, Mahmud El-Halwagy, Tommaso Frizzi, Roberto Alberti, Valentina Capogrosso, Abdelrazek Elnaggar, Hala Hassan, Austin Nevin, Franco Porcelli, Mohamed G. Rashed, Gianluca Valentini

Tutankhamun's iron dagger blade

Since its discovery in 1925, the meteoritic origin of the iron dagger blade from the sarcophagus of the ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun (14th C. BCE) has been the subject of debate and previous analyses yielded controversial results. We show that the composition of the blade (Fe plus 10.8 wt% Ni and 0.58 wt% Co), accurately determined through portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, strongly supports its meteoritic origin. Read on

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Wiley Edmonton Awards

Those noted below have been bestowed the Wiley-Blackwell award by the Meteoritical society for the 76th Annual Meeting in Edmonton, Canada. The award recognizes outstanding presentations in the field.

C. Jilly, University of Hawai’i for the presentation, “In-situ Radiometric Dating of Aqueously Formed Carbonates in Sutter’s Mill”
J. Hu, Arizona State University for the presentation, “Shock Metamorphism in L Chondrites Above Shock Stage S6”
A. Krzesinska, Polish Academy of Sciences for the presentation, “Multiple Impact Deformation of the Pultusk H-Chondrite”
N. Williams, University of Manchester for the presentation, “Absolute and mass-dependent titanium isotope compositions of solar system materials.”