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Tutankhamun's Dagger Blade Meteoritic Origin

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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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