King Tut’s Dagger Made of ‘Iron From the Sky,’ Researchers Say

June 2, 2016 12:08 PM

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King Tut’s Dagger Made of ‘Iron From the Sky,’ Researchers Say

CAIRO — The iron blade of an ornate dagger buried with the Egyptian King Tutankhamen probably came from a fallen meteorite, researchers have determined — a form of metal so prized by ancient Egyptians that they called it “iron from the sky.”

The dagger, which was discovered in the folds of the wrapping around the mummified boy king, has long intrigued historians and archaeologists for its great beauty — it has a gold and crystal handle, and an ornate sheath — and because ironwork was rare in ancient Egypt.

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