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King Tut’s Dagger Was Made From A Meteorite, Study Confirms

USA Today reports: A dagger buried alongside King Tutankhamun was made with iron from a meteorite, according to research published in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science.

Using X-ray fluorescence, a team of researchers, led by Daniela Comelli of the Polytechnic University of Milan, analyzed the blade and found that it has a similar composition to metallic meteorites.

The dagger was one of two, discovered in 1925, beneath the wrappings surrounding King Tut’s body. The iron dagger, which had a gold sheath and handle, was found by King Tut’s right thigh.

For years, archaeologists have debated whether or not the iron dagger was meteoric in origin, though the researchers note, previous analysis of the dagger provided controversial results.

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