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Scientists Confirm King Tut's Dagger Blade Made From Material Not From Our Planet

Scientists Confirm King Tut's Dagger Blade Made From Material Not From Our Planet

Emily Chung | AP

A famous dagger found in the wrapping of Egyptian King Tutankhamun's mummy was made with iron from a meteorite, a study confirms.

An analysis of the dagger's blade led by Daniela Comelli, a professor of materials science at the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy, showed that it contains 10 per cent nickel and 0.6 per cent cobalt, the researchers report in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

The analysis was conducted using a technique called X-ray fluorescence, which identifies different elements from the characteristic colours of light they give off when hit with X-rays. Then they compared the composition of the dagger's blade with that of 11 metallic meteorites and found it to be very similar.

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