AN EGYPTIAN dagger found in King Tutankhamun’s tomb was made with iron from a meteorite, a study has confirmed.
Using a hi-tech X-ray, the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy found the famous dagger contained 10 per cent nickel and 0.6 per cent cobalt.
A comparison with 11 metallic meteorites found they were made of similar elements.
The dagger dates back to the 14th century BC and was found in the wrapping surrounding the right thigh of King Tut’s mummy. It features a decorated gold handle with a rounded knob of rock crystal. It was encased in a gold sheath that was decorated with a pattern of lilies, feathers and a jackal’s head.
Another separate gold blade was found under King Tut’s wrapping on the abdomen.