Scientists continue to dig the origins of King Tut’s dagger ‘from outer space’: It could have been a gift from Turkey

Fareeha Arshad

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King Tut was a pharaoh of many mysteries. Among the many unearthed from his tomb was the golden dagger discovered from his gravesite, which was initially thought of made up of a material unknown to this planet. Archaeologists immediately assumed that the material came from outer space – a meteorite perhaps. However, recent studies suggest that though the material could have been derived from the iron of a meteor, it was actually crafted in modern-day Turkey.

Iron was a rare luxury in ancient Egypt. The smelting process was not known, nor was there equipment available that would help to extract iron from their ores. However, as per a research study published in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science, scientists described the adhesive used in the dagger as lime plaster, a substance widely used in Turkey at the time when King Tut ruled ancient Egypt.

However, in another recent observational study published in the book Iron from Tutankhamun’s Tomb, the authors mentioned that it is difficult to conclude something that happened all those years ago definitely. Therefore, the origins of King Tut’s possessions cannot be pinpointed with surety yet. The researchers further recorded that the rock crystal present on the dagger was very close to the ones used in the Aegean area. This means that the dagger’s origin is still under question, and we cannot form a clear picture yet. Regardless, it is a precious artefact that tells the story of its owner, the mysterious Pharoah – who had friends and upheld ties with people from distant parts of the world.

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