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Study confirms King Tut's dagger was made with iron from a meteorite

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Using a hi-tech X-ray, the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy found the famous dagger contained 10 percent nickel and 0.6 percent cobalt.

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.

Iron objects were rare and considered more valuable than gold during the Bronze Age and were mostly decorative.

The use of a portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometry to identify its elements now confirms the theory.

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