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Tutankhamun’s iron dagger blade or King Tut’s iron dagger blade has been confirmed to be iron of meteoritic origin. Originally discovered in 1925 in King Tutankhamun’s tomb (14th C. BCE) by Howard Carter, an archaeologist, the iron dagger had since been posited to be of meteorite origin. However, this was the subject of debate because previous studies and investigations have generated unclear conclusions. The June 2016 published results derived from x-ray fluorescence spectrometry analysis accurately demonstrate that the blade’s composition is iron (Fe), 10% nickel (Ni), and 0.6% cobalt (Co).
At the time of King Tutankhamun’s mummification 3,300 years ago, iron smelting and manufacture was rare. Iron objects were used for only artistic, ornamental, ritual, and ceremonial purposes as well as for pigmentation. Hence, iron during this age was apprised as more valuable or precious than gold. Iron artifacts were given as royal gifts during the period directly preceding Tutankhamun’s rule