Even after all these years and endless amounts of research, ancient Egypt still manages to throw a few surprises at us.
A new study just confirmed that King Tutankhamun literally had a space dagger. That’s right, a dagger from space. And he somehow got this years before things like rockets, NASA or movies like Gravity ever existed.
Researchers led by the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy analyzed a dagger that was found in the wrapping of the Egyptian king’s mummy. The test found that the blade was made up of nickel and cobalt, but also iron that came from a meteorite.
We already know what you’re thinking: How is that even possible?!
The dagger dates all the way back to the 14th century BC, and serves as proof that ancient Egyptians developed iron smelting much earlier than previously thought (researchers had believed the practice didn’t come around until about 8th century BC). But the discovery becomes even more impressive when you consider that the ancients were extracting iron from an alien source. Additionally, the findings explain mysterious Egyptian descriptions of metal that were written about 100 years after King Tut’s reign, which contain the words “iron of the sky.”
Honestly, we can’t wait to see what this ancient world throws at us next.