Ancient Aliens: King Tut’s Dagger (Season 12) | Exclusive | History


MICHAEL DENNIN:
So, in 2016, they studied King Tut’s dagger
and discovered that it was likely to be made
out of meteorite iron. JEFF WILLIAMS: They used what’s
called an XRF spectrometer to determine the nature
of the metal that was used. ‘Cause iron was
not exactly well used during the Egyptian period, especially during
King Tut’s rule, which was 1300 BC. To find meteorite iron used
in ancient Egypt, that’s well before when we were
regularly using iron as humans. That’s when we would call
the Iron Age. The ancient Egyptians were
much more in the Bronze Age, where we were working
mostly with bronze and metals like that. So it was very uncommon
to find iron. WILLIAMS:
The composition was 89% iron, 11% nickel, and the remainder was cobalt. Now, anybody who knows anything
about meteorites knows that they have
a high nickel content. But the problem with this
is that meteorites are very difficult
to fashion into objects. Very, very brittle
and very difficult to work with. DENNIN:
One of the challenges with getting iron
out of a meteorite and mining it is really the composition
of the iron will be spread out, perhaps, throughout the
meteorite, maybe not clustered. You have to find it and you have
to get it from the meteorite. WILLIAMS: One of the qualities
that makes this dagger so unique and has brought a lot
of attention onto it is the way that it was created. It has no hammer marks on it.
It’s completely smooth. It has a nice edge
all the way around on it. It doesn’t display
all the telltale signs of ironworking
from that time period. So where did
the blade come from? Did the Egyptians make it? DAVID CHILDRESS: If the ancient
people were looking at the sky for extraterrestrials, and then, essentially,
a sort of a present was sent to them, in the form of meteoric iron, this would have been something
just so valuable to them and auspicious,
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