Thursday, June 2, 2016

King Tut's Knife


"The weapon, now on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, was described in 1925 by Howard Carter, who three years before had discovered the treasure-packed tomb, as "a highly ornamented gold dagger with crystal knob."

Made of non-rusted, homogeneous metal, the finely manufactured blade features a decorated gold handle. It is completed by a gold sheath garnished with a floral lily motif on one side and with a feathers pattern on the other side, terminating with a jackal's head.

Now dramatic technological improvements have allowed the researchers to determine the composition of the blade.

'Meteoric iron is clearly indicated by the presence of a high percentages of nickel,' main author Daniela Comelli, at the department of Physics of Milan Polytechnic, told Discovery News..."

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