Dagger of Tutankhamun
Man began to work with metals on an ongoing basis around 3300 BC, but only 2000 years later he mastered the technology of high-temperature smelting, which made it possible to obtain iron from ore. These 20 centuries are called the Bronze Age, due to the prevalence of products from this alloy in everyday life, therefore, extremely rare iron items of that time have the status of artifacts. But where did they come from?
The myths of different peoples speak of the gifts of the gods - wonderful objects that flew from heaven, from which then skilled craftsmen have already made such things as the dagger of Tutankhamun or the Syrian pendant more than 4 thousand years old. In modern interpretation, this means that the ancient blacksmiths worked with meteorite iron. That is, not raw materials, but already finished material, which could only be softened and shaped.
Meteorites are rare on Earth and this goes well with the status of artifacts - there are not many real iron objects from the Bronze Age on the planet. But are they really made of meteorite iron? Albert Jambon of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France used a fluorescence X-ray spectrometer to measure the precise combinations of metal impurities in prehistoric products.
In all officially recorded metal meteorites, the content of nickel and cobalt exceeds those in ordinary iron of terrestrial origin. And Jambon saw the same picture when examining artifacts from museums. Everywhere, without exception, there were direct indications of meteoric iron. It turns out that ancient legends do not lie and the wonderful things of the past really have extraterrestrial origin.