Ancient Egyptian Jewelry Was Made From Meteorites

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    Aug 20, 2013 4:37 PM GMT
    Wow, that's interesting.


    If you want to track down meteorite debris, UCL Qatar professor Thilo Rehren explains in a phone interview, you have a couple options: your best bet is to scour for the black chunks of rock in the white plains of Antarctica, "but the second best place to hunt meteorites is the Sahara Desert," where it's relatively easy to find space rocks amid the expansive, light sands. About 5,000 years ago, that's where the Egyptians likely looked.

    Rehren and a team of archaeologists have been studying Egyptian jewelry first uncovered from a grave in 1911--specifically, a set of beads from around 3,200 B.C. (The markings on ceramics and other finds at the site indicate the general time period.) The beads don't look like much more than decaying chunks of metal (which they are), but they were ceremoniously strung together on a necklace and wrapped around the deceased inside the tomb.

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  • Rhi_Bran

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    Aug 21, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    Does not surprise me. A great deal of iron that was used before mining and smelting techniques were refined was meteoric since it didn't need to be extracted from ore.

    And honestly, when they say "Iron Age" or "Bronze Age", it doesn't mean tools made from those materials were common. A meteoric iron dagger was found in King Tut's tomb - demonstrating that worked iron was so rare that only the pharaoh could afford such an object.
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    Aug 21, 2013 3:50 AM GMT
    thank_you saidALIENS

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