Some conspiracy theorists are fond of pointing to things like the pyramids as proof that the Egyptians were in communication with an extraterrestrial civilization. While that’s very, very, very unlikely, a recent scientific discovery has revealed a surprising connection between Egyptian royalty and outer space. According to the Guardian, Italian and Egyptian scientists have concluded that a dagger found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen was forged from iron extracted from a meteorite.
Analysis of the dagger via spectrometer revealed high levels of nickel and cobalt: two elements suggesting that the dagger had an otherworldly origin. The scientists seem to have traced the iron to a particular meteorite located at the seaport of Mersa Matruh. Ironworking was rare in ancient Egypt, so the meteor’s iron content must have been a rare and valuable find.