A small knife entombed beside Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun is made a of iron that came from a meteorite, researchers say.
The weapon was one of a pair of daggers discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1925 within the burial wrappings of the king.
However, only recently have researches have used a special x-ray to find where the blade came form.
The researchers say the presence of iron – along with levels of nickel and cobalt – “strongly suggests an extraterrestrial origin”.
They compared the composition of the dagger to known meteorites within 2,000km around the Red Sea coast of Egypt, and found that one in particular – which landed 150 miles (240km) west of Alexandria – contained similar levels of nickel and cobalt.
The dagger – which features a decorated gold handle and a gold sheath is now on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Tutankhamun was mummified more than 3,300 years ago.
WHO WAS TUTANKHAMUN? (1336 BC – 1327 BCE)
The 11th pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egypt.
Made famous by the discovery of his completely intact tomb by the British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.
He was about 17 when he died and was likely to have inherited the throne at the age of eight or nine.
Uncertainty still surrounds Tutankhamun’s death. He may have been assassinated, or died as the result of an injury received while hunting.