Archaeologists discover ancient tools made from the space material

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Archaeologists have unearthed the new old iron objects that make use of iron from meteorites, at a time when the early humans were not thought to be able to smelting of iron ore.

According to a study in the Journal of Archaeological Science, the artifacts were determined to be extraterrestrial iron using an x-ray fluorescence spectrometer. The spectrometer is used to detect iron elements in the tools and other objects, and it is an advancement in the techniques that are used for testing, if it is not at the expense of the items of a key fear for archaeologists.

“The few iron objects from the bronze age sensu stricto that can be analysed are definitely made from meteoritic iron, which suggests that the speculation about the precocious melt during the Bronze Age needs to be revised,” the study of the abstract reads, with thanks to Science Direct.


The tools were found in regions of Syria, Turkey and Egypt, where it is thought that people do not have the technology or understanding to melting of iron at the time.

The research revealed also higher levels of nickel and cobalt than is traditionally found on Earth, effective fastening of the instruments “meteroritic iron.”

With the new discovery, researchers believe that this opens up the possibility of more insight when the people were able for the first time to the conduct of smelting operations, generally thought to be around the bronze age. A spacious period, the bronze age ranged from 3,300 B. C. 300 B. C. in various parts of the world.

The analysis is done by Albert Jambon from the National Centre for Scientific Research in France.

Other artifacts from around the world have discovered to have traces of meteroic iron in them.

Last year, an Egyptian dagger was found in King Tutankhamun ‘ s tomb to be made with iron from a meteorite.

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