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#1 ZielkeNightsky

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 04:55 PM

This spring it was announced that tube-shaped beads excavated from grave pits at the prehistoric Egyptian Gerzeh cemetery, approximately 3300 BCE, is consistent with a cold-worked iron meteorite.

Yet another fantastic angle on meteorites, which involves the ancient Egyptian culture. Immediately the Gebel Kamil meteorite comes to mind.

Public history of science lecture by Dr Diane Johnson video:
Iron from the sky: the potential influence of meteorites on ancient Egyptian ...

Paper in Meteoritics & Planetary Science may 2013

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:14 PM

Article here: http://scitechdaily....rom-meteorit...

Reminds me of the fact that when the Campo del Cielo meteorite was "discovered" by the Spanish conquistadors in 1572 it was already being used by the natives in making knives, arrow points and spear heads. I believe there are also cases of larges iron meteorites being used by village blacksmiths in Africa as anvils.

This means that iron from meteorites was being used 2000 years before the smelting of the ore was discovered.

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