The Haque Court is trying its very case of desecration of ancient artifacts under the category of a war crime. The first ever. They have in custody a person who is profusely remorseful for destroying ancient texts and artifacts of Timbucktu. My guess is that they will throw the book at him; to be decided soon.
From Africa Abroad USA – May 30-June 14, 2016: Headline: Tutankhamun’s Knife was ‘Made from Meteorite Iron’. Story: A dagger entombed alongside the mummy of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankamun was made with iron that came from a meteorite, researchers say. The weapon was one of a pair of daggers discovered by British archeologist Howard Carter in 1925 within the burial wrappings of the teenage king.
The origin of its unrusted iron blade has baffled scientists because such metalwork was rare in ancient Egypt. Tutankamun was mummified more than 3,300 years ago. Italian and Egyptian researchers used ‘a non-invasive X-ray technique’ to confirm the composition of the iron without damaging it, according to a study published in the journal of Meteoritics and Planetary Science.
‘Meteoritic iron is clearly indicated by the presence of a high percentage of nickel’, the study’ main author Daniela Comelli said. 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 west of Alexandria contained similar levels of nickel and cobalt.
‘Ancient Egyptians attached great significance to meteoritic iron for the production of fine ornamental or ceremonial objects. They were aware that these rare chunks of iron fell from the sky already in the 13th century BCE, anticipating Western culture by more than two millennia,’ researchers wrote.
The dagger which features a decorated gold handle and gold sheath with a floral lily motif on one side and a feather pattern on the other, is now on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.