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NEWS: 5,000-Year-Old Bead Made From Meteorite

20130602-195714.jpgThe bead reportedly marks the earliest known use of iron in Egypt.

“Talk about heaven sent—a 5,000-year-old iron bead found in a grave in Gerzeh, about 43 miles south of Cairo, Egypt, has been analyzed and found to be made from a meteorite.

According to the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science, the bead represents the earliest known use of iron in Egypt.

The Gerzeh bead was examined with optical imaging, as well as with an electron scanning microscope and a CT scanner. The nickel-rich areas in the virtual model (bottom, left) are colored blue and indicative of its meteoritic origin” – via National Geographic.

You can read more here.

The religious significance of the use of meteoric iron is fascinating!

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One comment on “NEWS: 5,000-Year-Old Bead Made From Meteorite

  1. Fascinating post ! as always. Thank you. I would love one of those beads myself.

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