Earliest iron artefacts came from meteorite: Archaeologists
PARIS, France (AFP) - The earliest iron artefacts ever found - funeral beads strung around bodies in a 5,000-year-old Egyptian cemetery - were made from a meteorite, archaeologists said on Monday.
Hi-tech scanning of the beads, discovered by British archaeologists in the Lower Egypt village of El-Gerzeh in 1911, shows the metal came from a rock in outer space, they said.
The nine small beads come from two burial sites dated to around 3,200 BC, where they were found in necklaces along with exotic terrestrial minerals such as lapis lazuli, agate and gold.
They are stored at the University College London (UCL) Petrie Museum.