Ancient Egyptian Meteorites


Ancient Egyptians used meteorites as an early source of metal iron before they  understood how to extract iron from mineral ores.The earliest known example of the use of iron in Egypt is in the form of beads  found in two graves at a prehistoric cemetery  at Gerzeh, 70km south of Cairo. Other possible examples of meteorite iron use in ancient Egypt include iron objects found in Tutankhamun’s tomb, including a dagger blade.


This hieroglyphic word used by ancient Egyptians means iron, which literally translates as “iron from the sky”

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The Gerzeh beads were made in about 3400 BCE. We do not know who they belonged to but the grave they were found in also had other high status goods so they were probably owned by someone important to this community, such as a leader