The funeral beads from outer space
File photo: An archaeologist shows necklace beads found in a grave with human remains, near the excavation site of an 18th dynasty military fort. Could this be King David’s palace? Paris - 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.
They are stored at the University College London (UCL) Petrie Museum. Meteorite iron is an alloy that has a different composition from terrestrial iron.
The scientists teased out a signature of the elements in the beads through a non-destructive ID test called prompt-gamma neutron activation analysis (PGAA).... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Independent on SaturdaySimilar Stories