Ancient Egyptian Jewelry Came From ... Space
Beads made 5K years ago came from meteorite
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2013 12:29 PM CDT

(Newser) – A cache of iron beads dating back 5,000 years to Egypt had long puzzled archeologists: That predates smelting, so how on earth did the Egyptians craft them? Turns out, it wasn't done on Earth at all, reports Nature. UK researchers borrowed one of the beads from a museum and used electron microscopy to conclude that the nickel-rich iron came from a meteorite. They think ancient jewelry-makers hammered the found iron until it became thin and bendable.

“The sky was very important to the ancient Egyptians,” says a co-author of the paper in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science. "Something that falls from the sky is going to be considered as a gift from the gods.”

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Jun 1, 2013 2:10 PM CDT
The pharaohs caskets had measurement differences of less than 1/10,000 of an inch. That's less than a sheet of notebook paper which is smaller than any cutting tool available today including a laser beam.
Jun 1, 2013 1:21 PM CDT
Looks like a Coke bottle:
Jun 1, 2013 1:16 PM CDT
“The sky was very important to the ancient Egyptians,” Wasn't the sky important to every living thing that ever existed?