Space Out! Photos of Ancient Artifacts Made from Meteorites

Rocks from space threaten life on Earth! Actually most of those rocks are in the form of tiny meteors and they burn up before hitting the ground.
Rocks from space threaten life on Earth! Actually most of those rocks are in the form of tiny meteors and they burn up before hitting the ground.
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Egyptian Necklaces & Iron Beads

Egyptian Necklaces & Iron Beads

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Archaeologists have uncovered ancient artifacts that were made from meteorites that fell to Earth from space. Here are some of the most famous artifacts that originated from the cosmos.

Above, ancient iron beads (center) were excavated from an Egyptian tomb in 1911. The beads were made from iron meteorites. On either side, ancient Egyptian necklaces are displayed, with other exotic materials, such as lapis lazuli and gold, strung together.

Meteorite bead

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An analysis of this Gerzeh bead showed it was crafted from a space rock.

Ancient Egyptian Iron Beads

Ancient Egyptian Iron Beads

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Ancient iron beads were excavated from an Egyptian tomb in 1911. The beads were crafted from iron meteorites, which fell to Earth from space.

Egytian Beads Made from Iron Meteorites

Egytian Beads Made from Iron Meteorites

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These ancient Egyptian beads were crafted from iron meteorites.

Ancient Egyptian Iron Beads Close-up

Ancient Egyptian Iron Beads Close-up

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A close-up of the ancient iron beads found in a 5,000-year-old Egyptian tomb.

Meteorite Buddha

buddha statue carved from meteorite.

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A Buddha statue dating back to the 8th to 10th centuries is carved from a rare iron meteorite.

Space Buddha

Buddha carved from a meteorite.

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The Buddha meteorite matches those found in the Chinga meteorite field.