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(Nature)   Iron in ancient Egyptian relics came from space. Duh. Didn't these scientists watch the Stargate documentary?   (nature.com) divider line 36
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2013-05-30 11:13:28 AM
Well considering iron is formed in stars either by silicone burning or by a supernova, this isn't really a surprise.
 
2013-05-30 11:13:49 AM
All iron comes from space, specifically from the explosions of supernovæ.
 
2013-05-30 11:16:39 AM
Wasn't there a Discovery Channel show that believed some of King Tut's gems were from meteor impacts?
 
2013-05-30 11:17:43 AM
Anyone who finds this article even vaguely interesting should read Dr. Robert Schoch's books on the origins and the ages of the pyramids and the Sphinx. They are pretty fascinating, and this article falls right in line with his theories.
 
2013-05-30 11:18:12 AM

pkellmey: Wasn't there a Discovery Channel show that believed some of King Tut's gems were from meteor impacts?


that is all the amber glass in the dessert. they think it was caused by a meteor exploding over the surface glassing the sand.
 
2013-05-30 11:18:55 AM

djh0101010: supernovæ


Ooh, aren't we fancy?
 
2013-05-30 11:20:22 AM
IIRC they treated iron as a gift from the gods so any weapon forged from a meteor was suposed to make the weilder superhuman.
 
2013-05-30 11:22:15 AM
Fascinating. Excuse me, gotta run, the chevrons are locking.
 
2013-05-30 11:29:10 AM
To be fair, it was probably a lot easier for the ancient Egyptians to melt down chunks of iron that fell from the sky than try to excavate it.
 
2013-05-30 11:32:14 AM
isn't kinda everything from space?
 
2013-05-30 11:32:48 AM

peasants_are_revolting: Anyone who finds this article even vaguely interesting should read Dr. Robert Schoch's books on the origins and the ages of the pyramids and the Sphinx. They are pretty fascinating, and this article falls right in line with his theories.




This guy too.
www.intrepidmag.com

lulz
 
2013-05-30 11:34:48 AM
Yep, iron from meteorites was always thought to hold special properties (and likely often did, in relation to what ancient humans knew of alloy metallurgy).  It was popular for kings and such to have their swords forged of the stuff.  At the least, it made for good conversation.

Here is an awesome link where a guy forged his own wedding band out of space iron.

Random cool fact:  There is evidence to suggest that the pyramids were actually giant conductive structures, which would channel and discharge static and naturally occuring electricity generated by things like running underground water.  No practical purpose, but it made for a cool light show and would have appeared supernatural and/or magical.  Also, chambers were built at the peak which suggest they may have believed they were able to absorb some of the energy themselves by standing or laying in it.

Unfortunately the researcher leading the project died of a heart attack, and the idea got taken over by some woman selling ancient UFO stories or some crap.  I was sad, because I had found other similar features in ancient buildings which supported the idea.  Now we may never know.
 
2013-05-30 11:36:58 AM
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And just because this made me lol...

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2013-05-30 11:37:16 AM
I've always felt that the reason that "cold iron" was a universal fairy-tale  weapon against all sorts fo monsters and beasties and Faerys was because, when those tales were first being told, the only iron people had came from rocks that fell from space, so OF COURSE it was magical, and being harder and sharper than anything else they could make, of course it was the thing you usd to kill monsters.

The fact that it later became more like Kyrptonite...a secret Achillies' heel of otherwise invulnerable beings was because iron became such a prosaic substance, something even a peasant could own, so it gave them comfort that they weren't helpless against the things that went bump in the night
 
2013-05-30 11:37:17 AM

caution: To be fair, it was probably a lot easier for the ancient Egyptians to melt down chunks of iron that fell from the sky than try to excavate it.


Plus deserts and tundra are a good place to spot meteoric iron I would think, see also Cape York.
 
2013-05-30 11:37:37 AM
Did they discover the fifth element?
 
2013-05-30 11:40:00 AM

Evil Mackerel: Did they discover the fifth element?


Azeez did not provide enough light unfortunately.
 
2013-05-30 11:41:11 AM
"The sky was very important to the ancient Egyptians," says Joyce Tyldesley, an Egyptologist at the University of Manchester, UK, and a co-author of the paper. "Something that falls from the sky is going to be considered as a gift from the gods."
I wonder what the ancient Egyptians thought about bird poop. I think that's a gift from the sky that very few people ever want.
 
2013-05-30 11:42:28 AM

CalamitousCrasher: Evil Mackerel: Did they discover the fifth element?

Azeez did not provide enough light unfortunately.


I really enjoyed the obscure-ness you were able to pull from something so commonly referenced.
 
2013-05-30 11:47:57 AM
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By Crom, how else will we defeat those evil Snake Men of Stygia?
 
2013-05-30 11:50:23 AM

apotheosis27: isn't kinda everything from space?


every thing is in space.
 
2013-05-30 11:52:00 AM
FTFA: "The sky was very important to the ancient Egyptians," says Joyce Tyldesley, an Egyptologist at the University of Manchester, UK, and a co-author of the paper. "Something that falls from the sky is going to be considered as a gift from the gods."
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2013-05-30 11:54:52 AM

djh0101010: All iron comes from space, specifically from the explosions of supernovæ.


i1136.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-30 11:55:35 AM

Alonjar: CalamitousCrasher: Evil Mackerel: Did they discover the fifth element?

Azeez did not provide enough light unfortunately.

I really enjoyed the obscure-ness you were able to pull from something so commonly referenced.


Aziz (checked the spelling) always pops into my head when the fifth element is invoked. I just wish it was Milla that did instead.
 
2013-05-30 12:02:17 PM
Came here for this:
www.thesundaytimes.co.uk

Had to do it myself. :(
 
2013-05-30 12:05:15 PM

CalamitousCrasher: And just because this made me lol...


For those in need of a lol:

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=1U1jSG ib-NA&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3 D 1U1jSGib-NA
 
2013-05-30 12:08:00 PM
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2013-05-30 12:14:18 PM

CalamitousCrasher: Alonjar: CalamitousCrasher: Evil Mackerel: Did they discover the fifth element?

Azeez did not provide enough light unfortunately.

I really enjoyed the obscure-ness you were able to pull from something so commonly referenced.

Aziz (checked the spelling) always pops into my head when the fifth element is invoked. I just wish it was Milla that did instead.


Aziz!  Light!
 
2013-05-30 12:21:28 PM
b.vimeocdn.com
 
2013-05-30 12:55:40 PM
My brother went to Egypt a couple of years ago. He went into the Sahara and brought back some weird naturally occurring iron balls with interesting geometric shapes.

/or maybe he bought them from some vendor at a bazaar
//point being, there's some pretty strange things in the sahara
///and any meteors that fall won't get grown over and buried/eroded
////slashies still think the dunes will swallow them, but the dunes will move on and uncover what they buried
 
2013-05-30 12:55:57 PM
 
2013-05-30 01:54:14 PM
Teal'c of Chulak approves of this article......

Time to turn attention to Antarctica where both the Alien temple and Stargate are waiting for us......
 
2013-05-30 02:04:06 PM
May I take a moment to congratulate all of the people pedantically and pointlessly pointing out that iron originates in supernovae, thereby completely missing everything of significance in this story? Well done, all of you, on being technically correct.
 
2013-05-30 05:49:59 PM

Magorn: I've always felt that the reason that "cold iron" was a universal fairy-tale  weapon against all sorts fo monsters and beasties and Faerys was because, when those tales were first being told, the only iron people had came from rocks that fell from space, so OF COURSE it was magical, and being harder and sharper than anything else they could make, of course it was the thing you usd to kill monsters.

The fact that it later became more like Kyrptonite...a secret Achillies' heel of otherwise invulnerable beings was because iron became such a prosaic substance, something even a peasant could own, so it gave them comfort that they weren't helpless against the things that went bump in the night


You might find this to be an interesting read.  Just be careful not to get lost in the tabs...
 
2013-05-30 06:21:52 PM

shifter_: Teal'c of Chulak approves of this article......

Time to turn attention to Antarctica where both the Alien temple and Stargate are waiting for us......


You forgot the Ancient outpost with the cool chair that lets you shoot glowy drones at Gou'auld motherships.
 
2013-05-31 05:11:15 PM
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