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Iron in the Sky: Meteorites in Ancient Egypt (Free Hybrid Lecture)


Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, and Harvard Museum of Natural History

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How did iron from meteorites find its way into ancient Egyptian objects? In this free hybrid lecture, Dr. Almansa-Villatoro will discuss how ancient Egyptians associated iron with the sky and stars.

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Geological Lecture Hall

24 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Dates and Times

.: Thu, March 9 2023 6PM – 7PM.

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Victoria Almansa-Villatoro, Junior Research Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows

In ancient Egypt, iron harvested from meteorites was used to create ritual objects associated with royalty and power. An iron dagger from the tomb of King Tutankhamun is one of the oldest Egyptian objects verified to be of meteoritic origin. In this lecture, Almansa-Villatoro will discuss Egyptian texts, iconography, and religious writings that associate iron with the sky and stars, indicating that ancient Egyptians were aware that meteorites came from space. This knowledge—most likely shared with other ancient civilizations that connected iron and sky in their texts—was lost in modern times, as it was only until the eighteenth century that meteorites were confirmed to be of extraterrestrial origin.

Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Presented by the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

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.: Thu, March 9 2023 6PM – 7PM.

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Last updated February 27, 2023.