Iron from King Tut’s Tomb || Celebrating the Centenary



Iron from Tutankhamun’s Tomb by Katja Broschat, Florian Ströbele, Christian Koeberl, Christian Eckmann, and
Eid Mertah (AUC Press, 2022)


“[A] definitive, exemplary monograph, remarkable for its excellent illustrations.”—Archaeology Worldwide

“Ever since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, the boy king and his treasures have stunned the world. This fascinating study of all the iron objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb shows that there was much more to it than gold.”—Zahi Hawass

“A fascinating analysis by a very knowledgeable team of experts. Every Tutankhamun enthusiast will want this one for their bookshelf.”—Bob Brier, Long Island University

“Today, iron is very much a workaday material, but in the Egypt of Tutankhamun it was a miraculous material that descended from the stars. The king’s tomb contained a tiny handful of prized iron items, the most important placed on the mummy itself. This definitive book by an international team of experts finally reveals their secrets.”—Aidan Dodson, University of Bristol

“This book combines unprecedented access to the rich collection of iron objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb with the superb documentation skills of the team of conservators of the Gold Mask of the Boy King. It is required reading for anyone interested in meteoritic iron and its early use, providing a detailed view onto this unique assemblage of ‘iron from the sky,’ from mundane tools to symbolic items, and the iconic iron dagger.”—Thilo Rehren, The Cyprus Institute

“This study brings together, for the first time, all the iron objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun and demonstrates that they are of extra-terrestrial origin; that is, they are made of meteoritic iron. Even though the Egyptians of Tutankhamun’s time could not smelt iron from its ores they were able to work meteoritic iron. While gold may be most closely associated with the ‘boy-king,’ this heavenly iron would have been very highly prized for its rarity and as a gift from the gods.”—Paul T. Nicholson, Cardiff University

“This beautifully illustrated book presents a technical study of iron tools, amulets, and a gold-sheathed dagger, in the context of the burial and iron technology of ancient Egypt.”—Susanne Gänsicke, The J. Paul Getty Museum

“This slender and elegant volume brings together the most complete published data on the iron artifacts from the burial equipment of King Tutankhamun (Tomb KV 62)”—The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology

“Iron from Tutankhamun’s Tomb is a definitive, exemplary monograph,  remarkable for its excellent illustrations. This is a succinct, closely argued, and invaluable study, which settles the meteoric iron controversy once and for all. Apart from that, this beautifully produced volume is a major contribution to the long-term study of the sepulcher.”—Brian Fagan, Archaeology Worldwide

“Informatively written . . . beautifully and profusely illustrated”—Midwest Book Review