Ancient Beads with an Otherworldly Origin

6:40 minutes

Researchers analyzed ancient Egyptian iron beads fashioned out of meteoric iron and crafted 2,000 years before the Iron Age. Archaeometallurgist Thilo Rehren discusses how the beads were made before the prevalence of iron mining and smelting.

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Thilo Rehren

Thilo Rehren is an achaeometallurgist at University College London, Qatar in Doha, Qatar.

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