King Tut’s Dagger Was Made of Iron from the Sky – Secrets in the News: May 28 – June 3, 2016

King Tut’s Dagger

King Tut’s Dagger

1. King Tut’s Dagger Was Made of Iron from the Sky
Researchers say a dagger entombed alongside the mummy of Egyptian teenage king Tutankhamun was “made from meteorite iron.” The knife was one of a pair of daggers discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1925. King Tut was mummified more than 3,300 years ago. Learn more at BBC.

2. JFK’s Four-Page Love Letter to His Mistress Is Being Auctioned
The note written by President John F. Kennedy a month before his assassination never made it to the intended recipient, who is thought to have been Mary Meyer. Meyer was the wife of a CIA agent and killed in October 1964. Read more at CNN.

In many ways, President Lyndon B. Johnson was the most unlikely champion of Civil Rights. But his actions in the White House told a different story when he dared to champion two laws that changed America and the world—the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Now, fifty years later, JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness sheds light on the fascinating story of a president who knew how to harness the nation’s grief over John F. Kennedy’s assassination, twist arms, and get his way. The film includes rarely-seen footage, secret White House tapes, and personal testimony from LBJ’s advisors, biographers, friends, and family. Watch JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness and learn more.

3. Oldest Handwritten Documents In British History Discovered
Archaeologists in London have unearthed the oldest handwritten documents in Britain including a collection of notes, bills and contracts dating back nearly 2,000 years. A collection of more than 400 Roman waxed writing tablets were discovered in London’s financial district during excavation work for a new building. Learn more at NPR.

4. Ancient Mayan Observatory Was Used to Track Sun and Venus
Researchers in Mexico have discovered that an ancient Mayan observatory in the Yucatán peninsula is not only aligned to the sun, it is also designed to track the movement of Venus across the sky. Learn more at Fox News Latino.

Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacán’s Lost Kings follows a team of scientists exploring royal tombs beneath the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacán. After decades of research, these imperial burial chambers may reveal clues about the long-lost Teotihuacán culture and its mysterious people. Watch full episode and learn more.

5. Ancient Chinese Pottery Reveals 5,000-Year-Old Beer Brew
Residue on pottery from an archaeological site has revealed the earliest evidence of beer brewing in China left from a 5,000-year-old recipe. Learn more at Phys.org.

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