The Meteoritic Origin of Morocco Iron Dagger BladesOPEN ACCESS 

Abderrahmane Ibhi, Lahcen Ouknine, Fouad Khiri, Ahmed Ait Touchnt, Hassan Nachit, Olga De Pascale, Giorgio S. Senesi

Heritage 2022, 5(3), 1395-1400
Published: 23 June 2022


“Up until now, a few artifacts made of meteoritic iron have been discovered worldwide, though none in Morocco. The number of these objects has rarely been verified, as museums generally do not allow artifacts to be tested, and they are often confused with common smelted objects of the Iron Age. In this work, portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) and scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) have been used to analyze three iron dagger blades recovered in two localities near Imilchil and Missour in Morocco. The composition of one blade (7.2 wt% Ni and 1.1 wt% Co) strongly supports its meteoritic origin, whereas it was not so for the other two ones. The results of this work provide the first case of the exploitation of meteoritic iron as a metal source in Morocco. “