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    need help to identify something found in archeological site in egypt

    hi all
    i found under 3m after digging in an archeological site in egypt, 7 kilograms of this thing(in videos below), i need someone to help me identifying it plz;
    when i heated it it turns black and a very unpleasable odor is smelt; it dont dissolve in water so it is not nitre and it dont make effervescence with vinegar so it is not natron.
    thanks a lot for all


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    Natron?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie P. (NY) View Post
    Natron?
    Good possibility since Natron contains small amounts of sodium chloride and sodium sulfate which would definitely give off a foul odor when smelted. Considering that it was found at a dig at an archaeological site in Egypt, it makes sense that it would be Natron. See link below.

    https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-natron-119865
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    saltpeter...nitre?

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    Lairmo guessed:
    > saltpeter...nitre?

    Just trying to be helpful, by providing factual info. That substance is definitely not saltpeter/nitre, because the finder says "when i heated it, it turn black." Having messed around with saltpeter as a young fool trying to make his own homemade gunpowder (for fireworks), I can testify that saltpeter does not turn black when heated. Its white crystalline granular appearance stays looking the same until it (suddenly and vigorously) ignites.
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    VERY OLD Egypt Meth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie P. (NY) View Post
    Natron?
    thanks but it dont make effervescence with vinegar

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntsman53 View Post
    Good possibility since Natron contains small amounts of sodium chloride and sodium sulfate which would definitely give off a foul odor when smelted. Considering that it was found at a dig at an archaeological site in Egypt, it makes sense that it would be Natron. See link below.

    https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-natron-119865
    thanks a lot but it cant be that because it dont make effervescence with vinegar

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    Quote Originally Posted by lairmo View Post
    saltpeter...nitre?
    thanks for you reply but it is insoluble in water which deny this hypothesis

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCannonballGuy View Post
    Lairmo guessed:
    > saltpeter...nitre?

    Just trying to be helpful, by providing factual info. That substance is definitely not saltpeter/nitre, because the finder says "when i heated it, it turn black." Having messed around with saltpeter as a young fool trying to make his own homemade gunpowder (for fireworks), I can testify that saltpeter does not turn black when heated. Its white crystalline granular appearance stays looking the same until it (suddenly and vigorously) ignites.
    thanks for your help in fact it is insoluble in water and dont make effervescence with water

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    Quote Originally Posted by csa1865 View Post
    VERY OLD Egypt Meth
    thanks for your help, can that have some archeological value? where can I buy it

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    The only other thing that I can come up with is Tellurium (see link below as I believe this fits your description). If not Tellurium, then may be some type of precious metal that contains sulfides. I would recommend taking the substance to a Geological Department of a University to have it analyzed.

    https://seekingalpha.com/article/145...-easy-to-smell
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    Thats a cool find let us know if you learn more about it
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    How was you able to see this stuff from, the video it looks kinda like sand, was it in a container?

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    I'm with huntsman, very cool and congrats! Keep poking around to find the brain-spoon!
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