From Alien theories to the rights of Egyptian women we count 15 of the surprising and myth-breaking facts about Ancient Egypt only discovered these last few decades.
1- Were Egyptians Obsessed with Death?
The firm answer is not really, however, it easier to jump to the conclusion they were due to building pyramid, Tombs mummifying bodies and preserving them, in reality, they saw death as simply another chapter in life, where they will continue working for their pharaoh without being held back by their biological forms.
We’ve seen old pottery from families of the deceased, demanding they get back to work as if they hadn’t died at all, they were just being lazy in the afterlife, and they build the pyramids to allow the Beloved pharaohs and by proxy, the Egyptian people to live on in the glorious after Life. they didn't see death as you when I see death.
2- Pepi II and His Honey-Fly Trick
during the six Dynasty of Egypt’s Old Kingdom , we find a 6 year Pharaoh named Pippi II who managed to live for at least 60 years allegedly he hated flies constantly buzzing around him so he ordered two naked slaves too smear themselves in honey and stand next to him at all times a way to keep the flies interested in them and off him suffice to say he became known to some as the fly king
3- Ancient Egyptians Loved Board Games
They had a bunch back in the day who could forget such Classics as “Mehen” and “dogs and jackals”? but it was the game of senet workers and pharaohs alike loved. rules are still debated among historians but the gist is: you had a set of pieces along a board of 30 painted squares each player had a set of pieces moved along based on dice rolls or throwing sticks. heaps of paintings depict famous pharaohs playing this game and Tutankhamun was even buried with the game of Senet
4- Was King Tut killed by a Hippopotamus
All Signs Point to Tutankhamun dying young and instantly around 19 years of age. the scans revealed he’d been embalmed without his heart or chest wall and Egyptologists agree there's a high chance it might have been because of a hippopotamus since they hunted the Beast for sports as shown on statues inside his tomb. as ridiculous as it sounds today it very well might have been the sharp blow that put this pharaoh out of commission
5- The Curse of The Pharaohs
Was created purely from Media hype and our own faulted ability to recognize patterns. when 8 of the 58 people died following the excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb, it was believed dangerous fungi and gases built up over the centuries might have been responsible for the curse. in reality, though, it was a string of coincidences and the man responsible for uncovering the tomb, went on to live a happy and healthy life.
6- Was Cleopatra Truly Beautiful?
All media depicts her as a breathtaking display beauty just as you would want to be remembered. But Roman coins from the era of your masculine features like a big nose chain and snarling whips. was this the true depiction of Cleopatra or propaganda attempting to soil her image? There is no way to find out for sure.
7- A lot of The Pharaohs Were Fat.
Art & statues of the ancient pharaohs we find today depict them as thin, fit & well built. But in reality, there most were unhealthy overweight some even with diabetes. This mostly comes from there luxurious lifestyle, their diet of bread, beer and wine. Queen Hatshepsut was even morbidly obese and Balding whereas her sarcophagus tried to suggest she was thin and fit.
8- Egyptians Used Antibiotics and Did Not Even Know About It.
The ancient Egyptians found that mouldy bread or soil when placed over wounds it actually make them heal faster where is today we know the antibiotics born from the same mould is what you can cure you of this potentially fatal illnesses and they come now in a convenient little pill.
9- Brain Was Scooped Out With a Tiny Hook During Mummification
The process has changed over the centuries but back in the glory days of Egypt, it was a battle against decaying internal body parts. The solution was to cut out the lungs, the stomach, the liver, and intestines, but instead of making an incision to remove the brain they used a wire hook to scoop it out piece by piece.
This didn’t always happen though they've been plenty of examples where Egyptians instead elected to keep the brain intact; though inevitably, it just turned to mush. they believed that the heart was the source of the soul.
10- Egyptians Were Never In Contact with Aliens
It is a common myth that due to how much the ancient Egyptians accomplished: the pyramids, the architecture, the unwavering faith in a complex afterlife, that they must have been in contact with advanced life forms- as shown in some hieroglyphics.
Some people even use said stone engravings as prove they must’ve, but all Signs Point of logical scientific explanations; the pyramids, for instance, it wasn't beyond the realm of possibility that scholars and architects could have built them at the time, it just would have taken a while.
11- Who Cracked Off the Sphinx's Nose?
You would think it might have been during a World War I or when Napoleon reached Egypt but all these events took place 60 years after the first known drawings of the Sphinx without a nose in the 1730s, at this point there are no documented Leads, though an Islamic cleric Sa’im Al-Dahr did vandalise the Sphinx in the 1370s and he was punished for it. The nose thief remains anonymous to This Day.
12- Egyptian Women Equal to Men and In Every Way This Was True
Unlike in Greece where women were basically owned by their husbands, Egyptian women were legally and financially independent. they had the right to divorce and remarry and negotiate ancient prenuptial agreements.
Well, women were typically assigned to Home duties, they still received the same payments as men and women entitled to compensation in the event of divorce. it was a society of tolerance, respect and equal rights with that question.
13- Ancient Egyptian's fashion actually prevented against head lice for the more well-off Egyptians
They wore full wigs - the middle or lower class would wear long hair often in pigtails, but for children aged 12 and under their heads with shaved except one plated lock not only was is a sort of Coming of Age fashion statement but it was to prevent fleas and lice attacking children's heads and like the antibiotic bread it worked quite well.
14- The Pyramids Were not In Fact Built by Slaves
The most immediate picture Egyptians was toiling tons of rocks at the width of their Pharaoh Masters, but evidence disproves this in a number of ways.
For instance, villages with a setup for the workers and their families, they were provided good pay and their corpse Chambers left untouched for thousands of years, reveal they were quite well off with luxurious perfumes, golden rewards from the Pharaohs and all manner of food.
The slaver rumour was started around 400 BC but the reality is like the Death Star contractors where hired to do the job despite the risks involved. the difference being Luke Skywalker did not block the pyramids.