Most MYSTERIOUS Secrets Of Ancient Egypt!

Check out the most mysterious secrets of ancient egypt! From hidden chambers in the great pyramids to other mysteries surrounding the sphinx, this top 10 list of mysteries from ancient egyptians is a must see!
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10. Papyrus Around Mummies
It’s long been a mystery how ancient Egyptians went about their day to day business, because the only records that remain from the time are those deemed important enough to be preserved in tombs or on tablets. This all changed in 2017, though, when archaeologists took a closer look at the papyri that was used to encase the bodies of mummies.
Workers in ancient Egypt recycled their papyrus- after all it was quite an elaborate product to make- and waste not, want not! One of the most common uses was to decorate the boxes that mummies were kept in. Quite often scraps of papyrus would be stuck together with glue, similar to how paper mâché is made. Of course, the boxes are now important artefacts themselves, but researchers have developed a digital imaging technique that actually lets them see what was originally written on the paper, and the results are pretty amazing!! They were scraps of people’s shopping lists and tax returns, which gives a much deeper insight into how Ancient Egyptians lived their lives and how society worked. It turns out they were far more similar to us, today, than you might think, and had to worry about the same day-to-day concerns as people have in the 2 thousand years since they lived. We still need to buy groceries, and we still have to pay taxes!!
9. The Cairo Manuscript
There are many ancient Egyptian artefacts still waiting to be found across the country, but the Cairo Manuscript was one that was originally discovered in the 1800’s, before being lost again for another 70 years. It was re-discovered in an old storage box in Cairo’s Egyptian museum in 2015, and is simply stunning.
It’s the largest known Egyptian leather manuscript, and is about 8 feet (2.4 m) long! As a reference, I am 5 foot 6! Only the most important documents were written in such a way, because leather was seen as a very prestigious material. Unfortunately, it disintegrates much quicker than papyri, so it’s very rare to find leather manuscripts. It’s written on both sides, and is a religious manuscript that details a series of incantations that would have been recited by a priest, and images of rituals for funerary processions. There’s a strip of incredibly colourful images across the top, and it is thought to be at least 4,000 years old. This predates depictions of similar images that have been found on the base of sarcophagi that were uncovered from the necropolis of Hermopolis. The Cairo Manuscript is one of the most detailed and well preserved texts from so long ago, and further uncovered the rituals associated with Egyptian religion.
8. Pet Cemetery
It’s well known how the Ancient Egyptians treated their dead, especially the bodies of important figures, but a discovery that was made near the Red Sea in 2017 shed some light on how most Egyptians lived closely w ith their pets.
A team of Polish archaeologists have uncovered the biggest mass pet cemetery which is over 2,000 years old. It contains the remains of more than 100 domesticated pets, including dogs, cats, and monkeys. They found it was part of the area they were digging to investigate the town of Berenike and the temple built in honor of the god, Serapis.
The unusual thing about the cemetery is that the pets were mummified before they were buried. Someone spent a lot of time and care to make sure their pet would be well preserved for the afterlife. This ritual burial shows that the animals were close companions to their owners, and were not religious sacrifices. Some were buried in elaborate ways- sometimes with accessories, and two cats were found alongside ostrich eggs.
Animals were an important part of ancient Egyptians lives, and they particularly valued cats for the home, dogs because they were responsible for guarding tombs, monkeys because of their shouts, snakes for their representation of fertile lands, and cows which were used as symbols of beauty and represented the god, Hathor.
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Caption: From mysterious black boxes to the hidden. chambers inside the pyramids, here are . secrets from ancient egypt. 10. papyrus around mummies. it’s long been a mystery how ancient egyptians. went about their day to day business, because. the only records that remain from the time. are those deemed important enough to be preserved. in tombs or on tablets. this all changed in 2017, though, when archaeologists. took a closer look at the papyri that was. used to encase the bodies of mummies. workers in ancient egypt recycled their papyrus-. after all it was quite an elaborate product. to make- and waste not, want not!. one of the most common uses was to decorate. the boxes that mummies were kept in. quite often scraps of papyrus would be stuck. together with glue, similar to how paper mâché. is made. of course, the boxes are now important artefacts. themselves, but researchers have developed. a digital imaging technique that actually. lets them see what was originally written. on the paper, and the results are pretty amazing!!. they were scraps of people’s shopping lists. and tax returns, which gives a much deeper. insight into how ancient egyptians lived their. lives and how society worked. it turns out they were far more similar to. us, today, than you might think, and had to. worry about the same day-to-day concerns as. people have in the 2 thousand years since. they lived. we still need to buy groceries, and we still. have to pay taxes!!. 9. the cairo manuscript. there are many ancient egyptian artefacts. still waiting to be found across the country,. but the cairo manuscript was one that was. originally discovered in the 1800’s, before. being lost again for another 70 years. it was re-discovered in an old storage box. in cairo’s egyptian museum in 2015, and. is simply stunning. it’s the largest known egyptian leather. manuscript, and is about 8 feet (2. 4 m) long!. as a reference, i am 5 foot 6!. only the most important documents were written. in such a way, because leather was seen as. a very prestigious material. unfortunately, it disintegrates much quicker. than papyri, so it’s very rare to find leather. manuscripts. it’s written on both sides, and is a religious. manuscript that details a series of incantations. that would have been recited by a priest,. and images of rituals for funerary processions. there’s a strip of incredibly colourful. images across the top, and it is thought to. be at least 4,000 years old. this predates depictions of similar images. that have been found on the base of sarcophagi. that were uncovered from the necropolis of. hermopolis. the cairo manuscript is one of the most detailed. and well preserved texts from so long ago,. and further uncovered the rituals associated. with egyptian religion. 8. pet cemetery. it’s well known how the ancient egyptians. treated their dead, especially the bodies. of important figures, but a discovery that. was made near the red sea in 2017 shed some. light on how most egyptians lived closely. w ith their pets. a team of polish archaeologists have uncovered. the biggest mass pet cemetery which is over. 2,000 years old. it contains the remains of more than 100 domesticated. pets, including dogs, cats, and monkeys. they found it was part of the area they were. digging to investigate the town of berenike. and the temple built in honor of the god,. serapis. the unusual thing about the cemetery is that. the pets were mummified before they were buried. someone spent a lot of time and care to make. sure their pet would be well preserved for. the afterlife. this ritual burial shows that the animals. were close companions to their owners, and. were not religious sacrifices. some were buried in elaborate ways- sometimes. with accessories, and two cats were found. alongside ostrich eggs. animals were an important part of ancient. egyptians lives, and they particularly valued. cats for the home, dogs because they were. responsible for guarding tombs, monkeys because. of their shouts, snakes for their representation. of fertile lands, and cows which were used. as symbols of beauty and represented the god,. hathor. 7. who built the pyramids . there have been countless theories about who. actually built the pyramids. you have probably learned in school that they. were the work of slaves who were forced to. endure beatings and harsh conditions for years. during construction. there are also many who believe that the structures. were far beyond the capabilities of the egyptians,. and that aliens were the true masterminds. behind them. the truth, though, is far more terrestrial. and humane than these theories may lead you. to think. that’s because the actual people who built. the pyramids were paid construction workers. in 2010, a number of mud brick tombs were. found near the great pyramids of giza. dug 9 feet into the ground, they contained. the bodies of workers who died while building. the pyramids, along with jars of beer and. loaves of bread to take with them into the. afterlife. according to egypt’s chief archaeologist,. the workers came from poor regions in the. north and south of the country, and were very. highly respected- as is evidenced by the way. that those who died were buried in the sacred. ground near the pyramids of their pharaohs. it would take 10,000 people 30 years to build. a pyramid, and though they were paid labourers,. it was still tough work. their skeletons showed signs of arthritis. and they clearly suffered from bad health. as a result of the conditions they were exposed. to. there are also many records of camps with. animals being kept near the pyramids in order. to feed the workers each day. while their job was challenging, ancient documents. that were recently discovered showed that. the workers ate extremely well!. 6. the lost city of thonis-heracleion. in the early 2000’s, a team of divers working. off the coast of egypt in the mediterranean. found an usual lump of rock under the seabed. they brought it back to the surface and realized. it was part of a statue. further investigation found more pieces, along. with shards of pottery, jewellery, coins,. lamps, and temple ruins. it soon become clear that they had discovered. a lost sunken city. thonis-heracleion isn’t a name too many. people are familiar with, unlike atlantis. for example, but to people who lived in or. traded with egypt in the fifth century bc,. it would have been the center of the universe!. it was the main port on the mediterranean,. and the gateway by which all people and goods. would pass between the country and the western. world via the mediterranean. it was founded about 2,700 years ago, and. soon became an important trading hub- a complicated. network of canals, harbours, temples, and. wharfs that were built on the aquatic marshland. despite having been mentioned in various manuscripts. from the time, the city was lost at some point. in the second century bc. it’s thought to have happened during a flood,. when the weight of the buildings caused the. soft foundations to quickly liquefy, and everything. collapsed into the water. rather than attempting to rebuild, all trade. rerouted through nearby alexandria, and the. once famed port was lost to history. 5. the black boxes near giza. the great pyramid of giza is mysterious enough,. but researchers were baffled when a series. of giant black boxes were found close to the. site. these boxes were found in a burial site and. are thought to be from 3,300 years ago during. the time of ramses ii. these strange boxes are carved from solid. aswan granite, and weigh more than 100 tons. each. known as the serapeum of saqqara, 24 of them. have been found about 12 miles to the south. of the giza pyramid in the abandoned city. of memphis. their weight alone is very remarkable, but. it is also interesting to note that they were. cut with remarkable precision!. they have some hieroglyphs on them, but they. are so crudely drawn that they are thought. to be ancient graffiti rather than the original. design. ancient graffiti is still pretty cool because. it means that most people in the society were. literate!. they were first discovered in 1850, but still. no one has any definitive idea of what they. are for. the most comprehensive theory that currently. stands is that they were the burial places. for apis bulls, which were revered as representations. of the god ptah. it’s thought the boxes are giant sarcophagi. designed to contain the mummified remains. of the bulls and allow them to continue on. into the afterlife. 4. medicines. we like to think that modern medicine is the. best we’ve ever had it, but the ancient. egyptians weren’t too shabby at treatments. themselves. while they still believed in supernatural. causes for some ailments and would chant spells. during treatment, they also developed effective. cures for many different diseases. the ramesseum medical papyri are interesting. examples that have survived since the 18th. century bc. they meticulously detail the structure of. the human body and various illnesses. 5 papyri were found in the temple of ramesseum. one describes things such as labor, ways to. look after a newborn, and even a formula for. contraception. the others talk about medicines for the relaxation. of limbs, treatment of burns, and descriptions. of a mysterious plague. their medical knowledge was far more developed. than other civilizations of the time, possibly. because of their deep understanding of the. insides of human bodies as a result of the. mummification process. 3. tutankhamun's tomb. the tomb of tutankhamen is one of the most. famous archaeological finds ever, but there. are some who think that what we know of the. boy-king’s tomb is only just the beginning. in 2015, high resolution scans of the tomb. suggested that there are two hidden passages. leading away from the main chamber of the. tomb- seemingly towards other hidden chambers. some archaeologist think that this could be. the final resting place of queen nefertiti. the theory is that tutankhamun died at such. a young age, that preparations weren’t able. to be made quickly enough to make him a burial. chamber of his own. instead they adapted the tomb of his stepmother. to hold both of them, and concealed the entrance. to her chamber. unfortunately the egyptian government has. not granted permission to explore the supposed. passages because they are concerned about. the stability of the tomb and think it would. involve damaging the walls. one day, though, we may find out there’s. far more hidden down there than howard carter. realized when he first discovered the tomb. in 1922. and hopefully not another curse. 2. the sphinx. the sphinx is one of the most iconic structures. that has survived from ancient egypt, but. surprisingly no one is quite sure who was. responsible for building the 240 feet long. and 66 feet tall statue. it probably wasn’t even called the sphinx,. which is a name that probably came into use. more than 2,000 years after its construction. furthermore, hundreds of tombs have been found. in the surrounding area of giza, all with. hieroglyphs that speak about wider society,. and not one mentions the sphinx. it also looks very different now than it once. did. some parts of the face still have residues. of red pigment, which means it likely was. all covered in red when it was built, and. excavations have found pieces of its carved. stoned beard buried in the ground nearby. it was covered in sand for thousands of years,. with only the head protruding until a genoese. adventurer led a group of men to dig it out. in 1817. their attempt failed, though, and the full. scale of the structure was only finally revealed. in 1930. still, it’s thought there could be more. to discover here. currently archaeologists are investigating. secret passageways underneath it!. 1. the great pyramid of giza. built during the reign of the pharaoh khufu,. the great pyramid of giza was built between. 2580 and 2560 bc. it’s 450 feet tall and 750 feet wide, and. is an astonishing piece of architecture that. would be difficult to replicate even today. it’s the largest of the three pyramids at. giza, and is the only one of the ancient wonders. of the world that still stands. originally the pyramid was covered with smooth. stones, but these have worn away over thousands. of years, and what we see today is the under. layer of the original design. it has long been known that there are rooms. within the pyramid, known as the king’s. and queen’s chambers, but recent scans have. suggested that there may be more hidden within. it. a new void, thought to be about 100 feet long,. has been detected above the grand gallery. that connects the known chambers, and it’s. a complete mystery why it’s there. maybe it was integral to the construction. of the pyramid, or perhaps it’s a connection. to a whole new series of tombs. so far, permission has not been granted to. drill through and explore it, but as non invasive. techniques are developed, the full truth behind. the pyramid may one day be uncovered. thanks for watching!. remember to subscribe and see you soon!. byeeeee. .
 

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