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Watch From the brutal training of ancient Egyptian Warriors to mummified dogs, these are 9 STRANGE Discoveries from Ancient Egypt !
The Ancient Egyptians were famous for mummifying their dead, we all know that. But some evidence surfaced in 2014 that suggests they were practicing the art some 1,500 years earlier than previously believed … meaning mummification was practiced some 6,500 years ago! Traditional theories regarding ancient Egyptian mummification stated that the action of the hot, arid desert sands caused the bodies to dry naturally in the time period between 4,500 and 3,100 BC. But when researchers tested shrouds used to wrap bodies found at Mostagedda (mosta-jedda) and Baradi (bar-ah-dee), prehistoric burial grounds in the Nile Valley ... they discovered traces of embalming agents that included a pine resin, animal fats, plant extracts, and natural petroleum … Ingredients found in a similar recipe used for the mummification of Pharaohs some 3,000 years later! Interestingly, the textile sample was originally collected in the 1930s and is held in England’s Bolton Museum.
Pyramid Paradoxes -- Exactly how the pyramids were built is a mystery that has stood the test of time. Now, researchers are hoping to solve that pyramid paradox with the help of cosmic rays! Earlier in 2016 an archaeological research project called ‘Scan Pyramids’ was launched. The project will use 3D scans, infrared thermography, and cosmic ray detectors to examine four famed pyramids, including the Great Pyramid of Giza, the tallest of the monuments. Researchers from Egypt, France, Canada and Japan also plan on using the non-invasive technology to examine King Tut’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor (lucks-ur) …The researchers are also on the lookout for Queen Nefertitis (nefer-tee-tee) burial site. High resolution pictures previously taken of the boy-king’s tomb indicated there might be hidden chambers there, leading to theories that Queen Nefertiti’s tomb might be located there … But radar scans later conducted by the National Geographic Society indicated that no hidden chambers were located there.
Tattoo You -- Seems those ancient Egyptians were ahead of their time in certain ways. If you thought tattoos were something that started in the modern age, consider this … Archaeologists discovered a 3,000 year old Egyptian mummy adorned with ornate tattoos! The preserved body of the woman was found in an ancient village called Deir-el-Medina (dare-el-med-eena), located close to the Valley of the Kings. Although the recovered remains are only comprised of a torso, over 30 distinctive tattoos were detected. Tattoos depicting cows, baboons, lotus blossoms and ‘wadjet eyes ‘ … or, ancient symbols of power were stretched across the arms, hips, and neck …. While Tattoos have been found on Egyptian mummies, they’re usually patterns of dots and dashes. These are the first tattoos found that depict actual creatures and objects. While 3,000 year old tattoos are impressive, but they’re not the oldest ever discovered. That honor goes to Otzi (ut-zee), a natural mummy found in the Austrian Alps in 1991. That iceman had 61 tattoos and is thought to have died around 3250 BC.
Ancient Pests -- Modern day dogs are often plagued with parasites… Apparently this isn’t a new problem for canines. Turns out that tiny parasites like the louse fly and common brown tick were pestering pooches ages ago in Egypt as well. During expeditions in 2010 and 2011, archaeologists discovered hundreds of mummified dogs at the excavation site of El Deir (el dare). Evidence of the parasites was found in the coat and right ear of a mummified puppy … and is thought that diseases carries by the pests may have led to the pup’s death. The presence of bloodsucking parasites was suspected in ancient times … but this is the first time that the facts have been proven archaeologically. Dogs were commonly mummified by Ancient Egyptians, and often used as offerings to the gods Anubis (ah-nu-biss) and Wepwawet (wep-ah-wet). Experts think information gained from the site will reveal more about how parasites and human and animal evolution are connected.
Millions of Mummies -- More than 1,700 mummies have been excavated at an ancient cemetery in Faiyum (fay-umm) , Egypt since its discovery 30 years ago. While that’s a massive amount of mummies, it may only be the beginning … some experts speculate there could be over a million human bodies contained in the cemetery. Others feel that’s an inflated number. The desert necropolis does cover more than 300 acres and is thought to be around 1,500 years old. Bodies have been found buried up to 75 feet deep in shafts cut into limestone rock.
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