For centuries, how exactly ancient Egyptians moved massive stone blocks weighing over 2 tons and massive statues across the desert with fairly primitive technology. As it turns out, the Egyptians didn’t make a secret of their secret— it’s right up there in the painting. See it?
They moved stones on flat sleds with an upturned front edge, but if you try to drag a heavy sled across sand, the sand will build up in front, Now see the guy standing at the front of the sled? He’s pouring water on the sand. Because as it turns out, just the right amount of water increases the stiffness of the sand and reduces the force needed to pull the thing by half. Or you can just say it was aliens.
King Tut was buried with a hard-on to try and quash religious rebellion. Glad that’s worked well so far for Egypt.
When the young King Tut was buried, he was given his dead penis a full salute, standing up at a straight 90 degree angle. This hasn’t entirely been clear, but one egyptologist Salima Ikram, a professor at the American University in Cairo, has argued that the unusual burial of King Tut was an attempt to make him appear as Osiris, the god of the afterlife, to counter attempts by King Akhenaten to establish a monotheistic religion.
While King Tut wasn’t the biggest deal ever on the Nile compared to the achievements of other ancient Egyptian pharaohs, the fact that so much of him and his belongings were in tact has made him incredibly important to historians. Though Tut has been very thoroughly examined since his discovery in 1922, it was only until now that scientists realized that his embalming didn’t go well, leading to his body being marred all over by postmortem chemical burns.
Pretty everyone has seen the Eye of Horus somewhere at some point. It’s been in every single movie, TV show, book and video game even remotely touching on anything to do with ancient Egypt, and it’s been turned into millions of cheap head shop pendants, but it’s more than meets the eye— it’s not just a cool symbol, but it’s a math problem.
Archaeologists from Egypt and Sweden have unearthed the 1100 year old tomb of an ancient Egyptian female singer in The Valley of the Kings. The find is the first woman found to have been buried in this royal patch of ground who has not been royalty.