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Abydos carvings

Abydos carvings


Abydos, 1848 – In this ancient city in Egypt, the temple of Seti I was discovered. On one of the ceilings of the temple, strange hieroglyphs were found that sparked a debate between Egyptologists. The carvings appear to depict modern vehicles resembling a helicopter, a submarine, and airplanes.

At first the images circulating were thought to be fakes, but were later filmed and verified as valid images. Yet, even if these images clearly appear to resemble twentieth century machines, Egyptologists have tried to offer a rational explanation.

It was common in Ancient Egypt for hieroglyphs to be re-carved and re-faced over the years. This process of writing on the same surface more than once is called palimpsest, and it was common practice when a new Pharaoh was establishing a dynasty to write over the hieroglyphs of his predecessors. It is well known that such a process took place at the temple of Seti I in Abydos by his son Ramses II.

However, there is still some disagreement over the palimpsest theory. If the above depictions are indeed ‘left overs’ from previously carved hieroglyphs, the symbols should appear random and unique. Yet the Arab newspaper Al Sharq Al Awsat has published pictures from another temple in Karnak in which the carvings are very similar to those found in Abydos. If the carvings at Karnak are real, the palimpsest theory falls apart. Still, it is difficult to find evidence of those pictures and until then this argument is in question.

If we know that Egyptians did not have technology of this kind—and if we consider for a moment that these images are true carvings—then we must ask ourselves how they came to appear inside the temple? Could it be that extra-terrestrials visited our planet all those centuries ago and that the ancient Egyptians tried to depict their spacecrafts in the best way they knew how?  For now, it is difficult to prove such a theory, but at the very least, we believe this possibility must be considered.

By John Black

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The palimpsest explanation does not hold water. If the images are the result of an accident, why would all of the images accidentally look like modern aircraft? If only one looked like a plane or helicopter I would accept this explanation but its simply not plausible to think that four different images would emerge, all which resemble modern air or sea craft.

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As time passes we find that our ancient ancestors were anything but primitive. Many people are waking up and exploring and in the process trying to relearn what has been lost.

In our current juggernaut-like quest to dismantle everything but a completely nihilistic view of the universe it dawns on me that if we succeed, the biggest tragedy will be in the re-appraisal of the past as merely a series of crazy people believing crazy things and building monuments to imaginary friends. I find this deeply sad. As our history will merely be social fictions, status, the lucky few, the suffering many. No hope. No point. For the sake of wonder - the only treatment available for despair - I hope we don't succeed.

Your comment about how "advanced" our ancestors were triggered this response. If nothing is true than they were merely practically brilliant at building pointless monuments to fantasy.

what you must also consider is this: people had visions of the future, perhaps, and i've stated this before on other futuristic websites..perhaps the people or a person had a vision of the future, as people do have visions, and those futuristic vehicles is what they saw. i think my lil theory holds more water than people running around and digging up the desert for non existent helicopters and submarines.

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