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

Related Links

Mystery at Abydos

The Intriguing Abydos Helicopter

The Abydos Helicopter & Secrets of the Golden Section

Related Books

Related Videos


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.

no comments yet

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.

Good point, just another idea that needs considered,

Cassi's picture

While I appreciate the questions raised by Ancient Alien Theorists, I am not as convinced as they are about how plain it is that our past has been so full of alien contact. That being said the comment about the visions being the source of the images, is a very believable theory for the orgin of the images. Considering that it appears that our ancestors were much more intune and accepting of things that we consider to be supernatural or paranormal. I find it insulting for scientists to discount the probable beliefs of past peoples cause it is beyond their norm or logic or reason or ability. The concept that we are so much more advanced than any other culture ever on the planet is arrogant and ignorant.

If we are to entertain ideas like aliens in the past, then I think you have to entertain the possibility of time travel, it something like the Bermuda triangle, to name just one triangle. What if they went through time or a portal and that is how their iconography resembles our modern aircrafts. Or people were more advanced than we give them credit,

Cassi's picture

Oh I would entertain the idea of time travel just as I also think that the idea of parell universes is possible as well. I think that we have more proof for those ideas than the theory that in ancient times we had SO VERY MUCH contact with aliens and now not really.....yes I have seen X-Files :-) But what I think is most important that we keep searching for answers and the truth.

I believe these carvings were the "Branding" done by the ANUNNAKI to claim these Temples as their constructions. See "The ANUNNAKI Were Here!" pgs. 53-54 at my web site.

angieblackmon's picture

this makes me think about Back to the Future II...when the movie was made they had some serious ideas of what the future would look like as far as vehicles, clothes, and interactive wait staff...but as we approach this same time, in real time, we are pretty far off from all owning hoverboards...but, the fact that the carvings and the actual vehicles do look similar...i'm not sure if that's design, or visions, or time travel or what, but it is spectacular!

love, light and blessings


Interesting. Remember Da Vinci and his helicopter models? Also, he had plans drawn up for a tank! People have always been ingenious.

malisa wright

The first people that walked on the face of the Earth were really so advanced in technologies and sciences and almost in everything, we were nothing compare to them. The carvings on the wall proved that the people on Earth came from different planets and star systems, those vehicles were spaceships , spaceships were so visible even in the Bible. The first people on our planet were the Lemurians and the Atlanteans, they were almost perfect people living in peace and harmony until Lucifer and his cohorts were sent to this perfect planet where he messed up and still messing up to this moment. He made the Earth imperfect that the Almighty removed our planet which near to Him In His Orion Nebula and placed in our present Solar System. Those spaceship that the people are seeing are true because the grids of our planet are all open, the crop circles are the proofs that they had been here. The spaceships of Light were the one responsible for those crop circles. The spaceships of our Almighty are coming to judge the world and its people, are you ready to face HIM???

Yeah, too bad they didn't have Aquaman and Flash Gordon to help fight off those Blue Meanies Lucifer had. Too bad, indeed. Duhhhhhhhhhh (makes mouth bubbles).

Data vinchi also had this image of man flying and even made a helicopter in models form why not a people as advanced as the Egyptian 

. We talk of a place called Atlantis and its advanced civilization where flying machines where common place and so is it possible this is what the Egyptian tryed to show us ....... I don't see it being any thing but that......

Tsurugi's picture

Whether it is a palimsest or not, it has caused countless numbers of people to become interested enough to start asking questions. That alone makes it invaluable.

Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.

Ancient Places

In the grounds of Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, England, sits an 18 th -Century monument known as the Shepherd’s Monument. The Monument contains a relief, depicting a copy of a Nicolas Poussin...


Ritual and Magic in Egypt
On a grey November day in London’s Hyde Park we passed beneath a cluster of leafless trees, their skeletal branches alive with the chatter of hundreds of starlings. Suddenly, the birds fell silent. A...

Our Mission

Ancient Origins seeks to uncover, what we believe, is one of the most important pieces of knowledge we can acquire as human beings – our beginnings.

While many believe that we already hold such knowledge, our view is that there still exists a multitude of anomalies and mysteries in humanity's past that deserve further examination.

We therefore wish to foster an open community that is dedicated to investigating, understanding and explaining the origins of our species on planet earth. To this end, we aim to organize, support and even finance efforts in this direction.

Our aim is to move beyond theories and to present a thorough examination of current research and evidence and to offer alternative viewpoints and explanations to those currently held by mainstream science and archaeology.

Come with us on a journey to explore lost civilisations, sacred writings, ancient places, unexplained artefacts and scientific mysteries while we seek to reconstruct and retell the story of our beginnings.

Ancient Image Galleries

Vessel in the form of a man on a reed raft
Administrative tablet showing the early development of cuneiform writing
The Great Pyramids