Friday, 17 November 2017

The Origins of Ancient Egypt: Prehistoric Petroglyphs and Nabta Playa

When we think of ancient Egypt, we often think of the most iconic aspects of their culture, such as the pyramids, but many people don’t know that Egypt has a far more ancient history, which is sadly unprotected by authorities. I am talking about a specific outcrop of ancient rock art in Western Egypt that is thought to be up to 12,000 years old, and clearly shows glimpses of the origins of dynastic Egyptian history.

Not many people know of its existence, but the specific rock face is covered in pre-dynastic imagery, but because the site is not protected by authorities, it has been scrawled over with modern graffiti and, if this is allowed to continue, soon the most ancient of ancient Egyptian history will be lost forever. The petroglyphs show the earliest depictions of pharaonic dress… There are dogs or jackals, which could be linked to the origins of The Sphinx, which many believe was originally a representation of Anubis, the jackal god. And finally, there is an amazing depiction of the Hathorian cow, an image that became so iconic in later Egyptian religion and culture.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Who Really Built Machu Picchu? A Lost Ancient Civilisation

We have all seen pictures of the breathtaking ancient site of Machu Picchu, and some of us have been lucky enough to visit and cross off the experience from our bucket list.

Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Peru, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a royal estate or sacred religious site for Inca leaders, whose civilisation was virtually wiped out by Spanish Invaders in the 16th century.

For hundreds of years, until the American archaeologist, Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911, the abandoned citadel’s existence was a secret known only to those living in the area.

Machu Picchu stretches over an impressive 5-mile distance, featuring more than 3,000 stone steps that link its many different levels. Today, hundreds of thousands of people visit the site every year, braving crowds and potential landslides to see the breath-taking site of the sun setting over the towering stone monuments and marvel at the mysterious splendour of one of the world’s most famous manmade wonders. But what do we actually know about it?

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Inside The Sphinx: The Secret Internal Chambers

Did you know that there is a hole in the top of the Great Sphinx’s head?

I’d heard of the rumours in the past but recently Jimmy on the Bright Insight YouTube channel brought to light a fantastic photograph you can see in the below video. It shows not just a hole, but a metal hatch that covers it.

Not many people know this exists and there isn’t a great deal written about it and certainly the Egyptian authorities don’t like to draw attention to it.

Many speculate that there is a chamber inside the Sphinx; radar surveys have certainly showed anomalies that allude to this, so could the hatch on the head be the entrance to an internal chamber? It’s an exciting thought but is it true? After posting the picture on Twitter a number of followers came back to tell me what they could find regarding this.