From alien sarcophagi to an Ancient Egyptian light bulb, here are 10 mysterious things found in Egypt that no-one can explain…
1. Mystery Heads Finding disembodied heads underground in an Ancient Egyptian tomb sounds like something from a horror movie. But don’t worry, they’re not real heads. As for what they were doing there, the jury’s still out. The heads are a bit of a mystery to this day. The first examples were discovered in 1894 and since then, over 30 have been located. They were nicknamed ‘reserve heads’ because… well, they looked like a bunch of spare heads! One theory is that they were used to replace a noggin if a tomb was broken into and plundered. Some of them appear to have been deliberately damaged. At first archaeologists were puzzled by missing ears and long scratches, but it’s thought these are signs they’re old production molds. Seems the Egyptians liked to make heads in bulk, just in case!! Pretty weird, huh?
2.The Giza Void It’s amazing how even the oldest landmarks can still surprise you. In 2017 experts were very surprised when examining the legendary Great Pyramid of Giza on the West Bank of the Nile. As you may know, but just in case you don’t this ancient wonder of the world was built for Pharaoh Khufu and is the largest one of 3. It’s 4,500 years old and 146.7 meters (481 ft) high. Now scientists knew there were things inside the pyramids. Rooms and burial chambers have been located, but nothing had been noticed in the Great Pyramid for well over a century. That all changed when an undiscovered space cropped up during an inspection. The inspection was performed from outside the pyramid using what’s called muon radiography, combined with thermal imaging. The new “room” is over 30 m (100 ft) long and was spotted above a corridor inside the structure known as the Grand Gallery. It’s been referred to as a “void” and it’s unclear what it is exactly. Experts are banking on robots to get in there with cameras but these are still being built. So stay tuned, I’m sure we will be hearing something about it soon!!
3.Kites Mysterious lines in the Egyptian deserts have been seen from the air for around a century. Everyone was wondering what they were! It turns out, they’re made up of little stone walls, not very high at all, in a kite-style formation. Some of them are as long as 40 miles. Even more mysterious was the fact that they lead toward a pit in the sand. As you can imagine, the sightings were the subject of much speculation! At first people thought they might be evidence of an alien civilization. Or evidence of the Egyptians trying to communicate with someone in the sky!! However by focusing on 16 of these “kites” in the Sinai Desert in Egypt, experts believe they have the clearest explanation yet of what the lines might be. It’s pretty grim to be honest. The 2,000 year old walls were studied by a team from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. 52 00:03:02,870 –> 00:03:08,240 They concluded the kites were used for hunting, corralling animals such as gazelle and ibexes. The kites guided the unfortunate creatures toward the pit, where they would be slaughtered. History is cruel, and very efficient. And now for number 7, but first be sure to subscribe and that your notification bell is on so you dont miss out on the latest videos!!
4.King Tut’s Mummy One of the great mysteries of Ancient Egypt is the circumstances surrounding the death of Tutankhamun. Howard Carter found his legendary tomb in 1922 and made him a historical superstar. What’s maybe not as well known is that King Tut died very young, while in his teens. As ever with archaeology, experts have to wait for technology to catch up before they can make a judgment. The body has been through x-rays in the 1960s and a CT scan earlier this century. Through this analysis certain facts are known about Tut’s demise, such as missing bones, and former injuries, yet a definitive explanation as to how he died remains a secret. This year British researchers took a fresh look at the King’s remains and came to a startling conclusion. According to them the body showed possible signs of being burned! This was down to a ceremonial layer of resin and oil that was poured onto Tut as part of preparations for the next world. This process is highly flammable and apparently Tut had caught fire inside the sarcophagus. The announcement has been criticized in some quarters, with some arguing if a fire had happened there’d be more evidence of it. Generally people believe the young ruler suffered a fatal trauma, said to be caused by anything from a chariot crash to a rampaging hippo! One thing we do know about his death… it certainly wasn’t boring.
5.Black Boxes If you thought the Great Pyramid of Giza sounded mysterious, wait till you hear about what was found in Memphis! In a cave network 12 miles away from Giza, 24 big black boxes were found. They weigh 100 tons each and are so unusual that some believe them to be alien artefacts! That’s probably a little far-fetched so let’s look at the actual evidence. The caves are actually part of a sacred temple that was located by French archaeologist Auguste Mariette in 1850. The name for the site is the ‘Serapeum of Saqqara’, or burial ground, and it’s over 3,000 years old. It was built on the orders of Pharaoh Ramesses II. The first part of the name, Serapeum, refers to Serapis the deity. Serapis was often depicted as a man with a dog. But this dog was no ordinary canine because it had 3 heads! It’s more likely that instead of being left behind by ETs the black boxes are sarcophagi. But what’s inside them?? The answer you’ll be surprised to hear is a load of old bull… quite literally. You see animals were worshiped in Ancient Egypt, so it’s thought the boxes contain the remains of mummified Apis bulls. It’s all starting to make sense…
4.Lost Labyrinth In the vicinity of the Middle Egyptian city of Faiyum, 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Cairo, there is an area known as Faiyum Oasis. Supposedly, there lies what’s left of one of the most immense and talked-about structures of Ancient Egypt… the mysterious Lost Labyrinth. I say “supposedly” because up to now it hasn’t been proved. Faiyum used to be called by another name, Crocodilopolis, which came from the Greeks. And in case you’re wondering, yes that does have something to do with crocodiles! In fact a crocodile was regularly worshipped there but that’s for another video… The Labyrinth has been described by ancient writers such as Herodotus, who talked about a huge temple-like structure with a stone slab roof. Inside were 3,000 chambers… 3,000!…half of which were above ground and half below. The underground chambers were reportedly accessed via a pyramid, but Herodotus didn’t go down there. It’s thought to have been a tribute to a group called the 12 Kings. The description of 12 courts seems to back this up. The Labyrinth is categorized as lost but many believe it was found in the 19th century. In 1889 a stone plateau was discovered in the Faiyum Oasis. Some reckon it’s the foundations of the Labyrinth, whereas others think it’s the roof. When the stone was scanned in later years there appeared to be a labyrinth-type network below. So this is the Labyrinth, right? Could be – thing is, authorities are preventing any further exploration, fueling enough intrigue for a whole Pharaoh’s dynasty…! The truth is out there… or down there?