December 01, 2014

The Lost Technology of Ancient Egyptians


The Ancient Egyptians are well known for creating some of the wonders of the ancient – and the modern – world. Their construction, medical, scientific and agricultural skills were absolutely phenomenal and today’s scientists still haven’t got to the bottom of how they actually carried out many of their achievements; especially with the tools and processes they were thought to have at their disposal at the time.

There are a number of theories about how the pyramids were built and how some of the amazing symmetrical carving found on some statues was achieved. Indeed, many researchers now believe that the Ancient Egyptians had access to tools and technology that have been lost in the mists of time and were even more advanced than we’ve given them credit for.

In this Billionaires investigation, we’ll take a look at some of the anomalies from electricity to helicopters that recent discoveries suggest may possibly have been present in this ancient civilisation.

It’s widely known that Leonardo Da Vinci drew up the plans for a helicopter-like flying machine in the 1500s, but did you know there are Egyptian hieroglyphics of a machine that looks remarkably like a modern helicopter?

It was found at Abydos in the temple of Seti I, and shows what appears to be a carving of a helicopter and other pieces of modern technology. Did the Ancient Egyptians have the ability to create flying machines of their own? Or had they seen similar craft, perhaps being used by visitors from another planet?

Officially, the helicopter is explained away by Egyptologists who say the wall was carved on more than once so the image that survives is not how it originally looked. Have a look for yourself and see what you think:

The face of Ramses II
US manufacturing engineer Christopher Dunn believes the Ancient Egyptians used precise machining tools, like those that are available today.
He bases his evidence on the face of Ramses II’s statute, which modern digital technology has revealed to be the exact mirror image on each side. In his book, Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt, he argues that this would be impossible do by hand.

He also believes that the underground tunnels in Egypt were created by precise machining tools. And he knows what he’s talking about – he has worked as a manufacturing engineer, primarily in the aerospace industry, for half a century.

The Dendera Light
Did the Ancient Egyptians have electric lighting? A carved relief at the Dendera temple complex suggests to some experts that perhaps they did.

Shown across three carvings, the ‘light’ looks like modern lighting systems such as those found in Geissler tubes and arc lights. Using the pictures in the carving, a working model of an electric light has been created by researchers.
However, traditionalists maintain the picture just shows mythological symbols – a lotus leaf, flower and snake associated with fertility and the yearly flooding of the River Nile.
(this image is often shown on "Ancient Aliens" which I watch. I suppose you have to decide for yourself.)


Levitating stones?
Modern day researchers have been puzzled by the ways in which the pyramids were constructed. They’ve concluded that they took decades to build using armies of slaves or labourers, lifting and moving huge quantities of stone. In fact, it’s estimated that the Great Pyramid took between 4,000 and 5,000 workers 20 years to build, if they were relying on ropes and ramps to lift and shift.

But according to Abul Hasan Ali Al-Masudi, an Arab historian writing in the 10th century – hundreds of years after the pyramids were built – the stones were lifted by first putting a “magic papyrus” underneath them. The stone was then hit with a metal rod, enabling it to levitate along a stone road with metal poles along either side. Was this some form of magnetic aided lifting that we have lost all knowledge of?

The Ancient Egyptians were adept at mining and working metal, as the artefacts they have left behind show us. The culture was also said to be the most advanced in alchemy – the practice of turning base metal into gold. It’s possible that they did indeed know a thing or two about the properties of metal that have since eluded us.

The Saqqara Disc
Discovered by British archaeologist Walter Emery in 1936 in Saqqara, this metal disc looks almost like the centre of a car wheel. There are various theories about what it was for, but the technology that created it was obviously very advanced.

It’s believed this was just one of a number discs that were found during Emery’s excavation. He was the director of the Archaeological Survey of Nubia from 1935 to 1939 and during that period, he made a number of unusual discoveries at Saqqara, including what’s referred to as a zoo of mummified animals.

Have a look at the disc and listen to the discussion about its possible uses on the video above.
By Jess Koehl

With thanks to Billionaires Australia
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