Ancient Egypt is a mysterious time in history, shrouded in the unknown and conspiracies. From the construction of the pyramids to the unusual and untimely death of Tutankhamen, Egypt is littered with lost knowledge that we may never fully understand.
Despite the unknown elements of Ancient Egyptian history, archaeologists have worked tirelessly over the decades and managed to grasp some fascinating evidence about the Ancient Egyptian, their beliefs and their everyday lives. However, some of these findings have been seen as controversial due to their incredible, odd and almost unbelievable nature. Some of these findings have been scrutinised heavily by both history and science, while others have been merely dismissed as fabricated information that fuels conspiracies.
In this article, we will whittle down all of the discussion, speculation and myths surrounding Ancient Egypt to five of the most compelling and reality defying theories. From levitation to being influenced by an ancient alien race, here are some of the modern world's most bizarre ideas regarding Ancient Egypt.
5. The Sphinx Of Giza Is The Oldest Structure On Earth
There is a surprisingly high amount of evidence to support the notion that The Great Sphinx of Giza is way older than our history books taught us in school.
This theory begins when a researcher named Robert Schoch (remember this name for later) effectively proved that the Sphinx was over 12,000 years old, which goes against the original consensus it was less than 5,000 years old. He did this by analysing the documented history of repairs and references to the Sphinx, while also studying a history of star maps that would have helped the Ancient Egyptians to build the sphinx.
However, this breakthrough theory (despite its rejection by the historical community) has started a snowball effect of theories about the age of the Sphinx, with some theorists and researchers saying the Sphinx could be as much as 800,000 years old. Of course, if this is true it would completely reshape our understanding of the origin of humanity and how long we have come to exist as a race.
This idea of the Sphinx being 800,000 years old stems from two Ukrainian geologists allegedly finding evidence of coastal rock erosion on the Sphinx caused by water. But, Giza hasn't been fully submerged in water for over 700,000 years, meaning the rocks must have been damaged by water right at the end of Earth's last ice age.