After ruling the world for more than 3,000 years, the Ancient Egyptians left behind fascinating secrets buried under the sand which have captured the interest of archeologists over the past century. Besides a legacy rich in mythology, art and culture, the Egyptians also left behind many mysteries that remain unsolved to this day.
Even decades after discovering the hidden passageways under the Great Sphinx, the process of unveiling Egypt’s history is still work-in-progress. There is still so much that the archeologists must understand about the ancient culture and many more secrets that need to be uncovered. The land of Egypt is still hiding some of the most interesting discoveries in the world, here are the most puzzling ones humans have found so far.
The Lost Land Of Punt
The name of the land “Punt” is quoted several times in the writing of ancient Egypt. This African Kingdom was full of gold and animals, according to the Egyptian people who even called it “God’s Land”. The existence of “Punt” is not questionable as it is mentioned in the history book of Egypt. Even a temple in Egypt has the picture of Punt’s queen but despite searching for it everywhere, archeologists still don’t know where it is located.
The existence of Punt is only justified by the artifacts Egyptians owned. The historians are desperate to discover more about this mysterious land as they studied two baboons that people got from Punt. The baboons were in mummified condition. This may give the researchers a starting point for the hunt but as the archaeologists point out, this is a pretty large area which may take years to search.
Queen Nefertiti’s Disappearance
Queen Nefertiti is often mentioned in the Egyptian history books as one of the few women to rule over the country. The wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, Queen Nefertiti was believed to be the mother of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, but no one knows about her final resting place.
People have been searching for her tomb for years and according to the recent study of archaeologists, the burial place of the queen is in King Tut’s tomb. The wall was scanned in detail in May but unfortunately the archeologists returned empty-handed.
To everyone’s surprise, the Egyptian history has nothing to say about the death of the queen. People like Dr. Joyce Tydseley have proposed theories that the queen was a mythical character and she was never really a pharaoh.
The Destroyed Pyramid
If a pyramid is entitled to be at the highest point in Egypt, that’s The Pyramid of Djedefre. Despite the lack of resources, Djedefre made sure to keep the tops a bit higher than the other’s pyramid. Djedefre built the pyramid on a hill.
After all those years, all the pyramids are standing still in Egypt except The Pyramid of Djedefre. No one knows the reason behind it but people believe that Djedefre died before he could complete the work of his pyramid. And some people think that 2,000 years ago, Romans cut the pyramid for getting stones.
King Tut’s Death
Nobody knows why King Tutankhamun died when he was just 19. Tut’s mysterious death was one of the major mysteries in Egyptian history. And the reason is that there were so many wrong things attached that it was very difficult to predict which one killed him.
When he born, he was suffering from terrible health and according to historians, his parents were brother and sister. He had many genetic disabilities and people believe that his death was a matter of time.
The Sphinx Of Israel
Back in 2013, archaeologists found a 4,000-year-old Egyptian sphinx in Tel Hazor, Israel. Talking more precisely, they found the paws of the statue. And rest of the part was destroyed thousand years ago. The statue weighted half a ton and 3.3 ft tall. However, archaeologists and researchers have no idea what the statue was doing in Israel.
The only point of the investigation was the engraving on the base which stated “King Mycerinus”. Back in 2500 BC, the King ruled over Egypt. According to the researchers, there is no chance that Mycerinus triumphed Tel Hazor. And the best guest for this is that it was a gift sent from Egypt to Israel. And if it was a gift, why everyone is so shattered about it?