In the article, Impossible? 3,000 Year-Old Hieroglyphics Depict Modern Day Technology! Markings of the Fallen Angels?, they claim that there are aircraft depicted in 3000-year-old Egypt hieroglyphs:

Decorating an Egyptian temple wall at Abydos are strange hieroglyphs which depict what appears to be modern day aircraft.

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Is there a natural explanation for this not involving the supernatural claims of the article (i.e. angels)?

  • 4
    Sounds like pareidolia to me.
    – nico
    Mar 1, 2014 at 7:14
  • 4
    Am I the only one finding it difficult to see much resemblance between the pictured hieroglyphs and aircrafts? Mar 1, 2014 at 15:53
  • 2
    @Tor-EinarJarnbjo - without too much effort, I can spot 2..possibly a third
    – warren
    Mar 7, 2014 at 18:33

2 Answers 2


A natural explanation is that these hieroglyphs in fact don't look like aircraft to many people and that those that do think they look like aircraft are experiencing pareidolia.

I understand that this is speculative, but it is a speculative question. Other people have also proposed this same explanation. See here, here, and here.

One factor that contributes to the current appearance of the hieroglyphs (regardless of what that appearance is interpreted as) is the palimpsest effect.

Most Egyptologists strongly disagree that these carvings are anything but hieroglyphs. They guess that a recarving took place. Hieroglyphs were carved into the temple's sandstone wall. After some time, for whatever reason, new hieroglyphs were carved, but the hieroglyphs were only partially erased from the sandstone wall. Some of the old characters remained behind the new characters. People viewing the images today think the pictures look like modern modes of transportation. However, any resemblance to today's machines is simply a coincidence.

(From Ancient Astronauts, by Sue L Hamilton. p. 10)

  • We should show these to people who have never seen or heard of an aircraft.
    – Nemo
    Apr 6, 2015 at 11:04

Further to Articuno's answer.

This is part of an inscription where one king's name was later overwritten with another's.

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from The Abydos-Hieroglyph does NOT depict a Helicopter

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From helicopter hieroglyphs explained

  • 1
    Great visualization.
    – user5582
    Mar 2, 2014 at 0:35

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