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Is anything about it feasible? Baghdad battery The video says (at 0:50) "electricity was originally generated and widely utilised in ancient Egypt, the Baghdad battery and the first arc lights were used at that time" However the dates don't match up. Baghdad battery: between 250 BC and AD 224 Egyptian pyramids 2630 BCE–2611 BCE Only a small number of ...


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Further to Articuno's answer. This is part of an inscription where one king's name was later overwritten with another's. from The Abydos-Hieroglyph does NOT depict a Helicopter From helicopter hieroglyphs explained


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The Egyptians and other cultures really did use twenty-sided dice as evidenced by studies and artifacts, such as the one at the Met. For example, "A Demotic Inscribed Icosahedron from Dakhleh Oasis" by Martina Minas-Nerpel published in the The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology in 2007 (Vol. 93, pp. 137-148), describes "a unique icosahedron found at Qaret el-...


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According to Manual of Forensic Emergency Medicine by Ralph Riviello at page 118: There are many enduring myths and misconceptions about the hymen. It is essential to note that first coitus does not result in any hymenal injury in a significant percentage of patients. Tampon use, sports, and prior pelvic examination do not cause hymen injury The book ...


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In his essay, Was There an Exodus?, Joshua Berman states that the book of Exodus was written by someone intimately familiar with the structure of early Egyptian dynastic life; and that the Biblical account is supported by recent archaeological discoveries that could not have been known at the time when the Old Testament was compiled: There is rich ...


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The author is repeating an old, hoary chestnut from the days of Edward Gibbon about a sudden decline in Roman prosperity after the conversion of the Empire to Christianity. This is basically a false rumor which seemed believable in Gibbon's Age of Enlightenment, but he had to work hard to present any supporting evidence for it, including fabricating the myth ...


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There are three ways of currently trying to define what skin color ancient Egyptians had: History records, DNA and language. All three seem to agree on Egyptians having a darker complexion, however the exact skin color - like it happens with almost any person - is impossible and useless to define in a white-black dichotomy. The conclusion in this answer is ...


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Please let me start with a small rant. This tweet is, in my opinion, outright ignorant and quite distasteful: Assumption that modern Egyptians are the same as Ancient Egyptians. I doubt that he personally knows any Ancient Egyptians. "All I know are" is not representative sample of population of 80+ million nation. He drives original complaints to absurdity....


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By people, who experimented to get robust designs and who sometimes made mistakes The really compelling evidence that pyramids were built by people with no advanced technology is that they sometimes fell down. Not only that, but in one case the design of a part-built pyramid was altered as a result of a failure in another (I think this is the Bent pyramid ...


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This is almost an exact duplicate of this sister SE site question: https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/633/what-is-the-basis-for-the-claims-that-israel-mean-exiled-for-their-sins The answer is similar to what I posted here earlier (got deleted for lack of sources) But it is basically the same answer: Israel is the name given to Jacob, and means ...


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Using the reference originally provided by JoeW: The Suez Canal had 120,000 deaths among its 1.5 million workers during the 11 year excavation project — the most construction worker deaths of the four canal projects. Though it should be noted that, according to the Britannica history, the canal was under construction to some degree for over 3000 ...


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I'm going to copy my answer from the linked question here, and highlight the relevant part in bold for you. With this link being the most pertinent. ScienceDaily has a nice article on this, as well as many related articles. In the cited article, they state: But the process of building pyramids, while complicated, was not as colossal an undertaking as ...


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The 3 stars in Orion's belt are in one line and very nearly equally spaced, as are the 3 pyramids. The first is a coincidence. The second may be as well, or it could be deliberate because the Egyptians liked it that way. Either way, the "correlation" is meaningless. Of course, the actual distance between the stars on the celestial globe is totally different ...


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Egyptians at the time were known to use the six simple machines, known to humankind since almost the dawn of time: Lever Wheel and axle Pulley (need to find a decent reference, but it was used by Babylonians before the Egyptians) Inclined plane Wedge Screw http://bookbuilder.cast.org/view_print.php?book=21173 A lot of resources about the technology of ...


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Evidence for it seems to be lacking. This is the closest I've found to an exploration of the sources and the most likely source for the claim is the 1907 account of explorer Theodore Davis regarding the Tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu (emphasis mine): From the neck of one of the vases hung shreds of mummy-cloth which had originally covered the mouth of the vase. ...


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During the Ptolemaic Period [305 BC–30 BC], there was Greek rulership over the land of Egypt. The Greeks were familiar with icosahedra. They were described by Plato, a 5th century BC Greek philosopher and mathematician, as one of the Platonic Solids. The earliest icosahedra dice found in Egypt had Greek inscriptions. For example: This die, now in The Met ...


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Did British officers in Egypt use Indian soldiers to translate all radio messages into Hindustani? No, certainly not all. All radio messages includes both voice messages and morse-code messages. At least some messages were enciphered using a different system. See British Army Low Grade ciphers used in World War II At least some radio messages were ...


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Both the French defense minister and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov have publicly denied the allegation referenced in the original claim.1,2 According to Defense Industry Daily, which has detailed logs related to the sale of Mistral class helicopter carriers to Egypt, the sale was originally intended for Russia. The vessels were eventually refitted and ...


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This photo was taken by Lamya Lotfey, a Egyptian Coptic Christian. She posted this photo in her Facebook public profile on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 5:01 pm (according to GMT +6, timezone of where I live). According to my native Arabic speaker friend, the photo is "instructions how the dress of school must be." The photo was then published by AL Ahram ...


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The 1786 article Memoirs of Baron de Tott in The Monthly Review volume 73 says: Herodotus, in calling Egypt the Gift of the Nile * and gives the original Greek text in a footnote at the bottom of page 246 There is a further explanation in Hecataeus and Herodotus on "A Gift of the River" Journal of Near Eastern Studies Vol. 25, No. 1 (Jan., 1966), pp. 57-...


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Modern Egyptians have been depicted in a different answer above. Ancient Egyptians have been depicted on temple walls, tombs and in other archaeological sites in Egypt. These depictions consistently show the Egyptians as having a tan complexion, straight black hair and black eyes. Examples of this can be found in Rickerby, Stephen. "Original painting ...


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Trace amounts of nicotine, hashish and cocaine has indeed been found in many mummies. A summary of possible reasons for why these mummies could show this can be found here, also with arguments against most of these possibilities. A remaining possibility is contamination. The substances could have contaminated the mummy in modern times. Nicotine has for ...


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The overwhelming consensus of scholars, based on sound evidence, is that the Exodus from Egypt never happened as described in the Bible. Wikipedia describes the Exodus as the founding myth of Israel, but says most histories of ancient Israel no longer consider information about it recoverable or even relevant to the story of Israel's emergence. A century ...


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No Using the figure from the Wikipedia article on the Suez Canal, around 1.5 million people worked on the construction of the canal in total. At any one time, over 30,000 people would be working on the canal project. Building the canal took up to eleven years: 1859 is given as the starting year of works on the shore near what would later be Port Said and ...


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The image is that of "A sign stipulating Islamic veil as a mandatory part of girls' dress code at a school in Egypt's Sharqiya governorate". A higher resolution version and further explanation is available at Campaign calls for end to forcing girls to wear headscarves in some schools in Egypt


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What Herodotus actually wrote is: “For even if a man has not heard it before, he can readily see, if he has sense, that that Egypt to which the Greeks sail is land deposited for the Egyptians, the river's gift—not only the lower country, but even the land as far as three days' voyage above the lake, which is of the same nature as the other, although the ...


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