Enduring mysteries of Ancient Egypt

by Luke Higgins

White actress Elizabeth Taylor as CleopatraSource: APThe Ancient Egyptians ruled a significant chunk of the world for almost 3,000 years, and left behind a rich legacy of art, architecture and mythology. But Ancient Egypt also left behind a few mysteries that archeologists and scholars still haven’t been able to solve, even thousands of years later. Here are some of the enduring mysteries of Ancient Egypt.

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1. What did ancient Egyptians look like?

White actress Elizabeth Taylor as CleopatraSource: AP

Despite the mummies, statues and engravings that the ancient Egyptians left behind, there is still much controversy over just what, exactly, they looked like. One thing’s for certain though — despite what you might believe about them given Hollywood’s whitewashing of Egyptians, the residents of ancient Egypt weren’t white.

According to Slatethey were probably a range of colors, and “neither white nor black” by our contemporary understandings: “Ancient Egypt was a racially diverse place, because the Nile River drew people from all over the region. Egyptian writings do not suggest that the people of that era had a preoccupation with skin color. Those who obeyed the king, spoke the language, and worshipped the proper gods were considered Egyptian.”

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