Enduring mysteries of Ancient Egypt
The 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.
1. What did ancient Egyptians look like?
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 Slate, they 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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