The hieroglyphs in Temple of Seti I. (Image: Wikipedia)
Egypt has time and again proved to be an enigma by throwing historical surprises that have fascinated researchers for thousands of years.
From tombs to pottery, things unearthed in the African nation have always given researchers a fair idea about the lifestyle and practices of ancient Egyptians. Now, archaeologists reckon they have found ‘proof’ of time travel after studying some ancient hieroglyphs that seem to depict a modern-day rotorcraft and a fixed-wing aircraft
The so-called ‘helicopter hieroglyphs’, which are over 3,000 years old, were found in Seti I’s temple in Abydos.
Among what looks like insects and snakes, the hieroglyphs also show a futuristic-looking aircraft and a plane.
The hieroglyphs have been interpreted as an out-of-place artifact depicting a helicopter in paleocontact hypothesis (refers to a pseudoscientific hypothesis that holds that intelligent extraterrestrial beings visited Earth and made contact with humans in antiquity and prehistoric times) circles.
Researchers said the initial carving was made during the reign of Seti I and translated to “He who repulses the nine [enemies of Egypt]”.
The carvings were later filled in with plaster and re-carved during the reign of Ramesses II with the title “He who protects Egypt and overthrows the foreign countries”.
Experts are now of the opinion that the peculiar hieroglyphs are evidence that ancient Egyptians may have seen modern aircraft.
Several clips showcasing the helicopter hieroglyphs have surfaced on social media over the years. These have given birth to views and theories of all kinds.
“I think they had a vision of things to come… looks like a helicopter, plane, and submarine,” writes a user.
Another wrote: “I am not saying that this is a helicopter, but it is worth considering. Why would they put these images in and had they seen them?”
Nothing has been backed up with concrete evidence so far. However, a blog post from 2010 suggested the markings in the hieroglyphs were made in error.