The rulers of ancient Egypt had an amazing understanding of architecture, mathematics, astronomy and medicine. But how did they acquire this knowledge?
If we knew what forgotten knowledge and secret techniques the ancient Egyptians used to build the pyramids, this expertise would certainly also be used in future construction projects.
It wouldn’t be the first time ancient knowledge is harnessed for modern progress.
But Tanja Pommerening cautions one must always see the knowledge of the Egyptians in the context of their time and not measure it against our current level of knowledge.
20 years ago, huge complexes with ceremonial sites, strange graves and an ancient stone circle for making the summer solstice were found there.
Scientists suspect the buildings were built by an unknown prehistoric culture that migrated along the Nile from Central Africa 11,000 years ago.
Could Egypt’s knowledge be traced to this culture? It’s one of remaining mysteries. Or as Egyptologist Zahi Hawass puts it. “I suspect we’ve not yet discovered two-thirds of the pharaohs’ secrets.”
The Pharaoh Hatshepsut ruled for over 20 years (1479-1458BC). But as meteroic as her ascent was, her end was puzzling.
Because all of a sudden after her death, she appears to have vanished from Egypt’s history.
Her monuments and statues smashed and defaced. Her cause of death remains unknown.
Her disappearance is an example of the many unsolved mysteries that still surrounds the pharaohs.