When it comes to internet mythology about alleged alien assistance to the ancient Egyptians, the hieroglyphs in the picture are ground zero. As with the case of the lightbulb in Egyptian art, and the mis-identified picture of an alien grey in an Egyptian wall painting, the claim that there were technologically advanced flying craft in ancient Egypt is utterly bogus.
The glyphs in question are in the temple of Seti I at Abydos. I have blogged about these glyphs before, explaining that they are a well-known and classic instance of hieroglyphic superimposition — a palimpset. In briefest terms, the panel in Seti I’s tomb on which the current glyphs was originally carved with a set of “normal” hieroglyphs. At a subsequent point in time, the glyphs were plastered over and re-carved — a well-known phenomenon in ancient Egyptian monumental writing. After centuries of time, the plaster came off, revealing what we see now — two sets of hieroglyphs superimposed. That is why some of the shapes on this panel are unlike any others in Egypt.
The mdw-ntr website has a detailed, thorough, splendidly illustrated step-by-step explanation of this process. It is absolutely certain that these hieroglyphs are the result of carving one set of glyphs over another for a simple reason: each set of glyphs is known from other texts. It is quite easy to illustrate how the “helicopter” came about from both sets of glyphs. If you want the truth, it’s all here.
I mentioned that glyph along with other misinterpretations of ancient inscriptions, here http://etb-cosmology.blogspot.com/2012/03/did-ancient-sumerians-know-about-our.html
Does anyone remember a quote by George “aliens are slowly abducting my hair”, where he mentions something about these sorts of glyphs and artifacts and why there aren’t more of them that ‘prove’ his theory. He says something along the lines of “you don’t see us wearing space capsule pendants and we went to the moon”. I’d love to find the actual quote, because in many episodes of AA, he is indeed wearing a brooch of one of those Tolima “fighter jets”. Amusing.
PS. Very cool info about these Egyptian glyphs, reminds me of layers of wallpaper in an old house- you can peel them off and see the terrible decorating taste of previous occupants! 🙂
What is Hieroglyphs according to ur under standing?
Hieroglyphs are the signs used by Egyptians to put their spoken language into written form.
all of these glyphs in one area is to much even if they where superimposed. Remember they are ancient not a modern rework.
Egyptians re-used surfaces all the time. It’s well known.
Any other links from http://mdw-ntr.com/ the links dont seem to be working at the moment.