Ancient Egyptians had technology and ideology that we have only begun to learn about this century. But even today the mysteries and secrets of this culture are revealing themselves. From the pyramids to the clothes they wore, check out the secrets of ancient Egypt.
8 Hump day!
Contrary to what you may think, camels were not a major source of transportation for ancient egyptians. There is a record of Egyptians riding camels in the early dynastic period which is around 3100 BCE, but even then it was until much later when Assyrians, Persians, and Alexander the Great had conquered egypt that camels were brought in to be used as transportation. As an example of how much later, Alexander the Great didn’t rule egypt until about 332 BCE, nearly 3 thousand years later.
The main source of travel was actually on a donkey or boat, kind of makes sense, the Nile river runs right up the center of all their fertile land. The river itself flows from south to north and had great wind to sail back south again. The river was used to ship trade goods and to for day to day travel amongst egypt.
7 Dress code
People don’t often give much thought to egyptian dress codes and especially their hairstyles. Well it was actually quite interesting. First of all, it was quite common for children to be mostly or completely naked until they were teenagers, the hot and dry climate certainly allowed for this, as they have pretty mild winters and hot summers. But could you imagine going your whole childhood without wearing clothes? Also the common folk of egypt typically wore their hair very long or in pigtails and it wasn’t uncommon for boys to have shaved heads with maybe one long braid, to prevent lice. The more wealthy citizens wore wigs, but the pharaoh! Well the pharaoh’s hair was never seen by pretty much anyone, which is why when we see ancient egyptian images we see the pharaoh wearing a Nemes, which was a cloth headdress.
Fun Fact: The oldest dress known to be found in the world was actually found in egypt, it is believed to be over 5 thousand years old!
6 Hieroglyphs? Mmm not so much
It’s so common that we see hieroglyphic writing when we see Ancient egyptian...well...anything. But could you honestly imagine having to draw out each of those images all the time while trying to record something? There was a shorthand of hieroglyphs known as hieratic, and eventually an even more simplified version called demotic. These types of writing were used for everyday writing, whereas hieroglyphs were used for highly important writings, such as on the walls of tombs or in official recordings of royal achievements. Writing was only significant for the most elite within egypt, it’s been estimated that less than 10 percent of the ancient egyptian population were even literate.
5 The role of a Woman
4 What a Sphinx REALLY Was
3 Who Built The Pyramids?
2 Mummies huh?
1 Tombs huh? - Kitty Mummies