10 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt
Ancient South Americans, not Egyptians, invented the mummification process. The Chinchorro people of Chile’s Atacama Desert had been mummifying their dead for 2,000 years prior to the Egyptians. They peeled back the corpse’s skin, removed the muscles and organs, and filled the body with plants before sewing the skin back on and placing a mask over the face.
Many people believe the pyramids were being built by slaves, but that’s is not the case. They were paid laborers, and most of them built with great honor towards the Pharao and those who died were buried in the tombs near the sacred pyramids.
Cleopatra’s family moved from Greece to Egypt and lived there for around 300 years or so. Even though she was born and raised in Egypt, to Egyptians she was still 100% Greek. She was a descendant of the Ptolemy family, who served under Alexander the Great. She was the only member of the family who spoke Egyptian and ruled as a Pharaoh until Egypt was conquered by the Roman Empire.
The first sailing boats were invented in Egypt.
Hatshepsut (1508–1458 B.C.) was one of the most powerful, productive, and successful women in the ancient world. She reigned for over 20 years, though her images were later defaced on temples and inscriptions, most likely as an attempt to erase her from history.
Early Egyptians believed that the heart and other major organs had wills of their own and would move around inside the body.