Saturday, February 20th, 2010

How much do we know about ancient Egypt?

According to our guide yesterday, here’s how much the modern world has discovered about how the ancient Egyptians accomplished 4 great innovations:

1. How they made paper from papyrus: 100%

2. How they embalmed: 75-80%

3. How they mummified a body: a small percentage

4. How they built the pyramids: 0%

Well, at least one mystery was solved for me. I always wondered how they unpacked a scroll of paper from inside a papyrus reed. Yesterday I found out.

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8 Responses to “How much do we know about ancient Egypt?”

  1. Fascinating! I’m enjoying the glimpse of Egypt through your eyes, Noel. Makes me want to go there myself!

  2. I found your blog through following the Desiring God podcast, and I have really been enjoying reading abotu and seeing images of your adventures in Egypt. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Very interesting. Thank you for sharing that.

  4. SWEET!!!!!!! I really liked this.
    Washed and wrung out?!? That’s intense.
    Thumbs up from me!

  5. That’s interesting..the statistics. We just learned about Egypt in homeschool and we watched, partially how they mummified a body. It wasn’t very pretty so we didn’t watch the whole thing. They used a hook to remove the brains which was inserted through the nose. They kept some organs in canopic jars. It was a very interesting process, but you realize real soon how very futile it is. All of it was done for their “afterlife” experience where they became gods. I always find it fascinating how those graves were robbed. It reminds me of the verse “Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal…”

  6. Delighted to receive a forward from Elizabeth Farmer -who else?…about your Blog !
    We in King’s Friends have been praying…but didn’t know about your wonderful trip! Now I will print some info and pics for all to see.
    First one is you both on the camels ! :)

    Thank you for allowing us all to “come along”.

  7. Loved the slide show! And I have too appreciated the feeling of “coming along” with you. It’s the closest I’ve ever been, and I’ll know who to talk to if we should ever be blessed by a trip there.

  8. Well, I love the pictures! you were retweeted on to my page! Camel ride looks interesting! But, about those pyramids – I think that it took 400 years for jewish slaves to build those! Now, this is just my thinking! Since, i just cant believe aliens did it! LOL

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