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The 3,000-year-old hieroglyphs found in Seti I’s temple in Abydos, Egypt, are said to depict a helicopter, plane and futuristic aircraft among the usual insects, symbols and snakes.
The writings have become known as the “Helicopter Hieroglyphs” among pseudoscience and conspiracy circles, with many supporters of the theory saying if the ancient civilisation was putting helicopters and modern spacecraft in their artwork, then they must have seen them, or at least observed images of them.
Some have even taken the theory a step further, introducing aliens to the equation.
One popular myth, known as the Ancient Aliens theory, is that the “advanced race” who bought details of futuristic technology to the Egyptians, were visitors from a far-flung highly advanced planet, to share their knowledge with the primitive communities on Earth.
The ancient aliens conspiracy theory claims these extraterrestrials were the ones behind the development of the pyramids, Stonehenge and other world famous monuments.
Steve Mera is a UFOologist who tours the country giving talks on the research he conducts.
At UFO conferences he produces the Helicopter Hieroglyphs as part of the debate.
During one talk in Warminster, Wiltshire, he pointed out the helicopter, saying: “Look it has what looks like the rotor blade and here is what looks like a rudder.”
Turning to the aeroplane, he added: “And what about this? Is that a rudder and this the wing?
“I am not saying that this is a helicopter, but it is worth considering. Why would they put these images in and had they seen them?”
But, it appears there are other explanations than time travel that have been put forward.
Firstly, sceptics say the lack of any mention if such aircraft or time-travelling visitors in an andy Egyptian writings pretty much rules it out.
They also point out the Egyptians recorded most events and were so proud of their achievements it seems inconceivable that something so monumental as visitors from the future would have gone unrecorded apart from cryptically in a tucked away section of hieroglyphs near a roof.
There is also evidence that, while it is true the original photographs of the hieroglyphs in question contain these shapes, the pictures have been digitally enhanced to make them appear clearer.
But other sceptics have gone even further in rebutting the claims.
According to the Rain is Cool website, the mysterious markings are the result of an almighty cock-up.
The website says the futuristic mages have been created accidentally by the overlapping of one Egyptian’s name over another’s.
Egyptologists say overlapping carvings were not an uncommon feature – leading to an ancient typo.
In a report looking at the mystery, the website said: “Yes, I can see how it looks like that, but the truth is, of course, mundane.
“This is part of what was an unfinished temple, started by Seti I but finished by his son Ramesses II (Ramesses the Great) after Seti’s death.
“This section of the roof support was one huge cock-up, it appears.
“In other pictures where there is even more of the support to be seen, it is clear that someone decided the wrong name was there along the entire length.
“Pharaohs had five names. Each name is usually started with specific pictograms.
“Their birth name (duck and sun – the name in an oval cartouche), their throne name (bee and sedge plant – the name in an oval cartouche), their Horus name (a falcon atop a rectangular cartouche), their Golden Horus name (a falcon sitting on a swag) and their Nebty name (a cobra and a vulture over baskets).
“The part of the roof support hieroglyphs in question are explained by the duelling Nebty names of Seti I and Ramesses II.
“That is to say, one name is carved over the other along the entire thing.
“Anywhere it says Seti I, Ramesses II is carved over it, or vice versa. [here the hieroglyphs read from right to left and from top to bottom].”