Have you ever wondered how ancient Egypt had preserved their mummies and how they had secrets that never came to light until archeologists dug them up? Have you ever wondered how they came to have the earliest system of civilization over 3000 years BCE while other communities had bureaucracy? The answer might surprise you.
Egyptians had always had supernatural beliefs even when other geographical regions had believed in themselves alone, these beliefs gave birth to the unearthing of mysteries still confusing to man, things ranging from the very first form of farming in about 5000 years BCE to the building of the great pyramids of Giza 2575 – 2465 years BCE. As can be seen, as well as being one of the earliest, Ancient Egypt was one of the longest lasting civilizations in world history. The great days of Ancient Egypt fell between c. 3000 BCE and c. 1000 BCE, but the civilization remained very much a going concern for centuries after this.
Egypt was a leading Middle Eastern power again between 612 and 525 BCE, and the Macedonian conqueror Alexander the Great felt the need to have himself crowned as pharaoh in 332 BCE – which suggests that the civilization of the pharaohs still had life in it. His General, Ptolemy, on becoming an independent ruler of the country in 305 BCE, was also crowned pharaoh, and his line lasted down to the famous queen, Cleopatra, who died in 31 BCE.
Some may regard the civilization of Egypt under the Ptolemies as being more Greek than Egyptian, but the older civilization was still vital enough for the kings to feel the need to present themselves to their subjects in the traditional style of the pharaohs. After that, the Nile Valley became a province of the Roman empire, and was ruled from outside its borders for nearly a thousand years. During this time its culture changed out of all recognition.
During this period a lot of Egyptian traditions had disappeared and along with it the secrets of mummifying their Pharaoh until now. In an article by Ruth Michealson on July 14th 2018 on The Guardian ‘A goldmine’: mummies’ secrets uncovered in Egypt, she covered a group of archaeologists who claimed to have discovered the true ingredients of ancient Egyptian secrets to mummifying their dead.