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Strange Helicopter Hieroglyph Of Abydos

By James Donahue

Amid the ruins of ancient Egypt there stand the remains of a temple built by Pharaoh Seti I who ruled about 3,000 years ago. It is located in the remains of the old City of Abydos, several hundred miles south of Cairo. The great puzzle offered by this structure is a panel of strange hieroglyphs on a ceiling beam that depict a clear image of a modern helicopter and other strange craft the look like flying machines.

The hieroglyphs were first discovered by an archaeological expedition in 1848, long before Gustave Whitehead and the Wright Brothers began experimenting with flying machines in 1901 and 1903. The first practical helicopters were invented by Louis Breguet in France in 1935 and Henrich Focke of Germany in 1936. Consequently, the archaeologists that discovered the Egyptian images had no concept of what they might be looking at and dismissed them as bizarre and unexplainable images. They were then forgotten for the next century.

It wasn’t until the invention of the Internet that the images came to light for all to see. Tourists visiting the ruins began posting photographs and videos of the odd hieroglyphs, noting how the one carving looked exactly like a modern military helicopter. It was suggested that other possible flying machines, or UFOs, might also appear in the panel. Next to the helicopter image is a depiction of something that some believe is a military tank. It also has a design that could make it the silhouette of a battleship. Whatever it is, a large cannon appears to protrude from the front.

Of course the modern Egyptologists are writing off these images as "illusions," perhaps caused by re-facing or re-carving the original temple stonework over the years. The altered images of the originals are termed "palimpsests." One specialist in Egyptian history, John West, noted that the creation of machines as detailed and advanced in technology as a helicopter would require evidence of a massive industrial complex to build and support such machinery. Yet the remains of such a complex have never been found.

So how do we explain the carved stone images? When we examine the images in high resolution photographs, it is clear that nothing has fallen away from the depictions and there is no evidence of any alterations. They appear to be continuous intact images. Notice the detail in the helicopter, including its open side door panel and finely carved rotor blade.

Supporting the original images have been newly discovered carvings, also depicting a battle helicopter, found at the Amon Ra Temple, another 3,000-year-old ruin at Karnak. What are the odds of there being two altered palimpsests, at two different ancient sites, that look exactly alike?

While there is no evidence in the historical record that the ancient Egyptians had the technology to build flying machines, there is a missing historical link that makes it impossible for us to prove otherwise. That the famous ancient libraries, including the Library of Alexandria, where destroyed, and priceless information about the ancient past obliterated, places a pall of smoke between us and events that occurred in the ancient past. All we have are the images carved in the rocks and our imagination to work with.

Ancient writings, however, have survived in India. Some of the ancient stories there speak of highly sophisticated flying craft called Vimanas, and a war with what appear to have been atomic weaponry.

Thus we are left with a real mystery that seems to have no answers. We know that the great artist Leonardo de Vinci envisioned the helicopter and drew detailed sketches of what it might have looked like as early as the year 1496. The design called for four men to provide the energy.

Could it have been that the artist that carved the images of a contemporary military helicopter in ancient Egypt have had a magical glimpse of the future and recorded what he saw in stone?