21 Facts About Ancient Egyptians that Prove they were Ahead of their Times

1- Ancient Egyptian revered cats so much that they would shave their eyebrows when one died. If someone was to kill a cat, even by mistake, they would be executed by the bite of a poisonous snake, which was a very rare form of execution in ancient Egypt. This reverence to cats is why they were often mummified, just like kings, and placed inside their own tombs. As such, it was discovered that cat statues actually act like tombs for mummified cats.

pharaonic cat
Ancient Egyptian Cat

2 – The first hair gel was used by ancient Egyptians in 3500 B.C. Scientists found that men and women used a combination of animal and plant lards and grease to fix their hair. This concoction was even used on mummies to ensure its hair remains well-groomed after death.

Pharaonic hair
Ancient Egyptian Hair

3- The first prosthetic limb was found in the foot of a 50-year-old female mummy. Manchester University scientists have declared that it was a useful limb, and not only for cosmetic purposes, as it contained three joints that allow for movement. The limb was made from wood and leather and therefore was easy to remove and clean.

Pharaonic prosthetic limbs
Ancient Egyptian prosthetic limbs

4- Ancient Egyptian spoons that were sometimes used as cutlery and others as makeup containers.

Pharaonic spoons
ancient Egyptian spoons

5- The first teapot in the world, but it was not used for brewing tea. It was used to boil water and other herbs.

ancient Egyptian teapot
ancient Egyptian teapot

6- Ancient Egyptian were obsessed with cleanliness, and therefore, they were the first to invent the toilet. They also used to shower five times a day!

ancient Egyptian toilet
ancient Egyptian toilet

7- The first toothbrush and toothpaste, made from burnt eggshells, was made by the Pharaohs

Ancient Egyptian toothbrush
Ancient Egyptian toothbrush

8- The ends of the king’s walking sticks were often carved in the likeness of their enemies. This was to ensure that their enemies’ faces would be on the ground next to the king’s feet, in an act symbolizing their eventual triumph over them.

ancient Egyptian walking stick
Walking stick

9- The first cancer diagnoses was found in a manuscript written by Dr. Amhotob, adviser and minister to King Zoser in 2560BC. He described the growth to be the size of a fruit, with a solid and cold exterior.  

ancient egypt and cancer
cancer

10 – Ancient Egyptian were the first to use orthodontics on teeth.

dental work in ancient Egypt
dental work in ancient Egypt

11- A mummified hand of an Egyptian lady still retaining red henna on its nails.

Egyptian mummy
Egyptian mummy

12- Tutankhamun’s mask was discovered to be made out of several pieces, and not one piece as was previously thought, welded together with laser, something that could not have been discovered except by modern equipment.

Tutankhamun
Tutankhamun

13- Ancient Pharaohs are among the first civilizations to study human anatomy, and they were well-versed in the various human organs, and how blood vessels were connected to different parts of the body. This picture shows a statue depicting female milk ducts.

Ancient Egyptian Anatomy
Ancient Egyptian Anatomy

14- The eye of Horus was found to resemble the inner part of the human brain. The eye of the Gods was believed to have the ability to see beyond the physical plane. Modern scientists discovered that the eye resembled in shape a part of the brain that falls between the right and left hemispheres, which is a region responsible for neural impulses responsible for sensory and movement as well as sleep, conciseness, and awareness.

Eye of Horus
Eye of Horus

15 – The statue of King Khafra is made from Diorite material, known for its extremely rough exterior; it was often challenging for artisans to create anything from it other than small statues. The king is depicted sitting on his throne with the God Horus, in the shape of a falcon, protecting him from behind. The falcon could not be seen unless you were standing next to the statue, not in front of it, in an allegory of how an invisible protector was always watching over the king.

King Khafra
King Khafra

16 – Canopy jars were used to store the internal organs of a deceased person during the mummification process. Each jar contained a different organ, such as the intestines, the liver, the stomach, and the lunges. The heart was kept inside the mummy as it was believed to hold the human soul. Each jar is decorated with the head of one of Horus’s four sons, so as to protect the organs inside.

ancient Egyptian canopy jars
Canopy Jars

17 – Ancient Egyptian had a pregnancy test described in a papyrus in the Berlin museum. It is said that women would pee on both wheat and barley, and whichever would grow first would determine the baby’s sex. Wheat indicated pregnancy with a girl, while barely indicated it was a boy; if neither of them grew, then it was a false pregnancy.

Egyptian pregnancy test
Egyptian pregnancy test

18 – Ramsis II is the first mummy to hold a passport, as it was being transferred to Paris to receive restoration after fungi appeared on the mummy

Ramsis II
Ramsis II

19 – A lifelike image of the God Sarket

Sarket
Sarket

20 – The picture above shows the Milky Way Galaxy, while the picture below depicts the Goddess of the sky Nut.

Nut
Nut

21- Tutankhamun’s dagger was created from a meteorite rock. Researchers compared the dagger to meteorites that had fallen on the red sea banks and found the material to be very similar, as both of them contained Nickel and Cobalt. It is also said that ancient Egyptians used these rocks in religious ceremonies.  

ancient Egyptian dagger
Dagger

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