There is little that is more baffling to historians and archaeologists than the architectural feats of the Ancient Egyptians.
Even today, the best engineering minds in the world cannot fathom how monuments such as the pyramids could have been constructed taking into consideration the technology that is assumed to have been possessed by the people of this ancient civilisation.
DID THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS HAVE ACCESS TO DRILLS?
This has led to speculation that the Ancient Egyptians were in possession of much more advanced technology than historians have ever imagined.
Now, there may be proof that this hypothesis is true.
One of the most perplexing things about the architectural prowess of the Ancient Egyptians is their culture’s deep aversion to iron.
The material was introduced properly to the Ancient Egyptians in the 7th century BC by the Assyrian invaders.
Because of the connotations of the metal, the Egyptians came to believe that it was an impute metal, associated with Seth, the spirit of evil.
The fact that the Ancient Egyptians refused to use iron in their crafts and tools has baffled historians as it is evident that the pyramids must have utilised very solid and strong tools in their construction.
The pyramids have been found to be constructed from materials including basalt, granite, quartzite and diorite, all of which are exceptionally difficult to carve even when using iron based tools.
According to inventories, the Ancient Egyptians were using bronze tools which are considerably less hard-wearing and resilient than iron based tools.
HOW DID THEY MANAGE TO CREATE SUCH MONUMENTS WITH THE TOOLS AVAILABLE?
Therefore, a question must arise as to how they managed to create such incredibly strong stone monuments with the tools that they had available to them.
Over the years, archaeologists have discovered a number of uncompleted Ancient Egyptian monuments which give strong indications as to how they were formed.
What is interesting about these uncompleted monuments is that they appear to have been forged using a much stronger material than that which has been presumed to have been possessed by the Ancient Egyptians.
LOST ANCIENT HIGH TECHNOLOGY OF EGYPT
In the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, Sir William Flinders Petrie established his reputation as one of the greatest Egyptologists of his age.
One of his most remarkable discoveries was a number of the cores of drills which are believed to have dated back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians.
These cores, which are now housed at University College London, are comprised of strong materials such as limestone, alabaster and granite.
Over the years, a number of similar objects have been uncovered but they have not normally been put on display for the general public as they do not fit into the current paradigm as to what is understood about Ancient Egyptian society.
Despite that, historians such as Chris Dunn have been given access to the unusual artefacts and concluded that these drills were likely to have been more efficient and feeding material than modern drills used for similar purposes, although they would not have been able to rotate as quickly as modern drills.
What is perhaps even more unusual about these drills is that they are not referred to in Ancient Egyptian literature and it is presumed that they were not created by the Ancient Egyptian people.
Instead, it is believed that this technology was inherited by the Ancient Egyptian people by an even older civilisation which once occupied the same region.
Who these people were and how they managed to get their hands on such exceptionally advanced technology is still a mystery.