Fakes and mistakes in Egyptology.


The above image is from a book, and it is a somewhat mangled copy of the original wall from the tomb of Ramses II, the original seen below. This is one of the favourite bit of Afrocentric evidence that Egyptians were black. They claim one image is a black African, one is a black Egyptian, although as you can see they are both pretty obviously black Nubians who are together in the real painting. As you can see, it bears little resemblance to the original, and the hieroglyphs don’t mean what Afrocentrists say they do.

They also claim that this image (below) is a fake (it’s an illustration from a book from 1820 that I’ve actually held), created by European historians to deceive people. Its a good thing it was drawn so meticulously, as exposure to moisture has caused a lot of damage to the original (bottom).

Copy of some figures from the Seti I tomb, by Minutoli in 1820.

Photograph from the tomb of Seti I, showing (from left) Syro-Palestinians, Nubians, Lybians, and Egyptian. An example of what I mean on this link.


3 responses to “Fakes and mistakes in Egyptology.

  1. Brilliant… I have been fighting the misunderstanding of this painting with fellow African Americans for years, and I’m glad that someone took the initiative to expose it for what it is. The Egyptians did a fine job of showing what they generally looked like and this ranged from mixed Black to mixed White (in no particular order) and were NOT “all Black” or “all White.”

    As a very proud man of Black (Sub-Saharan) African descent, the consistent misrepresentation of the above painting from Rameses II’s tomb (I feel) is a disgrace to otherwise intelligent Blacks worldwide.

    To say that the Egyptians considered their general population as being of the EXACT same physical/racial description as the blackest skinned inner Africans, only shows the ignorance and racial intolerance of those Blacks. It is the same kind ignorance and denial that they are supposedely struggling against, just in reverse.

  2. Neither North India, nor Black means the same in all historical contexts. One should not assume that people in a Central African village will all have the same shade of skin, or that one will not find Nordic or Chinese ancestry represented. Neither the Egyptians, Arabs, Ethiopians or Russians were of one skin colour. Thanks, Sam Daka

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