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Facts We Just Learned About Egyptian Royalty That Made Us Say 'Really?'

August 21, 2020 7.9k votes 1.3k voters 92.4k views12 items

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For being one of the most popular periods of time to look back on, there is still a lot to learn about ancient Egypt and people who lived in it. Archaeologists are still uncovering new things and studying objects found decades ago to unveil new information. Even with some of the most famous pharaohs, there's much we never knew until now.

Check out these ancient Egyptian royalty facts and vote up the ones you're most excited to know!

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    Rameses II Was A Redhead

    From Redditor u/Tuhawaiki:

    TIL that Rameses II, the most prolific tomb builder and longest reigning pharaoh of ancient Egypt, was a redhead.

    Context: In traditional mummification processes, natron was used and can be likely attributed to color changes in hair that remains attached to the skulls of mummies. However, Rameses II has been tested and is believed to have been naturally mummified, therefore leaving out the possibility of color altering by natron. Thus, he is concluded to have naturally fair, reddish hair.

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    King Tut Had A Dagger Made From A Meteorite

    From Redditor u/densernut:

    TIL that King Tutankhamun (14th Century BCE Pharaoh) was entombed with a dagger of "extraterrestrial origin." Advanced spectrometry tests strongly suggest the iron, nickel, and cobalt contained in the blade are from a meteorite that crashed near the Kharga Oasis about 200 km west of the Nile.

    Context: Inside the young pharaoh's tomb was an iron dagger. This was perplexing because iron was rare during the Bronze Age. More recent studies show the properties of the "extraterrestrial blade" were in fact consistent with the composition of a meteor.

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    Cleopatra Was Greek, Not Egyptian

    From Redditor u/Amcal:

    TIL that Cleopatra was not Egyptian. While Cleopatra was born in Egypt, she traced her family origins to Macedonian Greece and Ptolemy I Soter. Ptolemy took the reigns of Egypt after Alexander’s death in 323 BCE and he launched a dynasty of Greek-speaking rulers that lasted for three centuries

    Context: Cleopatra was in fact Greek, not Egyptian. Many Egyptian leaders actually descended from the Greek general Ptolomy I Soter, and often kept speaking strictly Greek instead of learning the native tongue. Cleopatra was one of the few rulers of that family tree who learned the Egyptian language, which made her beloved.

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    King Tut Was Mummified While Aroused

    From Redditor u/wkvdz:

    TIL King Tutankhamun was mummified with an erection. It broke off soon after his discovery.

    Context: King Tut was indeed found mummified with an erection. This is thought to represent the young king's defiance of his father's religious beliefs. However, it was broken off shortly after discovery, and he is likely the only mummy ever found in this condition.

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