An obscure 3,000-year-old relief near a ceiling in the temple of Seti I in Abydos, Egypt depicts something very interesting – a modern-day helicopter, a submarine-like vehicle, and two other types of aircraft with vertical tail fins. Or so “ancient aliens” enthusiasts would have us believe.
People sometimes see what they want to see. It’s called pareidolia – finding imaginary faces in clouds or rock formations, or in this case finding aircraft and submarines in an ancient Egyptian temple relief. Yet the above photograph is accurate, and it sure seems strange that three or four individual vehicle-like images all happen to appear together in one place. On the other hand, if helicopters and airplanes were flying around Egypt and submarines patrolling the Nile 3,000 years ago, you would think the Egyptians would have recorded that amazing fact in hieroglyphics everywhere. And clearly, they did not.
Egyptologists (a/k/a debunkheads?) say the odd images are nothing more than the result of overlapping reliefs from different eras. Indeed, overlapping reliefs are not uncommon in Egypt. But the plot thickens – a curiously similar, albeit less detailed, carving (believed to have been created some years later) appears in the Great Temple of Amun at the Karnak temple complex in Luxor. The symbols in the Luxor carving are more “hieroglyph” looking:
Which do you consider more telling, the original but odd Abydos relief (with the helicopter, etc.) or the later, less detailed Luxor carving? We will leave you with this -- the symbols found at both sites have not been decoded because they do not match any known hieroglyphs anywhere else. File this one under “unsolved.”