https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeolog ... -fake-news for the rest.Ancient Teeth Show 'Invasion' of Egypt 3,600 Years Ago Was No Invasion at All
The pharaohs of ancient Egypt were arguably some of the greatest leaders in human history, reigning over the river Nile for some three thousand years. But for a brief moment there, right in the middle, they lost control of their most fertile lands.Depiction of Hyksos prisoners.
According to ancient texts, roughly 3,600 years ago, an invading force, known as the Hyksos, seized northern Egypt from a series of incompetent pharaohs, banishing them to a small chunk of land in the south.
Or so the story goes.
Analysing human remains from extensive burial sites in the ancient Hyksos capital - about 120 kilometres northeast of Cairo - the largest isotopic study of the region supports a different theory: that these new rulers were descended from various Asiatic populations who had been living in Egypt for generations.
Thus, the authors argue, the rise of Hyksos was not a foreign invasion; it was more like an immigrant uprising.
Archaeologists have previously cast doubt on the idea of the 'Hyksos invasion', and this latest analysis is further evidence that the story has been twisted by time.
"[T]hese results challenge the classic narrative of the Hyksos as an invading force," they write.
"Instead, this research supports the theory that the Hyksos rulers were not from a unified place of origin, but Western Asiatics whose ancestors moved into Egypt during the Middle Kingdom, lived there for centuries, and then rose to rule the north of Egypt."
What's your artifact doing in Boss Kean's ditch?
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