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The Race of Ancient Egyptians

The Race of Ancient Egyptians

The Race of Ancient Egyptians

Ancient Egyptian Race - Egypt Tours Portal

A great anachronistic debate has surrounded the ancient Egyptian race for various ages among the media and the laypersons. Most modern historians and biologists consider the concept of race to be an inaccurate manner to describe human biological variation. The question first appeared in the 18th and 19th centuries as the product of early racial concepts that were linked to models of racial hierarchy adopted from western civilization which was based on anthropometry, craniometry, and genetics and attempted to interpret and understand the racial identity of the Egyptians and the source of their immortal culture.

Facts of Ancient Egyptian Race

A number of scholars believe the ancient Egyptian culture was directly influenced by other Afro-Asiatic speaking populations in northeastern Africa, the Middle East or the Maghreb or the various Nubian groups or the populations in Europe. Despite the diversity of the ancient and present-day Egyptians and the fact that skin color varied between the peoples of upper and lower Egypt some still argue the notion of a black or white Egypt hypothesis and that ancient Egypt was completely homogeneous. The whole subject of black and white is viewed as a chimera, cultural baggage from western society and imposed artificially on the ancient Egyptian society. The race of many great names of kings and queens was questioned regarding their race like Tutankhamun, Cleopatra VII and even the great sphinx of Giza.

Ancient Egyptian Race DNA Testing

A genetic study was conducted on 151 mummies in 2017 from northern Egypt using the highest-throughput DNA sequencing method and the DNA evidence suggested that lower (northern) Egyptians were closer in their DNA construction to middle easterners (Arab, Levantine, and Anatolian) and southern Europeans while the upper (southern) Egyptians were closer to northeast Africans like Nubians and Sudanese. There was a sub-Saharan African component in the ancestry from 6 to 15% within their genetic construction. The DNA is of the modern Egyptians is quite diverse as it carries traces from southwest Asia and the Persian Gulf at 17%, Jewish Diaspora at 4%, eastern Africa at 3% and Asia Minor at 3%. Much greater levels of sub-Saharan African ancestry are located in current-day populations of southern as opposed to northern Egypt.

History of Race of Ancient Egyptians

Many scholars believe that Early Dynastic Egypt (3100 BCE) was the product of primarily indigenous development combined with prolonged small-scale migration from the trade, military and other forms of contacts. The general theory concerning the ancient Egyptians was neither black nor white but simply Egyptians, a population of largely indigenous origins and a high degree of continuity across time. Over the later generations of Egypt, it was invaded by foreign forces like the Persian, Assyrian, and Greek which had a small to minimal impact on the Egyptian identity. It is also known that the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans attached no form of stigma to the color of the skin and the social pyramid was not based on hierarchical notions of race based on color.

Cultures of Ancient Egyptian Race

It is accepted by many scholars that the dynastic Egyptians were indigenous to the Nile River area, about 5.000 years the people of the Middle East entered the Nile valley bringing wheat, barley, goats, sheep, and different cattle. At that period (4800 BC – 4300 BC) Egypt was referred to as the two lands. Various cultures flourished like the Merimde culture in lower Egypt which had a close link to the Levant in the middle east, the Buto Maddi culture that excelled in poetry also has a close connection with the southern Levant. In the upper part of Egypt known Upper Egypt, the badarian culture was followed directly by the Naqada culture.

Art of Ancient Egyptian Race

Ancient Egyptian art was also a major clue in understanding the ancient Egyptians complexions, many ancient tombs and temples contain thousands of sculptures, written works, paintings and various artifacts which provided inconclusive evidence of the ethnicity of the ancient Egyptians who lived during their dynastic times. The Nubian is depicted in the Egyptian paintings ranging from red to brown to black which held distinctly different ethnic characteristics. The artworks of ancient Egypt made Champollion declare in 1839 that they are truly extraordinary as they clearly depict the sharply contrasted reddish brown Egyptians and black Nubians. One of the biggest examples is the drawing of the book of the Gates of Kings Seti I depicting four groups: Libyans “Themehu“, Nubian “Nehesu“, Astiastic “Aamu” and Egyptian “Reth“. The evolution of the ancient Egyptian culture can be traced back to unity, all the evidence that they judge every person according to their merits and actions, not certainly the color of someone skin, the ancient Egyptians achieved immortality be learning how to thrive in pure equality.

Egypt has always been the birthplace of beauty and wonder so didn’t miss the chance to explore the majestic destinations of ancient Egypt and all that Egypt has to offer with our variety of Egypt classic tours and choose your holidays which your tour will be accompanied by Egyptologist tour guide, or Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan to experience the ancient temples and tombs.

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General Tips:

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound.

Friday and Saturday are the official holidays in Egypt.

Keep a tour Guide by your side to fully enjoy your time in Egypt.

Try “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, and “Koshary”.

Buy a local SIM card so you can call anyone you want.

Quality Measures:

Professional Egyptologist Tour Guides.

Modern Air-Conditioned Vehicles.

All Accommodations at 5* Hotels and Cruises.

Entrance Fees to All Sites that Mentioned at the Itinerary.

No Hidden Charges or Taxes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

The entire country of Egypt deserve to be seen with its every heavenly detail but there are places that must be seen such as the breathtaking Hurghada's red sea, The wonders of Cairo the pyramids of Giza, the great sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili, the wonders of Luxor like Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Hatshepsut temple and the wonders of Aswan like Abu Simbel temples, Philea temple, Unfinished obelisk and The Wonders of Alexandria like Qaitbat Citadel, Pompey's Pillar and Alexandria Library. Read More About the Best Places to Visit in Egypt

If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries, have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD in cash, as for the E-Visa for 30 day you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could also be one of the lucky ones who can obtain a free visa for 90 days. Read More About Egypt Travel Visa.

Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.

The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the weather is unsafe and if any changes have been made.

You should pack everything you could ever need and but in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.

We have been creating the finest vacations for more than 10 years around the most majestic destinations in Egypt. Our staff consists of the best operators, guides and drivers who dedicate all of their time & effort make you have the perfect vacation. All of our tours are customized by Travel, Financial & Time consultants to fit your every possible need during your vacation. It doesn't go without saying that your safety and comfort are our main concern priority and all of our resources will be directed to provide the best atmosphere until you return home.

You will feel safe in Egypt as the current atmosphere of the country is quite peaceful after the government took powerful measures like restructuring the entire tourist police to include all the important and tourist attractions in Egypt. Read More

Wear whatever feels right and comfortable. It is advised to wear something light, sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the terrain of Egypt.

The best activity is by far boarding a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or Vise Versa. Witness the beauty of Egypt from a hot balloon or a plane and try all the delicious Egyptian cuisines and drinks plus shopping in old Cairo. Explore the allure and wonders of the red sea in the magical city resorts of Egypt like Hurghada and many more by diving and snorkeling in the marine life or Hurghada. Behold the mesmerizing western desert by a safari trip under the heavenly Egyptian skies.

There are a lot of public holidays in Egypt too many to count either religious or nation, the most important festivals are the holy month of Ramadan which ends with Eid Al Fitr, Christmas and new years eve. Read More

Egypt is considered to be one of the most liberal Islamic countries but it has become a little bit conservative in the last couple of decades so it is advised to avoid showing your chest, shoulders or legs below the knees.

Arabic is the official language and Most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand English or at least some English words or phrases. Fewer Egyptians can speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Professional tour guides, who work in the tourism sector, are equipped to handle visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of all our clients.

The fastest way is a car, of course, a taxi. If you are in Cairo ride a white taxi to move faster or you could board the fastest way of transportation in Egypt metro if the roads are in rush hour.

The temperature in Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c. Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 °C in the wintertime to 23 °C in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 °C in the wintertime to 32 °C in the summertime. The temperature is moderate all along the coasts.

It is the home of everything a traveler might be looking for from amazing historical sites dating to more than 4000 years to enchanting city resorts & beaches. You will live the vacation you deserve as Egypt has everything you could possibly imagine.

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