Conspiracy theories have abounded for ages about how Ancient Egypt came to fruition so quickly, formed virtually overnight when compared with other cultures. Some have proffered opinions that an alien race came to Earth and founded Ancient Egypt whole others have been more calculated and scientific in their reasoning of Egyptian culture.
Esoteric authors like Dion Fortune have speculated about how Egypt was a civilization that flourished and grew faster than most, but why is this and is it really true?
Surprisingly for some, and not surprisingly for others, the news is now that Ancient Egypt really did come about ever so quickly. A group of scientists from England has now proven that the time it took to turn Egypt into a place with mere farmers to a state that was controlled by a king happened much faster than had been thought before.
Thanks to computer models and radiocarbon dating, scientists think that Egypt’s first king, King Aha, came to sit on his hypothetical throne around 3100 BC.
Dr. Michael Dee of the Research Laboratory for Archaeology at the University of Oxford stated, “The formation of Egypt was unique in the ancient world. It was a territorial state, a state from which the moment it formed had established borders over a territory in much the same way we think of nations today. Trying to understand what happened in human history to lead people to establish this sort of polity we felt was a gap in understanding that need to be filled.”
Dr. Dee also noted with regard to the formation of Egypt, “The time period is shorter than was previously thought – about 300 to 400 years shorter. Egypt was a state that emerged quickly. Over that time one has immense social change. This is interesting when one compares it with other places. In Mesopotamia, for example, you have agriculture for several thousand years before you have anything like a state.”
When it comes to learning more about Egypt there are no written records that were left behind during this period in time and timelines in the past have been based mostly on guesses. Now, however, a timeline is being established thanks to the different styles of ceramics that have been uncovered from burial sites and scientists are using radiocarbon dating on bones, plants, hair and other evidence found to try and work out just when this state came into existence. Until then, amateur Egyptologists like me are excited to learn that this was such a very special culture that it developed faster than any other culture in history.