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A short time later, I got a mail from Mike Dyall-Smith from the University of Melbourne : "We dealt with this on the AEL discussion list over a year ago. There is a much more mundane explanation (that is historically interesting in itself). These pictures have gained some notoriety because they have been promoted by "new-age or ufo buffs ". Egyptologists easily recognize that the apparent strange craft are just illusions produced by:
a) erosion of the stone surface (look at the damage over that roof area!)
b) a process of re-carving and filling in the stone to replace some of the hieroglyphs. When the filling falls out bits of the old and new glyphs overlap and form 'strange signs'. The technical term used is 'palimpsest'.
Originally posted by Shar_Chi
I've personally been and inspected this site, and although I'm no egyptologist, imo it's a (nicely done) hoax.
Originally posted by earthman4
You can't really date a cave painting if it goes outside cultural lines.
Has any from Egyptology looked and try to tell the story yet?
Originally posted by seagrass
I would think if it were true that Egyptians would be all over that. Wanting to boast of the abilities to sail that far. Which I do not doubt at all. Egyptians were great seafarers. I wouldn't be surprised to see Roman artifacts there.