Modern marvels, such as the futuristic city of Kuala Lumpur or the UK’s offshore wind farms, are a sight to behold. However, ancient civilizations left behind a collection of artifacts and ruins that still blow the mind and inspire curious travellers. Specifically, the civilization of ancient Egypt is one of the most interesting eras of mankind, with great stories of pharaohs and traditions rooted in ancient gods. Thanks to dedicated archaeologists, historians and their hardworking team, many wonders of ancient Egypt have been revealed in modern centuries. From the Khufu Ship to the Silver Pharaoh, these finds are some of the most fascinating about ancient Egypt.

10/10 Cheops ship

Also known as Khufu’s Solar Boat, this 4,600-year-old cedar boat belonged to King Pharaoh Khufu around 2,500 BC. Inadvertently unearthed in 1954 by Egyptian engineer Kamal El-Mallakh, the ship was originally found in thousands of pieces. Thanks to the shrewd hands and hard work of Egyptian restorer Ahmed Youssef Moustafa, the ancient ship has been restored to its former glory, taking over 1,200 pieces of cedar wood and 14 years.

It is unknown exactly What the ship is for; some claim it was a ship to transport the king to the afterlife, while others suggest it was a real ship that carried the pharaoh to distant lands. Whatever its intention, it is an impressive archaeological find, approximately 143 feet long!

9/10 Rosetta stone

Dating from 196 BC. AD, the Rosetta Stone is a stele depicting a decree by the former ruler of the country (and its clergy), Ptolemy V. Interestingly, the decree is written in Three ancient languages: Hieroglyphs, Popularand ancient greek. The Rosetta Stone remained unread until 1799, when Napoleon’s army discovered the artifact after setting up camp at Rashid. However, the ancient artifact was taken by the British, who would then study its contents. Many argue that the Rosetta Stone is one of ancient Egypt’s most pivotal finds, as it helped scholars understand the complexity of ancient languages, especially hieroglyphs. Thus, many may consider the Rosetta Stone to be the ancient Egyptian equivalent of a modern translator!

8/10 Tomb of the Silver Pharaoh

Despite its stunning nature, the Tomb of the Silver Pharaoh is often overlooked. Unearthed in 1939 by French archaeologist Pierre Montet, the tomb of Pharaoh Psusennes I was something special. The relatively unknown leader was locked in a sarcophagus covered silver from head to toe. It may not seem like much today, but silver was rarer than gold in ancient Egypt. Although the Silver Pharaoh receives some recognition today, its discovery has been overlooked due to World War II and the discovery of King Tut’s tomb.

7/10 Tomb of Tutankhamun

For many, King Tut is the face of ancient Egypt. Besides his reputation, this world famous king also had something equally impressive: his tomb! Tutankhamun’s tomb is in the Valley of the Kings, one of the most important (and popular) archaeological sites in Egypt. Hidden away from human civilization for thousands of years, King Tut’s tomb was finally discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter, a British Egyptologist. Upon discovery, he and his research team found a tomb full of fascinating artifacts. The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb remains one of the greatest discoveries in Egyptology, besides the likes of the Khufu ship and the Great Pyramid.

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6/10 Ancient tombs in the governorate of Dakahlia

In April 2021, a massive and incredible discovery was made by a team of archaeologists and historians in the Egyptian region of Dakahlia, near the Mediterranean Sea. The team discovered 83 graves of three different civilizations Bhuto I/II, Nagada IIIand the Hyksos periods. Also, the coffins uncovered from the tombs included clay, as well as other finds such as the funerary future, clay vessels, bowls, jewelry, and amulets. Interestingly, the remains found in the graves suggest that those buried here were in a fetal position, turned on their left side with their heads facing west.

5/10 Cache of Sacred Animals

Modern society can’t get enough of their furry companions, which might have been the same feeling in ancient Egypt. In 2019, an amazing discovery was made in Saqqara, south of Cairo, which included a large collection of mummified animals, including the largest mummified beetles in the world! The site also included the mummified remains of cats, birds, crocodiles, cobras and lion cubs. Besides the mummies, an extensive collection of animal-themed statues was found at the site, the materials of which varied from bronze to wood.

4/10 The lost golden city of Luxor

Considered one of the most significant discoveries since the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the lost golden city of Luxor also passes through The Dazzling Aton. The 3,400 year old city is now in ruins but was once full of life. This ancient metropolis was built by Amenhotep II around 1391 to 1353 BC. AD and included a collection of temples, residential quarters and even a bakery! Scholars studying Aten can glimpse life in ancient Egypt, particularly in one of Luxor’s largest industrial centers.

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3/10 Deir El Medina

The Valley of the Kings would not be what it is today without the hard workers. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Deir El-Medina are the ruins of a village that housed ancient Egyptian workers thousands of years ago. Located in Luxor (formerly ancient Thebes), the ruins reflect the life of the working class of ancient Egypt, living in makeshift houses made of mud walls and stone foundations. Scholars believed that at its height, Deir El-Medina contained as many as 68 houses.

2/10 Valley of the Golden Mummies

Located in Bahariya Oasis in the Western Desert, the Valley of the Golden Mummies lay untouched for thousands of years…until its discovery in 1996. This massive burial turns out to be home to over 10,000 mummies, each more beautifully preserved than the last. Discovered by the Egyptologist Ahmed Fakhry, the tombs belonged to Roman families settled in Bahariya. Barely touched by grave robbers, many mummies and their treasures remain intact, containing valuables like amulets, gold masks, coins and pottery.

1/10 Pyramids of Giza

A symbol of architectural marvel and design, the Pyramids of Giza are one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Welcoming millions of visitors each year, these ancient relics were built as a tribute to the three pharaohs: Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the pyramids also sit with the Great Sphinx of Giza. With its tallest pyramid at over 481 feet, it’s a wonder how this massive wonder remains standing after 3,800 years!