Monday, September 3, 2007

Ancient Egyptians in Ireland?

Carla Nayland, on her fascinating literary blog, has a review of a book which sounds very intriguing. Kingdom of the Ark by Lorraine Evans is a work of narrative non-fiction, putting forward the theory that refugees from Ancient Egypt settled in Britain and/or Ireland in the middle of the Bronze Age, under the leadership of Meritaten, eldest daughter of the ‘Heretic Pharaoh’ Akhenaten. To quote:

A necklace of amber, jet and faience beads was found with a secondary Bronze Age burial of a young man in a Neolithic burial mound at Tara in Ireland, excavated in 1955 and carbon-dated to 1350 BC. The faience beads were similar to those in the tomb of Tutankhamun, which dates to about the same period. (Note: faience is a ceramic, often characterised by a glossy blue glaze resembling precious stones such as turquoise or lapis lazuli). A second, similar, necklace was found in a Bronze Age burial mound in Devon in 1889. As the faience beads are similar to those found in Egypt at the same period, the author suggests that the burials may have been high-ranking Egyptians. Share

6 comments:

Terry Nelson said...

I watched an interview with the Princes and Matt Lauer, and I thought William's fetures looked kind of Egyptian or Middle Eastern. What if...
;-)

elena maria vidal said...

Terry, you are naughty.....

Terry Nelson said...

I really do know how to speall "features" - that is what you meant, right? LOL!

elena maria vidal said...

I'll be mysterious and let you guess....

Terry Nelson said...

Gosh! I meant spell instead of speall. What's wrong with me?

(I know - I'm in one of the moods again.)

alaughland said...

Fascinating, sounds plausible. Remember, Kon Tiki.