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The ancient Egyptian mummies controversy

The unearthing of the mummy from ancient Egypt

A remarkable find in Egypt tours was made in 1881 by a team of archaeologists excavating in the Valley of the Kings. They discovered the "Missing Link" mummy's tomb, an ancient Egyptian mummy.

At the time, this find caused a great deal of debate, with some specialists believing that the mummy was proof of a previously unidentified gender from humans who had lived in Egypt. Some argued that it was a fraud. This dispute had a double-edged effect: on the one hand, it piqued tourists' interests and encouraged the booking of several Egypt trip packages to learn more about the incident.

The Missing Link, a rare specimen of an ancient Egyptian with albinism that aroused discussion and drew a large number of tourists to explore Luxor attractions, was not proof of an unknown gender.

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Egyptian mummy research as a field of study

The body of a deceased person who had been preserved through a special embalming technique was referred to as a "mummy" in ancient Egypt. The study of mummies offers perceptions into Egyptian society and culture as well as the lives of particular Egyptians, which you will hear from our guides on luxury tours of Egypt.

Mummification was a protracted, difficult process with several phases. The corpse was first taken out of the tomb and cleaned. The internal organs were then taken out and put in canopic jars; now, visitors to Cairo day tours can view them in the Egyptian Museum, one of Africa's largest museums. Natron, a salty substance, was stuffed into the body cavity to help keep the body dry and prevent decomposition.

The body was prepared to be wrapped in linen strips after a few weeks. The body was then placed back into the tomb along with numerous supplies, including food, clothes, and jewellery, that would be required for the afterlife. They prepared to construct very opulent tombs, such as the Giza pyramids, the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, and many other well-known Egypt tourist attractions, because they anticipated that there will be another transcending existence.

Mummies have been the focus of scientific investigation over time in an effort to understand more about ancient Egyptian culture and civilization, which you will discover on our cultural tours of Egypt. The anatomy and diseases of humans have both been studied using mummies. DNA research has recently been utilised to uncover new information about the genetic make-up of ancient Egyptians and their connections to other cultures worldwide.

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The discussion over the Egyptian mummy's race

A new debate regarding the racial makeup of the ancient Egyptians has been started by the discovery of the mummy known as "the Younger Woman" in Egypt. Now laying at the Egyptian Museum is the mummy. On a visit of the Egyptian Museum, you may view her.

The mummy is allegedly Caucasian, according to some specialists, while others assert that she is African. The mummy's DNA has not yet been examined, which has further fueled the dispute.

This discussion is crucial for comprehending both the history of the ancient Egyptians and the racial origins of the human race. The Caucasian ancestry of the ancient Egyptians would indicate that Europe or Asia was where the human race first emerged. They would, however, imply that Africa is the origin of mankind if they were African. You'll have a lot of discussions and questions in your head while on one of the several Egypt sightseeing trips.

The controversy about the mummy's race is likely to continue until her DNA is finally tested. In the meanwhile, we can only speculate about who she actually is.

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The significance of knowing the mummy's race

There is a lot of debate over the race of the ancient Egyptians. Some researchers believe that the Egyptians descended from black Africans, but others believe that they were more closely related to the Mediterranean peoples. Although there isn't a clear-cut answer at the moment, it's important to understand the many theories in order to understand Egyptian history and culture. Learn about Egyptian history from our professional tour guides by joining one of our affordable Egypt excursions.

One of the main arguments in favour of the Egyptians' black African heritage is physical anthropology. Ancient Egyptian skulls contain significant similarities to other African skulls, according to examinations.

Language evidence serves as another supporter of an African origin. The Afro-Asiatic languages, which are spoken in Africa and Asia, and the ancient Egyptian language are quite related to one another. Several academics have come to the conclusion that the Egyptians were originally black African people who subsequently migrated to Asia as a result of this.

There are, however, just as many grounds against the Egyptians having an African ancestry. One of these is archaeology-based. The great majority of ancient Egyptian antiquities seen in Egypt day tours lack any indication of African influence. This shows that if the Egyptians were black African people initially, they must have swiftly assimilated Egyptian culture after arriving in Egypt.

Genetics is a different denial of African ancestry. Egyptians of the present day are more closely connected to other Mediterranean populations than they are to black Africans, according to studies. Request one of our Egypt small group tours to learn more about the country and to visit the sights on the day trips to Luxor, Cairo, and Aswan.

Egypt Travel FAQs

Learn about our latest news, promotions, and professional tips. Know before you book your next Egypt tours

Egypt has many historical sites that you can visit and enjoy. Each tour is different and unique. If you go on a Nile cruise, you can visit Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Luxor in the South and enjoy the temples, tombs, and the treasures of the Nile. In the North, enjoy the Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, Sakkara. Mosques, churches in Cairo, and many landmarks located in the city of Alexandria. On the East, Enjoy a beach tour for diving, snorkeling, and swimming in the Red sea. Every city has its charm, history, and flavor where you can do many tours and activities.

Your Egypt Tours is one of the leading and pioneer travel agencies in the Egyptian tourism industry. We offer very special care and personal touch to our clients making them feel at home with their family. Great and high-quality service to ensure that your trip with us is one of a lifetime. In addition, the commonly known reasons such as our customers’ feedback and testimonials, competitive prices - excellent customer service, punctuality and. Most important of all, our customers safety and enjoying every minute in your trip are our priorities. With us, you are in a safe hand.

It usually varies according to the type of tourist trip in Egypt, but the average cost for spending one week in Egypt is 1600 USD including visiting alot of tombs and temples and sailing on a 4 or 5 stars Nile cruise.

Don't drink the tap water - it is highly chlorinated. However, with enough time in Egypt, you could potentially grow accustomed to the water. This doesn't mean that the tap water is polluted, it simply means that you are not used to it, and you might get stomach problems. This happened to most people when they visit a country for the first time. They were simply not used to water there. It's a similar situation here. It is advisable to drink Bottled water during your entire holiday. That is why it is strongly advisable that you don't drink the tap water, and use it only for washing and brushing your teeth.

Enjoy Egypt Tours From September until March. It is the perfect time when the weather is good and mild. From September until mid-November, when it is very nice and the temperatures are pleasant for all activities - around 25 C to 15 C. mid-Nov until the end of February is wintertime when temperatures during the day are around 12 or 15 C, and at night can drop to about 7 or 8 C. In March and April, the weather is still so nice and travelers can enjoy the Easter vacation. From May to September is the summer season. Spending summertime in a desert climate does not appeal to most travelers. Average daytime temperatures hover in the high 80s and low to mid-90s, although they can jump up into three digits in the South as in Luxor and Aswan. Summer is really hot here, prices go down and it is a good chance for travelers with a tight budget.

It is usually hot and sunny. winter falls between November and January, and the peak of the summer months is between June and August. Winters are generally mild, although temperatures can fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) at night. In the Western Desert. Cairo and areas of the Nile Delta may experience a few rainy days during winter. Summers can be unbearably hot, especially in the desert and other areas of the country's interior. In Cairo, average summer temperatures regularly exceed 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), while the record high for Luxor and Aswan, popular tourist destinations on the banks of the River Nile, is 110 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius).

Safety and security are our first and foremost concerns! Egypt is a very safe country with a low crime rate. Now with the coronavirus outbreak, accommodations and sightseeing nationwide have finalized sterilization and disinfection in light of the Egyptian government's efforts to implement precautionary measures against the COVID-19. In addition, our company has followed the same procedures to make all our staff, guides, and drivers are well-trained with the current events to prevent and stop the spread of this outbreak. Traveling the world is a joyful experience and we want to do our part to keep the anticipation stress-free.

There are many things to do in Egypt during your visit depending on your interests and character. Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan Nile cruise must be your first priority if you are a history and culture lover. You must visit the pyramids of Giza, enjoy a Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan and enjoy visiting the most important tourist attractions in Luxor and Aswan. You can visit the city of Hurghada, Marsa Alam, or Sharm el-Sheikh Red Sea for relaxation and enjoy many activities there such as diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, or swimming. You may like to go on a safari trip in the western desert if you are an adventurer. Many other activities are available in every single Egyptian city

The high season for tourism is all year with winter and spring being peak season for cultural travels with lots of sightseeing. Weather in Egypt is perfect for many kinds of tourism, and if coming in June, July, and August, head for the seaside resorts. Those months are very warm with temperatures that can reach around 45C. and the humidity is about 70 to 80%, but it is bearable with the sea and large swimming pools nearby. So the period of the high summer season is also a bit busy as hotels fill up with tourists from all over the world looking for a bargain, lots of sunshine, diving, snorkeling, etc. It is also a primary vacation time in Europe. If you come in the deep summer season you can still enjoy it because you can always sightsee early in the morning and go again at night when the sunsets. You will definitely need good sunscreen and a lot of liquids to drink with a nice hat on your head. Summer is a good time for people looking for good rates in accommodation and other services.

Egypt is a Muslim country and the dress code is towards the conservative side, especially for women. That being said, we are used to seeing travelers from all over the world. My suggestion would be to wear light clothes and not to wear short shorts, short skirts and alike to avoid the occasional unwanted stare. But it's really up to you. When you visit religious places (synagogues, churches, and mosques) you do need to cover your shoulders and wear over the knee dresses, if you are planning to wear one of course. If you plan to attend the Nile dinner cruise, there is no need for formal wear unless you want to make that night a special night! Also, you will be sharing this experience with other travelers so you can dress however you feel most comfortable.

You can get your visa when you arrive at Cairo Airport. It is an easy process for USA, UK, Canadian, Australian and European citizens. The visa is simply a stamp (like a mail or postage stamp) that you buy from the visa office, at the port of entry just before the immigration booth. The visa will cost you $25 US Dollars and after buying it; you just stick it on any empty page on your passport. Once you have bought your visa you then stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer. You can also apply for E-Visa via the official electronic visa portal: www.visa2egypt.gov.eg

Your Egypt Tours travel agency recommends two weeks so that you can enjoy the temples and tombs of Luxor and Aswan, explore the sights of Cairo, and relax in the Red Sea islands and nature reserves.

There are many Nile cruises. Not to name one but your choice depends on many things to put in mind such as the number of nights you want to spend on the cruiser, your budget, and the standard of the Nile cruise. We recommend you choose a 5-star luxury Nile cruise, and if you are looking for a private Nile River cruise you can choose Dahabiya cruises, it is only for the small-group tour, about 15 people. Most cruises have. There is another way of cruising the Nile, which is the Felucca boat. It is traditional and charming but it is cheap as long as it will be ok to sleep on the deck exposed to mosquitos and most of these boats do not have a toilet

The best time to visit Egypt is generally from October to April where it is suitable for outdoor activities and sightseeing.
 

Egypt travel usually have guided tours to archaeological sites, museums, and historical landmarks. Also have optional activities may include hot air balloon rides over Luxor, snorkeling in the Red Sea, or desert safaris.
 

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