Mysteries of Abydos: Depictions of Egypt’s flying machines?

I’m going to start this article by asking you, the reader the question; “What do you see in the above image?”. Do some of the hieroglyphs look a bit odd? Unlike other ordinary hieroglyphs?

Well, according to many people that have visited the Temple of Seti in Abydos and even archaeologists who have researched the temple, these hieroglyphs actually depict modern-day machines such as helicopters, airplanes, and even submarines.

Is this Pareidolia, or did ancient Egyptians just get lucky when they carved these hieroglyphs?

This ancient temple built by Seti I, and his son Ramses II, has been the center of attention for many researchers in the field of archaeology and ufology.

The image above first thought to be fake was proven to be the real deal and still exists today on a massive stone slab that supports the ceiling of this amazing temple.

Even though some of us would love for these ancient hieroglyphs to depict actual modern day machines, most archaeologists claim that this is the result of Palimpsest, where Egyptologists actually identified overlapping of the hieroglyphics in the above image.

The original glyphs were “erased” and replaced by a new set of hieroglyphics which turned out to be these strange looking figures which according to researchers, accidentally resemble modern day machines. Take notices that this theory has not been accepted by all archaeologists equally.

Most researchers still believe that these hieroglyphs are still a mystery and that an acceptable scientific conclusion is needed.

The Abydos temple honored numerous deities, including Isis, Horus, Set, Amun-Re, Re-Horakhty, and Ptah.

Hieroglyphs present at the temple of Seti I are incredibly clean and precise, and you cannot find a single place inside the temple where hieroglyphs were sloppy or out of place, so what could these hieroglyphs really be?

Abydos helicopter
In this image, we compared one of the hieroglyphs found at Abydos to a heavy lift helicopter. The similarities between these two objects is incredible.

Re-carving of inscriptions was a common practice in ancient Egypt. According to history, when newly installed Pharaohs adopted the structures of their predecessors they would make them their own by overwriting the hieroglyphs, this practice can cause optical illusions and this is the explanation that modern day Egyptologists have regarding Abydos, but it is here where some researchers do not agree with the explanation pointing towards the image of the “helicopter” that appears in the image stating that it is a precise and continuous image finely carved to depict what they saw, a helicopter.

Arab newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat published several sensational photos taken in the Amon Ra Temple in Karnak, which according to researchers represent almost identical carvings to the ones found in Abydos. Two almost identical sets of drawings were
found at Karnak and Abydos.  These images are not available, and we have not been able to find any of them. If the finding at Karnak did in fact partially, match the hieroglyphs found at Abydos all current theories explaining the depictions at Abydos would fall into water.

If this were actually true, it would change the way Egyptologists and researchers think about Abydos, Karnak, and history itself.

Do the hieroglyphs found at Abydos suggest the presence of flying machines thousands of years ago?


A strange set of hieroglyphs found at Abydos, Egypt. Do they actually depict modern day machines, such as helicopters, planes and submarines? Image credit: Wikimedia
A strange set of hieroglyphs found at Abydos, Egypt. Do they actually depict modern day machines, such as helicopters, planes, and submarines? Image credit: Wikimedia

Is it a coincidence that similar hieroglyphs were found at two locations, Abydos and Karnak? And does the theory of re-facing and re-carving of the original temple stonework hold up against the theory of flying machines?


It is a debate that will continue in the future, until an explanation, accepted by the entire archaeological community is given. The actual explanation of the “flying machines at Abydos” is that they are not flying machines, they are merely eroded glyphs of a palimpsest punished by time. If the author of these hieroglyphs really meant to illustrate flying machines, we are sure that we would find more evidence of these flying machines in other parts of Egypt.

Let’s face it, flying around in ancient Egypt would have been a pretty big deal worth depicting and worshiping, so we are sure that if ancient Egyptians had the ability to fly around, more proof of that would be available today. For now, we stick with the theory of eroded glyphs of a palimpsest.


Wilkinson, Richard H. The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt. 2000.

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  1. I believe (I have not seen) that tour guides are instructed to not point these carvings out when touring the site.
    I was also told that they will not answer any direct question put to them
    ( tour guides) re these carvings.

    1. And why would you think that would be the truth? Tour guides rely on well… tourists. Meaning the better the attraction the more business they get. In-fact tour guides will sometimes over dramatize the places they show. Tour guiding is a shady business to begin with it’s not unknown for them to give exaggerations and sometimes out right lies to tourists. If this was by any means true they would flaunt it to the end of time. Instead what you are seeing is a coryphagrion grandis and the best they could do to represent one at the time.

  2. Notice the clear insect on the left? Well, the “helicopter” to the right of it actually has a strong resemblance to another insect. . Coryphagrion grandis to be exact which I suspect would be a insect likely encountered be ancient Egyptions. While I don’t think they exist in Egypt today (correct me if I am wrong and you have knowledge of this) but given the period of time plants, animals, and insects can often disappear from regions through extinction or migration.

      1. Well do you have a better explanation to present? Surely the fact that it would resemble a Coryphagrion grandis when presented in a 2D fashion which hieroglyphs are is a much more reasonable stance than the article or any other magical/mystical reasoning.

  3. You know why people don’t listen to Alex Jones, David Icke, or Rense? Because they bite on everything. A helicopter, tank and jet fighter? What does the other engravings say? Someone just decided to engrave images? Nothing about that looks real, rather, ancient.

  4. “flying around in ancient Egypt would have been a pretty big deal worth depicting and worshiping” -> Well, there is the whole Egyptian religion with all their gods. Where do you think they came from?

    1. Lotsa winged thingies in their religion. You see them all the time.

  5. This is what I see: A helicopter, a modern type boat, and a UFO. What’s the chances of all three being represented together? I could understand if they were found in different areas from each other maybe we were misinterpreting them, but that’s sure what they look like.

  6. SOME “experts” call this a palimpsest.
    Their reasoning is this” “Since there were no helicopters in Egypt at that time, these images are not what you are seeing with your own eyes, they are palimpsest”.
    What other “science” works like that?
    There is NO evidence that ANY plaster has fallen away to “reveal” something that was written earlier.
    What you see is EXACTLY as the artist carved it.
    This is more than just “words” too, this is decoration and the artist would have taken great care to express himself accurately, so as not to be fed to the lions (bears, tigers, oh my) for screwing up the temple walls.
    No plaster is missing from these images, only from the spot near them.
    So, what is it?
    That’s for you to find out.

  7. I find all these articles really interesting but Im getting so fed up of the poor grammar, spelling and incorrect punctuation of this Ivan dude. He needs to have his work proofed before it goes online….or sack him and get someone else in. Nearly every article Ive read of Ivans has something wrong with it. I’ll still read and comment but maybe I’ll start picking holes in his articles in my comments in future.

  8. I would like to see hieroglyphs translated into English and IF the flying objects are just eroded glyphs or overwritten by other pharaohs then we would like the English translation.

  9. When you enlarge the image the half circles on the bottom left show a face in profile and what I would suppose is a helmet for the head that is depicted next to it.

  10. Could it be that Ancient Egyptians were actually masters of going BACK TO THE FUTURE?

  11. Okay…what the hell is a palimpsest? And why would erosion cause it to look like a helicopter?

  12. My problem with it being palimpset is that magically there are 3 or 4 “future” machines in this one spot. I could believe that if it was just one but not with as many as shown.

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