Ancient Power and Electricity






Within the  Temple of Hathor, which is part of the Dendera (Tentyra) Temple Complex in Egypt,  are a series of carvings that many people believe depict the sophisticated use  of electricity to generate light. Items identified are as follows: an arc light  lamp (horizontal) several upright lamps, lamp socket, arc light flicker (snake)  electric cables, an isolator and even a large upright battery.  If historians and archaeologists believed  that the Egyptians from this period used electricity then this would probably  be considered a classic example.  A further  point that is often overlooked is that Hathor was a goddess who is usually  shown with a sun disk suspended between two horns exactly like the reflecting  mirror of an arc-lamp – even the dimensions are optimal. Although the equipment  in the images may seem obvious it should also be noted that many historians, archaeologists  and Egyptologists strongly deny that the images are anything more than the  representation of a fertility rite based on Egyptian mythology. Proponents of  the ‘lights’ theory are often dismissed as fringe scientists while mainstream Egyptologists  are often accused of hiding behind conveniently concocted myths and retentive  thinking. Both groups seem certain in their beliefs.




In 1938 the  Director of the National Museum of Iraq, Wilhelm König, discovered a number of curious  terracotta pots in the archives.  Each  one was approximately 13 cm in height with a capped 3.3 cm opening at the top.  Each pot contained an open-ended copper cylinder and inside this was a small iron rod. These artefacts strongly resembled simple galvanic  batteries and in 1940 König published a scientific paper proposing that these  objects may well have been used to generate electrical current which could have  been used for electroplating objects with either gold or silver. Mainstream archaeologists  continue to doubt this theory even though reproductions using lemon juice as an  electrolyte have been proven to work and no other sensible explanation exists  for the iron and copper contents.  The  pots  are likely to have been created during the Sassanid Period (224  AD – 640 AD). The debate continues




Roughly 450  kilometres south of Cairo is the ancient city-complex of Abydos.  It is widely considered to be one of the most  important archaeological sites in Egypt although for some quite differing  reasons. Mainstream Egyptologists recognise it as the site of the Osiris and Isis cult while proponents of ancient electricity  believe it holds definite proof that ancient civilisations were significantly  more advanced than historians will acknowledge.   The reason for this is that within the Hypostyle Hall of the Temple of Seti I  there are a series of carvings that clearly depict modern aircraft, particularly  a helicopter and dirigible. Mainstream archaeologists claim that they are  merely a coincidence caused by over-carving while proponents of ancient  technology state that this is actually misleading and that attempts to recreate  the over-carving effect have been less than conclusive.  In addition, they point out that the  coincidence required to produce these images is staggeringly unlikely.