The claim that the ancient Egyptians were black is untrue: Zahi Hawass

We believe that the origin of the ancient Egyptians was purely Egyptian on the basis of a discovery made by British Egyptologist Flinders Petri in Nakada, says a famous Egyptologist.

World-renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass refuted Afrocentric claims that the ancient Egyptians were black Africans, saying that such claims were not true.

Hawass noted that there is evidence of Cushites who ruled Egypt during the 25th dynasty. He noted that it was from this period that faith in the black African origin of Ancient Egypt grew.

“If we look at Ancient Egypt, there are two theories, one of which is that they originated either from the Semites (descendants of Shem, son of Noah) or from the Hamites (descendants of Ham, son of Noah), with the participation of Palestine and from Africa based on the faces of the people of the Delta and Upper Egypt,” he explained.

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The claim that the ancient Egyptians were black is untrue: Zahi Hawass

He explained that Sheikh Anta Diop was the one who really advanced the Afrocentric theory that the origins of the ancient Egyptians were black.

“We believe that the origins of the ancient Egyptians were purely Egyptian based on a discovery made by British Egyptologist Flinders Petri in Nakada, and that is why ancient Egyptian civilization did not take place in Africa, it only happened here,” Hawass said.

It is noteworthy that the claim that the ancient Egyptians had black skin became a cornerstone of Afrocentric historiography.

Well-known scholars believe that the word “kemet”, which is often used in ancient Egypt, means “black earth” or “black area”.

This applies to fertile chernozem, which was washed away from Central Africa by the annual flooding of the Nile.

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