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Did Ancient Egypt Visit Australia?

There about 250 stone carvings that have been part of the local Australian folklore of the area for nearly a century with reports of people who sighted them as far back as the early 1900’s. The site was secretly visited by families “in the know” in the 1950’s and fell back into local mythology for a couple of decades until it was accidentally rediscovered by a man looking for his lost dog. The Egyptian carvings in Australia are just down the road from us at Kariong, NSW.

There use to be a tunnel down to go under the main bolder. This is a photo of the entrance under the main bolder.

The photographs come from John Takacs, who provided personal images of himself and his family with the images to authenticate their presence at the site.

The carvings are in a rock cleft, a large block of split sandstone on a cliff-face that has created a small chasm or “chamber” of two flat stone walls facing each other that widens out from two to four metres and is covered in by a huge flat rock as a “roof” at the narrow end. The cleft is most cave-like and only accessible by a small rock chute from above or below, well disguised from the average bush-walker.

When you first come up the rock chute and climb into the stone hallway you are immediately confronted by a number of worn carvings that are obviously ancient Egyptian symbols. These are certainly not your average Aboriginal animal carvings, but something clearly alien in the Australian bush setting. At the end of the chamber, protected by the remaining section of stone roof, is a remarkable third-life sized carving of the ancient Egyptian god Anubis, the Judge of the Dead.

Egyptologist Ray Johnson, who had translated extremely ancient texts for the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo eventually was successful in documenting and translating the two facing walls of Egyptian characters – which stemmed from the Third Dynasty. They allegedly chronicle a tragic saga of ancient explorers shipwrecked in a strange and hostile land, and the untimely death of their royal leader, “Lord Djes-eb”.

A group of three cartouches (framed clusters of glyphs) record the name of “RA-JEDEF” as reigning King of the Upper and Lower Nile, and son of ‘Khufu’ who, in turn, is son of the King ‘Sneferu’. This dates the expedition just after the reign of King Khufu (Cheops) alleged builder of the Great Pyramid. Lord Djes-eb may have actually been one of the sons of the Pharaoh Ra Djedef, who reigned after Khufu.

The hieroglyphic text was apparently written under the instruction of a ship’s captain or similar, with the corner glyph on the wall displaying the title of a high official or chief priest. The scribe is speaking for his Highness, the Prince, from this wretched place where we were carried by ship. The expedition’s leader, is described in the inscriptions as the King’s son, ‘Lord Djes-eb’, who came to grief a long way from home. The hieroglyphics sketch his journey and his tragic demise. Burial rituals, prayers and preparations are described. These, of course, make it clear that he was not alone, as he did not engrave these after dying.


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