by Ed McBride
© Copyright 2000
This report, however controversial, is dedicated to all Egyptologists past and present that devote untold hours, years even whole lifetimes in order that ancient Egypt may never truly die but in manifold ways continue to inspire and interest future generations.
The unique sophistication these early residents along the Nile applied to their everyday lives becomes recognizable through the dedication of people like Jaroslav Cerny, Alan H. Gardiner, Adolph Erman, E. A. Wallis Budge, and countless others whose abilities to unravel the historic and linguistic complexities of the country then called Kam-t obviously dominated many of their waking hours. To all people in this endeavor a much-deserved salute.
A special thanks to the Griffith Institute, and Ashmolean Museum, for the use of the plates from Hieratic Ostraca Volume I.
condensed version of research submitted to the
As an independent researcher, I study hieratic ostraca and have for years. I consider these two examples of this ancient writing to be unique in their recording of a most unusual event. It did, note, happen thirty two hundred years ago-not fifty. By the compilation of all relative events one can come quite close, however, and therefore I choose 1203 BC as the target year based on available information relative to the scribes; one of whom is linked to the reign of Seti II, another to Ramessus III a short time later. The scribes and their importance are covered in depth later in this report.
These two records of an astral happening approximately 1203 BC have been seemingly ignored as they were catalogued under "Magical" in the index of Hieratic Ostraca1 volume I, the source book for this report and considered a projection of a sky based religion. They actually depict through the eyes of several individuals who lacked technology of any sort, what was considered a physical manifestation of a God/Demon in the heavens, on a rampage; the form of human, animal or anthropomorphic being the only consideration applicable to what was witnessed at the time. This was reinforced by but not limited to their religion. A boat would also be ruled out, as the boats on Kam-t could in no way resemble what the scribes described in their separate documentations.
The difficult and slow process of making papyrus paper necessitated the ancient Egyptians to use readily available slices of limestone from their prolific quarries, as a cheap ready substitute for record keeping and general use. Ink was applied to the surface with papyrus reed pens. This writing base, defined "Ostraca" by archeologists, included broken pottery shards along with the limestone slices, though it appears mostly limestone was employed. Pieces were discovered at digs and excavations principally at "Thebes" (city of Uast) during the 1800's as well as the 1900's and on.
The term Hieratic refers to the written cursive script applied to the stone slices; an abbreviated "written" form of the "printed" hieroglyphics much as we write instead of print.
Hieratic Ostraca. Vol. I (all published)
CERNY, JAROSLAV and ALAN H. GARDINER
Oxford, Griffith Institute, 1957
Hieratic Ostraca. Vol. I is available at
The opinions in this article are exclusively those of Ed McBride based on his experience and many years of research and do not necessarily reflect those of "The San Diego UFO Information Homepage" or other organizations represented at this website. -
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