(ORDO NEWS) — While excavating a 3,600-year-old palace in the city of Avaris, a team of archaeologists discovered four pits filled with very large severed hands. This is the first physical evidence of a practice widely represented in ancient Egyptian art. Severed right hands were brought by soldiers to their commanders as a sign of victory over enemies. Archaeologists suggest that in this case, the enemies were giants.
Palace of King Hayan of Hyksos
The palace of King Hayan of Hyksos is located in the once great city of Avaris, which is located in the northeast of modern Egypt. Khayan was the ruler of the West Asian people who once ruled part of Northern Egypt. The palace was built between 1650 and 1550 BC and was destroyed at the end of the 17th century BC.
Excavations of the palace began in 2014 and continue to this day. Archaeologists have already discovered many interesting artifacts, including the carcass of a lion, but the most surprising was the discovery of pits with severed hands.
All the hands found in the pits were right-handed and rather large. Some of them were very large, which confirms the legends about the giants who lived in ancient Egypt.
The practice of cutting off hands was widespread in ancient Egypt and was often depicted on the walls of temples and pyramids. The soldiers cut off the right hands of their enemies and brought them to their commanders, who threw their hands into the pit and then threw a handful of gold to each soldier in exchange.
Some scholars suggest that cutting off hands was not only a symbol of victory, but also a practice that helped maintain order in society. For example, if someone was found guilty of theft, their right hand could be cut off so that they could no longer commit crimes.
Giants in Ancient Egypt
However, one important question remains: with whom did the Egyptian army fight? Judging by the size of the hands found in the pits, they were giants.
The idea that ancient Egypt was inhabited by giants is not new. In ancient Egyptian mythology, there are references to giants who lived with people. Some researchers suggest that these myths may be based on real creatures.
However, most scientists are skeptical about this idea. They argue that the size of the found hands can be explained not only by the presence of giants, but also by simpler reasons, such as genetic abnormalities or other diseases that provoked abnormal growth.
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