Were ancient Egyptians Black? Were they African? It’s a question that has been debated and debated. There has been research conducted that proves yes, other studies which say the opposite. But if you look closely at the huge body of data out there, the answer is there.
Here are 10 facts that prove ancient Egyptians were Black and African.
Challenging Standard Views
The life’s work of Senegalese scholar Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop (1923-1986) as to challenge Eurocentric and Arab-centric views of pre-colonial African culture. He set out to definitively proved the ancient civilization of Egypt did have its origins in Black Africa. He conducted melanin tests on Egyptian mummies at the Museum of Man in Paris and concluded that all ancient Egyptians were among the Black races.
DNA analysis of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen and family were recently analyzed by DNATribes “found that the closest living relatives of the mummies are sub-Saharan Africans, particularly those from Southern Africa and the Great Lakes region,” Face2Face Africa reported.
In The History
Scouring the history of Egypt and ancient Egyptians. Several ancient Greek historians further said that ancient Egyptians had skin that was “melanchroes,” in other words Black or dark-skinned. Even the early Latin eyewitnesses described the ancient Egyptians as Black-skinned with woolly hair.
Some of the most respected scholars in the world have said Egyptians were Black Africans. “Some modern scholars such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Chancellor Williams, have supported the theory that the Ancient Egyptian society was mostly Black,” Face2Face Africa reported. The “Journal of African Civilizations,” edited by Guyanese scholar Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, has always argued that Egypt was a Black civilization. Scholars throughout the 20th century have used the terms “Black,” “African,” and “Egyptian” interchangeably.
Study After Study
Besides Dr. Diop’s study, the National Geographic reported in their geographic DNA study that 68 percent of modern-day Egyptians are ethnically North African, with foreign invasions having little effect on the majority of modern Egyptians’ genetics.
Several of ancient Egyptians most prominent have been described as being Black. Queen Ahmose-Nefertari, for example, is most often described as a woman of color. According to Sigrid Hodel-Hoenes, the author of “Life and Death in Ancient Egypt,” “The queen’s Black skin color is derived from her function, as Black is the color both of the fertile earth and of the netherworld and death.”
Black And Prou
It seems Ancient Egyptians considered themselves as Black as they describe themselves as KMT, which means “The Blacks.” “The term is a collective noun which thus described the whole people of Pharaonic Egypt as a Black person,” according to Diop.
According to scientist Diop’s research, most of the skeletons and skulls of ancient Egyptians had features similar to those of modern Black Nubians and other people of the Upper Nile and East Africa, proving they were Black and African.
In The Blood
According to Diop, blood type is also evidence. He found that “even after hundreds of years of intermixing with foreign invaders, the blood type of modern Egyptians is the ‘same group B as the populations of Western Africa on the Atlantic seaboard and not the A2 group characteristic of the white race prior to any crossbreeding,’” The Atlanta Star reported.
Diop also pointed out the similarities between other African languages and that of ancient Egypt. He compared Egyptian language with Wolof, a Senegalese language spoken in West Africa.
“Diop clearly demonstrates that ancient Egyptian, modern Coptic of Egypt, and Wolof are related, with the latter two having their origin in the former,” the Atlanta Star reported.
In the “General History of Africa,” Diop wrote: “The kinship between ancient Egyptian and the languages of Africa is not a hypothetical but a demonstrable fact which it is impossible for modern scholarship to thrust aside.”
Written by Ann Brown