The Non-Existent Battles of the Pharaohs – Evidence in Support of the GKS (gks 7)

Why bother to march out and battle at all?

Egypt was one of the richest nations in the ancient world; the Nile’s abundance deemed it the envy of its neighbours. The Egyptians had everything they required to survive and live a comfortable life, so why risk life and limb by marching out across blistering deserts to engage the enemy hundreds of miles away when everything you needed was back home? What was the point? Are we expected to believe the driving force a behind such adventures was a bit of booty? Surely, as an agrarian society, working the fields in order to survive was more important? What of the power vacuum left behind when pharaoh’s army was away for months on end? Tuthmosis III and the Battle of Megiddo takes this king away from Egypt for at least 10 months (Allowing approximately three months to march there and back and the recorded seven month siege). Talk about leaving the back door open! Why not just stay putt and defend the abundant wealth afforded by the Nile?

The afterlife

The Egyptians were obsessed with the afterlife and to be guaranteed a place in the next world it was essential for the deceased to be mummified, an elaborate process involving sacred rituals and typically lasting 70 days. As well as mummification, and again to further ensure a life of immortality it was absolutely imperative for the deceased to be buried on Egyptian soil. Emphasis has to be placed on this fundamental belief; it lay at the bedrock of Egyptian religion, the hundreds of thousands of interred mummies bear testament to this.

Cosmic Wars HeavensHere we have a serious conundrum, inasmuch, are we expected to believe the Egyptians risked their place in the next world, a life of immortality by undertaking arduous military campaigns hundreds of miles away across deadly terrain? What if they died en route? What of the thousands of soldiers killed in action? Where are they? Were they interred on foreign lands? This is not possible, in that it goes against the fundamental conviction that if you were not embalmed and buried in Egypt, then you were not eligible for a life of immortality in the hereafter. I cannot stress this point enough; to be buried outside Egypt deemed immortality absolutely null and void!

But are we then expected to believe hundreds of rotting corpses were transported back to Egypt some 600 miles across dry arid scorching hot deserts? Even to the uninitiated, this not only doesn’t make sense, in ancient times it has to be impossible.

“Little is known about how the Egyptians prepared themselves for dealing with expected casualties…” (Ref)

It is my contention the Egyptians rarely strayed from the relative safety of the Nile Valley, certainly not vast armies of men with the king at the head marching across distant lands, there was no impending need. Sure, they carried out trading and mining expeditions beyond Egypt’s borders and there is no doubt they mined for certain coloured rock (black granite) and turquoise in the Sinai. They also undoubtedly explored as far as they dared, or as conditions and the climate allowed them to, including following the Nile (safe) south, deep into Nubian territory (pretty normal behaviour really).

Pharaoh Crushing EnemyFurthermore, in veneration of the ‘sacred’ battles fought by the celestial god kings they sent out small groups to mark the astral location (as near as possible) by carving honorary victory stela (carved stone), recounting the bravery and incredible deeds undertaken by their celestial counterparts. There is evidence to suggest this occurred on a number of occasions, given the GKS isn’t this just as you would expect?

But all of the above expeditions involved small numbers; small self-surviving groups who could negotiate inhospitable terrain, accomplish their mission and return to the relative safety of the Nile. It certainly did not involve thousands of troops marching out across deadly terrain with the king at the helm. If such distant campaigns were undertaken, you would think, at the very least, and to save marching out again and again to the same place the Egyptians would leave behind a controlling army or garrison – alas, even this was not done. This is because planetary bodies rarely remained stationary in the heavens, if they did, this was seen as a siege (Image above: symbolic repsentation of wars in the heavens)

Irrefutable evidence

Ancient Egyptian SoldiersWe will now turn our attention to what I consider overwhelming evidence in support of the GKS – the archaeological evidence, more specifically the lack of it. Inasmuch, in the face of the many hundreds of military expeditions carried out by the pharaohs archaeologists have been unable to verify ANY of the events recounted in Egyptian records. This situation exists even though the location of many of Egypt’s conflicts are known. We would expect to find the remains of swords, arrow heads, battle axes, chariot parts, amour, and more importantly battle-scarred human remains or mass graves. However, there is a distinct lack of archaeological evidence and no data to support the existence of ancient battlefields. Upon close scrutiny, it becomes very obvious that the wars and battles of the kings exist in ‘sacred’ words alone – no archaeological evidence exists for them as ever having taken place. That is of course, unless we look up and take into account the GKS.

We will consider briefly one of the best documented battles of the ancient world, Ramesses II and the Battle of Kadesh. We have more accounts of this battle than any other from ancient times. It was carved on numerous temple walls. History states that Ramesses led 20,000 infantry into Syro-Palestine and fearlessly fought and defeated 40,000 Hittites (according to Egyptian inscriptions). Detailed maps exist which show the exact location of Kadesh near the Orontes River in Syria. They include diagrams, complete with arrows, which show how the battle was played out. Modern photographs and details of Kadesh can be found here.

However, despite an abundance of information it seems the Battle of Kadesh existed in sacred words only as the exact location of Kadesh has yet to be found – there is no archaeological evidence revealing its location and if any battles took place there. I find it perplexing that so many books and TV documentaries cover ‘The Battle of Kadesh’ and yet none are backed up by archaeological evidence.

Moreover, the record shows Kadesh was the site of many military campaigns. Many pharaohs before and after Ramesses fought bloody battles there; these wars totaled many hundreds of thousands of men i.e. Ramesses II’s army of 20,000 soldiers plus 40,000 Hittites totaled 60,000 men alone. Yet it seems they left nothing behind. There isn’t a museum in the world that houses battle implements or killed in action soldiers which can irrefutably linked to any battles fought at Kadesh.

A prediction; the location of Kadesh will never be found unless people begin to look up and take into account the GKS.

Some may say absence of evidence is not proof enough and believe that we’re just not looking in the right place and one day battle strewn Kadesh will be found. Although unlikely given the scope and information available, it is possible. So let us turn our attention to the scene of many a major battle and a location where archaeologists have been excavating for years.

Megiddo (Armageddon)

Megiddo is one of the most fabled and fought over pieces of real estates in the ancient world; at least 34 battles are known to have taken place here (the majority involving the Egyptians). Eighteen consecutive campaigns attributed to Tuthmosis III (Egypt’s Napoleon) alone and yet no corroboratory archaeological evidence exists.

Thutmose III: The Battle of Megiddo (Relevant links: Here, here and here)

To put this into some kind of context, Megiddo is an location where hundreds of thousands of soldiers engaged in numerous battles over a period of 3,000 years i.e. thousands of chariots, battle axes, spears, bows and arrows, the carnage, dead soldiers, etc. etc. and yet no archaeological evidence remains to corroborate them as ever taking place – nothing. We have an abundance of written documentation but – NO CRIME SCENE! This is despite the fact that archaeologists have been digging there for decades.

I wrote to N Franlin the coordinator of the Megiddo expedition (Tel Aviv University) and politely asked “where’s the archaeological evidence for any of the battles fought by the Pharaohs at Megiddo?” In the absence of ANY evidence whatsoever, this is the reply I received.

Chariot parts

 

“Chariots were made mainly of wood and leather. Neither medium survives for long. Metal parts were small and were either collected and re-used or deteriorated. Ceremonial chariots e.g. Tutmose’s chariot would have had gold decoration — those chariots were collected as booty and also re-used/re-cycled.”

 

Weapons

 

“Always collected and re-used. Nothing went to waste. They were better at recycling than we are in the modern world!”

 

Dead bodies on the battlefield.

 

a) They are either left and deteriorate quickly in the rather acid based limestone derived soil prevalent in the area. If anything ever survives it is often a lone tooth!

b) Bodies are retrieved by the army that sent those soldiers if the victor and buried.

c) Bodies are retrieved by the opposing army if the victor and displayed and/or mutilated to show how strong the victor is.

With the greatest respect to N Franklin, the answers provided above make absolutely no sense at all. Common sense deems the whole thing is impossible and nonsensical. How can 34 major battles involving hundreds of thousands of soldiers spanning some 3,000 years completely disappear off the face of the Earth? If it is known that the ancients “… were better at recyling than we are in the modern world!” then, what’s the point in digging then? It was even found that Megiddo wasn’t even fortified! How can this be when the pharaoh Tuthmosis III was supposed to have laid siege to the city for 7 months?

To prove that the Egyptians were not “better at recycling than we are in the modern world” we only need visit the site of Ramesses’ II ancient city, Per-Ramesses (modern day Qantir).

Recent excavations here revealed amongst other items hundreds of broken stone carved ‘knobs.’ These were later identified as chariots parts, they form part of the harness and can be seen on the ceremonial chariots of Tutankhamun in the Cairo Museum. The chariot parts were not difficult to find, they were found just below the surface and surprisingly within just three days of digging (Source; M Bietak. Documentary Lost City of the Ancients). Although most were in bits many intact ‘knobs’ were also found. They even unearthed a complete horses bit, to date the only one of its kind.

Point to consider;

How difficult was it to pick these artefacts up? To my knowledge they were found around the location of stables (as you would expect). Nowhere near the mayhem of battle – it is with ease these parts could be collected. They were not; they were left where they fell because as broken stone parts they were useless, impossible to recycle. All things normal, it is this sort of artefact and other similar items associated with battle that should be strewn about all over the site of Megiddo ; there should be loads of battle artefacts. As we have seen there are none. What of the fully working ‘knobs’ and the horses bit? I thought the ancient were super efficient at recycling? The finds at Per Ramesses proves that this was not so.

These finds merely show us show the Egyptians were pretty much the same as us when it came to recycling. Broken parts of machinery were simply discarded with complete working parts occasionally getting lost or mislaid. This would include the occasional horses’ bits, although none, it seems, at Megiddo!

Thuthmosis Smiting Enemy

Thutmose I (Moon) “He Brought the Ends of the Earth Under his Domain.”

“Re (Sun) himself established me, I was dignified with the diadems which were upon his head, his serpent-diadem, rested upon “my forehead he satisfied me with all his glories; I was sated with the counsels of the gods, like Horus, when he counted his body at the house of my father, Amun. I was presented with the dignities of a god, with […] my diadems.” (Breasted)

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