Egypt race








Egypt Race


Egypt Race


The Ancient Egyptians` race represents a controversial subject for the broader society and for the mainstream academia.


The Egyptians of the ancient period used to describe themselves as having another race than their neighbors.


According to the actual opinion, the Egypt race is a mixed one, the ancient Egypt civilization being a classical African one, neither white nor black, if we speak in the modern terms.


There are scholars who are not agreed with these theories, making numerous contrary hypotheses from linguistic, cultural and biological data.


And, of course there are many questions about the ancient Egyptians` color.

Egypt Race

As they were on the African continent, the Egyptian civilization it is an African one, straddling two zones, the Middle East and Africa. It is an obvious thing that the ancient Egypt` s cultural roots are not in Asia but in Africa.




Being a country with a subtropical desert climate and with people that migrated from different ethnic groups, it is a normal thing that the ancient Egyptians were a mixture of numerous types of individuals having many tones of skin some coming from the sub-Saharan zones and some of them coming from the Mediterranean climes.

It’s no possible to put these people in categories of ‘white’ and ‘black’ but we can classify them taking into consideration their language, their historical records, material cultures as well as their physical remains.



The skulls were compared and measured and the DNA tests were made in different ways but the conclusions are not too many. The skulls look more like the ones discovered in the Northern Sudan and not so much with the ones discovered in Turkey, Palestine and West Africa. A genetic continuity from the pre dynastic times till the Middle Kingdom is possible; after this continuity, an important infiltration in the Nile Valley of the outside nations took place. It is a certain thing that the Egyptians` color was a dark one so the most of them could have been called ‘black’. The captive Nubians depicted on the tombs` paintings have a very dark color, but it is only an artistic convention that stereotypes a nationality. More, the tones of skins with which the Egyptians used to depict themselves in art is an adhering to the conventions and not a totally accurate reality description.


The guardian statues of Tutankhamun discovered in his tomb show him black, beige or even brown.

The DNA tested by the Cairo University` s scientists, from the pyramids` workers and dating from 2600 BC proved that the ancient Egyptians` DNA matches with the one of the modern Egyptians.




This may lead to the conclusion that the Egypt’s present people are in essence the same with those that lived with thousands of years ago. The ancient Egyptians frequencies of the ABO type blood don’t show some signs of significant differences from the ones of the present Egyptians. The scientists say that the blood groups distribution taken from Aswan, Gebelen and Asiut tombs shows similarities with the one of the Egypt’s present population.



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