The Ancient Egyptian Race

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Hi! I have posted an essay, with theory, reviewing an issue that is debated among Egyptophiles — what was the race of the Ancient Egyptians? This appears in my second blog, which focuses on all things Egypt. I hope you enjoy it.

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2 Responses to “The Ancient Egyptian Race”

  1. The Raccoon Says:

    The guy on the left’s got a really cool hat… and really cool threads and ink, too. Can I become a honorary Ancient Egyptian? 🙂

  2. 2GUNZG Says:

    In 1966 Michael Crichton, a brilliant pre-med student, did a thesis on the late Naqqada period crania of Upper Egypt. This is the same Michael Crichton, by the way, whom would later go on to write the book Jurassic Park! He studied crania from the exact same cemetery Brace got his samples from. But unlike Brace, rather than finding them strongly Europoid with only minor Northeast African tendencies, Crichton found the crania to posses distinctly Negroid characteristics and he found them to cluster near Africans than Europeans. [Crichton, Michael. “A Multiple Discriminate Analysis of Egyptian and African Negro Crania,” Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology 57:45-67] The difference between Crichton and Brace, lay in the sameples they chose as the “standard” for Africans. Brace made all European crania equally European, while hypocritically not making all African crania equally African. He took samples from Benin, Tanzania, and Gabon (all countries where people tend to resemble the “True Negro”), and presented them as “genuine African”, while assuming Northeast Africans and East Africans weren’t equally African. Thus, the African sample split into two groups. True Negroes whom he labelled “Sub-Saharan” and Northeast Africans; namely Somalians, Bronze Age Nubians, and Christian Nubians. Thus his predynastic Upper Egyptian sample hovered between the Northeast African sample and the European one. Crichton on the other hand, unlike Brace, assumed Northeast Africans and East Africans to be as equally genuinely African as the True Negro. He used the Teita people of Kenya (a Nilotic peoples) as the particular cluster to compare his Naqqada crania with. He found the Naqqada sample to cluster very close to the Teita sample, and to show very strong affinities with them. Thus, Crichton found a definite strong Negroid character to the exact same Naqqada crania, Brace found very little in. Thus, we see they were definitely Negroid.

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