The tomb of an Egyptian queen has shown that the ancient Egyptians may have been aware of climate change 4,500 years ago. The Queen Mother, also known as Jintakus III, is believed to have been interred at the aforementioned tomb. She was the late wife of Pharaoh Reneferef, and the two were married in the year 2,240 BC.
Many believed she passed away when her skull was fractured, but this has since been debunked; experts now think it was caused by tomb raiders who didn’t care to handle the artifacts carefully.
The tomb was discovered in the southwest of Cairo in November 2015. It was found by Miroslav Barta and his colleagues, who had spent years piecing together all of the strange ancient items they had found across the area.
It is believed that the Queen belonged to Egypt’s Fifth Dynasty, which reigned between 2,500 and 2,350 BC. Various animal bones, wood carvings, pottery, and copper were found in the tomb by experts. These artifacts were presumably buried with the Queen to show the gods that she would not suffer in the hereafter.
Experts also found that even at that time, when much of Egypt was experiencing a catastrophic drought that took many lives, strong>climate change/strong> was starting to have an impact on Egyptians.
Even though the issues would only worsen over time, experts think that this could be a turning point for humanity because the Egyptians were able to stop the effects of climate change at this time. If we can learn from their experience, we might be able to apply it to our current issues and jointly solve them.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that, in the opinion of specialists, there is no way to fully undo what they did to completely eradicate the dry event during this period.
We are aware that the climate has changed because it had a role in the fall of the Akkadian Empire and the near-destruction of the Ancient Kingdom of Egypt, but we are unaware of what they might have done to save their civilisation. Hopefully additional research will result in better understanding of the topic.