What do you see here? Do you see a hieroglyph that looks suspiciously like a modern-day helicopter? Modern-day tanks and even a flying craft of some kind? You’d be right.

But all is not what it seems. Pushers for the paleo-contact hypothesis allege that this is evidence that ancient Egyptians saw and knew what modern helicopters and other vehicles looked like. According to paleo-contact believers, the Egyptians thought it was important to document their experience and carve it into stone.

It’s easy to see why people think this looks like a helicopter. Humans tend to see what they want to see. It’s known as Pareidolia.

The same sort of thing can be said of cloud formations looking like unicorns or when people see faces on the surface of the moon. Even Jesus Christ has been seen on a piece of burnt toast.

In reality, the explanation for these hieroglyphs is simple. They were found at Abydos in the Temple of Seti I. The original carving was made during his reign, then sometime later, they were re-carved. Over thousands of years, the surface has degraded and fallen away, leaving both carvings partly visible resulting in this palimpsest-like effect of overlapping glyphs.

The truth isn’t always stranger than fiction.