The first thing you’ll notice about the Famine Stele is the very obvious and perfect ‘slice’ through the stone. Odd. Very odd indeed.

The Famine Stele is located on Sehel Island near Aswan in Egypt. The decree tells of a seven-year drought that struck Egypt around the reign of Djoser - a Third Dynasty pharaoh who ruled 2686-2649 BC.

The inscription itself was actually written thousands of years after Djoser’s death in the Ptolemaic Era.

It is thought that Ptolemy V commissioned the decree to try to legitimise the worship of the god, Khnum in the area. At the time, various religious groups were jostling for power. It seems that Ptolemy V was keen for the worship of Khnum to be taken more seriously.

At the time of the first translation, it was thought that the 7-year famine was connected to the biblical story. However, it seems that the 7-year famine is a widespread motif in the Middle East. Various 7-year famines can be seen throughout history. I guess the number 7 has a good ring to it.

And no - the fissure in the rock wasn’t caused by lasers. It was there before the inscription was made. Which begs the question...why use a rock with a huge split through it?