2020 Egypt Expedition


Raiders Of The Lost Art

Project Scorpius


Pyramids of Giza















Temple in Aswan














Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan









Abu Simbel









Temple of Hathor, Dendera









Dashur Necropolis










Underground Serapeum
















The Ring of Mystery

When my father gave me this ring for Christmas along with a mummy's hand and a blue facience figurine of a pharaoh's sarcophagus he told me it was a glass ring from ancient Egypt. It certainly looks very old and there are areas of iridescent color on it. It took me decades before I finally had the idea to hold it up to the light and was delighted to see it was, in fact, glass. Now I am trying to find other glass rings like it on the web but have been unable to. The oldest glass in history was made in Egypt and possibly in what is now the coast of northern Syria around the same time. I see examples of Egyptian glass rings but they are completely different than this ring. This also doesn't appear to be a ring that was ever worn. The other glass rings are a kind of dark blue facience which included glass and quartz in the mixture. My ring is a yellowish green color very similar to the naturally occuring desert glass found in the Sahara Desert created by the heat of an asteroid's aerial explosion 26 million years ago. The Egyptians sometimes used this glass in their jewelry. Maybe that's what it is but I still don't know what it was used for. I'm guessing it was probably discovered by tomb robbers so it was probably of some value if it was purposely buried.


King Tutankhamun's Pectoral with scarab carved from green Libyan desert glass from 1327 BC

The museum caption "Green Libyan desert glass" is referring to the Libyan Desert glass aka Great Sand Sea glass which is a substance found in areas in the eastern Sahara, in the deserts of eastern Libya and western Egypt. Fragments of desert glass can be found over large areas. They've been dated to 26 million years ago.

Libyan Desert Glass

In addition to the glass ring gift that same year my father also gave me what he said was an actual mummy's hand and also a turquoise blue facience figure like a small Pharoah's sarcophagus. I'll post a pic later. It appeared to be authentic. It's possible that none of my Egyptian artifacts were actually from ancient Egypt since I have since learned that at least in the 1950's there was a trade in fake mummy parts. People in Egypt used similar chemicals to treat modern body parts and make them appear as being from thousands of years old mummies. The one I had for decades certainly appeared to be very old and it was definitely a human hand but I never took it to be authenticated. I got rid of it because of certain scary things that happened involving the hand. That's a story that virtually no one has ever heard because it's very strange but it happened.




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