Orville and Wilbur Wright were the first to successfully execute the invention of flight at the turn of the 20th century, right? Evidence from the ancient world may suggest otherwise.
Scientists have unearthed artifacts from both archaic South American cultures and ancient Egypt that may point to the existence of flight technology in the ancient world.
Small golden tokens discovered in the jungles of South America at first glance seem to be images of aerodynamic bugs. Upon closer inspection, they do not anatomically compare with any living insect.
The wings, which should be affixed to the top of the creature, lie low like that of a jet, and there are distinct tail rudders similar to that of modern aircraft.
Likewise, in Egypt, hieroglyphics depicting images of helicopters and planes were found in one of the oldest temples discovered to date, raising the question of the technology available back then.
In addition to the temple writing, a strangely carved bird, assumed to be a child’s toy, was tested by scientists for its aerodynamic abilities and was found to be amazingly adept at flying.
The question remains: did the invention of flight originate in 1903, or were ancient cultures privy to technology we thought only recently discovered by the brilliant minds of the modern world?