Experts and the public continue to be infatuated by the remains of Egypt’s incredible civilisation, including the Great Pyramid of Giza and the treasures found at the Valley of the Kings. More than 60 miles from Luxor, lies the village of Qurta, where evidence of its inception can be seen today. Why this civilisation chose North Africa, specifically the lower reaches of the Nile River, to settle remains a mystery.
But researcher Ronnie Gallagher may have solved that question by studying some overlooked research from more than a century ago.
He told Express.co.uk: “It is my belief that a catastrophic marine flood occurred across Eurasia that had multiple consequences, one of which was that with a devastated environment survivors migrated to places of safety.
“This includes the predynastic Nile Valley. Migrants took with them their customs and traditions which accounts for the many similarities observed.
“Interestingly, Egyptian text also shows that the deceased for some time were transported back to their ancestral homeland.
“While this and the suggestion of a Noah like flood are essentially taboo subjects amongst academia, in my mind and based on a wealth of coincidences they are very real and ought to be investigated, however inconvenient.”
Mr Gallagher says he has found evidence that coincides with writings from two 20th century Egyptologists – Flinders Petrie and Reginald Fessenden who discussed such a theory.
He added: “My research is showing that the Caucasus, Azerbaijan and central was their ancestral homeland.
“This is not just my idea but that of Flinders Petrie and Professor Reginald Fessenden.
“Unfortunately some 100 years ago Petrie could not convince his peers of this and was considered an eccentric.
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Various archaeologists agree there was a historical deluge between 5,000 and 7,000 years ago that hit lands ranging from the Black Sea to what many call the cradle of civilisation – the flood plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Irving Finkel, a curator at the British Museum and author of ‘The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood,’ previously described one way the Bible story may have emerged.
He said: “There must have been a heritage memory of the destructive power of floodwater, based on various terrible floods.
“And the people who survived would have been people in boats.
“You can imagine someone sunbathing in a canoe, half asleep, and waking up however long later and they’re in the middle of the Persian Gulf, and that’s the beginning of the flood story.”