Ancient Egyptian Sky Lore: Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom is a daring book that challenges Egyptology’s most cherished dogma: the notion that ancient Egyptians practiced astronomy. Before hieroglyphs could be read, before anyone actually knew anything factual about ancient Egypt, early scholars mistook ancient Egyptian astrological art for an astronomical map. They believed that ancient Egyptians invented and practiced modern astronomy, so they interpreted the art they found according to their preconceived notions. They were wrong.
As a result, two of the five planets visible to the naked eye were misidentified as the Big Dipper and Orion. A textbook from ancient Egypt that reveals the correct identities was not translated until nearly a century and a half had passed. By then the erroneous identifications were such well-established dogma that that textbook was also misunderstood.
Some of Egyptology’s most long-standing comfortably held opinions are exposed to some much needed, discomforting thought in this groundbreaking book. Joanne Conman walks the reader through the ideas, skillfully building her case as she examines the rationales offered by the perpetuators and proponents of the well-established myth of astronomy in ancient Egypt.