It was 1898, and I was taking part in excavations in Sakara, a place not far away from Cairo full of ancient tombs and pyramids. I was in my Indiana Jones mood, eager to find something really phenomenal that I could become famous for - gold manuscripts, treasure maps, mummies of famous Pharaohs - I was hoping to find anything really!
After hours of hard work, I eventually stumbled upon a wooden bird, or at least, that's what it looked like. It was an old toy, nothing more than a trinket, and I was really disappointed. Little did I know, however, that years later, someone would propose that my bird was actually an ancient monoplane.
The artifact was later nicknamed the Sakara Bird, made of sycamore tree and had a wingspan of just seven inches and weighed around 40 grams. It was a perfect original souvenir from Egypt, and I was happy to have found something so special on my archaeological expedition.
It had been over two thousand years since the mysterious object had been unearthed, and yet no one had been able to figure out what it was. It was made of wood, and had a hawk-like shape with a beak and eyes. The tail was oddly squared off and upright, as if it had had something missing from it.
Some speculated that it had been a ceremonial object, while others thought it could have been a toy for a wealthy child. The most popular theory, however, was that it had been some sort of boomerang, a popular concept in Ancient Egypt.
No matter what its purpose, the object was a source of great fascination. Its plain, unadorned appearance made it even more intriguing, as it seemed to have no markings or symbols of any kind, not even an emblem of the Egyptian deity Horus, like so many ancient artifacts.
Attempts to uncover its true nature had been fruitless, and so, the object remained a mystery. It was a reminder of the power of the past, and the enduring mystery of the ancient world.
The discovery of the mysterious bird in a tomb in Cairo had baffled archeologists for decades. It was an intricately carved wooden figure, with no holes or markings except for the one made at the Museum to fix the exhibit on a stick. Then there was a theory that the bird had been used as a Weathervane but this one has been debunked as there was no way to hang it in the past.
Almost a century after the bird was found, egyptologist Dr Khalil Masiha proposed a new theory that it could have been a model of a monoplane. He believed the bird was missing a horizontal tail plane, otherwise it had its wings set at a right angle similar to that of modern planes. It could have worked to generate the aerodynamic lift necessary for flights.
Dr Masiha also claimed that it was common at that time to place miniature models of technological inventions in tombs. So did the ancient Egyptians really invent the plane in 200 BCE? That would make their Wright brothers, who are considered the inventors of Aviation, really really upset. They made one of their first flights only in 1903.
The debate over the bird's purpose has been raging ever since. On one side are those who believe that the Egyptians were technologically advanced enough to build a plane, while on the other side are those who believe that the bird was just a model of a mythical creature.
Whatever the truth may be, it is certain that the bird is a remarkable testament to the ingenuity of the ancient Egyptians. It is a reminder that even the most advanced civilizations have their limits and that some mysteries may never be solved.