iPhone: circa 1,300 BC

As we waited for our tour of the Tut exhibit to begin, I saw several undated photographs by English Egyptologist and archaeological photographer Harry Burton lining the walls of the hallway. One in particular caught my attention. It was the side of a wooden box found in Tut’s tomb. On it was a cartouche or Tut’s royal name written in hieroglyphs. What drew me to it was that, due in part to it’s rounded rectangular shape, it kind of resembled a modern day iPhone with the ancient Egyptian symbols looking like the Apple smart phone’s app icons. I guess the Egyptians really were ahead of their time. I wonder if they had unlimited texting?

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