"If it was a depiction of Atum and creation, then why are there two Atums? Soot on the ceiling came from thousands of years of fuel-burning torches and lamps used by others long after the Ancient Egyptians had left the temple."
Just to clarify:
* Atum is the serpent in the relief. There is only one Atum in the bubble of air, springing forth from the lotus flower. You seem to misunderstand the relief, arguing that replication of the image suggests that there are "two Atums." If there were two serpents in one bubble then your argument would have more credibility. However, the relief does not depict this.
* If the soot came from "thousands of years of fuel-burning torches" then those "thousands of years" embrace the AE civilisation which sits comfortably in your time-frame. Soot is evidence; light bulbs, filaments, coils of wire are all absent in the archaeological record. Kent Weeks discovered receipts for wicks for oil-burning lamps amongst the ostraca in KV5, an AE tomb, but no light bulbs.
Surely, if the technology had been harnessed, there would be an abundance of evidence. There is none.
Why do you think this is?
Post Edited (26-Apr-14 10:00)