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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jan 29, 2019. 16 comments

See Inside the Newly Renovated King Tut's Tomb

See Inside the Newly Renovated King Tut's Tomb

Years of steadily accumulating dust and grime had taken a toll on King Tut’s tomb, but a recently completed restoration project has revitalized the historic chamber, while making much-needed infrastructure improvements to prevent ongoing decay.

It’s been nearly a century since British archaeologist Howard Carter first peered into the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Since then, the site has attracted...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 13, 2018. 11 comments

Ancient Cat Mummies and More Discovered in Egyptian Tombs

Ancient Cat Mummies and More Discovered in Egyptian Tombs

Archaeologists working at a pyramid complex south of Cairo have discovered dozens of cat mummies, along with troves of wooden statues and a rare collection of mummified scarab beetles.

The secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, shared details of the remarkable finding at a press conference held this past Saturday, the Irish Times reports. Waziri said a...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 21, 2018. 20 comments

We’re Learning More About the Contents of that Mysterious Egyptian Sarcophagus

We’re Learning More About the Contents of that Mysterious Egyptian Sarcophagus

Back in July, Egyptian archaeologists dared to open a strange granite sarcophagus, finding three skeletons soaking in an unsightly reddish-brown liquid. Scientists have now completed a preliminary analysis of the coffin’s contents, offering new insights into the tomb’s 2,000-year-old occupants.

The granite sarcophagus was discovered in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria, Egypt, on July 1,...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 17, 2018. 22 comments

World's Oldest Cheese, Found in Ancient Tomb, Was Also Very Dangerous

World's Oldest Cheese, Found in Ancient Tomb, Was Also Very Dangerous

Humans have been producing and consuming cheese for a very long time, as the recent discovery of 3,200-year-old cheese in an ancient Egyptian tomb attests. Delicious though this cheese may have been, it was also a potential source of disease.

New research published this week in the science journal Analytical Chemistry describes what is “probably the most ancient archeological solid residue of...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 16, 2018. 3 comments

Ancient Egyptians Mastered Mummification Long Before the Time of Pharaohs

Ancient Egyptians Mastered Mummification Long Before the Time of Pharaohs

The earliest mummies are typically associated with the Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt, but as an intensive examination of a 5,600-year-old mummy confirms, the methods used for this iconic funeral practice date back to well before the age of pharaohs.

The practice of mummification and the techniques used for embalming (such as the use of resins) were thought to have originated in ancient Egypt’s...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jun 02, 2018. 8 comments

Ancient Egyptian Mummified 'Hawk' Is Actually a Stillborn Human Baby

Ancient Egyptian Mummified 'Hawk' Is Actually a Stillborn Human Baby

High-resolution micro-CT scanning has shown that an Egyptian mummy thought to be a bird is really a stillborn human baby, a surprising discovery that’s providing a rare glimpse into the complex cultural practices that existed some 2,100 years ago.

For the Western University anthropologists who analyzed the mummy, it’s a fascinating glimpse into ancient Egypt, but for the family who endured...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky May 08, 2018. 15 comments

There's No Secret Chamber Behind King Tut's Tomb, Investigation Concludes

There's No Secret Chamber Behind King Tut's Tomb, Investigation Concludes

Using ground-penetrating radar, three independent teams of researchers failed to detect the presence of doors or empty spaces behind the walls of King Tut’s funeral chamber. It’s a disappointing result, as archaeologists were hoping to find the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti.

“We conclude, with a very high level of confidence, that the hypothesis concerning the existence of hidden...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Mar 28, 2018. 10 comments

Supposedly Empty Egyptian Coffin Actually Contains a Mummy

Supposedly Empty Egyptian Coffin Actually Contains a Mummy

For the past 150 years, the cedar coffin of an ancient Egyptian priestess has been on display at a museum in Australia. Records suggested the 2,500-year-old sarcophagus was empty, so no one bothered to look inside. Last year, museum curators finally opened the lid, and to their shock, the coffin contained an actual mummy—bandages and all.

When the lid of the coffin was removed, the Nicholson...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Mar 02, 2018. 11 comments

5,000-Year-Old Mummy Is Earliest Known Tattooed Woman

5,000-Year-Old Mummy Is Earliest Known Tattooed Woman

A new analysis of two ancient Egyptian mummies has uncovered the earliest known examples of “figural” tattoos on human beings—that is, tattoos that are meant to represent a real things, rather than abstract symbols. What’s more, at around 5,000 years old, it’s the earliest evidence of tattoos on a woman.

The two mummies, one female and one male, have been on display at the British Museum for...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Dec 17, 2017. 12 comments

Child Graves Paint a Complex Picture of Life at Ancient Egyptian Work Site 

Child Graves Paint a Complex Picture of Life at Ancient Egyptian Work Site 

Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered four unique child graves at Gebel el-Silsila—the site of a former Egyptian quarry that dates back some 3,500 years. The discovery is shedding new light on what life was like at this ancient work site, and the complex social hierarchy that likely existed.

The Gebel el-Silsila quarry dates back to the Thutmosid period of ancient Egypt, running from the...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Dec 14, 2017. 13 comments

Decades After Discovery, 3,500-Year-Old Mummy Found in Egyptian Tomb

Decades After Discovery, 3,500-Year-Old Mummy Found in Egyptian Tomb

Egyptian archaeologists working in Luxor have explored two tombs dating back to the 18th Dynasty, uncovering colorful figurines, funeral masks, a stunning mural—and a linen-wrapped mummy.

As National Geographic reports, these two tombs, found in the necropolis of Dra’ Abu el-Naga in Luxor, Egypt, were originally discovered in the 1990s by the German archaeologist Friederike Kampp-Seyfried. On...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Sep 16, 2017. 9 comments

Archaeologists Have Uncovered The Tomb Of An Unknown Egyptian Queen 

Archaeologists Have Uncovered The Tomb Of An Unknown Egyptian Queen 

Czech archaeologists working in Egypt have discovered the tomb of a previously unknown queen. Named Khentakawess III, she is thought to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who reigned 4,500 years ago.

The discovery was made by Miroslav Barta and his team from the Czech Institute of Egyptology, reports Agence France-Presse. The tomb is located in Abu Sir, an Old Kingdom necropolis southwest...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Sep 15, 2017. 18 comments

King Tut's Burial Mask Has Been "Irreversibly Damaged"

King Tut's Burial Mask Has Been "Irreversibly Damaged"

The most famous archaeological relic in the world has been damaged during a botched cleaning attempt. After being knocked off, the blue and gold braided beard on King Tut's burial mask was "hastily" glued back on with an inappropriate adhesive, damaging the item even further.

Above: King Tut's burial mask before the incident. (Egyptian Museum in Cairo)

Brace yourselves, folks. This story is...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Sep 12, 2017. 13 comments

This Threadbare Garment Is Officially the World's Oldest Dress

This Threadbare Garment Is Officially the World's Oldest Dress

It doesn’t look like much, but this tattered piece of clothing found buried in an ancient Egyptian cemetery has been confirmed as the world’s oldest dress as well as the oldest woven garment known to archaeologists.

Called the Tarkhan dress, the remarkable garment has now officially been dated by University College London researchers to between 5,100 and 5,500 years old. That places it way...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Sep 12, 2017. 21 comments

New Clues Point to Hidden Chambers at King Tut’s Tomb

New Clues Point to Hidden Chambers at King Tut’s Tomb

There may be treasures still waiting to be discovered at the site of King Tut’s tomb, nearly a century after it was first discovered in 1922. After inspecting the site yesterday, a team of archaeologists say they’ve found evidence of two previously undiscovered rooms—rooms that may hold the remains of Queen Nefertiti.

The inspection occurred because of a paper published by archaeologist...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Sep 12, 2017. 21 comments

Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Egyptian Tombs With Stunning Murals

Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Egyptian Tombs With Stunning Murals

An American team of archaeologists have discovered two ancient Egyptian tombs near Luxor. Incredibly, its beautifully adorned walls, though 3,500 years old, have retained their vivid colors, allowing us to see these amazing murals in what is practically their original glory.

The tombs were unearthed by archaeologists from the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) alongside Egypt's Ministry...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Sep 06, 2017. 15 comments

King Tut Had a Space Dagger

King Tut Had a Space Dagger

Tutankhamun, the boy king of ancient Egypt who died at 18 and later exploded inside his own sarcophagus , apparently owned—and was buried with—a literal space dagger made from meteoric iron.

Researchers from Milan Polytechnic, Pisa University, and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo used a X-ray fluorescence spectrometry to determine the composition of the knife without damaging it—even though we

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Carli Velocci Carli Velocci Sep 05, 2017. 6 comments

Ancient Egyptians Could've Been Fat and Lazy Too

Ancient Egyptians Could've Been Fat and Lazy Too

Don’t let anyone tell you that the modern diet is significantly worse than the diets of ancient populations. Apparently, even the wealthiest of our ancestors could’ve been lazy and fat too.

The remains of a 2,200-year-old priest went up on display for the first time at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Tuesday, and examination of the mummy via a CT scan found that the man, known as...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 31, 2017. 13 comments

Many Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies Aren't What They Appear To Be

Many Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies Aren't What They Appear To Be

An extensive scanning project has revealed that about one-third of all ancient Egyptian animal mummies are devoid of animal remains, and are instead bundles of cloth filled with mud, sticks, and reeds.

As reported in the BBC, the scanning project, in which more than 800 animal mummies were analyzed with X-rays and CT scans, was conducted at Manchester University and the University of...

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Jamie Condliffe Jamie Condliffe Aug 22, 2017. 13 comments

Artists Have Secretly 3D-Scanned Nefertiti's Bust For Anyone to Print

Artists Have Secretly 3D-Scanned Nefertiti's Bust For Anyone to Print

If you’ve ever fancied having Nefertiti’s likeness on your shelf at home, it’s now eminently achievable. A pair of artists have covertly 3D-scanned the famous bust in its museum setting, making the data publicly available—and they even plan to exhibit a printed version back in Egypt.

While archaeologists still search for Nefertiti’s tomb , her bust—discovered in an ancient Egyptian workshop in...

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