An Ancient Fetal Mummy

Image: Swansea University Egypt Centre

There’s a popular misconception that high mortality rates made life cheap in the ancient world, particularly where children, infants, and the unborn were concerned. The evidence, however, doesn’t support this. Mummified fetuses have been discovered before, most notably in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Ancient Egyptians clearly regarded the unborn as human life to be mourned, [Read More...]

Egypt 3D-Prints an Exact Replica of Tut’s Tomb

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One of the great threats to archaeological treasures is popularity. The more popular something is, the more tourists it gets. The more tourists, the faster it decays. Vibration, traffic, moisture, light, and human respiration all can degrade certain ancient artifacts. The tomb and treasures of King Tutankhamen are quite possibly the most famous treasures of [Read More...]

Ancient Monastic Site Destroyed by Islamists

Looters attempted to hack out this ancient architectural element in Ansana (Photo from Egypt’s Heritage Taskforce Facebook page)

Egypt’s Christian community continues to suffer attacks by Muslims, including destruction and looting of archaeological and historical sites dating to the first centuries of Christianity. From Daily News Egypt: The latest attack targeted Ansana, a historical Egyptian site believed to have been used as a Coptic monastery. Yet, information about it is scarce. “[The site] [Read More...]

LEGO Used to Restore Ancient Sarcophagus

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LEGO: is there anything it can’t do? A 3000 year old mummy case in the possession of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, has been restored to its former shape using LEGO. The conservation of the cartonnage [a kind of linen papier mache] mummy case was undertaken with the assistance of the Department of Engineering, who helped [Read More...]

Barbara Mertz (aka Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters) Passes Away

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The great author Dr. Barabara Mertz died this morning in her Maryland home. She was 85. Barbara was an Egyptologist by training (and wrote two good books on the subject), but found her fame as a writer of best-selling thrillers (under the name of Barbara Michaels) and mysteries (as Elizabeth Peters). If you’re counting, that’s [Read More...]

Millions of Mummified Dogs…

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… discovered at Saqqara, the ancient Egyptian city of the dead. During routine excavations at the dog catacomb in Saqqara necropolis, an excavation team led by Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo (AUC), and an international team of researchers led by Paul Nicholson of Cardiff University have uncovered almost 8 [Read More...]

Are These the Faces of the Children of Antony and Cleopatra?

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I’m not wholly convinced, but Giuseppina Capriotti, an Egyptologist at Italy’s National Research Council, thinks she can make the case based on style, dating, and iconography. Cleopatra’s twin babies now have a face. An Italian Egyptologist has rediscovered a sculpture of Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene, the offspring of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII, at the Egyptian [Read More...]

Giza in 3D

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I love it when my obsessions come together. Dassault Systems, Harvard University, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston have collaborated to create what they’re calling the “most detailed” 3D model of the Giza Plateau, and it does look quite impressive. They’ve made an effort to avoid the videogame feel of some 3D flythroughs and [Read More...]


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