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. » 3/13/15 8:00am 3/13/15 8:00am

Experts Say King Tut's Busted Burial Mask May Be Repairable

Late last week it was revealed that the beard from King Tut's burial mask was hastily glued back on with epoxy after being accidentally knocked off by a maintenance crew. After inspecting the priceless artifact, a German restoration specialist says it can probably be fixed. » 1/26/15 9:20am 1/26/15 9:20am

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. » 1/22/15 6:20am 1/22/15 6:20am

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. » 1/05/15 8:20am 1/05/15 8:20am

Archaeologists Have Dig Licenses Revoked After "Million Mummies" Claim

A team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University in Utah have had their excavation license revoked by the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry after claiming to have discovered "one million mummies." » 12/23/14 6:40am 12/23/14 6:40am

For The First Time In 3,200 Years, This Colossal Statue Stands Again 

Archaeologists working in the Egyptian city of Luxor have completed their restoration of a statue of ancient Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Along with its twin effigy, they're considered the highest statues of a pharaoh in a walking position. » 12/15/14 9:20am 12/15/14 9:20am

This Is The Actual Seal That Secured King Tutankhamun's Tomb

Imagine being an archaeologist exploring ancient shrines in Egypt and stumbling upon this 3,245-year-old unbroken seal. Such was the sight that greeted Howard Carter in 1923 as he prepared to enter King Tut's astounding shrine for the first time. » 11/25/14 12:30pm 11/25/14 12:30pm

Illegal Dig Of 3,400 Year-Old Temple Lands Seven People In Jail

An Egyptian family recently found the remains of a 3,400 year-old temple underneath their home. So they did what any would-be archaeologists would do: They started digging. They've now been arrested by the police for illegal excavation. » 11/05/14 10:30am 11/05/14 10:30am

Holy Serpent Gods, This Is An Egyptian Coffin Made For A Snake

Ancient Egyptians didn't prepare only human bodies for the afterlife; cats, baboons, crocodiles, canines, and birds have all been found mummified. But there's something particularly delightful about this long and skinny coffin for snake. » 10/08/14 4:40pm 10/08/14 4:40pm

This is the oldest known depiction of circumcision being performed. It's a colorful restoration of a bas-relief found in an Egyptian tomb built for Ankhmabor in Sakkara, Egypt and dating back to around 2400 B.C.E. » 6/18/14 12:30pm 6/18/14 12:30pm

A Fascinating New Alternate History In Which Egypt Rules The World

Alternate histories – with their roads not taken and mix of real and supposition – can be dreams come true for junkies of world-building — and Ramona Wheeler's Three Princes might contain enough awesome to make you overdose. » 4/01/14 10:29am 4/01/14 10:29am

Mysterious 3,650 year-old pharaoh and "lost dynasty" found in Egypt

In the centuries leading up to the New Kingdom of Egypt that rose in 1500 BCE, many kingdoms in the region warred with each other. Now archaeologists have discovered evidence of one of these lost kingdoms, complete with the tomb of one of its leaders. » 1/21/14 3:49pm 1/21/14 3:49pm

King Tut's penis may help penetrate the mystery of his death

Even for an ancient culture who liked hollowing out, embalming and then bandaging their leaders' corpses, King Tutankhamun was buried in a weird way. His heart was replaced with a scarab, he was covered in black oils, and his penis was mummified as if erect. One historian thinks she's figured out why. » 1/03/14 1:20pm 1/03/14 1:20pm

This Ancient Egyptian Jewelry Came from Space

Archaeologists working at the UCL Petrie Museum have shown that ancient Egyptians made jewelry from chunks of meteorite. Even more remarkable is the realization that they made these items over 5,000 years ago — nearly two millennia before the emergence of iron smelting. » 8/20/13 8:00am 8/20/13 8:00am

German boy finds a mummy in his grandmother's attic

Last week, 10-year-old Alex Kettler stumbled upon three mysterious cases in a corner of his grandmother's attic. Neither his grandmother nor his father knew what was inside — so they pried them open to take a look. You can imagine their surprise at discovering a large sarcophagus holding a true-to-life mummy. » 8/05/13 6:30am 8/05/13 6:30am

Rare Egyptian Sphinx discovered in Israel — well, its paws, anyway

Archaeologists working at a site in Tel Hazor National Park in north Israel have unearthed the base of a unique sphinx. It features a hieroglyphic inscription linking it to an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who was one of the builders of the Giza pyramids. These adorable little paws date back to 2,500 BCE. » 7/11/13 6:20am 7/11/13 6:20am

Here's how the ancient Egyptians sucked the guts out of their mummies

A group of scientists have just busted a millennia-old myth about how the ancient Egyptians made their mummies. It turns out that nobody had to take burning cedar oil enemas after all. » 3/22/13 5:04pm 3/22/13 5:04pm

Egyptian princess's tomb dating from 2,500 BC found near Cairo

Czech archaeologists have discovered a 4,500-year-old tomb of a Pharaonic princess named Shert Nebti just south of Cairo. The ancient burial site, which is located at the Abu Sir complex near the famed step pyramid of Saqqara, is surrounded by the tombs of four high officials from the Fifth Dynasty dating to around… » 11/06/12 10:43am 11/06/12 10:43am

In search of Ancient Egypt's very own watery answer to Venice

Long before the canals of Venice sprung up in the swamps of the Adriatic, the ancient Egyptians are said to have used their own waterways to build an entire city into the Nile River. Now at last, we might actually find it. » 3/27/12 5:03pm 3/27/12 5:03pm

What are the Great Pyramids really made of?

One hundred thousand slaves tug multi-ton blocks across the desert. A complicated series of pulleys lifts each hand-cut stone into the perfect place. This is history's image of ancient Egyptian pyramid construction. » 12/23/11 8:00am 12/23/11 8:00am