Among the Many Items Joining King Tut In the Afterlife ... Four Socks?

There are all sorts of questions that spring immediately to mind when you think about King Tut: What killed him? Are curses real? What on earth is going on with his penis? One question not asked enough is what he planned to wear in the afterlife. » 3/31/15 3:30am Today 3:30am

10 Lesser-Known Egyptian Gods That Are Absolutely Terrifying

Egyptian mythology has a lot of gods. Some of them have loomed large in pop culture and the public imagination: Ra, Apophis, Anubis, Isis, Bast, Osiris, etc. Some are far more obscure. But that in no way diminishes how scary they are. Here are 10 absolutely terrifying Egyptian gods that you might not have heard of. » 2/17/15 10:09am 2/17/15 10:09am

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

Beads Found In Ancient Danish Graves Match Glass Made For King Tut

An analysis of artifacts retrieved from Bronze Age burial sites reveals that Denmark and ancient Egypt traded with one another 3,400 years ago, and possibly practiced similar religious rituals. » 12/11/14 1:20pm 12/11/14 1:20pm

Check Out These Awesomely Gross Mummy Toes

Scientists at Chicago's Field Museum recently opened a 2,500-year-old sarcophagus as part of a restoration and stabilization project, revealing the "blackened toes" of its 14-year-old male mummy. They're totally gross. So see them after the jump! » 12/11/14 11:40am 12/11/14 11:40am

A 1,300-Year-Old Egyptian Book Of Spells Has Been Deciphered

Do you want to cast love spells? Exorcise demons? Subjugate your enemies? These and other arcane invocations can be found in the Handbook of Ritual Power, an 8th-century, 20-page codex that has been translated and published by two scholars of religion and ancient history. » 11/21/14 8:30am 11/21/14 8:30am

This Satirical Comic Imagines Egypt In 3014, And Nothing Has Improved

Back in the 1990s, kids in Egypt thrilled to a series of science fiction novellas called The Future File by Dr. Nabil Farouk, which depicted an optimistic vision of a future Egypt. Now a cartoonist named Sherif Adel has created a satirical version called Pass By Tomorrow, in which the future Egypt is much the same as… » 11/10/14 7:16pm 11/10/14 7:16pm

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

An Artist Carved The Entire Rosetta Stone On A Pumpkin

We have a winner. You may think that you've seen pictures of the most impressive Jack-O-Lanterns this Halloween season, but nothing could top this pumpkin illuminating a replica of the famed Rosetta Stone, which enabled scholars to finally translate Egyptian hieroglyphics. » 10/31/14 11:20am 10/31/14 11:20am

This Must-Watch Passover Animation Borrows Its Style From Ancient Egypt

Nina Paley is best known for her Ramayana-inspired animated feature Sita Sings the Blues, and now she's working on an unorthodox retelling of the Passover story. And this segment, in which the Angel of Death takes the firstborn of Egypt, is a visual stunner, taking imagery from those Egyptian graphics. » 10/14/14 12:20pm 10/14/14 12:20pm

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

Physicists Have A Simple Answer For How Egyptians Built The Pyramids

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the last of the ancient world's "seven wonders." The 4,500-year-old structure was constructed from 2.4 million limestone blocks, most weighing around 2.5 tons. Today we're still debating how the Egyptians managed to move these blocks from local quarries. Now scientists have a new… » 8/27/14 3:20pm 8/27/14 3:20pm

Look at These Ancient Egyptian Artifacts from Every Amazing Angle

The first rule of visiting any museum is "Do Not Touch." But, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is trying to ease that restriction, at least a little bit, by launching an interactive site where visitors can view virtual 3D objects as if they were holding them. » 5/12/14 12:40pm 5/12/14 12:40pm

Ridley Scott To Make A Show That's Basically Stargate Without Stargates

HBO is teaming with director Ridley Scott to make Pharaoh, a show about aliens hanging out in ancient Egypt, making pyramids, and presumably getting worshipped as animal-headed gods by the local populace. » 4/24/14 10:47am 4/24/14 10:47am

"Mummy Brown" Paint Was Made Of Mummified Cats And Humans

There was a group of British painters called pre-Raphaelites who liked using a particular shade of brown in their masterpieces. To get just the right hue, they ground up ancient Egyptian human and cat mummies. » 4/03/14 11:18am 4/03/14 11:18am

​The Egyptian Gods' 8 Biggest Dick Moves

Compared to some ancient religions, the Egyptian gods were pretty chill. They rarely tried to wipe out humanity, get in drunken bar brawls with their own followers, or eat their own babies — although "rarely" is not "never," and Ra, Horus and the rest definitely had their moments of divine dickishness. Here are a few. » 3/28/14 10:00am 3/28/14 10:00am

Why King Tut's DNA is fueling race wars

We've all heard stories of the miraculous tomb of King Tutankhamun, son of the rebel king Akhenaten who believed in monotheism. Trying to learn more, Egyptian scientists recently sequenced his DNA. Here's how their discoveries became racially and politically charged events. » 3/07/14 5:24pm 3/07/14 5:24pm

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

Egyptian Rim? Fox just ordered 13 episodes of Hieroglyph, an adventure show set in ancient Egypt featuring "magic, gods and goddesses," from Pacific Rim writer Travis Beacham. Hieroglyph follows "a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah," encountering a world of concubines, conspirators and… » 10/17/13 5:23pm 10/17/13 5:23pm