​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

Amazing Hand-Tinted Photos of Egypt from the late 19th century

In the late nineteenth century, Western archaeologists and tourists were fascinated by the ruins of ancient Egypt. Here are some of the incredible photos they took, which were hand-tinted in the fashion of the day. This is like meta-history, where we look back on an historical method of looking back at ancient… » 10/09/13 3:12pm 10/09/13 3:12pm

Roman crocodile armor is the closest thing reality has to Dungeons &…

In the past, we've examined some hilarious forms of body armor for both human and hound.But in terms of sheer flamboyance, it's hard to beat this suit of Roman crocodile armor from the third century, AD. » 9/04/12 4:10pm 9/04/12 4:10pm

An archaeological first: sixteen severed hands found buried in ancient …

It's a grisly find, but an unprecedented one, as well. Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed 16 severed hands, buried in four pits throughout the ancient city of Avaris. Interestingly, if you're looking for left hands, you're out of luck; every one of the newly discovered meathooks is a righty. » 8/13/12 8:20am 8/13/12 8:20am

Cairo's City of the Dead, a slum where 500,000 people live among tombs

Almost 20 million people live in the Cairo metropolitan area, and housing is tight, even in the suburbs. In a neighborhood known as al-Arafa, residents have moved into a necropolis dating back to 600 A.D. In this City of the Dead, there is limited electricity and sanitation, and the deceased take up residency among the … » 1/11/12 9:10am 1/11/12 9:10am