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

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

​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 history. » 10/09/13 3:12pm 10/09/13 3:12pm

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