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

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

Skull Of 3,300 Year-Old Egyptian Woman Found With Hair Extensions

Archaeologists working at the Amarna site in Egypt recently analyzed a selection of 100 skulls dug out from a cemetery. Many of the remains exhibited elaborate hairstyles, including one with more than 70 hair extensions and another with red henna hair dye. » 9/18/14 8:40am 9/18/14 8:40am

Ancient Egyptian Art Contains The Records of Past Extinctions

Six thousand years ago, the Egyptian wilderness was a very different place. Lions ruled, zebras gathered in large herds, giraffes foraged from tall trees. We know that, in part, thanks to drawings on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs. Can ancient art help us better understand modern Egyptian wildlife? » 9/09/14 4:22pm 9/09/14 4:22pm

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

Ancient Mummified Fetus Found in Tiny Egyptian Sarcophagus

A suspected fake mummy currently on display in Wales is in fact the real deal — and it contains a fetus 12 to 16 weeks into development. The remarkable finding indicates that the deaths of young children as well as miscarriages were not treated casually. » 5/13/14 12:20pm 5/13/14 12:20pm

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

That mummy found in a German attic contains human bones

Early last month, a ten-year-old German boy found a mummy in his grandmother's attic. Many considered it a hoax. But a radiological analysis shows that the mummy contains actual human bones, though probably not from an ancient Egyptian. The find could open a criminal case. » 9/06/13 1:20pm 9/06/13 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

Why is this ancient Egyptian statue slowly turning by itself!?

Talk about spooky: There's a statuette in a Manchester Museum display case that's slowly rotating — completely on its own — over the course of the day until it's facing the opposite direction. It might be the curse of Neb-Sanu — or perhaps something much simpler. » 6/24/13 8:20am 6/24/13 8:20am

New DNA analysis suggests Nefertiti was King Tut’s mom

A genetic investigation by French archaeologist Marc Gabolde is threatening to rewrite the history books on two of ancient Egypt's most iconic figures. For years, antiquities experts have assumed that Akhenaten and his unnamed sister were the parents of the world's most famous pharaoh, Tutankhamun. And in fact,… » 2/12/13 8:04am 2/12/13 8:04am

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

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

The weird, sad story of Egyptian animal mummies

Pharaohs were far from the only ancient Egyptians to be mummified. An entire ancient industry grew up around supplying people with mummified pets to accompany them into the afterlife. Business was even big enough to drive entire species extinct. » 11/22/11 5:00pm 11/22/11 5:00pm