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

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

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

Help decode ancient Egyptian texts by playing a puzzle game

Want to help transcribe ancient Greek texts from the comfort of your couch? Have no understanding of the Greek language? That's ok! With Egypt Exploration Society and Oxford University's Ancient Lives project, you can contribute to the work of researchers who are digitizing — and eventually decoding — the vast… » 8/30/11 11:17am 8/30/11 11:17am