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

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