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NEWS: Discovery of a child’s sarcophagus dating back to the 17th Dynasty

NEWS: Discovery of a child’s sarcophagus dating back to the 17th Dynasty

“Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim announced the discovery of a sarcophagus of a child dating back to the 17th Dynasty, in the tomb of a man named Djehuty – considered an important statesman of the time Queen Hatshepsut, in the region of Dra Abul Naga, on the west bank of Luxor. The Minister explained that […]

ARTICLE: Mummies’ hidden clues about disease

ARTICLE: Mummies’ hidden clues about disease

“As a pathologist, Michael Zimmerman was familiar with dead bodies, but when he was asked to autopsy a mummy for the first time, he wasn’t sure what to expect. There were a dozen layers of wrapping, which he peeled off one at a time, “like Chinese boxes,” he said. When he finished, he found the […]

NEWS: Facing life after death: Facial reconstructions of ancient Egyptian mummies provide glimpse of our past

NEWS: Facing life after death: Facial reconstructions of ancient Egyptian mummies provide glimpse of our past

“One lies hidden inside a coffin. Another has his face exposed with hands extended at his sides. A third wears a mask over her face. They are three human Egyptian mummies that have been trapped in the manner they held when laid to rest nearly 2,000 years ago. And now we can reveal what they […]

Thursday Photo

Thursday Photo

This week’s photo is courtesy of Aegyptus on Facebook.

NEWS: Northampton’s £2m Egyptian Sekhemka statue to be sold

NEWS: Northampton’s £2m Egyptian Sekhemka statue to be sold

“A 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue will be sold by Northampton’s museums service, a council has decided. The statue of Sekhemka, owned by Conservative-run Northampton Borough Council, dates from 2400 BC. Some local people opposed the sale, claiming it could lead to the council being discredited by the Museums Association. After a public consultation, the council said […]

NEWS: Vatican mummy health check: It’s never too late for an endoscopy

Cinzia Oliva, a textile restorer from Turin, Italy, who specializes in mummy wrappings, puts the finishing touches on restoring the mummy Ny-Maat-Re in the Vatican Museums’ collections in this undated photo (Source: Catholic Register). “Experts have just concluded a two-year study on the seven adult mummies in the Vatican Museums’ collections. The mummies underwent a […]

Thursday Photo

“And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my words, ye Mighty, and despair!’” The collapsed statue provided the inspiration for the poem ‘Ozymandias’ by Englishman Percy Shelley – via Hieroglyphica.

NEWS: Italian archaeologists unearth trove of artefacts in Egypt

“Italian archaeologists have uncovered a treasure trove of ancient scripts, potsherds and statues at an excavation in Egypt. The dig, headed by scholars from the University of Siena, revealed objects such as nearly 100 papyrus scripts, potsherds with written text and statues of pharaohs and important priests. The findings were made at the ancient site […]

Hello, mummy!

Hello, mummy!

This week’s installment focuses on the mummy of a famous face from the 18th Dynasty, the pharaoh Amenhotep II. Amenhotep II was the seventh pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty. He was the son of Thutmose III and a minor queen, Merytre-Hatshepsut. Thutmose III’s first-born son, Amenemhat, was the heir to the throne; however, he died […]

NEWS: 6-foot Sekhmet statue unearthed in Mut temple

“Dr.Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister State of Antiquities, announced that the A.R.C.E (American Research Center in Egypt) mission working in Mut temple in the Karnak complex in co-operation with Ministry of Antiquities, unearthed a granite statue of Goddess Sekhmet dated back to the time of Amenhotep III. The 180cm tall statue represents Goddess Sekhmet in a human […]