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These Mummy Legs Likely Belong to a Great Queen

Researchers think they are the remains of Egypt's Nefertari

(Newser) - Archaeologists say they've likely identified the mummified remains of "one of the truly great and important queens of Egypt," in the same league as Nefertiti and Cleopatra. Three portions of mummified legs found more than a century ago in the looted tomb of Queen Nefertari—wife of... More »

One of World's Seven Wonders Stands a Bit Askew

Engineer speculates Egyptians plotted out pyramids on grid to achieve precision

(Newser) - Scientists scanning and mapping the Giza pyramids say they've discovered that the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the world's Seven Wonders, is a bit lopsided. And really, just a bit. The pyramid's exact size has stumped experts for centuries, as the "more than 21... More »

Preserved Fetus Is Likely Youngest Egyptian Mummy

It is believed to have been miscarried at less than 18 weeks

(Newser) - A tiny coffin believed for a century to be holding the organs of some ancient Egyptian or other actually contains what is likely the youngest mummy ever discovered, Discovery reports. Archaeologists dug up the 17-inch coffin in Giza, Egypt, in 1907, and it was handed over to the Fitzwilliam Museum... More »

King Tut's Tomb Theory Is Suddenly in Doubt

British Egyptologist's claim wasn't exactly embraced on Sunday

(Newser) - Last August, British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves put forth a theory that grabbed headlines around the world: that King Tutankhamun's tomb is adjacent to secret chambers that hold Queen Nefertiti's remains. A March news conference seemed to lend credence to the claim, with then-Antiquities Minister Mamdouh El-Damaty announcing that... More »

Egypt's 'Grand' Museum Gets Influx of Artifacts

Grand Egyptian Museum to display 50K items when it opens in 2018

(Newser) - When visitors arrive at the Grand Egyptian Museum—to open near the Giza pyramids in 2018—they'll be greeted by a 4-ton statue of King Amenhotep seated beside the Egyptian god Ra. But first, the 3,500-year-old pink granite statue will be restored, having just traveled 400 miles from... More »

Experts '90%' Sure of Hidden Chamber in Tut's Tomb

'I think it is Nefertiti'

(Newser) - Egyptian officials are now "approximately 90%" certain there's a hidden chamber inside the tomb of King Tutankhamun, AFP reports. And at least one archeologist believes he knows what it holds. "Clearly it does look from the radar evidence as if the tomb continues, as I have predicted,... More »

Possible Major Secret Found Inside King Tut's Tomb

Is this the final resting place of Nefertiti?

(Newser) - A team of archaeologists has taken a big step toward confirming a tantalizing theory about King Tut's tomb—one that might reveal the long-sought burial place of Queen Nefertiti. National Geographic reports that infrared scans of the tomb suggest the existence of a hidden chamber. " The preliminary analysis... More »

Radar to Join Hunt for Nefertiti's Tomb

Egypt OKs technology to scan King Tut's tomb for signs of missing queen's

(Newser) - The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry granted preliminary approval for non-invasive Japanese radar to verify a theory that Queen Nefertiti's crypt may be hidden behind King Tut's 3,300-year-old tomb. A security clearance for the radar's use will probably be obtained within a month, said ministry rep Mouchira Moussa,... More »

Researchers Mummify a Leg With Ancient Instructions

Though the Egyptians got the job done much faster

(Newser) - It's one thing to say that ancient Egyptians had a masterful technique for turning corpses into mummies and another to prove it. But researchers in Switzerland appear to have accomplished just that by mummifying a human leg with those ancient methods. Researchers treated the leg (it came from a... More »

Study Reveals Pharaoh's Vicious Death

Senebkay hacked down with battle axes: researchers

(Newser) - He may not be as famous as Tutankhamun , but ancient Egypt's Pharaoh Senebkay may have experienced a death more fitting of a king. Woseribre Senebkay, whose reign likely dates to roughly 1650BC, was savagely killed in battle, according to an analysis of his remains. That would make him the... More »

Prof Discovers Ancient 'Mary' Gospel

'Gospel of the Lots of Mary' was used for divination

(Newser) - Some ancient Egyptians apparently used a tiny "gospel," believing it could tell their future—even though its oracles were rather vague. Princeton University professor Marie Luijendijk discovered a 1,500-year-old book called the "Gospel of the Lots of Mary" and figured it would tell Jesus' life story... More »

Mystery Queen's Ancient Tomb Found in Egypt

Tomb of Osiris, god of the dead, is also uncovered

(Newser) - Two ancient burial sites have been uncovered in Egypt—one belonging to a previously unknown pharaonic queen and the other to a god of the dead. The first, in a necropolis southwest of Cairo, has the name of a queen presumed to be Pharaoh Neferefre's wife written on the... More »

'Last Supper' Papyrus Sheds Light on Early Christians

Small document was likely used as protective charm

(Newser) - Who scrawls Biblical passages on the back of a tax receipt and wears it as a protective amulet? Someone in Egypt about 1,500 years ago, LiveScience reports. Researchers stumbled on the ancient papyrus, which is written in Greek and dated between 574 and 660, when looking through a British... More »

Ancient Image of Jesus Found in Egypt Tomb

Painting of curly-haired figure thought to date to 6th or 7th century

(Newser) - Archaeologists exploring the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchu believe they have uncovered one of the earliest images of Jesus ever found. The figure painted on the wall of a hidden room deep in an ancient tomb shows "a young man with curly hair, dressed in a short tunic and... More »

Man's History With Cats Even Older Than Thought

New findings in Egypt age our relationship

(Newser) - Humans have been in a relationship with cats for far longer than previously known—some 5,700 years in fact, according to new research that predates the oldest feline finds in China . Most evidence has pointed to cat domestication in Egypt circa 1950 BC, but excavations at an ancient Egyptian... More »

Unknown Pharaoh's Tomb Unearthed

But ancient Egyptian grave robbers got there first

(Newser) - Amid fresh upheaval in Egypt, archaeologists are still making finds that shed light on the country's past. In the latest discovery, an American and Egyptian team has unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown pharaoh who ruled during troubled times 3,600 years ago, reports the AP . King Seneb... More »

Why King Tut's Penis Was Buried Erect: Expert

Embalmers made Tutankhamun look like Osiris, egyptologist says

(Newser) - King Tutankhamun was mummified with his heart carved out, covered in black liquids, his penis kept erect—but why? Egyptologist Salima Ikram has an answer: that Tut was buried to resemble the underworld god Osiris as a way of battling a religious revolution that was gaining momentum in Egypt, LiveScience... More »

Ancient Egypt Sprang Up Faster Than We Thought

Carbon dating, computer models shorten estimate at least 300 years

(Newser) - Ancient Egypt wasn't built in a day, but it was built a heck of a lot faster than researchers thought. Based on radiocarbon dating and computer models, a team of researchers has concluded that Egypt's pre-dynastic agricultural period along the Nile began later than previously believed, in 3700... More »

Ancient Pharaoh Ramses III Was Assassinated

X-ray points to severe throat wound, say researchers

(Newser) - The mystery of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh's death may have been solved. Experts knew of an assassination and coup attempt on Ramses III, but never ascertained whether the attackers had succeeded, USA Today reports. Now, new X-ray analysis suggests they did: "The extent and depth" of a wound... More »

New Theory on King Tut's Death: Epilepsy

His features, family history provide big clues

(Newser) - Was it epilepsy killed the king? A surgeon with a penchant for history at Imperial College London makes a compelling argument, based on Tut's family history and propensity for religious visions, reports the Washington Post . Hutan Ashfarian analyzed ancient images of pharaohs thought to be Tut's immediate predecessors,... More »

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