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2008-05-03 00:00:00

A Yale University physician reported his analysis Friday of images of Akhenaten. Akhenaten (ah-keh-NAH-ten), best known for introducing a ground-breaking form of monotheism to ancient Egypt, ruled in the mid-1300s B.C., and was married to Nefertiti. While not the most manly pharaoh, in fact his form was rather feminine, Akhenaten nevertheless fathered at least six children. The scientist also said Akhenaten was a bit of an egghead, due to a condition in which bones in the skull fuse at an...

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2008-03-28 17:40:00

Despite leaders' best intentions, and contrary to common depictions of abundance and wealth, ancient Egyptians might not have had the most desirable conditions or lifestyles. Art records from the city of Armana have long depicted prosperity, however new evidence reveals otherwise. Armana, Egypt's capital for a brief period, may have had a deprived population under nearly unbearable conditions during the reign of Akhenaten, the ruler between 1379 and 1362 BC. Armana is the only ancient city in...

2007-11-05 03:00:10

THE linen wrapped mummy of King Tut was put on public display for the first time today - 85 years after the 3,000-year-old boy pharaoh's golden enshrined tomb and mummy were discovered in Luxor's Valley of the Kings. Archaeologists removed the mummy from his stone sarcophagus in his underground tomb, momentarily pulling aside a white linen covering to reveal his shrivelled leather-like black face and body. The mummy of the 19-year-old pharaoh, whose life and deathhas captivated people for...

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2007-11-04 09:00:00

By ANNA JOHNSON LUXOR, Egypt - The face of King Tut was unshrouded in public for the first time on Sunday - 85 years after the 3,000-year-old boy pharaoh's golden enshrined tomb and mummy were discovered in Luxor's famed Valley of the Kings. Archeologists removed the mummy from his stone sarcophagus in his underground tomb, momentarily pulling aside a white linen covering to reveal a shriveled leathery black face and body. The mummy of the 19-year-old pharaoh, whose life and death has...

2006-01-24 08:40:00

CAIRO -- Egyptologists have discovered a statue of Queen Ti, wife of one of Egypt's greatest pharaohs and grandmother to the boy-king Tutankhamun, at an ancient temple in Luxor, an Egyptian antiquities official said on Tuesday. The official said the roughly 3,400 year-old statue was uniquely well preserved. Ti's husband, Amenhotep III, presided over an era which saw a renaissance in Egyptian art. "It was a time of flourishing of art in ancient Egypt ... Behind a good man is a strong woman....

2005-08-12 14:33:25

BERLIN (Reuters) - A famous bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti, regarded by many as a Mona Lisa of the ancient world, has returned to Berlin's Museum Island, 66 years after being evacuated at the outbreak of World War Two. Ever since its first public exhibition in 1923, the precision of the 3,300-year-old sculpture's symmetrical lines and its finely wrought features have drawn thousands of admirers from around the globe. On show for most of the past 40 years at the Egyptian Museum in...

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2005-05-11 00:00:00

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- The first ever facial reconstructions based on CT scans of King Tutankhamun's mummy have produced images strikingly similar to the boy pharaoh's ancient portraits, Egypt's top archaeologist said Tuesday. One of the models shows a baby-faced young man with chubby cheeks and a round chin - with a resemblance to the famous gold mask of King Tut found in his tomb in 1922 by British excavation Howard Carter. Three teams of forensic artists and scientists - from France, the...

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2005-01-06 00:40:00

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) -- A team of researchers briefly removed King Tut's mummy from its tomb Wednesday and laid bare his bones for a CT scan that could solve an enduring mystery: Was it murder or natural causes that killed Egypt's boy pharaoh 3,000 years ago? Tut's toes and fingers and an eerie outline of his face could be seen as the mummy, resting in a box to protect it, was placed inside the machine in a specially equipped van parked near his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings....