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2009-09-01 08:42:58

An ancient stone fragment with archaic Egyptian signs found at a dig near Lake Kinneret is the first of its kind to be found outside Egypt, archaeologists said. The Tel Bet Yerah (Khirbet el-Kerak) site, where the 1.574 inch long stone fragment was found last week, was on an ancient highway that connected Egypt to the ancient Near East , Maariv said Tuesday. It is also where the Jordan River empties into Lake Kinneret , the paper said. Tel Aviv University's Raphael Greenberg and David...

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2009-05-07 14:40:11

Archaeologists are hoping to use inscriptions from Luxor's Karnak temple in Egypt as a guide to finding other ancient defensive outposts. "As we understand from the inscription at Karnak temple, the city of Tharu had two fortifications with the Nile in the middle," Mohamad Abdul Maqsoud, head of archaeological exploration in Egypt's Nile Delta and Sinai regions, told Reuters. Archaeologists have determined that Pharaohs made regular journeys through Sinai in conquests against Hittites and...

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2009-04-27 06:10:00

Vividly painted wooden coffins housing an anthology of pharaonic-era mummies were uncovered near the Lahun pyramid in Egypt, the director of the excavation said on Sunday.  The mud-brick Lahun pyramid is believed to be constructed by the pharaoh Senusret II in the 12th dynasty, who reigned 4,000 years ago.  According to Reuters, the mummies are the first to be discovered beneath the sand surrounding the pyramid in the depths of the desert rock, but the excavation team anticipates...

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2009-04-22 06:15:00

Archaeologists have unearthed four new temples in the Sinai peninsula, including one of mud brick with fortified walls that served as an important religious center at the eastern gateway to ancient Egypt, antiquities authorities announced Tuesday. "The discovery is considered among the biggest discoveries in Sinai and includes the largest fortified Pharaonic temple in Sinai, at 80 meters by 70 meters," Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities said in a statement. The temples date back to the...

2009-04-17 11:01:00

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Danny Brown, business and social media branding consultant, published a feature that sheds another angle on a heated topic - the relationship between journalists/bloggers and PR. Lazy PR pitches and questionable PR methods have heightened the divide between PR agencies and the news outlets they depend on to feature their clients' story. Brown approaches this from the PR side to show the public relations industry is not always to blame. In his...

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2009-03-31 09:59:16

Using CT imaging to study a priceless bust of Nefertiti, researchers have uncovered a delicately carved face in the limestone inner core and gained new insights into methods used to create the ancient masterpiece and information pertinent to its conservation, according to a study published in the April issue of Radiology. "We acquired a lot of information on how the bust was manufactured more than 3,300 years ago by the royal sculptor," said the study's lead author Alexander Huppertz, M.D.,...

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2009-02-26 11:35:55

The Egyptian government announced on Thursday that Japanese archaeologists working in Egypt have found four wooden sarcophaguses and associated grave goods that could date back 3,300 years, Reuters reported. The Supreme Council for Antiquities said in a statement that the researchers from Waseda University in Tokyo discovered the anthropomorphic sarcophaguses in a tomb in the Sakkara (or Saqqara) necropolis, about 15 miles south of Cairo. Archaeologists believe there are still plenty of...

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2009-02-24 14:56:52

The culture ministry said on Tuesday, that maintenance workers at Egypt's Giza Pyramids have found an ancient quartzite statue of a seated man buried close to the surface of the desert. The ministry said in a statement, that the statue was found north of the smallest of Giza's three main pyramids, which is the tomb of the fourth dynasty Pharaoh Mycerinus who ruled in the 26th century BC. The statue is of a man wearing a shoulder-length wig, sitting in a chair.  His right hand is clenched...

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2009-02-07 14:40:00

Researchers have reported the discovery of a rare mummified child buried along with a green amulet stone, providing further evidence that the ancient Egyptians believed the stone and the stone's color itself wielded magical powers. The first colored amulets occurred as early as the predynastic Badarian period, from 4500 to 3800 B.C., said lead author Raffaella Bianucci, a scientist in the Department of Animal and Human Biology at Via Accademia Albertina in Turin, Italy. Her study is set to be...

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2008-06-06 17:15:00

Egypt's top archaeologist reported Thursday the identification of a severely eroded pyramid south of the capital city of Cairo. The pyramid has been attributed to the Fifth Dynasty Pharaoh Menkauhor, who ruled Egypt in the 24th century BC. Some archaeologists had associated the "ËœHeadless Pyramid', first described by the German archaeologist Lepsius in the 19th century, with the Tenth Dynasty Pharaoh Merykare, who ruled in the 20th century BC. But others associated the pyramid...


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