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2010-06-18 06:15:00

After carbon dating plant remains obtained from United States and European museums, scientists have established for the first time clear dates for the ruling dynasties of ancient Egypt, according to research published Thursday. The results will force historians to abandon previous records and revise them for the two millennia when ancient Egypt dominated the Mediterranean world and hopefully end debate over the subject once and for all. An international team, led by Professor Christopher...

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2007-02-20 21:00:00

By ANNA JOHNSON SAQQARA, Egypt - Archaeologists unveiled the tombs Tuesday of a pharaonic butler and a scribe that have been buried for more than 3,000 years - proof that Egypt's sands still have secrets to reveal. Although archaeologists have been exploring Egypt intensively for more than 150 years, some estimate only one-third of what lies underground in Saqqara, site of the country's most ancient pyramid and burial site of kings, has been uncovered. "The sands of Saqqara reveal lots of...

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2007-02-20 18:00:05

By ANNA JOHNSON SAQQARA, Egypt - Archaeologists unveiled the tombs Tuesday of a pharaonic butler and a scribe that have been buried for more than 3,000 years - proof, they say, that Egypt's sands still have secrets to reveal. Although archaeologists have been exploring Egypt intensively for more than 150 years, some estimate only one-third of what lies underground in Saqqara, site of the country's most ancient pyramid and burial site of kings, has been uncovered. "The sands of Saqqara...

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2007-02-20 09:00:00

By ANNA JOHNSON SAQQARA, Egypt - Archeologists unveiled Tuesday the tombs of a Pharaonic butler and scribe that had been buried in the sand for more than 3,000 years. The tombs, along with the painted coffins of a priest and his girlfriend, were discovered early this year at Saqqara near the famous Step Pyramid of King Djoser - the oldest of Egypt's more than 90 pyramids. "The sands of Saqqara reveal lots of secrets," said Egypt's antiquities chief, Zahi Hawass, as he showed reporters...

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2006-10-22 19:20:00

By SIERRA MILLMAN, Associated Press Writer SAQQARA, Egypt - The arrest of tomb robbers led archaeologists to the graves of three royal dentists, protected by a curse and hidden in the desert sands for thousands of years in the shadow of Egypt's most ancient pyramid, officials announced Sunday. The thieves launched their own dig one summer night two months ago but were apprehended, Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters. That led archaeologists to the...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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