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2010-01-11 08:30:00

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed the tombs of workers who constructed the great pyramids, revealing how they lived nearly 4,000 years ago. The thousands of men, who worked tirelessly on the amazing monuments, consumed meat regularly, worked for three months at a time and were allowed to be buried in mud brick tombs near the consecrated pyramids. The date to Egypt's 4th Dynasty has now been placed at 2575 B.C. to 2467 B.C., when the pyramids were originally constructed, says the head of...

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2007-12-22 18:20:00

CAIRO, Egypt -- Months after Egypt boldly announced that archaeologists had identified a mummy as the most powerful queen of her time, scientists in a museum basement are still analyzing DNA from the bald, 3,500-year-old corpse to try to back up the claim aired on TV. Progress is slow. So far, results indicate the linen-wrapped mummy is most likely, but not conclusively, the female pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled for 20 years in the 15th century B.C. Running its own ancient-DNA lab is a...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'