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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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2010-01-06 06:55:00

Archaeologists hope to learn more about Egypt's middle class from two 2,500 year old tombs dug up near Cairo, according to Reuters. The tombs were found near the entrance to the archaeological site at the Saqqara burial ground. Dating from the 26th dynasty, one tomb consists of a complex of rooms and corridors linked to a large hall hewn into the rock. It's the largest discovered to date in Saqqara. Zahi Hawass told Reuters, "These tombs belonged to middle class Egyptian families, not...

2009-12-01 11:42:00

Five-City North American Tour Will Feature Artifacts from Ongoing Searches into the Life and Times of Egypt's Legendary Queen PHILADELPHIA , Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world of Cleopatra, which has been lost to the sea and sand for nearly 2,000 years, will surface in a new exhibition, "Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt," making its world premiere in June 2010 at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Organized by National Geographic and Arts and Exhibitions...

2009-10-09 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, reflects on the recent action by Egyptian authorities who are seeking the return of tomb reliefs from the Louvre, Paris. The Musee National du Louvre in Paris acquired four ancient Egyptian funerary reliefs in 2000 and 2003. It appears they were derived from the Tomb of Tetaki at Thebes. In 2008 Egyptian archaeologists reinvestigated the tomb and questions were raised about the source of the Louvre's acquisitions. It has...

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2009-08-14 15:36:17

British history and science writer Andrew Collins claims to have found the lost underworld of the pharaohs -- a vast system of caves, chambers and tunnels that had been hidden in the limestone bedrock beneath the pyramid field at Giza. The complex system had been rumored to exist since the construction of the Great Pyramid some 5,000 years ago. Armed only with the forgotten memoirs of a nineteenth century British explorer, Collins, working alongside Egyptological researcher Nigel Skinner...

2009-06-26 09:17:00

INDIANAPOLIS, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Doors will open tomorrow for "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs," a touring exhibition featuring more than 100 authentic artifacts from the tomb of the celebrated pharaoh King Tutankhamun and other ancient Egyptian sites. The exhibition will be on display at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis from June 27 to October 25, 2009, its first Midwest showing following the U.S. premiere in Atlanta. Most artifacts in the exhibition have never...

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2009-04-16 06:40:00

Next week, archaeologists will start unearthing sites in Egypt in an effort to unravel the mystery of the final resting place of the historic unfortunate lovers, Cleopatra and Mark Antony, the Associated Press reported. Three sites located at a temple believed to contain tombs will be excavated in this hunt for the renowned queen of Egypt and Roman general, Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said in a statement Wednesday. The council indicated Cleopatra and Mark Antony, whose relationship...

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2009-03-02 07:00:00

Belgian archaeologists have rediscovered a 3,500-year-old tomb that belonged to an Egyptian pharonic official. The tomb was lost under sand decades after it was first discovered. Swedish Egyptologist Karl Piehl first discovered the tomb in 1880. The tomb belonged to Amenhotep, the deputy seal-bearer of the Pharaoh King Tuthmosis III, in the city of Luxor, about 600 km (375 miles) south of the capital Cairo. "It later disappeared under the sand and archaeologists kept looking for it to...

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2009-02-09 13:10:00

The Egyptian government released a statement on Monday saying archaeologists there have found about 30 mummies and at least one unopened sarcophagus in a burial chamber about 4,300 years old. The chamber was uncovered in the desert on the western side of the Step Pyramid of Saqqara, one of the earliest large stone structures in the world, dating from about 2,650 BC. Egypt's top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, said the tomb was located at the bottom of a 36-foot deep shaft where twenty-two mummies...

2009-01-13 12:22:49

An Egyptian expert says an artifact has finally identified the father of famed King Tut as a previous pharaoh, King Akhenaten. Zahi Hawass, head of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said a missing piece of a broken limestone block was found in a storeroom in el Ashmunein, 150 miles south of Cairo, that identifies King Tutankhamun as the son of King Akhenaten, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday. Hawass said the artifact also suggests that Tutankhamun...


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