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  • Mummy Mask May Reveal Oldest Known Gospel

    01/19/2015 11:10:30 PM PST · by SteveH · 30 replies
    livescience ^ | January 18, 2015 | Owen Jarus
    A text that may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist — a fragment of the Gospel of Mark that was written during the first century, before the year 90 — is set to be published. At present, the oldest surviving copies of the gospel texts date to the second century (the years 101 to 200). This first-century gospel fragment was written on a sheet of papyrus that was later reused to create a mask that was worn by a mummy. Although the mummies of Egyptian pharaohs wore masks made of gold, ordinary people had to settle...
  • Cemetery with one MILLION mummies unearthed in Egypt: 1,500-year-old desert necropolis

    12/18/2014 6:00:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 18, 2014 | Richard Gray
    A cemetery containing more than a million mummified human bodies has been unearthed in central Egypt, according to archaeologists. Scientists have already excavated more than 1,700 mummies, preserved by the hot dry desert in the Faiyum region of Egypt about 60 miles (96km) south of Cairo. But those leading the work believe their could be up to a million similar bodies buried in shafts cut into the limestone rock that are at times up to 75ft (22.9 metres) deep.
  • Meet Chiquita: A tiny, blonde, 500-year-old Wyoming mummy

    07/07/2014 8:43:10 AM PDT · by Theoria · 18 replies
    Casper Star-Tribune Online ^ | 06 July 2014 | Jeremy Fugleberg
    George Gill hands over the never-published photos of the infant he calls Chiquita. Her fine blond hair arches over her wrinkled, leathery skin. Her arms are wrapped around her, a tiny mouth frozen in an “O.” If she once had another name, Gill wouldn’t know it. After all, Chiquita has been dead for hundreds of years. She is one of only a handful of known infant mummies in existence with a particular birth defect. Two such mummies, Chiquita and one known as the Pedro Mountain mummy, were found in Wyoming. They both hold tantalizing clues about those who inhabited Wyoming’s...
  • These Are The World's Oldest Pants

    05/31/2014 6:44:58 AM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    BI ^ | 5-31-2014 | Bruce Bower
    Bruce BowerMay 31, 2014, 7:14 AM The oldest known trousers, including this roughly 3,000-year-old pair with woven leg decorations, belonged to nomadic horsemen in Central Asia. Two men whose remains were recently excavated from tombs in western China put their pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us. But these nomadic herders did so between 3,300 and 3,000 years ago, making their trousers the oldest known examples of this innovative apparel, a new study finds. With straight-fitting legs and a wide crotch, the ancient wool trousers resemble modern riding pants, says a team led by...
  • Archaeologists find 5,600-year-old tomb in Egypt (Update)

    05/09/2014 1:49:04 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | May 07, 2014 | Staff
    Egypt said Wednesday archaeologists have unearthed a 5,600-year-old preserved tomb and mummy predating the pharaonic First Dynasty, a discovery that will shed new light on the pre-dynastic era. The tomb was built before the rule of king Narmer, the founder of the First Dynasty who unified Upper and Lower Egypt in the 31th century BC, the antiquities ministry said in a statement. The tomb was discovered in the Kom al-Ahmar region, between Luxor and Aswan, on the site of ancient Hierakonpolis, the city of the falcon, which was the capital of the Kingdom of Upper Egypt. The archaeologists found an...
  • Tomb dating back to 1100 B.C. found in Egypt (Images)

    05/09/2014 1:34:37 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | May 08, 2014 | by Laura Dean
    Archeologists have found a tomb dating back to around 1100 B.C. south of Cairo, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said Thursday. Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that the tomb belongs to a guard of the army archives and royal messenger to foreign countries. Ibrahim said the Cairo University Faculty of Archaeology's discovery at Saqqara adds "a chapter to our knowledge about the history of Saqqara." Ola el-Egeizy of Cairo University said the tomb contains "very nice inscriptions" of the funerary procession and the afterlife of the deceased. The tomb was found near another one dating back to the same period belonging to...
  • Rare sarcophagus, Egyptian scarab found in Israel

    04/17/2014 11:05:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Apr 09, 2014 | by Daniel Estrin
    Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a rare sarcophagus featuring a slender face and a scarab ring inscribed with the name of an Egyptian pharaoh, Israel's Antiquities Authority said Wednesday. The mystery man whose skeleton was found inside the sarcophagus was most likely a local Canaanite official in the service of ancient Egypt, Israeli archaeologists believe, shining a light on a period when pharaohs governed the region. "This is a really beautiful face, very serene," said Edwin van den Brink, an Egyptologist and archaeologist with Israel's government antiquities authority. "It's very appealing." Van den Brink said archaeologists dug at Tel Shadud, an...
  • Siberian Princess reveals her 2,500 year old tattoos

    08/16/2012 8:42:37 AM PDT · by Renfield · 21 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 8-14-2012
    The ancient mummy of a mysterious young woman, known as the Ukok Princess, is finally returning home to the Altai Republic this month. She is to be kept in a special mausoleum at the Republican National Museum in capital Gorno-Altaisk, where eventually she will be displayed in a glass sarcophagus to tourists. For the past 19 years, since her discovery, she was kept mainly at a scientific institute in Novosibirsk, apart from a period in Moscow when her remains were treated by the same scientists who preserve the body of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin. To mark the move 'home', The...
  • 1,300 year-old mummy and her intimate tattoo

    03/28/2014 4:16:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies
    Telegraph ^ | March 27, 2014 | Robert Mendick
    Wrapped in bandages and caricatured as figures of terror in Hollywood movies, Egypt’s mummies have long captivated and bewildered scientists and children alike. Now a new exhibition at the British Museum will disclose the human side of the mummies of the Nile. Eight have been – scientifically speaking – stripped bare revealing secrets taken to the grave thousands of years ago. snip One of the mummies, whose remains were found just seven years ago, was so well preserved that archaeologists could almost make out the tattoo on her skin on the inner thigh of her right leg with the naked...
  • "Throw Momma From The Train" ... Two Egyptian Sisters Hurl Mum To Death From Train

    11/19/2013 7:12:51 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | November 18, 2013 | Staff
    Two Egyptian sisters hurl mum to death from train 50-year-old mother had rebuked one daughter, 21, for misbehaving Two Egyptian sisters in their 20s hurled their mother to death under the train on which they were travelling after a heated argument with her. The 50-year-old mother had rebuked one daughter, 21, for misbehaving inside the train in the northern province of Dakhaliya, triggering an argument between the two. Newspapers in the Arab country said another daughter, 23, sided with her sister and joined hands in carrying their mother and throwing her out of the window. The mother died instantly under...
  • Scientists say Ötzi the Iceman has living relatives, 5,300 years later

    10/16/2013 7:52:31 AM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    NBC ^ | 14 Oct 2013 | Alan Boyle
    No next-of-kin was around to claim the frozen 5,300-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman when it was found in the Italian Alps in 1991, but researchers now report that there are at least 19 genetic relatives of Ötzi living in Austria's Tyrol region. "These men and the 'Iceman' had the same ancestors," Walther Parson, a researcher at the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Innsbruck, told the Austrian Press Agency last week. The relatives may not know they're related, however. The Austrian researchers haven't told them. They found the 19 genetic matches by looking through the DNA records of 3,700 Austrian...
  • Ex-con returns from prison only to find his wife MUMMIFIED in bed (Spain)

    10/11/2012 11:26:33 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    NYDN ^ | October 10, 2012 | Charlie Wells
    Spanish man home from prison finds his wife mummified in bed Eduardo Ruiz grew concerned when he stopped hearing from his wife, Ángeles Fernández. But authorities refused to allow anyone to enter the home, despite complaints of an unpleasant smell in the area — until he managed a conditional release and broke in himself. A man in Spain came home from prison last week to find his wife mummified on her bed. Eduardo Ruiz, from the town of Ciempozuelos just outside Madrid, had not heard from his wife for a year when he complained to police in 2011. At the...
  • The Ice-Maiden with the Tiger Tattoo

    08/17/2012 11:09:05 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 55 replies
    WebProNews/Science ^ | 17 Aug 2012 | Amanda Crum
    The Ice-Maiden is the most famous Pazyryk (Siberian culture probably related to the Scythians) mummy yet found. She died at about the age of 25. Buried clothed in luxurious wild silk, her body was perfectly preserved in perma-frost. But it is the tattoos that set Pazyryk burials apart. “Compared to all tattoos found by archeologists around the world, those on the mummies of the Pazyryk people are the most complicated and the most beautiful,” according to the lead researcher, Dr. Natalia Polosmak.
  • Ancient Egyptian Mummy Suffered Rare and Painful Disease

    04/28/2012 7:44:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Friday, April 27, 2012 | Owen Jarus
    Around 2,900 years ago, an ancient Egyptian man, likely in his 20s, passed away after suffering from a rare, cancerlike disease that may also have left him with a type of diabetes. When he died he was mummified, following the procedure of the time. The embalmers removed his brain (through the nose it appears), poured resin-like fluid into his head and pelvis, took out some of his organs and inserted four linen "packets" into his body. At some point the mummy was transferred to the 2,300 year-old sarcophagus of a woman named Kareset, an artifact that is now in the...
  • UK taxi driver becomes first mummy for 3,000 years

    10/18/2011 1:24:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | 18 Oct 2011 | Staff
    A former British taxi driver has become the first person in the world for 3,000 years to be mummified in the same way as the pharaohs. Channel Four viewers will see Alan Billis turned into a mummy over the space of a few months as his body is preserved using the techniques which the ancient Egyptians used on Tutankhamun. Billis had been terminally ill with cancer when he volunteered to undergo the procedure which a scientist has been working to recreate for many years. The 61-year-old from Torquay in Devon had the backing of his wife Jan, who said: "I'm...
  • Scientists finally determine iceman Otzi's last meal [Ice Man]

    06/22/2011 8:07:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | June 22, 2011 | by Deborah Braconnier
    In a presentation at the Seventh World Congress on Mummy Studies, researchers from the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman revealed that they had finally located the iceman known as Otzi’s stomach and determined his last meal. They were also able to successfully sequence his entire genome. Researchers from the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Italy divided the presentation into three different topics. The first part of the presentation was given by microbiologist Frank Maixner. He had recently examined old tomography scans taken of Otzi back in 2005 and was able to finally locate the stomach which was...
  • Pictures: Lifelike "Wet Mummy" Found During Roadbuilding [China]

    03/21/2011 11:54:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Published March 10, 2011 | Ker Than
    "Wet Mummy" Face Photograph from Fame Pictures/Barcroft With eyebrows, hair, and skin still intact after more than 600 years, a remarkably preserved Chinese "wet mummy" remains bundled in her quilt after centuries in a flooded coffin. Removed from her wooden casket on March 1, the body had been found in a tomb accidentally uncovered by roadbuilders near the city of Taizhou (map). "Wet mummies survive so well because of the anaerobic conditions of their burials," said archaeologist Victor Mair. That is, water unusually void of oxygen inhibits bacteria that would normally break down a body. Unlike ancient Egyptian mummies, the...
  • Mystery of the Chinese mummy’s travel ban

    02/05/2011 1:25:40 PM PST · by The Comedian · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Sloppyunruh ^ | Feb. 5, 2011 | Aggregator
    China’s first contact with the West dates back to 200BC when China’s emperor Wu Di wanted to establish an alliance with the West against the marauding Huns, then based in Mongolia. However, the discovery of the mummies suggests that Caucasians were settled in a part of China thousands of years before Wu Di: the notion that they arrived in Xinjiang before the first East Asians is truly explosive. Xinjiang is dominated by the Uighurs, who resent what they see as intrusion by the Han Chinese. The tensions which have spilled over into violent clashes in recent years. Whatever the reason...
  • Would-Be Looters Rip Heads Off Two Egyptian Museum Mummies

    01/30/2011 7:13:45 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 24 replies · 3+ views
    The Blaze ^ | Jan 29, 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    World Would-Be Looters Rip Heads Off Two Egyptian Museum Mummies * Posted on January 29, 2011 at 5:02pm by Jonathon M. Seidl Jonathon M. Seidl CAIRO (The Blaze/AP) — Would-be looters broke into Cairo’s famed Egyptian Museum, ripping the heads off two mummies and damaging about 10 small artifacts before being caught and detained by soldiers, Egypt’s antiquities chief said Saturday. Zahi Hawass said the vandals did not manage to steal any of the museum’s antiquities, and that the prized collection was now safe and under military guard.
  • Portrait emerges of woman whose mummified body was found in car [Bizarre]

    10/31/2010 6:43:23 AM PDT · by Palter · 38 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 28 Oct 2010 | Joseph Serna
    Though she had two master's degrees, she had filed for bankruptcy and was homeless when she was befriended by a real estate agent who let her sleep in a car. But after she died in the front seat, it was not reported to authorities. The two women met last year at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley and were unlikely acquaintances. One was a Costa Mesa real estate agent, the other a homeless woman who frequented the park. The real estate agent allowed the woman to sleep in her father's old sedan. But sometime in the last 10 months,...
  • Mummy show generates suits, not profits

    10/06/2010 8:27:28 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 5
    DETROIT, - A Florida lawyer is involved on both sides of a lawsuit over a show of Mexican mummies that failed to draw visitors to the Detroit Science Center. Marcus Corwin owns Eternal Preservation Associates, which arranged with the Mexican owner of the mummies to exhibit them, The Detroit News reported Tuesday. He also has a 50 percent stake in Accidental Mummies Touring Co. LLC. "The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato," a display of the corpses of 36 Mexicans who died between 1850 and 1950 and then were accidentally mummified in concrete crypts, opened last year in Detroit. The exhibit closed...
  • The Mystery of Germany's Aristocratic Mummies

    06/18/2010 1:51:36 PM PDT · by csvset · 11 replies · 500+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 06/14/2010 | Frank Thadeusz
    When they died, Germany noble families of the 18th century did what the Egyptians had done before them: They had themselves mummified. As an increasing number of such well-preserved corpses are found, scientists are trying to find out why. Baron von Holz had a difficult lot. During the Thirty Years' War, von Holz fought in the Swedish army as a mercenary, but he was not granted a hero's death on the battlefield. He was cut down, rather less heroically, at the age of 35 by either the flu or blood poisoning. And it was only in death, that his situation...
  • Two mummified bodies found in Wyalusing home

    06/17/2010 9:08:30 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 22 replies · 1,224+ views
    State police announced Wednesday that they have served a search warrant at a private residence on Old Stagecoach Road in Wyalusing Township, where the mummified remains of two human beings were discovered. The search warrant was executed on at 3 p.m. Tuesday, state police said in a press release that they issued on Wednesday. The search warrant allowed the state police to search the home of 91-year-old Jean Stevens of Wyalusing, who lives on township Route 472, as well as other buildings on her property, according to a copy of the warrant that was filed in the office of Athens...
  • Roman-era mummy found in Egyptian oasis

    04/12/2010 1:53:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 622+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/12/10 | Diaa Hadid - ap
    CAIRO – Egyptian archaeologists discovered an intricately carved plaster sarcophagus portraying a wide-eyed woman dressed in a tunic in a newly uncovered complex of tombs at a remote desert oasis, Egypt's antiquities department announced Monday. It is the first Roman-style mummy found in Bahariya Oasis some 186 miles (300 kilometers) southwest of Cairo, said archaeologist Mahmoud Afifi, who led the dig. The find was part of a cemetery dating back to the Greco-Roman period containing 14 tombs. "It is a unique find," he told The Associated Press, confirming that initial examinations indicate a mummy is inside the coffin. The carved...
  • Nancy Pelosi versus the Mummified Corpse

    03/31/2010 1:29:12 PM PDT · by publius321 · 14 replies · 1,011+ views ^ | March 31, 2010 | MrArbitrage
    Scroll down to the end of today's column and play the game. View the photos and see if YOU can tell which one is all natural.
  • Mummy find in China desert stirs ethnic debate [Caucasian Features]

    03/16/2010 3:18:32 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 34 replies · 2,402+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 17 March 2010 | Nicholas Wade
    In the middle of a terrifying desert north of Tibet, Chinese archaeologists have excavated an extraordinary cemetery. Its inhabitants died almost 4,000 years ago, yet their bodies have been well preserved by the dry air. The cemetery lies in what is now China's northwest province of Xinjiang, yet the people have European features, with brown hair and long noses. Their remains, though lying in one of the world's largest deserts, are buried in upside-down boats. And where tombstones might stand, declaring pious hope for some god's mercy in the afterlife, their cemetery sports instead a vigorous forest of phallic symbols,...
  • Frail Boy-King Tut Died From Malaria, Broken Leg

    02/16/2010 9:59:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 19 replies · 856+ views ^ | February 15, 2010 | Paul Schemm
    CAIRO – Egypt's famed King Tutankhamun suffered from a cleft palate and club foot, likely forcing him to walk with a cane, and died from complications from a broken leg exacerbated by malaria, according to the most extensive study ever of his more than 3,300-year-old mummy.
  • Mummified woman's daughter runs for office

    01/26/2010 12:32:13 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 43 replies · 1,057+ views
    upi ^ | Jan. 25
    PIEDMONT, Calif., A California woman named a "person of interest" after her mother's mummified corpse was discovered is running for her local city council. Nancy "Sunny" Bostrom, who was investigated by police in February after Patricia Bostrom's corpse was found mummified in her Piedmont home, announced she is running for the Piedmont City Council in this year's election, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday. Police said Patricia Bostrom, whose neighbors hadn't heard from her in six years, appeared to have been dead for several years when she was discovered in a chair in her unlocked house. They said an autopsy...
  • Channel 4 (UK) seeks terminally-ill volunteer to be mummified in TV documentary

    01/11/2010 11:40:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies · 290+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | December 11, 2009 | Staff
    Channel 4 looks set to become embroiled in another taste row after backing a project which seeks to mummify a terminally-ill volunteer for a TV documentary. The body of the candidate selected to be embalmed could then end up being displayed in a museum. If the project goes ahead it will follow a trail of programmes which seek to challenge views on death. Television audiences have been shown an autopsy, carried out by the controversial German anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens, and an on-screen assisted suicide.
  • Hey, that mummy is a daddy

    06/25/2009 5:15:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies · 1,492+ views
    6-23-2009 | BY ERIK BADIA
    <p>Egyptologists from the Brooklyn Museum and doctors from North Shore University Hospital learned Tuesday through a CT scan that a 2,500-year-old mummy previously thought to be a woman - and named Lady Hor - actually was a man.</p> <p>Dr. Jesse Chusid said that while the mummy's body wrap of linen covered in plaster, called cartonnage, bore the shape of a woman, the body within had the anatomy of a man.</p>
  • It's a man, baby! Scan reveals NY mummy is male

    06/24/2009 6:44:58 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 416+ views
    sfgate ^ | 06-23
    A scan performed at a suburban New York City hospital shows an ancient Egyptian mummy thought for centuries to be a woman is a man. A Manhasset hospital examined four mummies from the Brooklyn Museum on Tuesday. A CAT scan revealed a mummy named Lady Hor was male.
  • Images of 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy revealed by scanner

    02/08/2009 4:53:43 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 48 replies · 2,258+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/8/2009
    Spectacular images from within the unopened casket of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy have been revealed using a hi-tech hospital scanner. The elaborately decorated coffin contains the wrapped remains of Meresamun, a woman believed to have been a singer-priestess at a temple in Thebes in 800 BC. "Experts do not want to disturb the casket, which has remained sealed Experts do not want to disturb the casket, which has remained sealed since Meresamun was laid to rest almost 1,000 years before the birth of Christ. But now cutting edge X-ray technology has allowed scientists to peer through the coffin and obtain...
  • VIDEO: Machu Picchu Mummy, Gold Found

    12/02/2008 5:49:48 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 8,016+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | December 1, 2008
    Archaeologists in Peru have discovered an Inca mummy and artifacts, including gold jewelry, near the ancient mountain citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Ancient iceman probably has no modern relatives

    10/30/2008 2:49:25 PM PDT · by MissCalico · 28 replies · 1,124+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October, 30, 2008 | Reporting by Michael Kahn
    Ancient iceman probably has no modern relatives Buzz UpSendSharePrint Thu Oct 30, 2:21 pm ET Reuters – An undated handout file photo shows "Otzi", Italy's prehistoric iceman. "Otzi", … LONDON (Reuters) – "Otzi," Italy's prehistoric iceman, probably does not have any modern day descendants, according to a study published Thursday. A team of Italian and British scientists who sequenced his mitochondrial DNA -- which is passed down through the mother's line -- found that Otzi belonged to a genetic lineage that is either extremely rare or has died out. Otzi's 5,300-year-old corpse was found frozen in the Tyrolean Alps in...
  • Scientists believe 5,300-year-old mummified 'ice man' belonged to unknown branch of human fam. tree

    10/31/2008 10:15:15 AM PDT · by BGHater · 22 replies · 1,133+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 31 Oct 2008 | Daily Mail
    A 5,300-year-old mummified 'ice man' unearthed in the Alps belonged to a previously unknown branch of the human family tree, scientists have discovered. No trace of the lineage appears to remain today, meaning that the 'ice man' - dubbed 'Oetzi' - is unlikely to have any descendants. Oetzi's mummified remains were found in September 1991 in the Eastern Alps near the Austro-Italian border. The 5,300-year-old remains of Oetzi the iceman. Scientists have failed to trace his lineage, fearing his family may have become extinct He was about 46 years old when he met his violent death. Examinations revealed that he...
  • Mummy discovered in Peruvian city

    08/27/2008 3:41:48 PM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 181+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 27 Aug 2008 | Telegraph
    The mummified remains of a woman who died 500 years before the Incas have emerged from the rubble of an ancient tomb beneath the bustling streets of the Peruvian capital. A mummy of the Wari prehispanic culture is seen inside a recently discovered tomb in Lima's Huaca Pucllana ceremonial complex Archaeologists working at the Huaca Pucllana site in the Miraflores neighbourhood of Lima unearthed the mummy on Tuesday along with the remains of another two adults and a child. The tombs are thought to belong to members of the Wari tribal culture who lived and ruled in Peru from 600-800...
  • Ancient Mummy Opened: Scythian Cavalier Had Bone Disease

    06/20/2008 2:38:50 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 147+ views
    The Earth Times ^ | 6-20-2008
    Ancient mummy opened: Scythian cavalier had bone disease Posted : Fri, 20 Jun 2008 17:15:04 GMT Goettingen, Germany - An autopsy on the body of an ancient Scythian cavalier found in the Altai Mountains shows he had a degenerative bone disease for several years before he died, German scientists said Friday. The 2006 find of the preserved body and the man's rich possessions on the Mongolian side of the mountains was a scientific sensation. The Scythians were a nation of horsemen in central Asia. The man, who died about 2,300 years ago at the age of 50 or 60, would...
  • Berkshire Museum Puts A Face On Its Mummy

    04/20/2008 7:46:15 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 79+ views
    Berkshire Museum puts a face on its mummy By Jenn Smith, Berkshire Eagle StaffFriday, April 18 Article Last Updated: 04/18/2008 06:29:43 AM EDT PITTSFIELD — The mummy has returned. And he has new tales to tell. One of the county's most beloved relics — the nearly 2,300-year-old corpse of the ancient priest Pahat — is back on view at the Berkshire Museum's recently reopened Ancient Civilizations gallery. But now, thanks to modern forensic science and technology, specialists have been able to put flesh to his bones, creating a three-dimensional reconstruction of Pahat's head. Further research has also revealed that Pahat...
  • Egyptian Mummy Exhibit Is Son Of Ramesses II

    03/14/2008 9:01:05 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 964+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-15-2008 | Lucy Cockcroft
    Egyptian mummy exhibit is son of Ramesses II By Lucy Cockcroft Last Updated: 2:48am GMT 15/03/2008 An Egyptian mummy kept on display in a provincial museum for nearly 80 years has been identified as a son of the powerful pharaoh Ramesses II. The 3,000-year-old relic was thought to have been a female temple dancer, but a hospital CT scan showed features so reminiscent of the Egyptian royal family that experts are 90 per cent sure it is one of the 110 children Ramesses is thought to have fathered. The Bolton Museum mummy was thought for many years to have been...
  • Is She Or Isn't She? Mummy Lab Working To ID Pharaoh Queen

    12/25/2007 3:23:08 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 195+ views
    CNN ^ | 12-24-2007
    Is she or isn't she? Mummy lab working to ID pharaoh queen CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- 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. DNA testing continues on these mummified remains thought to be Queen Hatshepsut. 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...
  • Face of King Tut unshrouded to public

    11/04/2007 7:10:10 AM PST · by Aristotelian · 44 replies · 1,368+ views
    AP ^ | November 4, 2007 | 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 captivated people for nearly a century, was placed in a climate-controlled glass box in the tomb, with only the face and...
  • Tutankhamun died of gangrene

    05/10/2005 6:41:42 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 94 replies · 2,904+ views
    10 May 05 ^ | Not listed
    Egyptian scientists have finally lifted the veil of mystery surrounding famed pharaoh Tutankhamun's death, saying he died of a swift attack of gangrene after breaking his leg. "After consultations with Italian and Swiss experts, Egyptian scientists ... have found that a fracture in the boy king's left leg a day before his death was infected with gangrene and led to his passing," Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said Tuesday. "The fracture was not sustained during the mummification process or as a result of some damage to the mummy as claimed by (British archeologist Howard) Carter," who discovered the sarcophagus of...
  • Scientists Uncover Inca Children's Countdown To Sacrifice

    10/01/2007 3:43:47 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 1,187+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 10-1-2007 | Craig Brierley
    Contact: Craig Brierley 44-207-611-7329 Wellcome Trust Scientists uncover Inca children's countdown to sacrifice Hair samples from naturally preserved child mummies discovered at the world's highest archaeological site in the Andes have provided a startling insight into the lives of the children chosen for sacrifice. Researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust used DNA and stable isotope analysis to show how children as young as 6-years old were "fattened up" and taken on a pilgrimage to their death. A team of scientists led by Dr Andrew Wilson at the University of Bradford analysed hair samples taken from the heads and from...
  • Paging Mr. Indiana Jones [Curse of the Mummy!]

    08/26/2007 3:08:47 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 3 replies · 230+ views
    Yahoo News Page ^ | Aug 22, 2007 | n/c
    CAIRO (Reuters) - A German has handed in a package containing part of a Pharaonic carving to Egypt's embassy in Berlin, with a note saying his stepfather had suffered a "curse of the Pharaohs" for stealing it, Egypt said Wednesday. The note said the man felt obliged to return the carving to make amends for his late stepfather and enable his soul to rest in peace, Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities said. The stepfather had stolen the piece while on a visit to Egypt in 2004 and on his return to Germany suffered paralysis, nausea, unexplained fevers and cancer before...
  • Researchers Divulge Details About Mummy (Red-Headed Egyptian?)

    07/29/2007 10:11:04 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 828+ views ^ | 7-28-2007 | AP
    Researchers divulge details about mummy 7/28/2007, 4:13 p.m. CDT The Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — He was probably a redhead, tall and in good shape when he died of an unidentified cause by age 30. That's according to researchers, who used X-rays and a computerized topography scan to learn more about the 2,300-year-old mummy housed at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. The release of their findings coincided with the unveiling of a major renovation of the museum's ancient Egypt gallery. The research also provided answers to questions left unresolved after X-rays done in the 1980s, and more...
  • Mystery of Tut's Father: New Clues on Unidentified Mummy

    07/10/2007 4:52:43 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 852+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 7-10-2007 | Brian Handwerk
    Mystery of Tut's Father: New Clues on Unidentified Mummy Brian Handwerk for National Geographic News July 10, 2007 Egyptologists have uncovered new evidence that bolsters the controversial theory that a mysterious mummy is the corpse of the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten, husband of Nefertiti and, some experts believe, the father of King Tut. (Photos: Who Was Tut's Father?) The mummy's identity has generated fierce debate ever since its discovery in 1907 in tomb KV 55, located less than 100 feet (30 meters) from King Tutankhamun's then hidden burial chamber. So an international team of researchers led by Zahi Hawass, head of...
  • Egyptologists Think They Have Hatshepsut's Mummy

    06/26/2007 2:41:36 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 710+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6-26-2007 | Jonathan Wright
    Egyptologists Think They Have Hatshepsut's MummySculpted Head to show Egyptian Headress taken at Met. Museum of Art.Jonathan Wright June 25, 2007 Egyptologists think they have identified with certainty the mummy of Hatshepsut, the most famous queen to rule ancient Egypt, found in a humble tomb in the Valley of the Kings, an archaeologist said on Monday. Egypt's chief archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, will hold a news conference in Cairo on Wednesday. The Discovery Channel said he would announce what it called the most important find in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of King Tutankhamun. Related Stories Egyptians Find...
  • Caption Barbara Boxer and friends

    06/26/2007 9:57:46 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 30 replies · 843+ views
    Flickr Photos ^ | 6/21/07 | Barbara Boxer
    With Transportation Secretary, Mary PetersAt the Take Back America conference, with Jason Alexander
  • Mummy of Egyptian queen Hatshepsut may have been found (in a humble tomb in the Valley of the Kings)

    06/25/2007 8:05:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 1,521+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/25/07 | Jonathan Wright
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptologists think they have identified with certainty the mummy of Hatshepsut, the most famous queen to rule ancient Egypt, found in a humble tomb in the Valley of the Kings, an archaeologist said on Monday. Egypt's chief archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, will hold a news conference in Cairo on Wednesday. The Discovery Channel said he would announce what it called the most important find in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of King Tutankhamun. The archaeologist, who asked not to be named, said the candidate for identification as the mummy of Hatshepsut was one of two...
  • Scientists say 'Iceman' died from arrow

    06/07/2007 10:57:15 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 55 replies · 1,810+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/6/7 | FRANK JORDANS
    A prehistoric hunter known as Oetzi whose well-preserved body was found on a snow-covered mountain in the Alps died more than 5,000 years ago after being struck in the back by an arrow, scientists said in an article published Wednesday. Researchers from Switzerland and Italy used newly developed medical scanners to examine the hunter's frozen corpse to determine that the arrow had torn a hole in an artery beneath his left collarbone, leading to a massive loss of blood. That, in turn, caused Oetzi to go into shock and suffer a heart attack, according to the article published online in...