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  • Archaeologists find statue of Tutankhamun's grandad

    10/02/2010 4:13:58 PM PDT · by decimon · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | October 2, 2010 | Unknown
    CAIRO (AFP) – Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed part a 3,000-year-old statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, believed to be the grandfather of the young King Tutankhamun, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Saturday. "The statue was found near the northern entrance of Amenhotep III's temple and depicts the king sitting down on a throne with Amun," the chief deity, Hawass said. The red-granite top half of the statue was discovered at the site of the Amenhotep III's funerary temple in the southern city of Luxor, Hawass said. The newly-discovered artifact which measures 130 cm (51 inches) in height and 95...
  • A different take on Tut

    02/16/2014 2:27:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Alvin Powell ^ | February 11, 2013 | Harvard
    In recent years, DNA analysis has shed light on the parents of Egypt’s most famous pharaoh, the boy king Tutankhamun, known to the world as King Tut. Genetic investigation identified his father as Akhenaten and his mother as Akhenaten’s sister, whose name was unknown. French Egyptologist Marc Gabolde offered a different interpretation of the DNA evidence on Thursday. Speaking at Harvard’s Science Center, Gabolde said he’s convinced that Tut’s mother was not his father’s sister, but rather his father’s first cousin, Nefertiti. Nefertiti was already known to be Akhenaten’s wife and in fact the two had six daughters. Gabolde believes...
  • King Tut's Mummified Erect Penis May Point to Ancient Religious Struggle

    01/06/2014 6:58:14 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 97 replies
    LiveScience ^ | January 02, 2014 | Owen Jarus
    The pharaoh was buried in Egypt's Valley of the Kings without a heart (or a replacement artifact known as a heart scarab); his penis was mummified erect; and his mummy and coffins were covered in a thick layer of black liquid that appear to have resulted in the boy-king catching fire... The mummified erect penis and other burial anomalies were not accidents during embalming, Ikram suggests, but rather deliberate attempts to make the king appear as Osiris, the god of the underworld, in as literal a way as possible. The erect penis evokes Osiris' regenerative powers; the black liquid made...
  • King Tut Was Killed In A Gruesome Chariot Accident, Says Science

    11/08/2013 8:09:52 PM PST · by bkopto · 29 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Nov 3, 2013 | Michael Ballaban
    Tutankhamen was the most famous of all the Egyptian Pharaohs, but it's always been a bit of a mystery how he died. He passed at only 19, and he seemed to have pretty bad injuries at his death, but there was no record of an assassination. Thanks to Science, we now know it was probably due to a chariot accident. King Tut is best known because when his tomb was found in 1922, it was in relatively good condition compared to other, more ransacked pharaonic resting places. The sarcophagus and mummy were still there, which is always a good sign,...
  • Mummy-fried! Tutankhamun's body spontaneously combusted INSIDE his coffin

    11/03/2013 9:31:59 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 62 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11-3-13 | Claudia Joseeph & Sam Webb
    The mummified body of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun burst into flames inside his sarcophagus after a botched attempt to embalm him, according to scientists in a new documentary. After his death in 1323 BC, Tutankhamun was rapidly embalmed and buried, but fire investigators believe a chemical reaction caused by embalming oils used on his mummy sparked the blaze. A fragment of flesh from the boy pharaoh, whose tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter and the Earl of Carnarvon, was tested by researchers who confirmed his body was burnt while sealed in his coffin. Tut has long fired the public imagination....
  • Mysterious Toe Rings Found on Ancient Egyptian Skeletons

    07/06/2013 12:22:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 5 July 2013 | Owen Jarus
    Archaeologists have discovered two ancient Egyptian skeletons, dating back more than 3,300 years, which were each buried with a toe ring made of copper alloy, the first time such rings have been found in ancient Egypt. The toe rings were likely worn while the individuals were still alive, and the discovery leaves open the question of whether they were worn for fashion or magical reasons. Supporting the magical interpretation, one of the rings was found on the right toe of a male, age 35-40, whose foot had suffered a fracture along with a broken femur above it. Unique rings in...
  • Tutankhamun's death and the birth of monotheism

    09/10/2012 6:16:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 5 September 2012 | Jessica Hamzelou
    ...says Hutan Ashrafian, a surgeon with an interest in medical history at Imperial College London. Tutankhamun died young with a feminised physique, and so did his immediate predecessors. Paintings and sculptures show that Smenkhkare, an enigmatic pharaoh who may have been Tutankhamun's uncle or older brother, and Akhenaten, thought to have been the boy king's father, both had feminised figures, with unusually large breasts and wide hips. Two pharaohs that came before Akhenaten -- Amenhotep III and Tuthmosis IV -- seem to have had similar physiques. All of these kings died young and mysteriously, says Ashrafian. "There are so many...
  • King Tut suffered 'massive' chest injury, new research reveals

    11/12/2010 8:50:37 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Heritage Key ^ | Friday, November 5, 2010 | Owen Jarus
    One possibility that Dr. Harer ruled out is that of a chariot accident. "If he fell from a speeding chariot going at top speed you would have what we call a tumbling injury -- he'd go head over heels. He would break his neck. His back. His arms, legs. It wouldn't gouge a chunk out of his chest." Instead, at his Toronto lecture, Harer brought up another, more exotic possibility -- that Tut was killed by a hippo. It's not as far out an idea as it sounds, hippos are aggressive, quick and territorial animals, and there is an artefact...
  • Statue of King Tut's grandfather unearthed in Egypt

    10/03/2010 8:11:05 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/3/10 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed part a 3,400-year-old statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, believed to be the grandfather of the young King Tutankhamun, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Saturday. 'The statue was found near the northern entrance of Amenhotep III's temple and depicts the king sitting down on a throne with Amun,' the chief deity, Hawass said. The 4ft by 3ft statue of Amenhotep III in Kom el-Hittan was discovered at the site of the pharaoh's mortuary temple in the southern city of Luxor, Egypt's Ministry of Culture said. The temple is one of the largest on the west...
  • Team Unearths Statue of Egypt's Queen Ti

    01/23/2006 8:00:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies · 1,229+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/23/06 | AP
    LUXOR, Egypt - A Johns Hopkins University archaeological team has unearthed a statue of Queen Ti, one of the most important women in ancient Egypt and wife of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities announced Monday. The statue, mostly intact, was found under a statue of Amenhotep III in the sprawling Karnak Temple in Luxor, which was a royal city in ancient Egypt. Ti was the first queen of Egypt to have her name appear on official acts alongside that of her husband. She was known for her influence in state affairs in the reigns of both her...
  • 'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs' coming to Discovery Times Square Exposition

    04/08/2010 8:25:55 AM PDT · by mentor2k · 22 replies · 567+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | March 24, 2010 | Erica Pearson
    Get ready to walk like an Egyptian - King Tut is on his way back to the Big Apple. Tickets went on sale Tuesday for an exhibit of artifacts from the boy pharaoh's tomb, opening April 23 at the Discovery Times Square Exposition. To mark the occasion, former Mayor Ed Koch welcomed a 25-feet-tall, black-and-gold statue of the jackal-headed god Anubis, which floated on a barge past the Statue of Liberty to arrive at the South Street Seaport. King Tut was a huge hit the last time he was here, bringing 1.8 million visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art...
  • 'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs' coming to Discovery Times Square Exposition

    04/08/2010 8:11:38 AM PDT · by mentor2k · 3 replies · 189+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | March 24, 2010 | Erica Pearson
    Get ready to walk like an Egyptian - King Tut is on his way back to the Big Apple. Tickets went on sale Tuesday for an exhibit of artifacts from the boy pharaoh's tomb, opening April 23 at the Discovery Times Square Exposition. To mark the occasion, former Mayor Ed Koch welcomed a 25-feet-tall, black-and-gold statue of the jackal-headed god Anubis, which floated on a barge past the Statue of Liberty to arrive at the South Street Seaport.
  • Frail Boy-King Tut Died From Malaria, Broken Leg

    02/16/2010 9:59:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 19 replies · 856+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com/ ^ | 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.
  • DNA studies show a frail King Tut succumbed to malaria and a broken leg

    02/16/2010 7:56:30 AM PST · by cajuncow · 28 replies · 735+ views
    Cox News ^ | 2-16-10 | Paul Schemm, Assoc. Press
    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 mummy. The findings were from two years of DNA testing and CT scans on 16 mummies, including those of Tutankhamun and his family, the team that carried out the study said in an article to be published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Egypt reveals Tutankhamun's lineage, cause of death

    02/17/2010 5:59:51 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies · 708+ views
    xinhuanet.com ^ | 2010-02-17 22:50:55
    CAIRO, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- A DNA study shows Egypt's famed King Tutankhamun who suffered from a club foot died of malaria and that his father was the "heretic" king Akhenaten, Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Wednesday. Speaking at a press conference, Hawass said two years of DNA testing and CT scans on Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old mummy and mummies either known or believed to be members of his immdiate family are helping reveal many of the myths surrounding the boy king's lineage and cause of death. Tutankhamun's father was the "heretic" king, Akhenaten, whose body is now almost certainly...
  • Did King Tut's Discoverer Steal from the Tomb?

    01/19/2010 10:57:55 AM PST · by Palter · 7 replies · 829+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 15 Jan 2010 | Matthias Schulz
    Howard Carter, the British explorer who opened the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, will forever be associated with the greatest trove of artifacts from ancient Egypt. But was he also a thief? Dawn was breaking as Howard Carter took up a crowbar to pry open the sealed tomb door in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. With shaking hands, he held a candle to the fissure, now wafting out 3,300-year-old air. What did he see, those behind him wanted to know. The archaeologist could do no more than stammer, "Wonderful things!" This scene from Thebes in November, 1922, is considered archaeology's...
  • Iraq: Small statue of Egyptian pharaoh found

    03/06/2009 7:51:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 915+ views
    AllNewsWeb.com ^ | Monday, February 16, 2009 | Michael Cohen
    Archaeologists have discovered a small ancient statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen in Kurdish Northern Iraq. The discovery was made by a team led by noted Iraqi archaeologist Mr Hassan Ahmad in an area known as Dohuq Valley in a place referred to by locals as 'Pharaoh's Palace'. Experts have estimated the age of the statue at around 3500 years old, dating from around 1400 BC. The statue confirms historical data that the ancient Egyptians, during the 'New Kingdom' period, enjoyed warm relations with the Hittite Mitanni Kingdom and often travelled into their territory many hundreds of miles from the...
  • Tutankhamun Fetuses To Get Paternity Test

    08/07/2008 10:42:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 109+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Wednesday, August 6, 2008 | staff and Reuters
    Egyptian scientists are doing DNA tests on stillborn children found in Tutankhamun's tomb in the hope of confirming if they are the pharoah's offspring and confirming his family tree. British archaeologist Howard Carter found the mummified fetuses when he discovered the tomb in 1922. Archaeologists assume they are the children of the teenage pharaoh, but this has not been confirmed. The identity of their mother is also still unknown. Many scholars believe their mother to be Ankhesenamun, the boy king's only known wife. Ankhesenamun is the daughter of the queen Nefertiti, who was renowned for her beauty. "For the first...
  • First Lion Mummy Found in Tomb of King Tut's Wet Nurse

    01/14/2004 11:07:36 AM PST · by aculeus · 20 replies · 1,438+ views
    Tampa Bay on line ^ | Jan 14, 2004 | Alex Dominguez, Associated Press
    Some had names like "Slayer of his Foes" and accompanied the pharaoh into battle. Thousands more were hunted as a ritual of bravery and strength. But only one apparently served as an eternal guardian. A French archaeologist says his discovery of the first preserved lion skeleton in an ancient Egyptian tomb demonstrates the exalted reputation enjoyed by the King of Beasts more than 3,000 years ago. "It confirms the status of the lion as a sacred animal," Alain Zivie reports in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. Zivie's research team discovered the lion's remains in 2001 as they excavated the...
  • King Tut Not Murdered, but Leg Fracture May Have Caused Infection, Tests Show

    03/08/2005 5:29:13 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 53 replies · 2,219+ views
    AP ^ | Mar 8, 2005 | Paul Garwood
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - The results of a CT scan done on King Tut's mummy indicate the boy king was not murdered, but may have suffered a badly broken leg shortly before his death at age 19 - a wound that could have become infected, Egypt's top archaeologist said Tuesday. Zahi Hawass, secretary general if the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced the results of the CT scan about two months after it was performed on Tut's mummy. Hawass said the remains of Tutankhamun, who ruled about 3,300 years ago, showed no signs that he had been murdered - dispelling a...
  • CT Scans Show What King Tut Looked Like

    05/10/2005 1:20:56 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 46 replies · 2,846+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/10/05 | MAAMOUN YOUSSEF/AP
    The first ever facial reconstructions based on CT scans of King Tutankhamun's mummy have produced images strikingly similar to the boy pharaoh's ancient portraits, Egypt's top archaeologist said Tuesday. One of the models shows a baby-faced young man with chubby cheeks and a round chin — with a resemblance to the famous gold mask of King Tut found in his tomb in 1922 by British excavation Howard Carter. Three teams of forensic artists and scientists — from France, the United States and Egypt — built models of the boy pharaoh's face based on some 1,700 high-resolution photos from CT...
  • Demonstrators say King Tut exhibit depicts wrong skin color

    12/18/2005 12:08:30 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 150 replies · 33,570+ views
    http://www.centredaily.com ^ | Dec. 17, 2005 | MACOLLVIE JEAN-FRANCOIS
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A "King Tut is back and he's still black" placard drew the gaze of visitors making their way to view the acclaimed exhibit at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale Saturday. Across from the entrance, about 25 demonstrators donning T-shirts marked with various pro-black slogans held up the placards. Waving the red, black and green African flag, at times moving to the beat of djembe drums on the sidewalk, they asked drivers in passing cars to honk in support of their goal: reminding people not to take the lighter-skinned portrait of King Tutankhamun on display...
  • 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...
  • 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's True Face To Be Revealed

    10/21/2007 8:41:09 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies · 1,293+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-22-2007 | Nigel Reynolds
    Tutankhamun's true face to be revealed By Nigel Reynolds, Arts Correspondent Last Updated: 2:55am BST 22/10/2007 The true face of Tutankhamun, the boy king who ruled Egypt 3,500 years ago, is to be revealed to the public for the first time. Only a handful of experts have ever seen Tutankhamun's true likeness To coincide with the opening of the exhibition of the treasures of Tutankhamun in London next month, Egyptian archaeologists are to put his mummified body on display in Luxor. Only a handful of experts have ever seen the 19-year-old pharaoh's true likeness. Though not the most important of...
  • Tutankhamun was not black: Egypt antiquities chief

    09/26/2007 11:58:41 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 124 replies · 10,667+ views
    AFP ^ | September 25, 2007
    Egyptian antiquities supremo Zahi Hawass insisted Tuesday that Tutankhamun was not black despite calls by US black activists to recognise the boy king's dark skin colour. "Tutankhamun was not black, and the portrayal of ancient Egyptian civilisation as black has no element of truth to it," Hawass told reporters. "Egyptians are not Arabs and are not Africans despite the fact that Egypt is in Africa," he said, quoted by the official MENA news agency. Hawass said he was responding to several demonstrations in Philadelphia after a lecture he gave there on September 6 where he defended his theory. Protestors also...
  • Cray Supercomputer... Discover Origin Of Mysterious Glass Found In King Tut's Tomb

    08/02/2007 10:47:08 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies · 2,416+ views
    Cray Supercomputer at Sandia Helps Researchers Discover Origin of Mysterious Glass Found in King Tut's Tomb Released : Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:26 AM Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that researchers running simulations on the Cray supercomputer at Sandia National Laboratories have re-created what could have happened 29 million years ago when an asteroid explosion turned Saharan sand into glass. The greenish natural glass, which can still be found scattered across remote stretches of the desert, was used by an artisan in ancient Egypt to carve a scarab that decorates one of the bejeweled breastplates buried...
  • The world's biggest meteor crater [ Vredefort Dome, South Africa ]

    12/06/2006 10:50:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 1,108+ views
    South Africa Info ^ | Tue, 5 Dec 2006 | Mary Alexander
    Two billion years ago a meteorite 10km in diameter hit the earth about 100km southwest of Johannesburg, creating an enormous impact crater. This area, near Vredefort in the Free State, is now known as the Vredefort Dome... The meteorite, larger than Table Mountain, caused a thousand-megaton blast of energy. The impact would have vaporised about 70 cubic kilometres of rock - and may have increased the earth's oxygen levels to a degree that made the development of multicellular life possible... The original crater, now eroded away, was probably 250 to 300 kilometres in diameter. It was larger than the Sudbury...
  • Tut's gem hints at space impact

    07/20/2006 5:48:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies · 272+ views
    bbc ^ | Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 19:09 GMT 20:09 UK
    In 1996 in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Italian mineralogist Vincenzo de Michele spotted an unusual yellow-green gem in the middle of one of Tutankhamun's necklaces. The jewel was tested and found to be glass, but intriguingly it is older than the earliest Egyptian civilisation. Working with Egyptian geologist Aly Barakat, they traced its origins to unexplained chunks of glass found scattered in the sand in a remote region of the Sahara Desert. But the glass is itself a scientific enigma. How did it get to be there and who or what made it? Thursday's BBC Horizon programme reports an...
  • Mysterious Egyptian Glass Formed By Meteorite Strike, Study Says

    12/22/2006 11:19:39 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 1,558+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 12-21-2006 | Stefan Lovgren
    Mysterious Egyptian Glass Formed by Meteorite Strike, Study Says Stefan Lovgren for National Geographic News December 21, 2006 Strange specimens of natural glass found in the Egyptian desert are products of a meteorite slamming into Earth between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago, scientists have concluded. The glass—known locally as Dakhla glass—represents the first clear evidence of a meteorite striking an area populated by humans. At the time of the impact, the Dakhla Oasis, located in the western part of modern-day Egypt, resembled the African savanna and was inhabited by early humans, according to archaeological evidence (see Egypt map.) "This meteorite...
  • King Tut's Necklace Shaped By Fireball

    06/26/2006 4:32:58 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 1,742+ views
    The Australian ^ | 6-26-2006
    King Tut's necklace shaped by fireball June 26, 2006 LONDON: Scientists believe they have solved the mystery surrounding a piece of rare natural glass at the centre of an elaborate necklace found among the treasures of Tutankhamun, the boy pharaoh. They think a fragile meteorite broke up as it entered the atmosphere, producing a fireball with temperatures over 1800C that turned the desert sand and rock into molten lava that became glass when it cooled. Experts have puzzled over the origin of the yellow-green glass -- carved into the shape of a scarab beetle -- since it was excavated in...
  • King Tut hit by the curse of the dome

    12/30/2006 9:03:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 425+ views
    Sunday Times ^ | December 24, 2006 | Dipesh Gadher
    Plans for a grand exhibition of the teenage pharaoh's treasures at the venue have been thrown into doubt because Egyptian officials will not allow the artefacts to be displayed next to a proposed casino... "If there is a casino in the dome, I will not send the exhibits to London," declared Zahi Hawass, the secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. "It's insulting. These Egyptian artefacts have dignity and therefore we should keep this dignity. I will never -- [even] if they give us a billion dollars -- show an Egyptian exhibit next door to a casino." ...The venue cost...
  • King Tut Died From Broken Leg, Not Murder, Scientists Conclude

    12/04/2006 6:31:46 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 2,532+ views
    National Geographic Society ^ | 12-1-2006 | Stefan Lovgren
    King Tut Died From Broken Leg, Not Murder, Scientists Conclude Stefan Lovgren for National Geographic News December 1, 2006 King Tut probably died from a broken leg, scientists say, possibly closing one of history's most famous cold cases. A CT scan of King Tutankhamun's mummy has disproved a popular theory that the Egyptian pharaoh was murdered by a blow to the head more than 3,300 years ago. Instead the most likely explanation for the boy king's death at 19 is a thigh fracture that became infected and ultimately fatal, according to an international team of scientists. The team presented its...
  • Amarna: Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun [ U Penn exhibit, open now ]

    11/25/2006 8:41:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 418+ views
    Tutankhamun, ancient Egypt's famous boy pharaoh, grew up 3,300 years ago in the royal court at Amarna, the ancient city of Akhet-aten, whose name meant the "Horizon of the Aten." This extraordinary royal city grew, flourished -- and vanished -- in hardly more than a generation's time. Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun, a new exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia, offers a rare look at the meteoric rise and fall of this unique royal city during one of Egypt's most intriguing times. The exhibition, the centerpiece of the Museum's event-filled "Year...
  • Amarna Princess a forgery [Egyptian statue in forgery claim]

    03/27/2006 11:09:33 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 921+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 20 March 2006 | staff
    Two men have been bailed by police investigating the alleged forgery of a valuable Egyptian statue. The 3,300-year-old Amarna Princess was bought by Bolton Museum nearly three years ago for £440,000 to add to its existing Egyptology collection. The 52cm-high sculpture is believed to be one of the daughters of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his queen, Nefertiti. Metropolitan Police Art & Antiques Unit arrested two Bolton men aged 83 and 46 on suspicion of forgery last week. They have been bailed until May pending further inquiries. The statue, which was acquired in September 2003, has been removed from public view....
  • Intact tomb found in Egypt's Valley of the Kings

    02/09/2006 7:32:55 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 66 replies · 1,886+ views
    reuters ^ | February 9, 2006 | staff
    CAIRO (Reuters) - An American team has found what appears to be an intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the first found in the valley since that of Tutankhamun in 1922, one of the archaeologists said on Thursday. ADVERTISEMENT The tomb contains five or six mummies in intact sarcophagi from the late 18th dynasty, about the same period as Tutankhamun, but the archaeologists have not yet had the time or the access to identify them, the archaeologist added. The 18th dynasty ruled Egypt from 1567 BC to 1320 BC, a period during which the country's power reached a...
  • Tomb Found in Egypt's Valley of Kings

    02/10/2006 7:21:28 AM PST · by Founding Father · 12 replies · 712+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | February 10, 2006 | TANALEE SMITH
    LUXOR, Egypt — Through a partially opened underground door, Egyptian authorities gave a peek Friday into the first new tomb uncovered in the Valley of the Kings since that of King Tutankhamun in 1922. U.S. archaeologists said they discovered the tomb by accident while working on a nearby site. The tomb, which has five wooden sarcophagi with painted funeral masks, probably contains members of an 18th Dynasty pharaoh's court, Edwin Brock, co-director of the University of Memphis excavating team, told The Associated Press. So far, archaeologists have not entered the tomb, having only opened part of its four-foot-high door last...
  • US dig uncovers King Tut's neighbours

    02/08/2006 10:48:04 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies · 1,625+ views
    The Age ^ | February 9, 2006 - 2:26AM
    AN American archaeological mission discovered a tomb in Luxor's Valley of the Kings next to the burial place of King Tut, Egyptian antiquities authorities have announced. An excavation team from the University of Memphis made the find five metres from Tutankhamun's tomb, while the mission was doing routine excavation work, said Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. Some three metres beneath the ground, the tomb contained five human mummies with coloured funerary masks enclosed in sarcophagi and several large storage jars. The mummies date to the 18th dynasty (circa 1539-1292 BC).
  • King Tut slain by sword in the knee

    02/04/2006 8:27:21 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 399+ views
    Gruppo Ansa ^ | February 4, 2006
    The group found traces of gold leaf bearing animal symbols in the late pharaoah's right kneecap, leading them to surmise that it had fallen off Tutankhamun's raiments and lodged in a hole during mummification. The hole in question appears to have been caused by a sword, they say.
  • EGYPT - NEW TOMBS DISCOVERED

    06/06/2002 8:10:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 1,873+ views
    AP Wire | June 6, 2002 | SARAH EL DEEB
    SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) _ Archaeologists have unearthed six 3,500-year-old tombs they believe reveal important details about the structure of government in a period considered Egypt's golden age, the nation's top archaeologist said Thursday. Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Antiquities, also discussed an exhibit of Egyptian treasures to tour the United States beginning June 30 at Washington's National Gallery of Art. The exhibit is bigger than the blockbuster King Tut show of the 1970s. Earlier this week, archaeologists working on a dig supervised by Hawass just outside Cairo, found the six tombs at the foot of the...
  • King Tut's skin color a topic of controversy

    06/16/2005 6:59:26 AM PDT · by optik_b · 119 replies · 2,760+ views
    LA Life ^ | Wednesday, June 15, 2005 | Evan Henerson
    King Tut's skin color a topic of controversy By Evan Henerson Staff Writer Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - Nobody can be sure exactly what the boy king Tutankhamun looked like. But a group of African-American activists charting the "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" exhibition are certain of one thing: He didn't look white. Following an appearance before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, activists from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Committee for the Elimination of Media Offensive to African People, and the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations plan...
  • Who Killed King Tut?

    09/11/2002 3:08:55 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies · 3,932+ views
    Time.com ^ | 9-11-02 | JEFFREY KLUGER AND ANDREA DORFMAN
    The boy King died young and was buried in haste. Now a pair of U.S. gumshoes, armed with modern forensics, is trying to crack an ancient case The tomb of the boy King Tutankhamen created a sensation from the moment it was uncovered in 1922. One of the few royal burial chambers that survived the centuries relatively intact, it was by far the richest — filled with gold, ivory and carved wooden treasures, including what may be the world's most famous funerary mask. But there was also something troubling about the way King Tut was buried — hints and omissions...
  • VANITY -- King Tut Exhibit a waste of time (though not of money)

    06/27/2005 11:01:22 AM PDT · by Jubal Harshaw · 69 replies · 2,656+ views
    Just came back from the King Tut exhibit in LA. I saw the exhibit in '76, and have seen the Tut exhibit in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and have been to the Luxor Museum / Valley of Kings / Valley of Queens / Abu Simbel / etc. My girlfriend never saw any of the Tut exhibits before, so together we represent a wide range of pre-existing knowledge about Tut and about ancient Egypt. We both thought the LA exhibit, soon touring the USA, was a waste of time. The exhibit included no closely Tut-related paraphernalia bigger than a breadbox....
  • King Tut treasure back in U.S. as Egypt seeks gold -Bubba seeks exibit in Arkansas

    06/19/2005 7:42:26 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 8 replies · 1,697+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/19/05 | Nigel Hunt
    The gilded treasures of Tutankhamun have returned to the United States more than 25 years after the sensational success of their first visit, and this time Egypt intends to cash in on the enduring popularity of the boy king. The comeback museum tour has all of the trappings of a Hollywood blockbuster sequel: a "gold carpet" opening in Los Angeles, a high-powered marketing effort and the potential for a massive box office with tickets as high as $30 each. "I am not going to send any exhibit for free anymore. We took you for a free lunch and dinner a...
  • King Tut Exhibit Outrages Activists

    06/08/2005 4:49:47 AM PDT · by echoBoomer · 209 replies · 4,074+ views
    NBC 4 ^ | 4:03 pm PDT June 7, 2005
    King Tut Exhibit Outrages Activists. Critics Want Busts Depicting Tut As White Removed. LOS ANGELES -- African-American activists criticized the Board of Supervisors Tuesday for allowing a King Tut exhibition at the county Museum of Art, saying that renderings of the boy king as white are inaccurate. The "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs" exhibit opens a four-city, nationwide tour at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on June 16. Among the installations are three busts of Tut II reconstructed from the boy king's mummified corpse. All of the busts, fashioned by three groups of researchers, show...
  • The King of Egyptology

    05/12/2005 12:20:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 747+ views
    Gulf News ^ | 5/9/2005 | Sonali Raha
    Beyond Egypt’s political demonstrations and suicide bombings lies a country where history lives outside classrooms. A country that draws inspiration — and money — from its past to fuel its present.And while tourism is good for the economy, too many tourists can destroy the very monuments they flock to see, warns Dr Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s top archaeologist and the person who led the CT scan on King Tutankhamun’s mummy. “Egypt’s monuments can finish in a 100 years if we don’t control the tourists now, and I mean NOW. Think, no more pyramids, no more sphinx, no more temples. All our...
  • 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...
  • X-ray attempt to find out why Tutankhamen died

    11/13/2004 9:03:24 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 179 replies · 2,356+ views
    CNN.Com - Science & Space ^ | Saturday, November 13, 2004 Posted: 10:51 PM EST (0351 GMT) | Reuters
    CAIRO, Egypt (Reuters) -- Egypt plans to X-ray the mummy of Tutankhamen to find out what killed the king who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago and died while only a teenager. Archaeologists will move Tutankhamen's body from its tomb, which was discovered packed with treasure in 1922, to Cairo for tests which should resolve the mystery over whether he died naturally or was murdered. "We will know about any diseases he had, any kind of injuries and his real age," Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told Reuters. "We will know the answer to whether he died normally or...
  • Curses! Mummy Tale Not True

    12/20/2002 6:39:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 731+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/20/02 | Amanda Gardner - HealthScoutNews
    Curses! Mummy Tale Not True Fri Dec 20, 2:53 PM ET By Amanda GardnerHealthScoutNews Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthScoutNews) -- Tut tut to those who believe in the mummy's curse. Reuters Photo According to a study reported in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal, there is no mummy's curse associated with the opening of the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen in Egypt. The study confirms what other experts have long suspected. "I've never had any weird experience with a mummy, and I've worked with them for 30 years," says Bob Brier, an Egyptologist at Long Island University's...
  • King Tut Exhibit Could Prove to Be Gold Mine (Coming to the USA in 2005 for 27 month/4 city tour)

    12/03/2004 7:41:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 75 replies · 7,455+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/04 | Jill Serjeant - Reuters
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The gilded treasures of King Tutankhamun are on their way back to the United States in what could prove a gold rush for Egypt and big business. "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" starts a 27-month tour of the United States in June 2005 that will mark the first return here in more than two decades of the precious artifacts buried with the mysterious boy king. The exhibit is twice the size of the late-1970s King Tut global tour which launched an era of "blockbuster" museum exhibitions. This year's version will charge up to...