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University of Melbourne: The face of an Egyptian woman who died 2,000 years ago

Researchers at The University of Melbourne has reconstructed the face of an Egyptian woman who died 2,000 years ago. Now we can see how she might have looked at a young age. The face has been created with the help of forensics , a 3D scanner , Egyptology , artists and medical research.

TED-Ed: Real life sunken cities

Though people are most familiar with Plato’s fictional Atlantis, many real underwater cities actually exist. Peter Campbell explains how sunken cities are studied by scientists to help us understand the lives of our ancestors, the dynamic nature of our planet, and the impact of each on the other. Check out this article on a real …

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Naval War College: Lincoln Paine: The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

Lincoln Paine, “The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World” Eight Bells Book Lecture, Naval War College Museum, Jan. 16, 2014. Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the …

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Penn Museum: Great Myths and Legends | Imhotep | From Architect to Deity to Villain

The historical figure Imhotep designed the remarkable Step Pyramid complex at Saqqara built during the reign of King Djoser (circa 2687–2668 BCE). After his death, Imhotep was regarded as a great sage and was later deified one of the few human beings to join the Egyptian pantheon. As a god, Imhotep was regarded as a …

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University of California: Immortality – An Egyptian Dream

The Egyptians believed Pharaoh to be a god on earth who after his death would fly up to heaven and unite with the sun, his father. After the collapse of the Old Kingdom, this idea of royal immortality became accessible for non-royal persons but dependent on justification before a divine tribunal, the judgment of the …

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TED Ed: How to make a mummy

In this TED education animated video short, we get to see how a mummy is, or rather, was, made. As anyone who’s seen a mummy knows, ancient Egyptian priests went to a lot of trouble to evade decomposition. But how successful were they? Len Bloch details the mummification process and examines its results thousands of …

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National Geographic: Amazing Drone Footage of Nubian Pyramids

Armed with a remotely operated mini­-helicopter, National Geographic engineer Alan Turchik gets a bird’s­-eye view of 3,000-­year-­old royal burial chambers. The unique perspective is helping to unravel ancient Nubian mysteries.  

HBO: VICE | Egyptian Tomb Raiders Debrief

Gianna Toboni visited Egypt where looters have ransacked the country’s antiquities.  

Smithsonian Channel: New Evidence That King Tut Was Born Out of Incest

Experts have always suspected something off in King Tut’s family DNA. Now, by comparing the genetic profiles of his father, Akhenaten, and mother, they know why.  

AMNH: Documenting an Ancient Kingdom In Sudan

Meroë was an independent kingdom of Nubia, centered in the north of Sudan and contemporaneous with Greek and Roman domination of the Mediterranean world. While Meroites were influenced by their Egyptian neighbors, they had a distinct political state, writing system, and religion. Archaeologists have only been able to translate a few Meroitic texts, so researchers …

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Josef Wegner: The Discovery of Pharaoh Senebkay – Shedding Light on a Lost Egyptian Kingdom

Archaeologists working at the southern Egyptian site of Abydos have discovered the tomb of a previously unknown pharaoh: Woseribre Senebkay—and the first material proof of a forgotten Abydos Dynasty, ca. 1650–1600 BCE. Working in cooperation with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, a team from the Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania, discovered king Senebkay’s tomb close …

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