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Bridging those gaps

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Monuments and artefacts uncovered during the past archaeological season in Aswan, Luxor and Alexandria have led to significant breakthroughs in understanding Egypt's ancient history, Nevine El-Aref reports

Almost 700,000 years ago, early humans began leaving traces of their wanderings in the land that is now Egypt. Much later Egypt, alongside its neighbour Mesopotamia, became the first cradle of human civilisation.


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When the stones begin to crumble

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How can Akhenaten's boundary stela be protected in situ in the parched desert near the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya? Nevine El-Aref ponders the question


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Pyramid-Exploring Robot Reveals Hidden Hieroglyphs

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Rossella Lorenzi

A robot explorer sent through the Great Pyramid of Giza has begun to unveil some of the secrets behind the 4,500-year-old pharaonic mausoleum as it transmitted the first images behind one of its mysterious doors.

The images revealed hieroglyphs written in red paint that have not been seen by human eyes since the construction of the pyramid. The pictures also unveiled new details about two puzzling copper pins embedded in one of the so called "secret doors."


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Robot finds more mysteries in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza

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Djedi, a robot explorer, looked into the tunnel extending from the Queen's Chamber to one of the walls of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Archeologists found mysterious red hieroglyphs that have not been seen for 4,500 years. The robot found other mysteries in the iconic pyramid as well.


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Egypt: Mummy's curse strikes again

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Remember the stories about the pieces stolen from Cairo Museum during the revolt against President Mubarak? Apparently, like so much you read in the bought media, things turned out rather different. Several museums were targeted. In one, the looters ended up stricken with the Mummy's Curse, thrashing on the floor speaking in tongues...


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Luxor's latest bequest

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A cachette of red granite statues that once stood at the forefront of Pharaoh Amenhotep III's mortuary temple was uncovered on Luxor's west bank, Nevine El-Aref reports


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Ancient Egyptians in Arabia

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The discovery of a hieroglyphic engraving in Saudi Arabia suggests that the ancient Egyptian empire extended further than previously recognised, reports Nevine El-Aref


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Queen Hatshepsut King of Upper and Lower Egypt

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Framed by steep cliffs and poised in elegant relief is the mortuary temple of Deir Al-Bahri, known in ancient times as the "Most Holy of Holies". We now know more than ever before about the plans and ideas of the remarkable woman who built it, says Jill Kamil


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The Bush Deficit Bamboozle : Out of the mouth of Bitch McConnell = THE GOP's Bitch

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Paul Krugman

OK, even by contemporary standards, this is rich: the official Republican stance is now apparently that Bush left behind a budget that was in pretty good shape. Mitch McConnell:



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A new look at prehistory

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Among Zahi Hawass's ambitious plans to introduce specialised museums across the country is a proposed predynastic museum at Qena. This is good news, says Jill Kamil

Anyone interested in the antecedents of the Egyptian civilisation and the cultures that predated the unification of the country under one king may soon have many of their questions answered. Items showing evidence of the activities of the early peoples of the Nile Valley, from the predynastic cultures of Upper and Lower Egypt, Fayoum and the oases of Siwa and Kharga selected from storehouses around the country, plus pieces from various museums, will soon be on display in a new predynastic museum at Qena.


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Lord mayor of Memphis

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A colossus of an ancient Egyptian deity in Luxor, an Umayyad coin in Wadi Al-Natroun and the tomb of a 19th-Dynasty mayor of Memphis at Saqqara are the most recent discoveries in Egypt, Nevine El-Aref reports


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The Biggest Pay to Play RipOff in History - Wonder where the money went?

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By Bill Quigley

Corporations Profit from Permanent War

Boeing's directors include a former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, a former White House chief of staff, a former vice chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a former U.S. Ambassador and U.S. Trade Representative. It hosts the 10th largest political action committee, giving away more than one million dollars to federal candidates in 2009. Since 1998, it has spent $125 million lobbying Congress.


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The vizier's door

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IN THE COURSE of routine excavations in front of the Karnak temples, an Egyptian team unearthed a huge, red granite false door taken from the tomb of Queen Hatshepsut's vizier User and his wife, Toy, reports Nevine El-Aref


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Momentous new finds

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A colossal head of Tutankhamun's grandfather in Luxor and the burial chamber of Queen Behenu of the Sixth Dynasty in Saqqara are the latest antiquities discovered in Egypt, reports Nevine El-Aref


The granite head of King Amenhotep III


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A family tree at last

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The real cause of Tutankhamun's death has finally been discovered, reports Nevine El-Aref

Journalists from across the globe flocked yesterday morning to the foyer of the Egyptian Museum, desperate to catch a glimpse of the mummies of King Tutankhamun's parents and grandmother.


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Pharaoh's splendour online

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Too busy at the office, Nader Habib decided to take a virtual tour of Luxor on a new website. But is this a good substitute for the real thing?


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Strolling on the avenue

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Tourists will soon be able to see two sections of the Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor looking much as they did in the days of the Pharaohs. Nevine El-Aref takes a stroll down the path of priests and princes


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Building on facts

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A new discovery at Giza plateau has finally debunked Herodotus's assertion that the Pyramids were built by slaves, reports Nevine El-Aref


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Sacred images

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Crowds flock to Giza as news spreads of an apparition of the Virgin Mary, reports Sherine Nasr

\"If I could only see Her tonight, it will be the happiest day of my life,\" said 25-year-old sales representative Fadi Amir. He had been standing all night, his eyes fixed on the church\'s towers in hope of catching a glimpse of the Virgin Mary.


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Secret tunnels and ancient mysteries

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Although nearly 200 years have elapsed since the discovery of the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I, there is still much more to learn about it. Nevine El-Aref looks at the latest revelations


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Tomb of the century

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Archaeological traces found at Taposiris Magna west of Alexandria may indicate the tomb of one of the most famous couples in history, Queen Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, reports Nevine El-Aref


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Painted history

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REMAINS of the largest ancient Egyptian temple yet to be found in Sinai have been uncovered in Qantara, reports Nevine El-Aref.


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What happened to Pharaoh's workers?

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We are gradually beginning to understand what happened to the elite body of artisans that worked on the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings after they ceased to be built, says Jill Kamil


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Grave changes

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The newly-found tombs of King Unas's favourite singer and the supervisor of his exploration missions at the Saqqara necropolis reveal new burial patterns, Nevine El-Aref reports


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The return of Amenhotep III

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EGYPTIAN archaeologists were in high spirits this week as a greywacke head of the 18th Dynasty King Amenhotep III was returned to Egypt after two decades of being shunted back and forth between Switzerland, Britain and the US, reports Nevine El-Aref.


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From brief limelight to obscurity

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It's full speed ahead for the Sudanese hydroelectric project which will flood the ancient kingdom of Meroe, says Jill Kamil



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New pyramid found at Saqqara

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The newly discovered subsidiary pyramid of queen Sesheshet, mother of King Teti I, the founder of the Sixth Dynasty, is another clue to understand more such an enigmatic dynasty as Nevine El-Aref writes


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ANOTHER PYRAMID

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A five metre tall pyramid of the Sixth Dynasty Queen Sesheshet has been discovered at Saqqara necropolis...


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The Ptolemies through plexi-glass

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The committee to establish Egypt's proposed underwater museum will have its first meeting next month in Alexandria, Nevine El-Aref reports


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Propping up the Giza Plateau

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Horses, camels and over-zealous vendors of rides to tourists are being banned from the Giza Plateau as its new management plan starts the first phase of its operation, says Nevine El-Aref


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Bushits Blaming Pakistan for Their Illegal War Gone Wrong

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By Eric Margolis

The almost forgotten war in Afghanistan, that was supposed to have been won in 2001, has roared back to life with a vengeance. More American soldiers are now dying in Afghanistan than Iraq.


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Sailing into eternity

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Visitors to the Giza Plateau will be able to view Khufu's second solar boat through a tiny camera 4,500 years after it was buried to ferry the king to eternity. Nevine El-Aref takes a look


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Umm Kulthoum, the fourth pyramid

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A new exhibition on the life of Umm Kulthoum is bringing the Egyptian singer's work to new audiences, writes David Tresilian in Paris


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Mapping Djoser's Step Pyramid

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A laser scanning survey is the latest technology used to record the recent state of Egypt's oldest royal stone complex, Nevine El-Aref reports


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Mathematics in Ancient Egypt

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Did the Ancient Egyptians possess an ingenious skill for calculation? Assem Deif* works out an ancient problem

The Greeks developed mathematics as a deductive science that reached its climax with Euclid of Alexandria in his masterpiece The Elements. Before that, during the ancient Egyptian era, mathematics was an inductive discipline of a utilitarian nature used to perform practical tasks such as flood control or land measurement using rope.


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Last of the ancient wonders: I- The Great Pyramid

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For thousands of years, the riddle of the Pyramids has puzzled observers. Assem Deif* looks to the skies for an answer

Speaking of Egypt, it is the Pyramids that spring to mind. Their grandeur, their mystery and their architecture have caused more debate than any other structure on Earth.


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Last of the ancient wonders: II- The Great Pyramid

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A wealth of lunacy is associated with the Great Pyramid. Assem Deif* suggests that unorthodox views ignore the provenance of the pyramid and its place in the context of the overall pyramid complex and necropolis


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Last of the Ancient Wonders III : Pi, Phi and the Great Pyramid

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Assem Deif investigates the values -- not the symbols -- of the last of the Wonders of the Ancient World


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Last of the ancient wonders IV: The pyramid face angle

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Assem Deif investigates the face angle of Egypt's pyramids. Although it relies on the culmination of Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, it is rounded to match the nearest Egyptian unit, seqed


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Gathering 'concrete' evidence

Pyramid Mysteries

MIT class explores controversial pyramid theory with scale model

David Chandler


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In the reign of the Black Pharaohs

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Which country has the largest collection of pyramids? Think again, for it is not Egypt, but Sudan. Join Mohamed El-Hebeishy as he visits north Sudan in search of answers


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Birthplace of kings

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The latest discoveries in a 4,000-year-old cemetery near Beni Sweif are providing more information about its destruction by fire, as Nevine El-Aref reports


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The Criminal Khristian President Goes After FOIA

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Liliana Segura

The President's attack on the Freedom of Information Act is his latest attempt to preserve state secrecy.


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Ancient pyramid found in central Mexico City

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By Miguel Angel Gutierrez

MEXICO CITY - Archeologists have discovered the ruins of an 800-year-old Aztec pyramid in the heart of the Mexican capital that could show the ancient city is at least a century older than previously thought.


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How Pharaoh sailed to Karnak

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New discoveries at Karnak Temple in Luxor have changed the landscape and the history of this great religious complex, writes Nevine El-Aref


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Japan's Ancient Underwater "Pyramid" Mystifies Scholars

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Julian Ryall

Submerged stone structures lying just below the waters off Yonaguni Jima are actually the ruins of a Japanese Atlantis—an ancient city sunk by an earthquake about 2,000 years ago.


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Bush Isn't Spying on al Qaeda : He's Spying on You

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By Robert Parry

The dispute over whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales committed perjury when he parsed words about George W. Bush's warrantless surveillance program misses a larger point: the extraordinary secrecy surrounding these spying operations is not aimed at al-Qaeda, but at the American people.


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Where ancient gods and royalty walked

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Key ROM archeologist uncovers `the daily life' of mighty kingdoms that ruled Nubian world

John Goddard

MEROE, SUDAN–More royal pyramids stand in the deserts of northern Sudan than in all of Egypt


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Who built the pyramids?

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The Giza Plateau Mapping Project is searching for the human hand in the construction of these powerful symbols of remote antiquity which have intrigued and fascinated people for generations, says Jill Kamil


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Scientist Races to Save Ancient Egypt

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UAB scientist races to save Ancient Egypt - Egyptologist using satellite imagery to aid preservation

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Egyptologist Sarah Parcak, Ph.D., is in a race against time. In Egypt, thousands of known and unknown archaeological sites are at risk of destruction from urban sprawl, expanding development and looting.




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