All over the world street artists have become famous by surreptitiously adding swabs of paint or wheatpaste to city walls. But the most remarkable thing about a new mural in Cairo is not only its size—it covers about 50 buildings—it’s that the artist managed to do it in a place that’s not known for encouraging…
Well, that didn’t take long. Only a few weeks after a team of scientists began a project using novel scanning techniques to analyze Egypt’s major pyramids, they’ve discovered strange temperature anomalies—but it’s still unclear what’s causing them.
Everybody loves spooky creatures and weird apparitions—but a new book about a mummified cat, called appropriately Mummy Cat, is especially wonderful. Writer Marcus Ewert and artist Lisa Brown have created a lovely children’s book about a cat who comes back every 100 years.
For centuries, humans have placed way too much importance on people playing fictional characters on stage. And when you’ve done that for as long as we have, things are bound to get weird occasionally. Here are five of the strangest stories from the history of theater.
Egyptian mythology has a lot of gods. Some of them have loomed large in pop culture and the public imagination: Ra, Apophis, Anubis, Isis, Bast, Osiris, etc. Some are far more obscure. But that in no way diminishes how scary they are. Here are 10 absolutely terrifying Egyptian gods that you might not have heard of.
Czech archaeologists working in Egypt have discovered the tomb of a previously unknown queen. Named Khentakawess III, she is thought to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who reigned 4,500 years ago.
A team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University in Utah have had their excavation license revoked by the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry after claiming to have discovered "one million mummies."
An analysis of artifacts retrieved from Bronze Age burial sites reveals that Denmark and ancient Egypt traded with one another 3,400 years ago, and possibly practiced similar religious rituals.
Scientists at Chicago's Field Museum recently opened a 2,500-year-old sarcophagus as part of a restoration and stabilization project, revealing the "blackened toes" of its 14-year-old male mummy. They're totally gross. So see them after the jump!
Do you want to cast love spells? Exorcise demons? Subjugate your enemies? These and other arcane invocations can be found in the Handbook of Ritual Power, an 8th-century, 20-page codex that has been translated and published by two scholars of religion and ancient history.
Back in the 1990s, kids in Egypt thrilled to a series of science fiction novellas called The Future File by Dr. Nabil Farouk, which depicted an optimistic vision of a future Egypt. Now a cartoonist named Sherif Adel has created a satirical version called Pass By Tomorrow, in which the future Egypt is much the same as…
An Egyptian family recently found the remains of a 3,400 year-old temple underneath their home. So they did what any would-be archaeologists would do: They started digging. They've now been arrested by the police for illegal excavation.
We have a winner. You may think that you've seen pictures of the most impressive Jack-O-Lanterns this Halloween season, but nothing could top this pumpkin illuminating a replica of the famed Rosetta Stone, which enabled scholars to finally translate Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Nina Paley is best known for her Ramayana-inspired animated feature Sita Sings the Blues, and now she's working on an unorthodox retelling of the Passover story. And this segment, in which the Angel of Death takes the firstborn of Egypt, is a visual stunner, taking imagery from those Egyptian graphics.
Ancient Egyptians didn't prepare only human bodies for the afterlife; cats, baboons, crocodiles, canines, and birds have all been found mummified. But there's something particularly delightful about this long and skinny coffin for snake.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the last of the ancient world's "seven wonders." The 4,500-year-old structure was constructed from 2.4 million limestone blocks, most weighing around 2.5 tons. Today we're still debating how the Egyptians managed to move these blocks from local quarries. Now scientists have a new…
The first rule of visiting any museum is "Do Not Touch." But, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is trying to ease that restriction, at least a little bit, by launching an interactive site where visitors can view virtual 3D objects as if they were holding them.
HBO is teaming with director Ridley Scott to make Pharaoh, a show about aliens hanging out in ancient Egypt, making pyramids, and presumably getting worshipped as animal-headed gods by the local populace.
There was a group of British painters called pre-Raphaelites who liked using a particular shade of brown in their masterpieces. To get just the right hue, they ground up ancient Egyptian human and cat mummies.