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The history and culture of these mysterious ancient kingdoms.
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Incest or Independence--the lives of ancient Egyptian women.

Incest or Independence--the lives of ancient Egyptian women. | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
Many young girls and women alike may dream of what it was like to be an Egyptian princess or queen, but when you look past the glamour of ancient Egyptian royalty you may find being an ordinary woman in ancient Egypt preferable to life on the throne.
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Ancient Egyptian Cosmetic Tools (on display at the British Museum) | Yesterface

Ancient Egyptian Cosmetic Tools (on display at the British Museum) | Yesterface | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

The cosmetic items on display range from ointment spoons to perfume pots, and each object provides fascinating insight into humankind’s longstanding preoccupation with self-image.

 

The bronze handheld mirror, for example, reflects vanity in one of its oldest forms. The beautifully designed cosmetic boxes, on the other hand, encapsulate human beings’ age-old desire to look aesthetically pleasing.

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Image Gallery: The Faces of Egyptian Mummies Revealed

Image Gallery: The Faces of Egyptian Mummies Revealed | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
A female mummy was given an elaborate hairstyle before her burial 2,000 years ago.
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The beautiful one has come

The beautiful one has come | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
ON December 6th 1912 Ludwig Borchardt, a German archaeologist, and his excavation team uncovered a spectacular bust of Queen Nefertiti. They were digging in the...
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Nefertiti plays a part in Shonda Brock's paranormal romance, Eternal Traces http://shondabrock.com/eternal-traces.

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One of the last missing 'jigsaw' pieces of a 3000-year-old vase taken from the tomb of an Egyptian queen is discovered... in SWANSEA

One of the last missing 'jigsaw' pieces of a 3000-year-old vase taken from the tomb of an Egyptian queen is discovered... in SWANSEA | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
The fragment (pictured) is believed to have come from a 15in high vase from the tomb of queen Tiye, the wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned from 1386 to 1349BC.
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Ancient Egyptians used hair gel

Ancient Egyptians used hair gel | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

Ancient Egyptians wouldn't be caught dead without hair gel. Style in the afterlife was just as important as it was during life on Earth – and coiffure was key.


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Ancient Egypt, here we come

Ancient Egypt, here we come | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

Why is this civilisation so intriguing to us? Firstly, the origins of this culture may border the dawn of civilisation and communal life as we know it. They stretch well past 30 BC or 5,000 years from today. In fact, it was first ‘discovered’ by ancient Egyptians themselves.

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Ancient Egypt is so ancient that in 13th century BC they discovered their own ancient ruins.

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Trees in Ancient Egypt

Trees in Ancient Egypt | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

As we enter 2013, here at the Museum we’ve been thinking a lot about trees. Trees in ancient Egypt were comparatively rare, and quality timber had to be imported from abroad. Native species include...


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No Freedom Isn’t Free: Ancient Egyptians Paid Their Way Into Slavery

No Freedom Isn’t Free: Ancient Egyptians Paid Their Way Into Slavery | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

Ancient Egyptians who paid to be a slave?

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Researchers find cancer in ancient Egyptian mummy

Researchers find cancer in ancient Egyptian mummy | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
A professor from American University in Cairo says discovery of prostate cancer in a 2,200-year-old mummy indicates the disease was caused by genetics, not environment.

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3D imaging helps understand the role of birds in ancient Egypt

3D imaging helps understand the role of birds in ancient Egypt | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

The combination of colours, video footage, bird song and ancient artefacts gives the impression of travel through time and space. At the start of the exhibition, you will find one of their most impressive artefacts, an empty shell of an ostrich egg from 3100 BC. Ostrich eggs have not only been used in ancient Egypt as containers for liquids and raw material for bead carving, but also symbolize the deep integration of avian life into ancient Egypt’s spirituality. All life is at times described as entering and leaving the world through the egg as a vessel, and that birds are messengers that can travel between the realms of men and their gods. Many of the Egyptian gods are portrayed as birds, and even their people have been symbolized by different bird species.


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David Connolly's curator insight, December 11, 2012 9:10 AM

This article opens up the world of birds in the every day life of ancient Egyptians

Sara Ebright's curator insight, February 19, 2013 2:24 PM

3D Scanning and Imaging is an amazing new tool in the archaeologist's toolbox.

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King Amenhotep II's damaged toe has been repaired - Ancient Egypt

King Amenhotep II's damaged toe has been repaired - Ancient Egypt | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
Damage to mummy of King Amenhotep II was probably caused by leakage of nitrogen from humidity controlled showcase, antiquities minister says
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The secret of ancient Egyptian beauty

The secret of ancient Egyptian beauty | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
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Beauty has proved to be a strong ally in helping women cement their power and prestige. Such is the case regarding the mysterious appeal of Cleopatra in the earlier Egyptian Dynasty.


Much has been said about her beauty and while she possessed shrewd leadership qualities, her success was attributed to her breathtaking demeanor, which made the most tyrannous of men weak in her presence. Cleopatra established the foundation and basis of our modern day beauty rituals and practices.

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Ancient Egyptian Discoveries - Robert Bauval

Authority on ancient and prehistoric sites in Egypt, Robert Bauval, discussed the pyramids at Giza, the Sphinx, and evidence that the origins of ancient Egyp...

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Interview with man who discovered that the pyramids align with the Orion constellation. 

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Ancient Egypt in pictures

Ancient Egypt in pictures | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
From tombs more than 4,000 years old to the Great Pyramids of Giza to mummies, the latest archaeology finds from ancient Egypt's vibrant history.
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A walk among Sudan’s Nubian pyramids - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

A walk among Sudan’s Nubian pyramids - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
Does Sudan have more pyramids than Egypt? In this series, we explore the splendours of the ancient Kingdom of Kush and the legacy it left behind in the land of the Black Pharaohs
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This article was again comparing the two regions of Sudan and Egypt. I liked how this article divides the regions of the Kushite Kingdom. I was fascinated at the Island of Menroe and its cemeteries and pyramids. 

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Modern-day cemetery sprawling toward ancient Egyptian necropolis

Modern-day cemetery sprawling toward ancient Egyptian necropolis | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
DAHSHOUR, Egypt — In this more than 4,500-year-old pharaonic necropolis, Egypt's modern rituals of the dead are starting to encroach on its ancient ones.
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Sarcophagi, bones, jars and furniture found in ancient Egypt tombs

Sarcophagi, bones, jars and furniture found in ancient Egypt tombs | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
Archaeologists say excavations near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor have unearthed 3,000-year-old tombs, likely the resting places of wealthy people.
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Black Africans Built and Ruled Ancient Kemet (Egypt)

Ancient Kemet (Ancient Egypt) was a 100% Black African built and ruled civilization. Despite all historical efforts by Eurocentric specialists to conceal, mi...
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Archaeologists unearth five ancient tombs on Luxor's west bank

Archaeologists unearth five ancient tombs on Luxor's west bank | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

An Italian archaeological mission has accidently uncovered avcollection of five private rock-hewn Third Intermediate Period tombs while brushing sand from parts of King Amenhotep II’s temple, located on the northern side of the Serapaeum on Luxor's west bank.

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King Amenhotep II was the seventh pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty.  He inherited a vast kingdom following the death of his father, Thutmose III, and held it by means of several military campaigns in Syria.

 

His reign witnessed the end of hostilities between Egypt and Mitanni, the two major kingdoms struggling for power in Syria.

 
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Ivan Van Sertima on little-known Ancient African achievements.

Ivan Van Sertima, is a scholar of African Studies at Rutgers University. He maintains that Africans were responsible for advances in metallurgy, astronomy, a...
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Animal Mummies Discovered at Ancient Egyptian Site : Discovery News

Animal Mummies Discovered at Ancient Egyptian Site : Discovery News | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
An ancient holy place in Egypt once known as the "Terrace of the Great God" reveals a wealth of new discoveries, from animal mummies and human remains to a...

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Archaeology News : Temple slavery in Ancient Egypt

Archaeology News : Temple slavery in Ancient Egypt | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
Archaeology Press Releases and Archaeological News : In the University of Copenhagen's Papyrus Carlsberg Collection there are more than 100 papyri dedications to the god, Soknebtunis.
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Daily Kos: Ancient Egypt: The Rosetta Stone

Daily Kos: Ancient Egypt: The Rosetta Stone | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
For many non-archaeologists, one of the best-known artifacts is the Rosetta Stone. In the summer of 1799, French troops in the Egyptian city of Rosetta (Rashid) discovered this artifact as they were ...
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Fascinating facts about the history of the Rosetta Stone.

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Object Biography #11: Fragment from an offering table of Akhenaten (Acc. No. 1938)

Object Biography #11: Fragment from an offering table of Akhenaten (Acc. No. 1938) | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
This mottled red granite fragment (16.5 cm in lenth) is part of smaller-than-life-size statue of Akhenaten, shown supporting a rectangular offering table. It comes from Flinders Petrie’s excavation...
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