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The history and culture of these mysterious ancient kingdoms.
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Breaking: Ancient Egypt “pyramid” boat threatened after sewage burst

Breaking: Ancient Egypt “pyramid” boat threatened after sewage burst | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
CAIRO: Egyptian antiquities officials have confirmed to Bikyanews.com that a pipe has burst inside the museum holding one of pyramid builder Khufu’s boat.
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'The Murder of Cleopatra: History's Greatest Cold Case' by Pat Brown

'The Murder of Cleopatra: History's Greatest Cold Case' by Pat Brown | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
Almost as famous for the way she died as the way she lived, the legendary pharaoh Cleopatra VII continues to fascinate the world over 2000 years after her relat
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Montes3102's curator insight, March 7, 2013 8:47 PM

Cleopatra se suicidó. Fué enterrada junto a su último amante Marco Antonio que también se suicidó.

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11 Things You May Not Know About Ancient Egypt — HISTORY Lists

11 Things You May Not Know About Ancient Egypt — HISTORY Lists | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
From the earliest recorded peace treaty to ancient board games, discover 11 surprising facts about the Gift of the Nile. (RT @sozmore: Things you might not know about ancient Egypt...

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Cleopatra was not Egyptian?

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Laura Dean's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:45 PM

This article contains a variety of interesting facts about Ancient Egypt. The information is relevant to Ancient Egyptian studies and is set out in a clear cohesive manner, with engaging pictures.

Cindy Garcia's curator insight, September 28, 2013 9:25 PM
A list of a couple if interesting facts of Ancient Egypt.
Gabriel Rodriguez's curator insight, January 22, 2014 2:30 PM

Some "fun" facts about the Ancient Egyptians and the way they live.  These were interesting, particularly the thoery that King Tut may have suffered a traumatic injury at the hands of a hippopatamus.  There is always more history to be discovered and it's great to learn more of the past world.

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Manchester Museum scan mummies to find out secrets of the ancient Egyptians

Manchester Museum scan mummies to find out secrets of the ancient Egyptians | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
Staff from Manchester Museum invited the M.E.N. to watch the preserved bodies undergo CT scans at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
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Egypt’s ancient treasures being lost to looters

Egypt’s ancient treasures being lost to looters | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

DAHSHOUR, Egypt — From a distance, it looks as though an animal has burrowed around the 4,000-year-old Black Pyramid of Amenemhat III. But thieves dug these holes. And Egyptian archaeologist Monica Hanna calls that “a catastrophe.”


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The ancient city of On

The ancient city of On | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

On was the home of the first and the mightiest Egyptian god of all, Atum, who was believed to have risen from the Benben stone in the great temple of On to light up the dark and empty universe.

 

According to the old beliefs people came from Atum’s tears when he cried as a result of his pain and exertions.

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Travel back to ancient Egypt and meet Atum in Eternal Traces http://shondaborck.com/eternal-traces ...

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The role of the chantress in ancient Egypt, by Suzanne Lynne Ostine

The role of the chantress in ancient Egypt, by Suzanne Lynne Ostine | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

The specific nature of the title ‘s_m`yt’ or “chantress”, which occurred from the Middle Kingdom onward, is investigated through the use of a database cataloging 861 women who held the title. Sorting the data based on a variety of details has yielded patterns regarding their chronological and demographical distribution. The changes in the social status and numbers of women who bore the title indicate that the Egyptians perceived the role and status of the title differently through time. Information on the titles of the chantresses’ family members has allowed the author to make inferences concerning the social status of the women who held the title “chantress”. Middle Kingdom title-holders were of modest backgrounds and were quite rare. Eighteenth Dynasty women were of the highest ranking families. The number of women who held the title was also comparatively small. Nineteenth Dynasty women came from more modest backgrounds and were more numerous. Women of the Third Intermediate Period were nearly all from priestly families at Thebes and the large number indicates the strength of the cult of Amun.

 

The title occurs sporadically after the Third Intermediate Period, but is known through the Ptolemaic era. From the earliest occurrences of the title until the latest, it is clear that the title was closely associated with the state religious hierarchy. It has been shown that during the New Kingdom the ‘s_m`ywt’ participated in state religious rites including processions, daily temple rituals, and the ‘Sed’-festival ceremony. This association with the state religious apparatus also had political implications. The author has interpreted the fluctuating numbers of women who held the title, along with their historical context, to conclude that, at times, the title may have been used by the religious authorities as a tool to involve more families in the temple systems and the local or national power structures


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Egypt-actus's curator insight, February 11, 2013 9:52 AM

Click here to read this thesis from University of Toronto : http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk3/ftp04/NQ58632.pdf

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Did the ancient Egyptians play Dungeons & Dragons?

Did the ancient Egyptians play Dungeons & Dragons? | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
An ancient 20-sided die in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art begs the question: Were the ancient Egyptians playing "Dungeons and Dragons" two hundred years before Jesus was born?
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Sudan’s Nubian pyramids: Gebel Barkal and Napata - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Sudan’s Nubian pyramids: Gebel Barkal and Napata - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

Long before the Greeks, the Ancient Egyptians had their own version of Mount Olympus, but it was neither located in Greece nor Egypt. Named Gebel Barkal, the holy mountain in Sudan served as the place where the god Amon lived.

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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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Lost and found: Ancient shoes turn up in Egypt temple

Lost and found: Ancient shoes turn up in Egypt temple | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
More than 2,000 years ago, at a time when Egypt was ruled by a dynasty of kings of Greek descent, someone, perhaps a group of people, hid away some of the most valuable possessions they had — their shoes...
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Ramsis II vizier's tomb cover discovered - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Ramsis II vizier's tomb cover discovered - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

Belgian archaeologists discovered the remains of a mud-brick pyramid-shaped tomb cover in Luxor belonging to Ramsis II's vizier Khay.

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New Era of Tech made Possible by Ancient Egyptian Pigment

New Era of Tech made Possible by Ancient Egyptian Pigment | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

We still have no clue how the pyramids were built, but thanks to a bright blue pigment first used by the ancient Egyptians, scientists now have a new method in the development of nanomaterials for various tech uses, namely  telecommunications devices.The pigment commonly referred to as “Egyptian Blue” may be the key in ushering in a new era of technological development, according to theJournal of the American Chemical Society.

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If you meet a time-traveling ancient Egyptian, talk about birds

If you meet a time-traveling ancient Egyptian, talk about birds | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
The next time you come across an ancient Egyptian mummy in a museum, rather than thinking of looming pyramids and cursed tomb robbers, consider this: that mummy was probably a better birder than yo...
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Ancient Nubian Pyramids

Ancient Nubian Pyramids | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
The number of pyramids in ancient Nubia (aka kingdom of Kush & today is called Sudan) were a total of 223, double the pyramids of its neighbor Egypt. The underground graves of the Nubian pyramids were richly decorated.
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Nubia rivaled Egypt in wealth and power, and mutually influenced each other.

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Andrew Nayyar's curator insight, January 31, 2014 11:00 PM

The amount of gold in the region reminds me of San Francisco's gold rush. 

Andrew Nayyar's curator insight, February 20, 2014 8:49 PM

This article was very interesting and descriptive in the uses of Pyramids in Ancient Nubia aka Kush aka Sudan. There is even a restored drawing of what the Pyramid field of Nubia would like look like in its prime. The engineering demonstrated in building a structure as grand as a pyramid is something that is interesting in itself and this article gives these monuments content that really furthers ones apreciation toward the Pyramids. 

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Newly discovered colossi of Amenhotep III to be restored - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Newly discovered colossi of Amenhotep III to be restored - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
Pair of Pharaoh Amenhotep III colossal statues to undergo intensive restoration as a part of Egypt's conservation project
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Sudan’s heritage: The story of Khartoum

Sudan’s heritage: The story of Khartoum | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
Ahram Online traces the footsteps of Egyptian and Sudanese history in the capital
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Ancient Egyptian necklace found on the skeleton of a ‘virgin priestess’ in Siberian burial mound

Ancient Egyptian necklace found on the skeleton of a ‘virgin priestess’ in Siberian burial mound | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it
This is the first picture of how a stylish ‘ancient Egyptian’ necklace was discovered in the heart of Siberia.
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Crocodile Skin Suit of Armour In ancient Egypt...

Crocodile Skin Suit of Armour In ancient Egypt... | Ancient Egypt and Nubia | Scoop.it

Crocodile Skin Suit of Armour in ancient Egypt. The crocodile was seen as sacred and divine, and worshipped as a god, so this suit might have been worn by priests of the crocodile sect from 3rd century AD.


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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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Andrew Nayyar's curator insight, January 31, 2014 11:10 PM

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.