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The latest news from the world of Egyptology, archaeology, and cultural heritage in Egypt from the New Orleans Interest Group of the American Research Center in Egypt. For more news and event announcements, visit us on the web: www.arce-nola.org, Facebook: www.facebook.com/arcenola, Twitter: www.twitter.com/arcenola, and Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/arcenola
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Searching for Answers in Very Old DNA

Searching for Answers in Very Old DNA | Egyptology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
The geneticist Svante Paabo created his own research field by sequencing the genomes of ancient humans.
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Mummy Teeth Tell of Ancient Egypt's Drought

Mummy Teeth Tell of Ancient Egypt's Drought | Egyptology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
The link between drought and the rise and fall of Egypt's ancient cultures, including the pyramid builders, has long fascinated scientists and historians.
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Study of ancient Egyptians' teeth seems to confirm what we know about the increasingly dry climate of Egypt over time.

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Carbon dating shows ancient Egypt's rapid expansion - life - 04 September 2013 - New Scientist

Carbon dating shows ancient Egypt's rapid expansion - life - 04 September 2013 - New Scientist | Egyptology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
Ancient Egypt, the prototype state, became a powerful civilisation surprisingly fast, according to radiocarbon dating that sets the first solid chronology
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A new study shows that development towards a state in Predynastic Egypt was rapid (Note that, contrary to many reports, the dates indicated by this new study are not "new."  Instead, this study seems to confirm the dates already understood from other archaeological work.)  Also beware of other news summaries, as many have misinterpreted the report's findings.

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Mystery of mummified baby in Swansea is solved

Mystery of mummified baby in Swansea is solved | Egyptology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
THE mystery over a mummified baby at the Egypt Centre appears to have been solved. The centre, based at Swansea University, houses more than houses more than 5,000 artefacts, most collected by the...
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Additional images found here: http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mummified-fetus-found-in-tiny-ancient-egyptian-sarcophagus-140512-140512.htm

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Egyptian mummy entrails could help reduce allergies

Egyptian mummy entrails could help reduce allergies | Egyptology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
Researcher says remains can show when parasites started to infect humans
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New work in the paleopathology of mummies is helping researchers understand immune response to both parasites and allergens.

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An absolute chronology for early Egypt using radiocarbon dating and Bayesian statistical modelling

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The full report on the new radiocarbon study summarized elsewhere.  Beware news summaries other than the one we posted on our page, as many of them have misinterpreted this report.  Note also that the dates indicated by this new study are not "new."  Instead, this study seems to confirm the dates already understood from other archaeological work.

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Language and tool-making skills evolved at the same time

Language and tool-making skills evolved at the same time | Egyptology and Archaeology | Scoop.it
The same brain activity is used for language production and making complex tools, supporting the theory that they evolved at the same time.
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Ground-breaking research into how the brain functions while making stone tools and while using language, which suggests that the two skills evolved together.

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