Ancient Egyptian hoard of counterfeit ‘dirty money’ unearthed

A shortage of silver caused by the collapse of leading Bronze Age civilizations around the eastern Mediterranean about 1200 B.C. resulted in the original “dirty money” — several hundreds of years before coins had been invented. The ancient counterfeiting was revealed by archaeologist Tzilla Eshel, then a doctoral student at the University of Haifa, who […]

Roman-era Egyptian child mummy scanned with laser-like precision

An Egyptian mummy that was decorated with a woman’s portrait contained a surprise — the body of a child who was only 5 years old when she died. Now, scientists have learned more about the mysterious girl and her burial, thanks to high-resolution scans and X-ray “microbeams” that targeted very small regions in the intact […]

Ancient Egyptian temple reveals previously unknown star constellations

The restoration of a soot-filled ancient Egyptian temple has revealed the previously unknown names of ancient Egyptian constellations, according to experts in Germany and Egypt. The restoration has also uncovered the gorgeous original colors the ancient Egyptians painted the 2,000-year-old temple. As workers in Egypt remove soot and dirt from the temple, sometimes with a […]

Adorable ancient sea cows once swam through now-bone dry Egyptian desert

About 40 million years ago, a gentle marine giant glided through the water in what is now a bone-dry desert in Egypt, according to new research. The study suggests that during the late Eocene, about 40 million to 35 million years ago, Egypt’s Eastern Desert was home to the ancient relatives of manatees (also endearingly […]