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Ancient Christian manuscripts digitized at monastery beneath Mount Sinai

ST. CATHERINE’S, EGYPT - (Reuters) - At St. Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Egypt's Mount Sinai, the silence in the library is broken only by low electrical humming, as an early manuscript is bathed in green light. A team from Greece are photographing thousands of fragile manuscripts, including some of the earliest copies of the Christian gospels, using a complex process that includes taking images in red, green and blue light and merging them with computer software to create a single high...
Tags: Science, Greece, Syria, Egypt, Mount Sinai, St Catherine, Christian Gospels, ST CATHERINE 'S EGYPT Reuters


Egypt's president meets Libyan commander Haftar in Cairo

Egypt has close ties with Haftar, whose Libyan National Army (LNA) controls the east and swept through the mainly desert south earlier this year before moving to Tripoli ten days ago in a major escalation of conflict. Haftar has projected himself as the scourge of Islamist militants and of the militias that grew powerful after the uprising. Egypt and the United Arab Emirates publicly support U.N.-led peace efforts in Libya, while being seen as Haftar's closest regional allies.
Tags: Science, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Cairo, Tripoli, Haftar, Libyan National Army LNA


Arab Spring comes later in Sudan and Algeria

Egypt's armed forces chief effectively brushed President Hosni Mubarak aside when it became clear security forces could not contain street protests against the veteran leader. A military council took charge, overseeing a turbulent and sometimes violent transition during which Egypt’s first democratic elections took place. Two years later, army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi led the overthrow of Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi.
Tags: Science, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Hosni Mubarak, Abdel Fattah al Sisi


Thousands-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus opened on live TV

A sarcophagus containing an Egyptian high priest was opened on live TV Sunday during a special two-hour broadcast by the American channel Discovery. "Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live" aired from the site outside Minya, which is along the Nile River south of Cairo and its Giza pyramids. After exploring other tombs -- finding artifacts like statues, amulets, canopic jars used to store organs, and other mummies including one that had decomposed to a skeleton -- they crawled to the chamber containin...
Tags: Science, Egypt, Cairo, Giza, Nile River, Minya


‘Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live’ Uncovers 2,500-Year-Old High Priest Mummy During Broadcast

Audiences from around the world witnessed history on the Discovery show Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live, as a team of Egyptian archaeologists and explores uncovered a 2,500-year-old mummy of a high priest. The two-hour live event also uncovered antiquities, including a mysterious wax head and two other mummies. "This is Discovery at its best - transporting fans into new worlds through awe-inspiring stories and immersive experiences. It doesn't get much more immersive than…
Tags: Science, Egypt


Finely painted Ptolemaic tomb unveiled in Egypt

Its painted walls depict funeral processions and images of the owner working in the fields, as well as his family genealogy written in hieroglyphics. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, described the burial chamber as a "beautiful, colorful tomb".
Tags: Science, Egypt, Mostafa Waziri, Supreme Council of Antiquities


Mummy of Pharaoh's Official Discovered Inside Limestone Sarcophagus in Egypt

The mummified remains of a high-ranking official named Khuwy were discovered in a colorful tomb that dates back 4,400 years. Archaeologists made the discovery in south Saqqara, in Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced April 2.Next to the burial is a pyramid complex built for the pharaoh Djedkare Isesi, who reigned from 2381 to 2353 B.C. The colors of the tomb's hieroglyphs and decorations are incredibly well-preserved, despite the passage of over 4 millennia.Hieroglyphs in th...
Tags: Science, Egypt, Peru, Seth, Upper Egypt, Saqqara, Ministry of Antiquities, Great House, Wadi el Hudi, Khuwy, Djedkare Isesi, Emilie Martinet, Universite Paul Valery Montpellier, Mohamed Megahed, Setibhor, Czech Institute of Egyptology


Egypt Red Sea province to ban single-use plastic

Egypt's Red Sea Governorate is to introduce a ban on single-use plastics that are destroying marine life, the province's top official said Wednesday. The ban, set to take effect in June, covers items including disposable plastic bags, cutlery and cups, and aims to protect the area's unique sea life, governor Ahmed Abdallah said. Egypt's Red Sea province depends heavily on income from tourists, many of whom come to snorkel and scuba dive among its spectacular reefs.
Tags: Science, Egypt, Red Sea, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt Red Sea, Ahmed Abdallah


Global landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

The UN headquarters in New York, the pyramids of Egypt and Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue were among top world monuments plunged into darkness for an hour Saturday to put the spotlight on climate change and its impact on the planet. Organized by environmental watchdog WWF, the 13th edition of Earth Hour saw millions of people across 180 countries turning off their lights at 8:30 pm to highlight energy use and the need for conservation. The event follows some of the direst warnings to date on...
Tags: New York, Science, Egypt, Un


100 Ancient Egyptian Inscriptions Found at Amethyst Mining Site

Archaeologists have uncovered more than 100 ancient inscriptions carved into rock at Wadi el-Hudi, where the ancient Egyptians mined amethyst.In addition to the carved-rock inscription, the researchers also found 14 stele (inscriptions carved on a stone slab or pillar) and 45 ostraca (inscriptions written on pieces of pottery).Analysis of the newfound inscriptions is underway. So far, archaeologists can tell that many of the inscriptions date back around 3,900 years, to a time that modern day ar...
Tags: Science, Rome, Egypt, Jesus, Pontius Pilate, Wadi, Middle Kingdom, Judea, RTI, Nile Valley, Wadi el Hudi, Kate Liszka, Liszka, Wadi el Hudi Photo, Nile -LSB- River


18-Year-Old Arrested in New Zealand For Sharing Terrorist's Facebook Video 

An 18-year-old man who shared a video of Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand has been charged with distributing the video and inciting violence. The man allegedly posted a photo of one of the mosques targeted in Friday’s attacks with the words “target acquired.” He faces up to 28 years in prison,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Guns, Youtube, Russia, India, Social Media, Egypt, Terrorism, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Facebook Video, Christchurch New Zealand, President Trump, Jacinda Ardern


Nile shipwreck discovery proves Herodotus right – after 2,469 years

Greek historian’s description of ‘baris’ vessel vindicated by archaeologists at sunken city of Thonis-HeraclionIn the fifth century BC, the Greek historian Herodotus visited Egypt and wrote of unusual river boats on the Nile. Twenty-three lines of his Historia, the ancient world’s first great narrative history, are devoted to the intricate description of the construction of a “baris”.For centuries, scholars have argued over his account because there was no archaeological evidence that such ships...
Tags: Science, UK News, Egypt, Archaeology, Herodotus, Thonis Heracleion


This Miniature Boat Was Meant for King Tut's Fishing Trips in the Afterlife

Missing pieces of a miniature model boat buried with ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamun have been found in museum storage.The box of artifacts packed by Howard Carter -- the British archaeologist who first opened Tut's tomb in 1922 -- was recently rediscovered in a storeroom at the Luxor Museum."It's the most exciting discovery in my career," Mohamed Atwa, the museum's director of archaeology and information, who found the box, said in a statement. "It's amazing that after all the...
Tags: Science, China, Egypt, National Geographic Channel, Luxor, Tutankhamun, Giza, Tut, Howard Carter, ATWA, Luxor Museum, Mohamed Atwa, Eissa Zidane, Mohammed Atwa, Terracotta Warriors Inspired


Egypt rescues 2,000-year old catacombs from rising water

Egypt on Sunday announced the completion of a project to save famed 2,000-year old catacombs in the costal city of Alexandria from rising waters. The Kom al-Shoqafa location, considered by archaeologists to be the largest Greco-Roman burial site in Egypt, has been threatened by water since its discovery in 1900. The rising water prompted Egypt to launch a massive drainage project supported by the United States Agency for International (USAID) in 2017.
Tags: Science, Egypt, Alexandria, United States Agency for International USAID


'Two is enough,' Egypt tells poor families as population booms

"In the future he could support his father and the girls," said Ghanem, 27, who lives in a village in Sohag, an area with one of Egypt's highest fertility rates. The family depends on her husband's income from a local cafe. As Egypt's population heads towards 100 million, the government is trying to change the minds of people like Ghanem.
Tags: Science, Egypt, Sohag, Ghanem


Egypt unearths more than 40 mummies in 'maze of tombs'

Dozens of mummies have been unearthed at an ancient burial site in Upper Egypt, officials said. Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany on Saturday unveiled the discovery in Minya, south of Cairo, which consists of "a maze of tombs" housing more than 40 mummies of men, women and children. Researchers from the ministry and Minya University "stumbled upon" the grave last February at the Tuna el-Gebel archaeological site, which was the necropolis of the ancient city of Hermopolis.
Tags: Science, Egypt, Cairo, Upper Egypt, Minya, Tuna El Gebel, Antiquities Khaled El Enany, Minya University


Egypt unveils more than 40 ancient mummies

Tunah Al-Gabal (Egypt) (AFP) - They are more than 2,000 years old but remain in "good condition": Egypt on Saturday unveiled over 40 mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era at a burial site in the centre of the country. Journalists clambered down a ladder and through an underground chamber beneath the sandy soil of Tunah Al-Gabal, 260 kilometres (160 miles) south of Cairo, to glimpse the recent finds. Archaeologist Rami Rasmi told AFP that 12 children and six animals were among the more than ...
Tags: Science, Egypt, Cairo, Afp, Tunah Al Gabal Egypt AFP, Tunah Al Gabal, Rami Rasmi


Egypt unveils Pharaonic tomb, home to 50 mummies

Egyptian archaeologists uncovered a Pharaonic tomb containing 50 mummies dating back to the Ptolemaic era, in Minya, south of Cairo, the ministry of antiquities said on Saturday. The mummies, 12 of which were of children, were discovered inside four, nine-meter deep burial chambers in the Tuna El-Gebel archaeological site. The identities of the mummies were still unknown, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Tags: Science, Egypt, Cairo, Minya, Mostafa Waziri, Tuna El Gebel


Egypt discovers 40 mummies in ancient chambers in Minya

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says it has discovered a number of ancient burial chambers containing some 40 mummies in the desert province of Minya, south of Cairo.
Tags: Science, Ap, Egypt, Cairo, Minya


Medieval Map Points to World's Richest Man, Maybe Ever

Who is the richest person to ever have lived? Put down that Forbes Magazine -- it's not Jeff Bezos. The real answer is in the pages of a Medieval manuscript, The Catalan Atlas. Centered on a page of trade routes sits a West African king holding a golden coin: Mansa Musa, the wealthiest person probably ever to walk the globe. A reproduction of the Atlas is on display in a new exhibit, which opened Jan. 26 at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The exhib...
Tags: Europe, Science, Washington, Nigeria, Africa, Syria, Atlantic, Egypt, Middle East, West Africa, Mali, Jeff Bezos, Forbes magazine, Mediterranean, Majorca, Ontario


Tomb savers: Conservationists unveil work on Tutankhamun grave

After almost a decade, a team of international experts on Thursday revealed the results of their painstaking work to preserve the tomb of Egypt's legendary Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Nearly a victim of his own fame, long years of mass tourism had left their mark on the boy king's burial place near Luxor on the east bank of the Nile River. "A hundred years of visits, after being sealed for 3,000 years... can you imagine the impact on the grave?" said Neville Agnew, head of the project led by the Los ...
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Egypt, Luxor, Nile River, Neville Agnew


China calls for harmony as it welcomes Qatar emir amid Gulf dispute

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017. Qatar, which denies the charge, says the boycott seeks to curtail its sovereignty, while the row has defied mediation efforts by Kuwait and the United States which sees Gulf unity as essential to containing Iran. Qatar has been bolstering ties with its supporters, such as Turkey, with trade between those two expected to have risen by more than half in 2018.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, China, Qatar, Turkey, United States, Egypt, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Iran Qatar


Sudan's Bashir says protesters trying to copy Arab Spring

Protesters in Sudan are trying to imitate the Arab Spring uprisings that shook the region in 2011, President Omar al-Bashir said on Sunday during a visit to Egypt. Bashir is facing the most sustained challenge since he came to power in a coup in 1989. Bashir's trip to neighboring Egypt is his second foreign visit since unrest began on Dec. 19.
Tags: Science, Egypt, Sudan, Bashir, Omar al Bashir


Egypt says archaeologists find ancient tombs in Nile Delta

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered ancient tombs dating back to the Second Intermediate Period, 1782-1570 B.C., in the Nile Delta.
Tags: Science, Ap, Egypt, Cairo, Nile Delta


No, Archaeologists Have Not Found the Tomb of Antony and Cleopatra

Over the past two weeks, numerous media reports have claimed that a team led by archaeologist Zahi Hawass is on the verge of discovering the tomb of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII at a site in Egypt called "Taposiris Magna." But alas, the "pair so famous" has yet to be discovered. Hawass, Egypt's former minister of antiquities, told Live Science that the news reports are false. "This is completely false information; [there is] nothing found at all about the tomb," Hawass told Live Science. ...
Tags: Science, Rome, Egypt, Cleopatra, Alexandria, Antony, Martinez, Alexander the Great, Suetonius, Mark Antony, Plutarch, Hawass, Zahi Hawass, Octavian, Actium, Hawass Egypt


Archaeologists find Rome-era tombs in Egypt's Western Desert

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered two ancient tombs dating back to the Roman period in the country's Western Desert.
Tags: Science, Ap, Rome, Egypt, Cairo, Western Desert


Urging Gulf states to heal rift, U.S.'s Pompeo lands in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their regional foe Shi'ite Muslim Iran - something Doha denies. The United States, an ally of the six-nation Sunni Muslim GCC, sees the rift as a threat to efforts to contain Iran and has pushed for a united Gulf front. "When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, United States, Egypt, Middle East, Doha, Gulf, Riyadh, Shi, Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Pompeo, Sunni Muslim GCC


Blue flecks in 900-year-old teeth reveal medieval nun was expert manuscript painter

She was the original blue nun. Scientists studying the skull of a nun who lived nearly 1,000 years ago in a monastery in Germany have made an unusual discovery – fragments of a blue pigment lodged in her teeth. The pigment turned out to be ultramarine, an expensive and very rare painting material made from lapis lazuli, a semi-precious stone. They believe it ended up there because the middle-aged nun was an illustrator of lavish medieval religious manuscripts and that she would have licked the e...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Germany, Afghanistan, Frankfurt, Egypt, Harvard University, Tutankhamun, Ohio State University, University of York, Anita Radini, Titian, Perugino, Christina Warinner, Michael McCormick


Ancient, 50-Foot-Long Whale Crushed Baby Whale Skulls for Dinner

The reconstructed skeleton of the Eocene whale B. isis (top) alongside the skeleton of D. atrox, a smaller whale that B. isis likely ate for lunch. Voss et al., 2019 An ancient whale twice the length of today's orcas once chowed down on other whales in the Eocene epoch's seas. A fossil discovered in Egypt appears to preserve the whale, an extinct species called Basilosaurus isis, with the bones of a smaller whale species in its stomach. Researchers suspect that the toothy B. isis hunte...
Tags: Science, California, Egypt, Cairo, Valley, Voss, Wadi Al Hitan, Berlin Museum, Egpyt, Manja Voss, Naturkunde, Wadi Al Hitan Valley


This 2,300-Year-Old Egyptian Fortress Had an Unusual Task: Guarding a Port That Sent Elephants to War

A 2,300-year-old fortress that protected an ancient port called "Berenike" has been discovered in Egypt on the coast of the Red Sea by a Polish-American archaeological team. Constructed at a time when Egypt was ruled by the Ptolemies, a dynasty of pharaohs descended from one of Alexander the Great's generals, the fortifications are sizable. Square towers were built at the corners and in strategic places where sections of the walls connected," wrote archaeologists Marek Woźniakand Joanna Rądk...
Tags: Science, Egypt, Alexander, Red Sea, Ptolemies, Berenike, Marek Woźniakand Joanna Rądkowska



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