history
Ancient Cat Mummies and More Discovered in Egyptian Tombs

Archaeologists working at a pyramid complex south of Cairo have discovered dozens of cat mummies, along with troves of wooden statues and a rare collection of mummified scarab beetles. Read More >>

archaeology
We’re Learning More About the Contents of that Mysterious Egyptian Sarcophagus

Back in July, Egyptian archaeologists dared to open a strange granite sarcophagus, finding three skeletons soaking in an unsightly reddish-brown liquid. Scientists have now completed a preliminary analysis of the coffin’s contents, offering new insights into the tomb’s 2,000-year-old occupants. Read More >>

science
Ancient Egyptians Mastered Mummification Long Before the Time of Pharaohs

The earliest mummies are typically associated with the Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt, but as an intensive examination of a 5,600-year-old mummy confirms, the methods used for this iconic funeral practice date back to well before the age of pharaohs. Read More >>

archaeology
Ancient Egyptian Mummified ‘Hawk’ Is Actually a Stillborn Human Baby

High-resolution micro-CT scanning has shown that an Egyptian mummy thought to be a bird is really a stillborn human baby, a surprising discovery that’s providing a rare glimpse into the complex cultural practices that existed some 2,100 years ago. Read More >>

archaeology
5,000-Year-Old Mummy Is Earliest Known Tattooed Woman

A new analysis of two ancient Egyptian mummies has uncovered the earliest known examples of “figural” tattoos on human beings—that is, tattoos that are meant to represent a real things, rather than abstract symbols. What’s more, at around 5,000 years old, it’s the earliest evidence of tattoos on a woman. Read More >>

gaming
Making History Fun: How Assassin’s Creed Made Ancient Egypt Live and Breathe

With a new instalment almost every year, the Assassin’s Creed games are a treat for history nerds. Forget reading about the past in dusty books - Ubisoft’s blockbuster franchise provides a unique hint into what the past might actually have been like: wandering through the narrow streets of revolutionary Paris, sailing the seven seas during the 17th century, and, umm, driving Leonardo da Vinci’s tank. Okay, perhaps that last thing didn’t really happen - but no other games come close to creating such an immersive historical simulation. Read More >>

archaeology
This 3,000-Year-Old Prosthetic Wooden Toe is More Incredible Than We Thought

An ongoing reexamination of an ancient Egyptian wooden toe is shedding new light on how the remarkable wooden prosthetic was manufactured, and whether it was used for cosmetic or functional purposes. Read More >>

history
King Tut Had a Space Dagger

Tutankhamun, the boy king of ancient Egypt who died at 18 and later exploded inside his own sarcophagus, apparently owned — and was buried with — a literal space dagger made from meteoric iron. Read More >>

history
This Threadbare Garment Is Officially the World’s Oldest Dress

It doesn’t look like much, but this tattered piece of clothing found buried in an ancient Egyptian cemetery has been confirmed as the world’s oldest dress as well as the oldest woven garment known to archaeologists. Read More >>

history
The Ingenious Way the Ancient Egyptians Should Have Built the Pyramids

More than 4,000 years ago, a minority of ancient Egyptians set a majority to work building some of the oldest human-made structures in the world. It seems like we've been debating about how they did it ever since: Water? Animal labour? Magic? A team of researchers thinks they've found the best explanation yet. Read More >>