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mummy case of Irtyerseni
Mummy autopsy result 'was wrong'
(Sep 30, 2009)

The first scientific autopsy on an ancient Egyptian mummy probably got the cause of death wrong, research suggests. Dr Augustus Bozzi Granville caused a sensation when he described the autopsy to the Royal Society of London in 1825. He concluded the mummified woman, Irtyersenu, died of ovarian cancer. But a University College London study, published in the Royal Society journal Biological Sciences, strongly suggests she died of tuberculosis.

Read more. Source: BBC

Huge Anglo-Saxon gold hoard found
(Sep 24, 2009)

The UK's largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure has been discovered buried beneath a field in Staffordshire. Experts say the collection of 1,500 gold and silver pieces, which may date to the 7th Century, is unparalleled in size and worth "a seven figure sum". The Staffordshire Hoard contains about 5kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver, making it far bigger than the Sutton Hoo discovery in 1939.

Read more. Source: BBC

Easter Island statues with hats
Giant statues give up hat mystery
(Sep 7, 2009)

Archaeologists have solved an ancient mystery surrounding the famous Easter Island statues. At 2,500 miles off the coast of Chile, the island is the world's most remote place inhabited by people. Up to 1,000 years ago, the islanders started putting giant red hats on the statues. The research team, from the University of Manchester and University College London, think the hats were rolled down from an ancient volcano.

Read more. Source: BBC

newly-found ancient wall in Jersulaem
Ancient wall found in Jerusalem
(Sep 3, 2009)

A 3,700-year-old wall has been discovered in east Jerusalem, Israeli archaeologists say. The structure was built to protect the city's water supply as part of what dig director Ronny Reich described as the region's earliest fortifications. The 26-ft (8-m) high wall showed the Canaanite people who built it were a sophisticated civilization, he said.

Read more. Source: BBC

A page from the earliest surviving Bible, of which another fragment has been discovered in Egypt
Fragment from world's oldest Bible found
(Sep 2, 2009)

A British-based academic has uncovered a fragment of the world's oldest Bible hiding underneath the binding of an 18th-century book. Nikolas Sarris spotted a previously unseen section of the Codex Sinaiticus, which dates from about AD350, as he was trawling through photographs of manuscripts in the library of St Catherine's Monastery in Egypt.

Read more. Source: The Independent


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