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Tutankhamen 'killed by sickle-cell disease'
(Jun 26, 2010)

King Tutankhamen, Egypt's boy king, was killed by the inherited blood disorder sickle-cell disease – not malaria. So says a German team in what appears to be the best shot yet at solving the mystery of the pharaoh's early demise.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Ancient shoe found in Armenia
'Oldest leather shoe' discovered
(Jun 10, 2010)

The oldest example of a leather shoe has been discovered by archaeologists in a cave in Armenia. At 5,500 years old, the well preserved cow-hide shoe pre-dates Stonehenge by 400 years and the Pyramids of Giza by 1,000 years. It was made of a single piece of leather and was shaped to fit the wearer's foot, the researchers say.

Read more. Source: BBC

Possible gladiator skeleton found in York
'Roman gladiators' link to York skeleton find
(Jun 9, 2010)

The mystery of 1,800-year-old remains unearthed in York may have been solved thanks to bite and hammer marks on their decapitated skulls. Archaeologists have exhumed 80 skeletons from gardens at Driffield Terrace over the past decade. The results of forensic work on the skeletons suggests they may be part of the world's only well-preserved Roman gladiator cemetery.

Read more. Source: BBC

 The team is looking for a sarcophagus like this one discovered 100 years ago
Lost ancient Memphis tomb rediscovered
(Jun 3, 2010)

A lost ancient Egyptian tomb has been rediscovered by archaeologists in the desert sands south of Cairo. The 3,300-year-old tomb is believed to belong to a mayor of the ancient capital of Memphis. It was originally discovered by artefact hunters in the 19th century, who then lost the tomb's location.

Read more. Source: BBC

Reconstructed face of a knight whose skeleton was found at Stirling Castle
Face of Stirling Castle warrior reconstructed
(May 18, 2010)

A reconstruction has revealed the face of a medieval knight whose skeleton was discovered at Stirling Castle. Experts are now attempting to discover the identity of the warrior, who is likely to have been killed in the 13th or 14th century. The skeleton is one of 10 excavated from the site of a lost royal chapel at the castle. The skeleton of a woman was found near the knight.

Read more. Source: BBC

The large granite statue discovered at Taposiris Magna. It possibly represents Ptolemy IV. Image: Image: the Supreme Council of Antiquities
Ptolemaic statue and temple gate discovered at Taposiris Magna
(May 5, 2010)

Archaeologists excavating at Taposiris Magna, a site west of Alexandria, have discovered a huge headless granite statue of a Ptolemaic king, and the original gate to a temple dedicated to the god Osiris. In a statement issued by the SCA, Dr Zahi Hawass says that the monumental sculpture, which is a traditional figure of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh wearing collar and kilt, could represent Ptolemy IV, the pharaoh who constructed the Taposiris Magna temple.

Read more. Source: The Guardian


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