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Monday, April 28, 2014

A Major Discovery of Egyptian Royal Mummies

What may be the biggest discovery of Egyptian Royal Mummies since the late 19th century has been announced in Egypt: the discovery of nearly 60 mummies of princes and princesses of the 18th Dynasty. some of them children.

The discovery was made by the Egyptian antiquities authorities with a Swiss Archaeological Mission from Basel University.

The 18th Dynasty is one of the best known, including such pharaohs as Ahmose I, Hatshepsut, Thutmose I through III, Akhenaten, Tutankhamun, and Horemheb.


Paul Mutter said...

Will any of them be throwing their hat into the presidential ring, or did they miss the registration period?

David Mack said...

Looters are smuggling antiquities out of Egypt faster than they are being exhumed by the archeologists. See this article by Barbara Slavin in today's Al Monitor: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/04/egypt-stolen-antiquities-looted-treasure-israel.html?utm_source=Al-Monitor+Newsletter+[English]&utm_campaign=4836c08ccf-January_9_20141_8_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_28264b27a0-4836c08ccf-93073577

Michael Collins Dunn said...


Actually, the Minya Hanging Judge will probably sentence them to death anyway.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of "hats" where is Zahi?

Paul Mutter said...

SCAF's equivalent of the Cadaver Synod? I can believe it.