Turin’s Egyptian museum

The Egyptian Museum of Turin is leading an amazing project of renovation, the completion of which will be in the early months of 2015. Despite the ongoing works, the museum is always open. Since August 2013 there is also a new exhibition project entitled “IMMORTAL, the Art and Knowledge of the ancient Egyptians”.

This museum houses the world’s second largest (first is Cairo) collection of Egyptian artifacts.

To learn more: http://www.museoegizio.it/pages/hp_en.jsp

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Egyptian animal mummies

Ancient Egyptians really loved their dogs and cats – not to mention their snakes, crocodiles and birds.

Animals held such a prominent place in ancient Egyptian society that tens of millions were mummified, some going into the pharaohs’ tombs to rest eternally in the company of their kings. Others had their own special cemeteries, where they were buried in coffins as elaborately carved as those of royal family members.

To read more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/9887046/Egypts-animal-mummies

 

RARE WRITINGS: Luther College Finds Egyptian Papyrus

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Iowa’s Luther College is celebrating a rare find on its campus.

A student was digging through the archives in a basement earlier this week when she found 2,000-year-old Egyptian papyrus writings. A school spokesperson said they believe a former professor brought the writings to the Decorah campus in the 1920s.

Professors are working to find out what the writings say.

“They can be anything from tax receipts to ancient pornography.  They’ve found just about everything you can imagine,” said Luther College Classics Professor Phillip Freeman.

One piece is described as an Egyptian ‘get out of jail free card’ and is one of only 40 known to still exist in the world.

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Submerged Cities – Egypt

Originally posted on San Diego with RealtorPeg:

Cleopatra’s Alexandria, Egypt

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The Alexandria of ancient Egyptian ruler Cleopatra was lost for 1,600 years, with tales of its existence seeming like no more than legends. But a team of marine archaeologists stumbled across the ruins off the shores of the modern-day Alexandria in 1998, unearthing vast monuments still standing after all this time. The city was likely taken by the sea as a result of earthquakes. Historians have found columns, sphinxes, statues, temples and the foundations of a palace that likely belonged to Cleopatra herself.

Alexandria is considered one of the richest archaeological sites in the world. In addition to these vast stone monuments, coins and everyday objects have been discovered, painting a picture of a city described more than 2,000 years ago by Greek geographers and historians. Recent dives have unearthed some of the major scenes from the lives of Cleopatra and…

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