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42 Historical People, No. 3: Thuya, Egyptian noblewoman.

The still-regal mummified head of a woman who lived over 3,300 years ago attests to the beauty and poise she must have had in life. Her name was Thuya (also … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Lighthouse of Alexandria

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
(The Lighthouse on Roman coins minted in Alexandria in the 2nd century AD. Used under the Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported…

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

When Egypt was cool: the “Tutmania” craze of the 1920s.

This is the second article in my 1920s Week series. On November 4, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter uncovered the first of sixteen stone steps that led down into the … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth Panorama: the tomb of Ramesses VI, Valley of the Kings, Egypt.

If this looks like a set from an Indiana Jones movie, it should. This magnificently-decorated burial chamber is hewn out of solid stone in the arid deserts of the Valley … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 8: Roman child’s rag doll.

Although it most likely didn’t belong to an emperor or some pivotal figure, in many ways this simple rag doll is every bit as amazing as the sword of Tiberius … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Retro Book Review: Secret of the Pyramids (Choose Your Own Adventure).

The second Choose Your Own Adventure book by anyone other than Edward Packard or R.A. Montgomery has a catchy title, a wonderful locale, a thought-provoking cover, and a lot of promise. … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

Real retro science: Eratosthenes measures the size of the Earth. [video]

Today, June 21, is traditionally the date of the summer solstice. On this day, at noon, at a certain latitude, a stick standing upright will cast no shadow at all–but … Continue reading

June 21, 2013 · 3 Comments

Earth: Anwar Sadat’s abandoned chalet, near Alexandria, Egypt.

This haunting structure is a luxury resort home, long-since abandoned, owned by one of the most important men in the world at one time: Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, famous for … Continue reading

June 5, 2013 · Leave a comment
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