December 18, 2012 |
In the year 1155 BC, members of an Egyptian pharaoh's harem hatched a plot to assassinate him. But did they succeed? The "harem conspiracy" against Ramses III remains one of ancient Egypt's scandalous tales of deadly intrigue. But scholars have been unable to determine whether the god-king was actually killed in the attack. Now, a fresh examination of Ramses III's mummy finds that the unfortunate pharaoh's throat was slit. The report, released Monday by the journal BMJ, also strengthens the case that that another mummy may have been one of the perpetrators - Ramses III's own son, Pentawere.
November 21, 2012 |
Thanks to vaccination efforts, smallpox - killer of hundreds of millions people around the world over the course of the 20th century alone - was eradicated in 1979. But even today the lethal variola virus, which causes the disease, is not completely impossible to come by. A team of French and Russian researchers recently found new snippets of smallpox DNA in 300-year-old mummies from Siberia, according to an article in the New England Journal...
October 31, 2012 |
Jessica Simpson sure has a thing for Halloween -- last year she used the holiday to announce her long-suspected pregnancy, and this year the chickens have come home to roost. One chicken, at least, in the form of little Maxwell Drew Johnson. Simpson squeezed into a Medieval wench costume, showing off a noticeably slimmer six-months-post-baby waistline, while fiance Eric Johnson went all "Braveheart," holding Maxwell in a chicken suit. She tweeted a link to the picture on her website Wednesday.
July 27, 2012 |
Studies of a 15-year-old Incan girl who was sacrificed on an Argentine mountaintop 500 years ago show that she had a lung infection when she died, most likely tuberculosis, researchers reported this week. Two younger children who died with her did not have an infection, they said. The mummy, known as the Maiden, was discovered in 1999 about 25 yards from the summit of Llullaiaco, a high-elevation volcano in the province of Salta, Argentina, by archaeologists led by Johan Reinhard and Constanza Ceruti of the Mountain Institute in Franklin, W.Va.
July 10, 2012 |
An international team of archaeologists have discovered that two mummies found on an island off the coast of Scotland are, like Dr. Frankenstein's monster, composed of body parts from several different humans. The mummified remains, as much as 3,500 years old, suggest that the first residents of the island of South Uist in the Hebrides had some previously unsuspected burial practices. The West Coast of South Uist was densely populated from around 2000 BC until the end of the Viking period around AD 1300.
June 1, 2012 |
British Airways shared the above archival photo of a telegram from mother to daughter - but not just any mother and daughter. The mother was the onetime Lady Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, whose husband was King George VI; the daughter was Elizabeth, who was on her way to a tour of Australia and New Zealand when she received news in Kenya of the death of the king, her father, on Feb. 6, 1952. Here's what the telegram says: Address: “Her Majesty the Queen.” Text: “All my thoughts and prayers are with you. Mummie Buckingham Palace.” The message, says British Airways (BOAC, British Overseas Airways Corp.