September 23, 1992 |
The tomb of Tutankhamen, the celebrated burial place of an Egyptian boy king, is slated for conservation in a collaborative venture between the Getty Conservation Institute and the Egyptian Antiquities Organization. The challenge for the joint project, to be announced today at a press conference in Cairo, is to restore the cracked, flaking wall paintings in the 3,300-year-old tomb, located in the Valley of the Kings on the Nile River near Luxor.
July 31, 2005
The World Monuments Fund, a nonprofit that works to rescue and preserve imperiled places, recently released its global watch list of its 100 most endangered sites. Places were selected by a panel of 10 experts in architecture, archeology, history, anthropology and other fields. Five highlights from the list are below. See www.wmf.org for a complete list. What's at risk: Iraq, the whole country.
November 30, 1999 |
More than half the world's major rivers are going dry or are polluted, a panel studying global water problems reported Monday. The World Commission on Water for the 21st Century said that among the most stressed are the Colorado River in the United States, China's Yellow River, the Nile River in Africa, Russia's Volga River Basin and the Ganges River in South Asia.
July 22, 2006 |
A 3,200-year interlude of tropical rains once transformed the eastern Sahara into a verdant savanna where seminomadic people thrived amid elephants, cattle and more than 30 species of fish, according to German researchers. After collecting more than 500 radiocarbon dates at 150 sites in an area larger than Western Europe, University of Cologne researchers found that the sudden climate change 10,500 years ago coaxed thousands of people to move into the now desolate expanse.
August 21, 2013 |
The latest political unrest in Egypt has resulted in the theft and destruction of more than 1,000 artifacts in a museum south of Cairo, according to multiple published reports. The looting is believed to have taken place over several days starting last week. The Malawi National Museum, located in the Nile River city of Minya, contained numerous archaeological specimens and antiquities dating back thousands of years. Reports claim that the recent attacks at the museum represent the largest instance of cultural looting in the country's history. Among the casualties is a missing 3,500-year-old statue of the daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten, according to the Associated Press.
April 29, 2013 |
I'll bet you that archaeologist Betsy Bryan's perspective on reality-show behavior is a little longer than most. Since 2001, Bryan has led the excavation of the temple complex of the Egyptian goddess Mut in modern-day Luxor, the site of the city of Thebes in ancient Egypt. And the ritual she has uncovered, which centers on binge drinking, thumping music and orgiastic public sex, probably makes "Jersey Shore" look pretty tame. At least it was thought to serve a greater societal purpose.
HOME & GARDEN
February 20, 1999 |
To anyone who has trouble growing houseplants, here's one that is easy to grow: the umbrella plant. The most common problems in growing houseplants arise from improper watering. Plants often die from too much water or too little water, or a combination of the two. But the umbrella plant requires no skill at all in watering. The plant is native to shallow waters, so there's no need for you to decide whether it is time to water. Water is always needed!
September 21, 2010 |
Moses might not have parted the Red Sea, but a strong east wind that blew through the night could have pushed the waters back in the way described in biblical writings and the Koran, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. Computer simulations, part of a larger study on how winds affect water, show wind could push water back at a point where a river bent to merge with a coastal lagoon, the team at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado at Boulder said.
April 15, 2002 |
The upcoming movie "The Scorpion King" is fiction, but recent archeological studies indicate there really was a King Scorpion in ancient Egypt and that he played a crucial role in uniting the country and building it into the world's first empire. A depiction recently discovered in the Egyptian desert of the Scorpion King's victory in battle against the forces of chaos may be the oldest historical document ever found, some archeologists believe.