August 12, 1992 |
These are the "dog days" of summer. Hot, still, lazy days in which the summer sun seems especially intense. Of course, nowadays, we attribute the heat to the fact that our hemisphere at this time of year receives more direct rays from the sun. In ancient times, though, the dog days were associated with a star called Sirius in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. Paradoxically, this star is primarily known for its appearance in the winter sky.
August 30, 1991 |
The Magellan spacecraft has discovered a geological groove on the surface of Venus that is longer than the Nile River, NASA reported Thursday. Scientists at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena said they do not know what formed the channel, which measures about 1 mile across and runs for about 4,200 miles in a winding, smoothly curved course. "The very existence of such a long channel is a great puzzle.
September 2, 2011 |
Egypt remains in flux since the revolution exploded in January. Tourism has been slow to bounce back, according to media reports. Upscale outfitter Abercrombie & Kent has put together a new 11-day trip to ancient landmarks beginning at $1,995 a person. The deal: Egypt: A Moment in History is about the lowest price I've ever seen for A&K's usual Egypt itineraries (you can view a cost comparison on the website), but it doesn't scrimp on the highlights. The itinerary includes visits to the pyramids, the Sphinx, the Temple at Karnak and other ancient sites.
June 1, 2013
Re "Giving a bad name to Chinese tourists," May 29 Just like the Chinese boy who scratched his name on an ancient Egyptian temple wall, people have been leaving graffiti on Egyptian monuments for quite some time now. In the early 6th century BC, some Greek and Carian mercenaries traveling up the Nile River in the service of the Pharaoh Psammetichus II left a long "Kilroy Was Here" memo scratched on one of the legs of the statue of Ramses...
February 12, 1989 |
Workers cleaning a heavily traveled tourist area of a fabled temple stumbled across an ancient hoard of statues of pharaohs and gods, a discovery that researchers called a potential gold mine of historical data. Officials said five statues so far have been dug up inside the famous Luxor Temple in the Nile River city of Luxor, about 450 miles south of Cairo.
February 27, 1987 |
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres of Israel and Egyptian leaders said today that they have agreed to push for an international conference before the end of the year to discuss Middle East peace prospects. The commitment came in a joint statement read after Peres held an unplanned hourlong meeting with President Hosni Mubarak early today at a presidential villa along the Nile River north of Cairo. Peres said the meeting, their second in two days, was "very warm and very constructive."
March 28, 1985 |
At least two people were killed by riot police and more than 100 others were arrested Wednesday in riots over price boosts that engulfed Khartoum hours after President Jaafar Numeiri left for the United States and a meeting next week with President Reagan.
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.