4,600-Year-Old Egyptian Painting Depicts Extinct Species of Goose

University of Queensland’s Dr. Anthony Romilio has examined the ‘Meidum Geese,’ a painting from the Chapel of Itet at Meidum in Egypt. The Meidum Geese painting was found in 1871 in a tomb located near the Meidum Pyramid, which was built by the pharaoh Snefru (reign 2610-2590 BCE). The tomb belonged to the pharaoh’s son, the vizier Nefermaat, and […]

UK in talks with Indonesia over missing sunken WWII warships

Disappearance of six Dutch and British ships sunk in 1942 sparked international condemnation The British government is in talks with Indonesia over the disappearance of half a dozen sunken warships illegally salvaged from the Java Sea, together with the remains of hundreds of Dutch and British sailors. British diplomats met the Indonesian maritime ministry in Jakarta to […]

Temple Restoration Reveals Previously Unknown Names of Ancient Egyptian Constellations

The restoration of an ancient Egyptian temple in Esna, located about 60 km south of the ancient capital of Luxor in Egypt, has uncovered the original colors of the temple inscriptions and images, and revealed previously unknown names of ancient Egyptian constellations. The temple of Esna, dedicated to the Egyptian deity Khnum, is one of the last […]

Sunnis and Shia: Islam’s ancient schism

The divide between Sunnis and Shia is the largest and oldest in the history of Islam. Members of the two sects have co-existed for centuries and share many fundamental beliefs and practices. But they differ in doctrine, ritual, law, theology and religious organisation. Their leaders also often seem to be in competition. From Lebanon and […]

The Top Ten: Shortest wars

The belief in the possibility of a short, decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.’ My Quotation of the Day by Robert Lynd prompted James Worron to observe that short wars are quite common – there are just fewer of them than people hope for. 1. Anglo-Zanzibar War, […]

Egypt opens ancient oddity for tourism

Pharoah Sneferu’s structure marks key step in Egyptian architecture, as builders had to change the angle when it started to crack Egypt has opened to visitors the “bent” pyramid built for the pharaoh Sneferu, a 101-metre structure south of Cairo that marks a key step in the evolution of pyramid construction. Tourists will now be able […]