Who are the Coptic Christians?

The clue to the identity of this small religious minority survives in the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt – and reveals a most magnificent ancestry Attacks on churches, communal divisions – Cairo has recently seen conflicts between some Muslims and Coptic Christians. But who exactly are the Copts and how did they come to be […]

Who’s the mummy? Tutankhamun ..

Display heading to London has had 1.3 million visitors, beating 50-year-old record held by previous Tut show A vast touring show of treasures linked to Egypt’s boy-king Tutankhamun has attracted more than 1.3 million visitors in Paris, becoming the most-visited exhibition in French history. The show, based at a vast space at La Villette before it arrives […]

Archaeologists unearth 227 bodies in Peru in ‘biggest ever’ discovery of sacrificed children

‘Wherever you dig, there’s another one,’ top scientist says The remains of 227 children, sacrificed in an “uncontrollable” wave of killings designed to appease ancient gods, have been discovered in Peru. It is believed to be the biggest single such discovery anywhere in the world – but took place in a region where scores more sacrificed […]

This article is more than 1 year old ‘A goldmine’: mummies’ secrets uncovered in Egypt

Archaeologists find mummification workshop in the Saqqara necropolis Deep below the sands of the Saqqara necropolis, archaeologists have uncovered a unique discovery they say reveals the secrets of the ancient Egyptian mummies. A mummification workshop and adjoining burial shaft as well as five mummies, their bejewelled sarcophagi, figurines, and a gilded silver and onyx mummy […]

Tutankhamun sold at auction for £4.7m despite Egypt protests

The ‘rare and beautiful’ 3,000-year-old sculpture goes under the hammer in defiance of claims it was stolen A brown quartzite head of young king Tutankhamun has sold at auction in London for more than £4.7m despite Egyptian demands for its return. The more than 3,000-year-old sculpture, displayed at Christie’s London auction house, shows the boy king […]