NILE #17. DECEMBER 2018-JANUARY 2019. THE ONE WITH NEFERTITI’S COFFINETTE ON THE COVER
What if we told you that Nefertiti WAS buried in Tutankhamun's tomb after all? But where is her mummy now?
The Antiquities Museum in the Library of Alexandria
While building the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina, workers uncovered fabulous antiquities that became part of the collection of the Library's museum! The director shows us some of his favourite pieces.
The Benu & the Phoenix
Love hieroglyphs? There are LOTS in this article. Meet Benu—the Egyptian bird of resurrection—through the hieroglyphic texts of the ancient Egyptians themselves. And find out if the Benu was the inspiration for the legendary phoenix..
Gods of Egypt
Images that make you go wow! "Gods of Egypt" is a new exhibition now showing at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden. Explore some of the most spectacular artworks from across Europe.
In this first chapter of a five-part series on royal residences in the eastern Nile Delta, Egyptologist Dr. Nicky Nielsen explores Tanis; its fascinating history, its abandonment and rediscovery.
Plus, The Nile Crossword, Looking Back and lots more.
NILE #16. OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2018. THE ONE WITH NESPAWERSHEFYT’S COFFIN ON THE COVER
Tomb Robbery and Coffin Reuse
Was a coffin really meant for eternity? Was all tomb robbery a lawless abhorrence? We look at Kara Cooney’s study into “legal” coffin reuse. (Spoiler alert: there’s a lot of it!)
The melodrama of Cleopatra VII’s political and not-so-private life has been well explored. What is less well known is that Cleopatra and Mark Antony had three children, including a daughter, Kleopatra Selene.
The Unlucky Mummy
So, you think you know the story of the Unlucky Mummy? Think again. We explore the myths and the surprising truth about THAT mummy board.
Not only could Egypt’s birds represent a specific deity, but also a number of concepts that were crucial to the Egyptians enjoying a successful afterlife.
The Royal Tombs
In this final abridged instalment of Aidan Dodson’s The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt, the New Kingdom pharaohs embrace Senwosret III’s innovation, separate their tombs and temples, and head underground.
Alexandria’s “Big Black Sarcophagus” surprises with some impressed gold sheets, and the world’s oldest cheese yet discovered turns out to be the real evil.
Plus, The Nile Crossword (NEW!), Looking Back and lots more.
NILE #15. AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2018. THE ONE WITH TJUIU'S GOLDEN COFFIN ON THE COVER
Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs
Gold. For the Egyptians it was proof that eternity was real. We feature some spectacular golden treasures from Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, now on show at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
What are the clues in Tutankhamun's tomb that point to the union between Nefertiti and her king?
That Black Sarcophagus.
For 17 days in July, the Twittersphere obsessed over an ominous, black sarcophagus that had been unearthed in Alexandria. Was there an ancient evil inside? The truth turned out to be far nastier.
Life in a Pyramid Builders' Town.
One site more than any other gives us a unique insight into the lives of those who built and maintained a pyramid: that of Lahun, built by King Senwosret II around 1870 B.C.
Seti I's strange bedfellows.
Ever since the discovery of his tomb, Seti I has been bizarrely associated with pseudo-archaeology and mysticism, which have dogged the memory of one of Egypt’s greatest rulers.
A Pharaoh's Legacy.
King Ptolemy II could never have guessed what his greatest gift to Egypt would be.
Plus, The Nile Quiz, Looking Back and lots more.
NILE #14. JUNE-JULY 2018. THE ONE WITH THE REAL FACE OF NEFERTITI (MAYBE) ON THE COVER
The Face of Nefertiti?
The head of a mummy dubbed the “Younger Lady” was recently scanned and modelled. It’s a remarkable portrait, but is it Nefertiti? We look at the cases for and against the connection.
Tutankhamun's tomb: The final scan results.
There's nothing there!
The North Wall of Tutankhamun's tomb: The New Interpretation.
Does the lack of hidden chambers mean that Tutankhamun’s tomb is out of surprises? Far from it. In fact, Nicholas Reeves was on the right track. We reveal that KV 62 WAS built for Nefertiti after all.
Luxor Temple's New Face.
Another of Ramesses II's colossal statues stands again. Or should that be "Amenhotep III's colossal statue"?
The Royal Tombs—Part Four: The Middle Kingdom.
After a century in the wilderness, royal pyramids are back—but not as we knew them.
The Celestial Dung Beetle.
What is it about the humble scarab that led the ancient Egyptians to make it the most popular amulet in Egyptian history?
Plus, The Nile Quiz, Looking Back and lots more.
NILE #13. APRIL-MAY 2018. THE ONE WITH MERESANKH III ON THE COVER
Living With the Enemy
How a small community of Nubian traders and Egyptian colonists blended and forged a new identity that may have led to Egypt's largest-ever empire.
Ahmose: Father of a Dynasty
Bizarrely, the war against the Hyksos may have started with some bellowing hippos.
The Divine Falcon
The most commonly-depicted deity in the entire history of ancient Egypt isn't Osiris, Amun or Hathor—it's the divine falcon.
Hieroglyphs: Who Translated them First?
Jean-François Champollion may have been beaten by medieval Arab scholars centuries before.
Saving Ancient Egypt
A new history of Khonsu Temple and a new look for a statue of Amenhotep III: the remarkable results of the American Research Center in Egypt's conservation field schools.
Meresankh III: Queen for Eternity
The Giza Project at Harvard University is building a 3D virtual reconstruction of the Giza Plateau as it may have looked in 2500 B.C. We explore one of the digitally recreated tombs: that of Khufu's granddaughter.
Plus, The Quiz, Looking Back and lots more. Enjoy your Nile time!
NILE #12. FEB-MAR 2018. THE ONE WITH TUTANKHAMUN'S GOLDEN SHRINE ON THE COVER
The Nile Top 5. What were the Top 5 discoveries of 2017?
King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. We feature some of the spectacular pieces from the new blockbuster exhibition.
Did Cleopatra really die of a snake bite?
Aidan Dodson’s The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt. The pyramids get smaller, but the funerary complexes grow as we enter the 5th and 6th Dynasties.
Three things that might surprise you about Giovanni Belzoni, the sarcophagus of Seti I and Sir John Soane. Plus, we discover the original beauty of Seti I’s tomb via an incredible recreation at the Antikenmuseum Basel.
Snakes weren’t always the bad guys. In ancient Egypt, they were often revered. So what happened?
Would there have been an Akhenaten without a Thutmose IV?
Plus, The Quiz and lots more. Enjoy your Nile time!