Howard Carter Finds King Tut’s Tomb

On November 26, 1922, British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter and his financial backer Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3000 years. Carter became world-famous after discovering the intact tomb (designated KV62) of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh, colloquially known as “King Tut” and “the boy king”. His original name, Tutankhaten, means “Living Image of Aten”, while … Continue reading Howard Carter Finds King Tut’s Tomb

Anglo-Egyptian Sudan & Its Iconic Camel Postman

The Anglo-Egyptian Sudan (السودان الإنجليزي المصري‎ — as-Sūdān al-Inglīzī al-Maṣrī) was a condominium of the United Kingdom and Egypt in the eastern Sudan region of northern Africa between 1899 and 1956, but in practice the structure of the condominium ensured full British control over the Sudan with Egypt having local influence instead. It attained independence as the Republic of the Sudan, which since 2011 has … Continue reading Anglo-Egyptian Sudan & Its Iconic Camel Postman

Egypt - Scott #29 (1879)

The Great Sphinx of Giza

When most people refer to “the Shinx”, they are usually talking about the Great Sphinx of Giza (أبو الهول‎ — ʼabu alhōl in Arabic,  which translates in English as “The Terrifying One”, literally: “Father of Dread”). Commonly referred to as the Sphinx of Giza or just the Sphinx, this is a limestone statue of a reclining creature with the body of a lion and the head … Continue reading The Great Sphinx of Giza

Queen Nefertiti and her Famous Bust

Sometime in my early teens, my father gave me a book by Peter Tompkins called Secrets of the Great Pyramid. At the time I had a great interest in tunnels, caves and other “hidden” places and Tompkins’ maps and details of the passageways inside utterly fascinated me. I soon found myself studying Egyptology which eventually led to studies in Archaeology at Kansas State University and the University … Continue reading Queen Nefertiti and her Famous Bust

Alexandria #27 (1902)

Alexandria #27 (1902)

  Currently Egypt’s second largest city, Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in April 331 BC as Ἀλεξάνδρεια (Alexandria), or al-Iskandariyyah (الإسكندرية) in Arabic.  Alexandria was intended to supersede Naucratis as a Hellenistic center in Egypt, and to be the link between Greece and the rich Nile valley.  It became the intellectual and cultural center of the Hellenistic civilization, remaining the capital of Hellenistic and Roman and … Continue reading Alexandria #27 (1902)