Ancient Egypt

The Egyptian queen, shown here in a 19th-century engraving, sneaked back from exile and surprised Julius Caesar.

Rehabilitating Cleopatra

Egypt's ruler was more than the sum of the seductions that loom so large in history—and in Hollywood

Carved in place from limestone, the Sphinx is among the world's largest statues.

Uncovering Secrets of the Sphinx

After decades of research, American archaeologist Mark Lehner has some answers about the mysteries of the Egyptian colossus

Egyptian archaeologists work at an ancient burial ground in Saqqara, dating back to 2,700 B.C., where a 4,300-year-old pyramid has been discovered at the Saqqara necropolis. It was first built for Queen Sesheshet, the mother of King Teti who founded the 6th Dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom.

The Tomb of Queen Sesheshet

A recently discovered pyramid and tomb in Egypt may shed light on a dark episode in a pharaonic tradition of court intrigue


Symbolically Speaking

A Q&A with hieroglyphs expert Janice Kamrin


Digging up Egypt's Treasures

The ten most significant discoveries in the past 20 years


Understanding the Lasting Allure of the Rosetta Stone

An Egyptologist explains the importance of the artifact


Unearthing Egypt's Greatest Temple

Discovering the grandeur of the monument built 3,400 years ago

How exactly was the Great Pyramid built? Inside-out, thinks architect Jean-Pierre Houdin.

Monumental Shift

Tackling an ages-old puzzle, a French architect offers a new theory on how the Egyptians built the Great Pyramid at Giza

Researchers collect core samples in 2001. During drilling operations, several anchors placed by divers secured the boat to the sea floor.

Underwater World

New evidence reveals a city beneath ancient Alexandria

Lawler, upriver from Alexandria in the Sudan: "The feeling of Alexandria was more evocative of the ancient world than anywhere else."

City of the Imagination

Andrew Lawler, author of "Raising Alexandria" talks about the hidden history of Egypt's fabled seaside capital

The Egyptian queen frequently surrounded herself with splendor, but luxury was less an indulgence than a political tool.

Who Was Cleopatra?

Mythology, propaganda, Liz Taylor and the real Queen of the Nile

Hatshepsut is depicted in the clothing of a male king though with a feminine form. Inscriptions on the statue call her "Lady of the Two Lands."

The Queen Who Would Be King

A scheming stepmother or a strong and effective ruler? History's view of the pharaoh Hatshepsut changed over time


Interview with Elizabeth Wilson, Author of "The Queen Who Would Be King"

Wilson discusses what drew her to study the pharaoh, and Hatshepsut's enduring allure


Interview with Andrew Lawler, Author of "A Mystery Fit for a Pharaoh"

Andrew Lawler discusses imperialism and the natural romance of studying ancient cultures.

The entrance to the new found tomb was hidden for more than 3,000 years beneath the remains of ancient workmen's huts.

A Mystery Fit For A Pharaoh

The first tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Kings since King Tut's is raising questions for archaeologists about ancient Egypt's burial practices

35 Who Made a Difference: Mark Lehner

He took the blue-collar approach to the great monuments of Egypt

Tut's head, scanned in .62-millimeter slices to register its intricate structures, takes on eerie detail in the resulting image. With Tut's entire body similarly recorded, a team of specialists in radiology, forensics, and anatomy began to probe the secrets that the winged goddess of a gilded burial shrine protected for so long.

King Tut: The Pharaoh Returns!

An exhibition featuring the first CT scans of the boy king's mummy tells us more about Tutankhamun than ever before

Three black granite statues of the pharaoh Senusret III, c. 1850 BC

Eternal Egypt

A landmark traveling exhibition features masterworks from the British Museum's collection of ancient Egyptian art


Out of Egypt: Art in the Age of the Pyramids

A landmark exhibition showcases the creative genius that burgeoned during the Old Kingdom

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