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Linant Pasha, the Engineer who Saved the Giza Pyramids from Dismantling

“Soldiers! From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us“, Napoleon’s famous rallying cry to his troops before the battle in which he defeated the Mamelukes was almost reduced to a mere testament of a fading memory just four decades later when the Ottoman governor of Egypt suggested using the stones from these monuments as […]

Posted inAncient Egypt

The Lepsius List, the First Inventory of Egyptian Pyramids, was Compiled by a Prussian Archaeologist in 1846

How many pyramids are there in Egypt? Most people only know the three at Giza, built by the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. Some also recall the stepped pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara and, perhaps, Sneferu’s bent pyramid in Dashur. However, there are many more, ranging from the Red Pyramid, also in Dashur, to the […]

Posted inStone Age Archaeology

New Evidence Suggests the Gunung Padang Pyramid in Indonesia Could be the Oldest in the World

Gunung Padang, located in the Cianjur district, West Java province, Indonesia, has been the subject of comprehensive archaeological, geological, and geophysical studies in recent years. This site, whose name means “mountain of enlightenment” in the local language, has historically been used for religious rituals. The initial archaeological studies were conducted in the 1980s by the […]

Posted inBronze Age Archaeology

3,400-year-old Pyramid Built in the Bronze Age Uncovered in Kazakhstan

Excavation work at the Karajartas mausoleum, situated on a dominant hill overlooking the left bank of the Taldy River in the Shet district of the Karaganda province in Kazakhstan, was carried out by the Sari Arka Archaeological Committee of the University of Karaganda, totaling four excavation campaigns. Recently, Dr. Aibar Kassenali from the National Museum […]

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Belzoni, the pioneer of Egyptology who unearthed the temples of Abu Simbel and opened an entrance to the pyramid of Khafre

The beginnings of archaeology in general and Egyptology in particular, beyond the curiosity that the ruins unleashed in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, came between the late eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century, being vertebrated by a number of names that are almost familiar to fans. We have mentioned some of […]