A Pregnant Ancient Egyptian Mummy From the 1st Century BC Uncovered in Poland

The world’s first pregnant Egyptian mummy has been discovered in Warsaw by a team of Polish scientists using radiological scanning. The mummy, which dates back to the 1st century BC, was transported to Poland in the early 1800s, and is currently in the collection of the National Museum in Warsaw. The 2,000-year-old mummy was initiallyContinue reading “A Pregnant Ancient Egyptian Mummy From the 1st Century BC Uncovered in Poland”

The Story Behind an Epic Picture of a Group of Samurais Posing in Front of the Sphinx, Egypt, 1864

Ikeda Nagaoki (1837-1879) was the governor of small villages in Ibara, Bitchu Province. He was chosen to lead a group of delegates from the Japanese Embassy to Europe, sent by Tokugawa Shogunate on February 6, 1864. In his role as head the mission became known as the “Ikeda mission.” The main objective of the missionContinue reading “The Story Behind an Epic Picture of a Group of Samurais Posing in Front of the Sphinx, Egypt, 1864”

A Street Vendor Selling Mummies in Egypt, 1875

Egyptian street vendors have been catering to the whims of tourists since forever, apparently: Selling ancient mummies to wealthy European and American tourists as “tourist souvenirs” was apparently commonplace in Egypt around the nineteenth century. Mummies were readily available from street vendors — such as the one pictured below from 1865 — for tourists toContinue reading “A Street Vendor Selling Mummies in Egypt, 1875”

Stunning Colorized Photographs of the Discovery of the Tutankhamun’s Tomb in the 1920s

Tutankhamun, commonly referred to as King Tut, was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who was the last of his royal family to rule during the end of the 18th Dynasty (ruled c. 1332 – 1323 BC in the conventional chronology) during the New Kingdom of Egyptian history. His father is believed to be the pharaoh Akhenaten,Continue reading “Stunning Colorized Photographs of the Discovery of the Tutankhamun’s Tomb in the 1920s”

Behind the Iconic Image of Louis Armstrong Playing Trumpet for His Wife in Front of the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza, 1961

If there was one legacy, among many, of president Gamal Abdel Nasser that Egypt could have done without – it is the peculiar suspicion of foreigners, to the point of embarrassment, that rode the region’s pan-Arab nationalism wave in the 1950s and 1960s. A problem that still, in various manifestations, continues up until today throughContinue reading “Behind the Iconic Image of Louis Armstrong Playing Trumpet for His Wife in Front of the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza, 1961”

68 Wonderful Photos of Life in Cairo, Egypt During the Early 1940s

Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt. The Cairo metropolitan area, with a population of 21.3 million, is the largest metropolitan area in the Middle East, the largest metropolitan area in the Arab world, the second largest in Africa, and the world’s sixth largest. Cairo is associated with ancient Egypt, as the GizaContinue reading “68 Wonderful Photos of Life in Cairo, Egypt During the Early 1940s”

27 Amazing Historical Photos of Life in Cairo from between the 1860s and 1880s

Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt. The Cairo metropolitan area, with a population of 21.3 million, is the largest metropolitan area in the Arab world, the second largest in Africa, and the sixth largest in the world. Cairo is associated with ancient Egypt, as the famous Giza pyramid complex and the ancientContinue reading “27 Amazing Historical Photos of Life in Cairo from between the 1860s and 1880s”

18 Amazing Vintage Photos Showing Victorian Tourists Climbing Up the Pyramids in Egypt

Photographs of the Pyramids of Giza taken at the height of colonialism show tourists climbing the massive structures and offer more insight into the evolution of tourism in Egypt. While it’s forbidden for tourists nowadays to clamber up Egypt’s pyramids to take a snap, back in Victorian times it was all the rage. European holidaymakersContinue reading “18 Amazing Vintage Photos Showing Victorian Tourists Climbing Up the Pyramids in Egypt”