Secrets in the News: March 28 – April 3, 2015

Secrets in the News: March 28 – April 3, 2015

The UK Culture Ministry announced that the 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue Sekhemka will not leave the United Kingdom. Northampton Borough Council sold the statue last year for £15.76m to an overseas buyer believed to be from Middle East. A temporary export ban has been placed on the statue since it reportedly was a gift to the Council in 1880.

Secrets in the News: March 21- 27, 2015

Secrets in the News: March 21- 27, 2015

Geological Society archivists have uncovered a rare, early copy of the Geological Map of England and Wales, published by William Smith in 1815. Though not the world’s first geological map, Smith’s was the first geological map covering such a large area.

Secrets in the News: March 14 – 20, 2015

Secrets in the News: March 14 – 20, 2015

The University of Leicester announced that King Richard III’s skeleton was sealed inside a coffin at a private ceremony. In 2013, the bones of Richard III were found in a parking lot in Leicester, central England.

Secrets in the News: March 7 – 13, 2015

Secrets in the News: March 7 – 13, 2015

A Belgium archeological mission working at Tel Al-Amarna area in Al-Minya governorate, 300 km south of Cairo, has revealed through satellite imagery how the ancient Egyptians built the city of Al-Amarna. Tel Al-Amarna was the capital built by the henotheistic 18th dynasty Pharaoh Akhenaten. The city was deserted shortly after Akhenaten’s death in 1332 BCE.

Secrets in the News: February 28 – March 6, 2015

Secrets in the News: February 28 – March 6, 2015

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the wreck of a long-lost World War II Japanese battleship, the Musashi — one of the largest battleships ever built at that time, near the Philippines. More than 1,000 of the Musashi’s crew were killed during the battle and sinking.

Secrets in the News: February 14 – February 20, 2015

Secrets in the News: February 14 – February 20, 2015

On February 16, 1923, in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter opened the sealed doorway to the burial chamber of the Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen. His tomb was nearly intact. All of Carter’s discoveries were eagerly covered by the world’s press.

Secrets in the News: January 18 – 30, 2015

Secrets in the News: January 18 – 30, 2015

A study by the University of Florida claims to have discovered the first ever evidence for ancient bone surgery found in Peru. Two skeletons from the pre-Colombian site of Kuelap Fortress demonstrate pathology similar to trepanation, which is the surgical practice of drilling holes into bones.