Scans of King Tut’s Tomb Reveal Hidden Chambers – Secrets in the News: March 12 – 18, 2016

A house altar showing Akhenaten, Nefertiti and three of their daughters. 18th dynasty, reign of Akhenaten, circa 1350 B.C.(public domain)

A house altar showing Akhenaten, Nefertiti and three of their daughters. 18th dynasty, reign of Akhenaten, circa -1340 (public domain)

1. Ancient Roman Tavern Unearthed
A roughly 2,100-year-old Roman tavern was discovered in the ancient port of Lattara, an archaeological site near the modern city of Montpellier, southern France. At first, researchers thought the building was a bakery. This new discovery shed light on the spread of Roman culture. Read more at Smithsonian Magazine.

2. A Hiker Found a Rare 2,000-Year-Old Gold Coin in Israel
Laurie Rimon discovered a shiny object while hiking in eastern Galilee, not far from the biblical site where it’s written that Jesus walked on water and performed the miracle of the multiplication of the fish and bread. It was a 2,000-year-old gold coin with the face of a Roman emperor. Learn more at CNN.

3. On This Day: March 14
A theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Learn more about Einstein’s life and achievements through archival images on CNN. Solve this famous riddle, often attributed to Einstein at IFL Science.

4. On This Day: March 15
Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in Rome on March 15, 44 B.C. Also on this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke before the joint session to lay out his plan to introduce legislation to permit the voting rights of all Americans, regardless of their skin color. Learn more at CBS News.

Watch JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness that sheds light on the fascinating story of LBJ who knew how to harness the nation’s grief over John F. Kennedy’s assassination, twist arms, and get his way.

5. Scans of King Tut’s Tomb Reveal Hidden Chambers
Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said that radar scans of King Tut’s tomb have revealed two spaces on the north and east chambers of the pharaonic mausoleum that could contain the “discovery of the century.” King Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh who rose to power in 1,333 B.C. at age of 10. His mother was Nefertiti and his father was Akhenaten. Learn more at NBC News.

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