Ancient Mummies Unveiled, Lost Submarine Found and more Unearthed Secrets for October

A roundup of Secrets in the News for October 2020.


Ancient mummies unearthed in Egypt after more than 2,600 years

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NBC News: SAQQARA, Egypt — More than 2,600 years since they were buried, archaeologists in Egypt said Saturday they had found at least 59 ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of the country’s capital Cairo, one containing the pristine mummy of an ancient priest. The ornate sarcophagi have remained unopened since they were entombed near the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities…[read more]

 

Divers discover lost WWII submarine wreck off Southeast Asia

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Live Science: Divers in Southeast Asia have located the lost wreck of what’s thought to be a U.S. Navy submarine that sank in 1943 after it was attacked by Japanese aircraft.  The submarine wreck — almost certainly that of USS Grenadier — was found in a search of the northern end of the Straits of Malacca, between the Malay peninsula and Sumatra…[read more]

 

The New, Nicer Nero 

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Smithsonian Magazine: The emperor Nero commandeered many of the neighborhoods razed by the Great Fire of A.D. 64 to build a palace complex of staggering dimensions. The Domus Aurea, or Golden House, as the entire site was known, spread over almost 200 acres, covering the Palatine, Caelian and Esquiline hills of Rome. It was one of the big reasons that the Roman public suspected Nero of setting the fire himself. No modern scholar, and few ancient ones, believe he did, but you have to admit, the Domus Aurea seemed to give Nero a fairly good motive for arson….[read more]

 

An aurora that lit up the sky over the Titanic might explain why it sank

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Live Science: Glowing auroras shimmered in skies over the northern Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 — the night the RMS Titanic sank. Now, new research hints that the geomagnetic storm behind the northern lights could have disrupted the ship’s navigation and communication systems and hindered rescue efforts, fueling the disaster that killed more than 1,500 passengers…[read more]

 

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The New York Times: Public fascination with the Vikings runs high these days, with several current television series available for bloody binge-watching. But the Vikings have never really gone out of fashion, whether as pure entertainment or because of their real historical importance…[read more]