Egypt

Tutankhamun in the Flesh

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 reopened arguments about the presumed race of the ancient Egyptians.

The Strange Death of Liberal Egypt

For most Egyptians the country’s independence came with the revolution of July 1952, not with the end of the British protectorate in February 1922. Yet, as the experiences of three patriotic writers show, independence did not mean freedom.

Monumental Record

Recently discovered papyri give unprecedented insight into the lives of the workers building the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The Myth of Mummy Wheat

Despite a total lack of evidence, the belief that grains of wheat found in Ancient Egyptian tombs could produce bountiful crops was surprisingly hardy. 

The Lost Obelisks of Egypt

The story of the transportation of three obelisks to London, Paris and New York captures the 19th-century mania for all things Egyptian.