Mystery Egypt sarcophagus found not to house Alexander the Great’s remains

Egyptian archaeologists on Thursday dashed local hopes that a newly discovered ancient sarcophagus might contain the remains of Alexander the Great, finding instead the mummies of what appeared to be a family of three.


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Exploring Egypt 

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Many of us are aware of Egypt and the great pyramids it houses. But is there more to Egypt than just these historical structures or is that all there is to see? A country with a population of over 90 million and a land area of over 390,000 square miles definitely has more to offer than just one attraction. Here are some of the attractions that people go to Egypt for that aren’t the Great Pyramids of Giza or the Sphinx.

Cairo

Take a private tour of the Alabaster Mosque. If you want to something a little different when you’re in Cairo, then think about having a guided tour of some of its other famous and impressive buildings. You can arrange to visit the Alabaster Mosque (the biggest mosque in Cairo), a tour guide will happily explain the fundamental beliefs of Islam along the way. When you’re done with the tour take a trip to the nearby Khan el Khalili bazaar and get bartering with the local merchants.

Sharm El Sheikh

This resort town offers a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of busy Cairo. Here you can relax and unwind on the beach for a while, but there is still plenty to keep you occupied during your stay. You can have a wander into the old town and get lost in the markets. Thanks to its beach location, there are many boat tours available, and you can take a glass-bottomed boat trip to glimpse the majestic coral and marine life underneath. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can embark on a desert experience, where you will ride into the Naama Desert on ATVs, before you hop onto the back of a camel for a slower ride through the sand. The tour is finished off with a traditional feast made on the campfire, and you’ll end the evening gazing up at the stars on a guided tour of the sky.

Dahab

Fall off the beaten path entirely and head to Dahab. Considered a treasured diving location, you can snorkel in the picturesque Blue Hole, which is teaming with marine life before heading over to the Three Pools and explore the huge coral reefs. If you’d prefer to explore on land, then you must head to the nearby Saint Catherine’s Monastery, the world’s oldest active Christian Monastery. Besides being the oldest monastery it also houses the world’s oldest functioning library, it possesses some of the oldest books in history, like the 4th-century script – the Syriac Sinaitic. There are many ancient works of Christian art inside the complex, and its collection is considered one of the best of early icons in the world.

Karnak

If you’re interested in the architecture from the ancient Egyptian era, then you should visit the temple of Karnak. Karnak is just beside the river Nile and is approximately 600 km south of Cairo. It is extremely well preserved and is huge. There are numerous locations on the site worth checking out including the hypostyle hall (that has over 100 pillars), the avenue of sphinxes, and the Sacred Lake.

Those were some of the best alternative locations Egypt has to offer its tourists. There is still plenty of historical landmarks to be seen and lots of customs and nature to take in too. Of course, if those don’t take your fancy, you can always go and see the pyramids.

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Archeologists find 4000-year-old buildings in Egypt that were used to make beer

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Nowadays, when we think of history, we think of the ‘80s – with our multi-colored leg warmers, our permed haircuts and our epic (okay, pretty awful) dance moves. However, the world is a helluva lot older than you would think, and looking back at history can take you back thousands of years. Around 4000 years ago, the Egyptians ruled the land with their hieroglyphs, their papyrus, their fancy headdresses and their Kings and Queens. While most of them think they spent their days lugging rocks to build their pyramids and worshipping cats (what’s new?) it seems these guys loved a drink just like the rest of us…

A discovery

In recent months, researchers from the University of Chicago have taken a trip to southern Egypt to excavate the land and learn more about our Egyptian ancestors. While this country is laden with clues towards the past, they made a hugely important discovery during one excavation that led them to a conclusion that has shocked the world. After they found two large buildings that were built in 2400 BCE, these researchers were able to understand a little more about life in Ancient Egypt – including their love for bread and beer!

Ruled by Pharaohs

As they dug even further and brushed away the dust on these buildings, the researchers were able to piece together dates and information regarding the buildings and their uses. They later came to the conclusion that these buildings were in use while the region was ruled by Pharaohs. In fact, the Pharaoh during this period was King Djedkare-Isesi, who was notorious for bossing around his servants and sending them off to the desert to bring him back precious metals. Historians have been able to translate this from hieroglyphs that feature both King Djedkare-Isesi and his servants. While they were on their missions to locate these metals, the researchers believe this servant baked both bread and brewed beer for themselves and for the higher officials. But how did they come to this conclusion?

Searching for clues

While they were searching the area, which is located around 400 miles away from the capital of Egypt, Cairo, the researchers searched for clues that would confirm their hypothesis. As they looked around the intriguing buildings, the researchers came across numerous objects such as containers, pieces of copper and weights that convinced them of their thoughts. With many of these buildings and workshops around the area, they were convinced that the buildings were used as breweries and bakeries.

What the researchers have to say

Of course, the researchers were amazed with their discovery and couldn’t believe what they had found. One of the lead researchers on the exhibition, Nadine Moeller, has noted that it’s amazing to find relics from that era. Nadine and her team had been working on the area for a whopping 20 years before they made their discovery, and their findings have since changed thought and belief surrounding the Ancient world.

Although it’s hard to think of Egyptians getting tipsy and drinking beer in their free time, it seems they were a fan! Of course, they wouldn’t drink without a piece of bread to line their stomachs…

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From Silence to Culture Shift: Inside the Fight Against Sexual Harassment in Egypt

The #MeToo campaign that took the world by storm strongly resonated with women in Egypt.

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Emboldened by the global flood of women breaking their silence on sexual harassment, Egyptian women also took to social media to share their experiences. Defying social norms, Egyptian women bravely spoke up to tell their stories of sexual abuse and harassment with the hope of showing the magnitude of the problem in Egyptian society today.

“Not a single day goes by when I don’t have to worry about my physical or emotional integrity on Egyptian streets,” one woman wrote on Facebook. “It’s never safe.” She isn’t alone: According to a recent UN report, 99.3 percent of Egyptian women are victims of sexual harassment, including verbal abuse, groping and sometimes even rape. Sexual harassment is so widespread in the country that some human rights activists describe sexual harassment in Egypt as an epidemic; that epidemic reached its peak during the January 2011 uprising, when women became victims of a series of mob sexual assaults during protests at Tahrir square.

2011 was also a turning point for many women: They started speaking out. They were no longer afraid to tell their stories. They took to the streets to protest sexual violence and demanded their voices be heard. Their signs read “Silence is unacceptable; my anger will be heard,” and “Down with sexual harassment.”

Egypt’s new law criminalizing sexual harassment and assault that came into effect in July 2014 signaled a new sign of hope for many Egyptian women, as did a recent court sentencing of seven men to life imprisonment for sexual assault. But while social media platforms and campaigns like #MeToo have given Egyptian women the opportunity to raise awareness on sexual harassment and shed light on their experiences, much work remains to shift behavior and culture.

“Women are afraid of being blamed for the assault,” Aliaa Soliman, Communications Manager at HarassMap, a volunteer-based organization that works to end sexual harassment, told Ms. “Our culture creates so many excuses for the harasser. People will ask the woman ‘why are you wearing these tight jeans?’ or ‘why are you out in the first place?’… These are the kinds of comments that women hear all the time when they get sexually harassed.”

When Amira, a 26 year old who was sexually harassed on public transportation, reported her incident to the police, they told her to go home. When she insisted, they told her that they know who her father is and where he works. “They stood uncomfortably close to me the whole time and everybody in the building seemed to be undressing me with their eyes,” said Amira in her interview with Egyptian Streets, an independent news media organization in Egypt. “They catcalled me and whispered dirty comments.”

“Punishing the harasser is always a good thing of course,” Soliman said. “However, the fact that sexual harassment is culturally not recognized as a crime needs more awareness. People need to be more aware about why the law is in place, and why sexual harassment is being criminalized. If people are not convinced with the law or don’t understand why sexual harassment is wrong, then the law will not be very effective.”

Many women in Egypt still choose to remain silent. And until new earth is broken in the fight against assault and harassment, many still will. “All of society must be engaged in stopping sexual harassment,” Soliman said. “Bystanders must act if they see harassment happening in front of their own eyes. Harassers must also know that there will be consequences for their actions. We have all to create a culture that simply doesn’t accept sexual harassment anymore.”

May El Habachi specializes in writing about development, health and expat life. Her writing has been featured in leading international publications including Newsweek Middle East, Global Living, Expat Go Malaysia, Kuwait Bazaar and Fair Observer, among others.

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Egypt Blames Islamic State for Mosque Attack as Death Toll Tops 300

Egyptian officials on Saturday said gunmen in a brutal attack on a North Sinai mosque a day earlier were carrying an Islamic State flag. “They numbered between 25 and 30, carrying the Daesh flag and took up positions in front of the mosque door and its 12 windows with automatic rifles,” Egypt’s public prosecutor’s office said in a statement, using the Arabic term for Islamic State. Gunmen set off a bomb before blocking the mosque’s windows and doors and firing inside as people tried to flee, authorities said. The news came as the death toll climbed to 305 people, including 27 children. Another 128 people were wounded. Egypt’s military said it carried out overnight airstrikes and raids on militants believed to be involved in the attack, the deadliest so far in the country’s modern history.

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235 Killed in Bombing, Ambush Attack at Mosque in Egypt

At least 235 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured on Friday in a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt. The attack reportedly occurred as prayers were ongoing at a mosque in Al Rawdah in Egypt’s North Sinai province. The Associated Press reports that gunmen, in off-road vehicles, opened fire on mosque-goers as they were trying to flee after a bomb blast. CNN reported that the militants also opened fire on ambulances that were transporting the wounded out of the area. A spokesman for the country’s health ministry called it a terror attack, as Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi has called for a three-day period of national mourning. ISIS affiliates have, in recent years, launched attacks throughout the country following the overthrow of former leader Mohammed Morsi. No group has claimed responsibility yet for Friday’s attack. President Trump has weighed in on the attack, writing on Twitter: “Horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt. The world cannot tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!”

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How ‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’ Historian Resurrected Ancient Egypt

If you’re a gamer into ancient history, then Maxime Durand probably has your dream job. Wherever (and whenever) the Assassin’s Creed franchise goes, he’s responsible for making sure it gets its history right — and with Origins, that meant gleaning everything he could about Cleopatra-era Egypt.

Durand speaks about all the different sources they used in the above video, including trips to many museums and online image services. Some of these resources are actually included in the game’s Discovery Tour mode, which is a combat-free version of the game for people just interested in the history side of things.

Ubisoft intentionally chose this era of Egypt because not only is it ancient to us, but to the citizens of that time, much around them was equally ancient. There’s just as much time between the pyramids being built and Cleopatra, as there is from Cleopatra to modern times.


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Add to that the fact that only the wealthier, more educated members of that society could read hieroglyphics. Much of the tales of antiquity were passed down through spoken word.

Durand points out in the above video that it only took a few hundred years for people to form a cult and start worshipping the Great Sphinx of Giza as a god, which was not its intended purpose. If that happens in a couple of hundred years, imagine what can happen in a couple of thousand.

We often think of the pharaohs as unchallenged god-kings, but Cleopatra’s time is one of massive intrigue and power struggles. A perfect setting to inject the pre-Assassin and Templar game of chess, and with the potential for any number of sequels. Egypt’s territory saw massive gains under Cleopatra, and there’s the potential segue into Augustus becoming Roman princeps.

Bayek and Aya have quickly become franchise favourites, and Origins in general has been heralded as a return to form, so don’t be surprised if we go back to ancient Egypt very soon.

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Egypt Sherrod’s 3 Keys to Making Money in Real Estate

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Egypt Sherrod knows how to make money in real estate.

“I grew up knowing that real estate was the foundation of wealth,” says the host of HGTV’s Property Virgins and author of Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate. “I came from a family of real estate brokers, so I don’t need to tell you what holidays were like, [and] what the conversation was.”

With two decades of experience, Sherrod shares her real estate success secrets:

 

1. First, You Have to Be in It to Win It

 

Sherrod says she knows many people, especially blacks, may have been scared away from home ownership.

“‘The American Dream,’ I think, for a lot of people has started to disappear. They [have] lost faith. But, what we have to know is that everything that goes up will come down—but it’ll also go back up again.”

She says you can still make money in real estate, and that home ownership is still one of the best ways to build long-term wealth. So, get off the sidelines and get in the game!

“What we were taught early on was that real estate is the foundation of wealth. Real estate is what built middle-class America—that’s what built our 401(k)s, and that’s what set us up for retirement. It was: you go to school, you get a good job, you get married, you buy a house,” she says.

 

2. When You Have Extra Money, Put It in Property

 

Are you making significant money for the first time? Sherrod says that for her, real estate was the answer to her ability to hold on to more of her money.

“I got my real estate license when I was 24 or 25. I flipped my first property when I got my first big paycheck in radio, when I moved to New York City from Baltimore. You know, when I first started making money and realized, ‘I have to do something with my money, and make my money work for me’—my first default was real estate.”

“So, I bought investment property in Newark, New Jersey, and flipped those babies. Honestly, it was fun. It’s a rush. That’s what flipping properties was like for me,” she says.

 

3. Take a Long-Term Approach

 

Flipping houses isn’t for everyone. Sometimes, it makes more sense to hold on to a property. If you’re looking for a more traditional approach to make money in real estate, consider becoming a landlord.

“Every property you buy, don’t sell it. If you hold on to your property, rent it out, and keep raising the rent. As long as you’re paying your bills, you could go and find something else [to invest in] now—and, that’s the way to do it. Hold on to it. Use it as your retirement plan. Let someone else pay off your mortgage.”

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Egypt Sherrod & DJ Mike On Relationships

Egypt Sherrod and DJ Mike talk about their relationship and how they worked on theirs over the years.

The two have been married for 7 years, although Egypt says it was supposed to be 8. They canceled it because they both realized that they had work to do on themselves as individuals and as a couple.

We went through counseling with our pastor over the next year and worked through a lot of issues. “, explained Sherrod.

This interview stresses how important it is for young couples to understand each other before going into marriage.

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