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1159 BC: The First Strike in History

In his first two decades on the throne, Ramesses III had repelled invasions, restored Egypt’s temples and re-established national pride. The court now looked forward to the king’s thirty-year jubilee, determined to stage a celebration worthy of so glorious a … Continue reading

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1250 BC: The Gurob Ship-Cart

This wooden model of a ship on a wheeled cart was found in Gurob, Egypt in 1920—and dates from the thirteenth or twelfth century BC. Although carts like this were used simply to transport ships from one place to another, … Continue reading

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1936: Untitled

Amy Nimr: Untitled (1936)

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1903: Ship of the Desert

This publicity image of the SS Kaiser Wilhelm II in front of the Great Pyramids of Egypt was painted in the Otto Bollhagen studios around the time of the ship’s completion in 1903.  During World War I, the ship was … Continue reading

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1878: Pyramid

Ivan Aivazovsky: The Great Pyramid of Giza (1878)

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11th Century: Map of the World

This world map is from a 12th or 13th century copy of an anonymous 11th century Egyptian cosmology entitled The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes. The book includes diagrams of celestial bodies as well … Continue reading

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1805 BC: Game of Hounds and Jackals

A board game from the reign of Amenemhat IV (c. 1814–1805 BC) (source)

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331 BC: Jars

Limestone Canopic Jars (Ptolemaic Period, 332 – 31 BC). After mummification, the viscera of the individual were stored in jars for the afterlife: Duamatef—the jackal: the stomach. Hapy—the baboon: the lungs. Imsety—the human: the liver. Qebehsenuf—the falcon: the intestines. Click … Continue reading

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3650 BC: A Bowl with Human Feet

Egypt – Bowl with Human Feet (ca. 3900–3650 BC) (source)

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1481: Astrolabe

The only surviving spherical astrolabe was purchased at auction in 1962 by the Oxford Museum of the History of Science. It is signed by its maker, Mūsa (the Arabic equivalent of Moses), who is otherwise unknown—but the particular style of  … Continue reading

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