It's long been believed that mummification was meant to preserve the dead. It turns out that notion is dead wrong.
Ancient Egypt is famous for its pyramids, pharaohs and mummies, but archaeologists are still learning about this sophisticated society. The 5,000-year-old kingdom left behind a written record and countless artifacts, allowing archaeologists to learn about its culture, including its elaborate ideas on the afterlife and gods and goddesses, as well as its taxes and trading and farming practices. Here's the latest news on Egyptian archaeology and what it can tell us about the people who lived there.
On the 100-year anniversary of unearthing King Tut's tomb, archaeologists discover hundreds of tombs and mummies buried in Giza.
Small branding irons from ancient Egypt were likely used to mark the skin of human slaves, a new study suggests.
The ruins of a 2,200-year-old bathhouse dating to the second half of the third century B.C. have been discovered at Berenike, a town in Egypt by the Red Sea.
Some ancient Egyptian mothers got tattoos that were likely meant to protect them during childbirth and during the postpartum period, an analysis of their mummies reveals.
Archaeologists in Egypt excavating beneath an ancient temple have discovered a tunnel that carried water to thousands of people during its heyday.
The British archaeologist who led the excavation into King Tut's tomb a century ago may have illegally taken some jewelry, which a researcher is now tracking down in museums in the U.S. and U.K.
Egyptologists studying King Tutankhamun are piecing together what he may have looked like based on the remains of his mummy, personal artifacts, pharaoh portraits and figurines of his likeness.
British archaeologist Howard Carter often gets the credit for discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamun. But many Egyptians helped, and one youngster may have even originally discovered the tomb.
When archaeologist Howard Carter and colleagues discovered King Tut's tomb 100 years ago, he reported seeing "wonderful things." Here are 30 lavish findings from the ancient Egyptian burial.
An ancient falcon shine in Berenike, an old port city in Egypt, has flummoxed archaeologists who aren't sure what to make of its headless falcons, unknown gods and cryptic message that reads, "It is improper to boil a head in here."
Tutankhamun, or King Tut, was a boy pharaoh who became famous around the world when his treasure-filled tomb was unearthed in 1922.
Iconic images show Egypt as a sandy, arid place. But was ancient Egypt a desert, and is modern Egypt one today?
The ancient Egyptians were obsessed with the afterlife. So whom did they view as the deity of death?
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a pink granite sarcophagus crafted for an official who cared for a pyramid built during the time of Ramesses II.
High water levels in a now-defunct arm of the Nile helped the ancient Egyptians transport supplies for the pyramids of Giza, a study of pollen in earthen cores reveals.
The "Book of the Dead" served multiple functions, including helping ancient Egyptians in the afterlife.
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the remains of a cultic sun temple that dates to the fifth dynasty about 4,500 years ago.
Archaeologists have discovered a 2,600-year-old tomb buried at Abusir, Egypt belonging to a man of high status named "Wahibre-mery-Neith," a "commander of foreign mercenaries."