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New timeline established for origin of ancient Egypt
BBC: A team of scientists from the UK has established a new timeline for the origin of ancient Egypt.The team discovered that the transformation from a land of farmers into a state ruled by a king was faster than previously thought.
The scientists believe the civilization’s first ruler, King Aha, came into power around 3100 B.C.
Photo credit: Michael Dee.

New timeline established for origin of ancient Egypt

BBC: A team of scientists from the UK has established a new timeline for the origin of ancient Egypt.The team discovered that the transformation from a land of farmers into a state ruled by a king was faster than previously thought.

The scientists believe the civilization’s first ruler, King Aha, came into power around 3100 B.C.

Photo credit: Michael Dee.

Skull image released ahead of Richard III DNA results
BBC: An image of a skull that may be that of Richard III has been released ahead of DNA test results. Last year, a University of Leicester team found a skeleton with a badly curved spine and head injuries consistent with recorded details of Richard’s death in 1485. He was the last English king to be killed in battle.
Results of DNA testing are supposed to be released Monday at a press conference. 
Photo credit: University of Leicester

Skull image released ahead of Richard III DNA results

BBC: An image of a skull that may be that of Richard III has been released ahead of DNA test results. Last year, a University of Leicester team found a skeleton with a badly curved spine and head injuries consistent with recorded details of Richard’s death in 1485. He was the last English king to be killed in battle.


Results of DNA testing are supposed to be released Monday at a press conference.

Photo credit: University of Leicester

Israel, Google partner to put Dead Sea Scrolls online
Israel and Google have partnered to put 5,000 images of the Dead Sea Scrolls online, The Associated Press reports.The digital library contains the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the second listing of the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century B.C.
AP reports that Israeli officials say this partnership is part of an attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts — often criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholars — to make them broadly available.
Photo: A copy of a part of the Dead Sea Scrolls is presented during a joint Israel Antiquities Authority-Google news conference in Jerusalem today. (Dan Balilty / AP)

Israel, Google partner to put Dead Sea Scrolls online

Israel and Google have partnered to put 5,000 images of the Dead Sea Scrolls online, The Associated Press reports.

The digital library contains the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the second listing of the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century B.C.

AP reports that Israeli officials say this partnership is part of an attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts — often criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholars — to make them broadly available.

Photo: A copy of a part of the Dead Sea Scrolls is presented during a joint Israel Antiquities Authority-Google news conference in Jerusalem today. (Dan Balilty / AP)

Italian police find stolen Egyptian sphinx
BBC: Italian police say they’ve recovered a stolen 2,000-year-old Egyptian sphinx near Rome. They believe the statue was going to be taken out of the country.
The sphinx was found along with other artifacts thought to have been stolen from an Etruscan cemetery. Rome began importing sculptures from Egypt after its conquest of the country in the 1st century BC.
Photo credit: AFP

Italian police find stolen Egyptian sphinx

BBC: Italian police say they’ve recovered a stolen 2,000-year-old Egyptian sphinx near Rome. They believe the statue was going to be taken out of the country.

The sphinx was found along with other artifacts thought to have been stolen from an Etruscan cemetery. Rome began importing sculptures from Egypt after its conquest of the country in the 1st century BC.


Photo credit: AFP

Napoleon’s Kremlin letter sells for 150,000 euros

BBC: A letter written by Napoleon Bonaparte, in which he vows to blow up the Kremlin, has sold at auction for 150,000 euros.

The letter, written in code and sold with a deciphered transcript, was bought by the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts in Paris. Before the auction took place, the director of the auction house said the 1812 letter was expected to fetch between 10,000 and 15,000 euros.

Jacques Barzun, historian and author of ‘From Dawn to Decadence,’ dies at age 104

Jacques Barzun, a cultural historian, reigning public intellectual and longtime Ivy League professor who became a best-selling author in his 90s with “From Dawn to Decadence,” has died. He was 104.

Barzun taught for nearly 50 years at Columbia University; he passed away Thursday evening in San Antonio, where he had lived in recent years, his son-in-law Gavin Parfit said.

More from the Associated Press on Barzun here.

Historian: Faded piece of papyrus refers to Jesus’ wife

The New York Times: A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School says a scrap of papyrus, written in Coptic in the 4th century, contains the phrase: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” The phrase has never been seen in any piece of Scripture.

Photo: Professor Karen L. King, in her office at The Harvard Divinity School, holds a fragment of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the 4th century and contains a reference to Jesus’ wife. (Evan McGlinn for The New York Times)