Mummy, Mural Highlight Tombs Discoveries at Luxor
December 10, 2017
Egypt 18th Dynasty tombsArchaeologists have found another treasure trove of tombs in Egypt. Included in the find in two tombs near Luxor were a linen-wrapped mummy, gold-plated funerary goods, and a beautiful nearly intact wall mural. The tombs, as usual, had multiple rooms. One tomb had five entrances that led to a rectangular hall; the other tomb had a nearly 20-foot burial shaft that led to four side chambers. The tombs were found at Draa Abul Naga, near the site of another recent find, that of a goldsmith named Amenemhat. Mostafa Waziry, leader of the current excavation, said that he thought that one of the bodies in one of the newly found tombs belonged to a man referenced in evidence found in the goldsmith's tomb. On the wall of one of the tombs is a large mural depicting a banquet or other social event.

Abu Dhabi Louvre to Show $450 Million Painting
December 8, 2017
The Leonardo painting that shattered a record recently will soon be on display in Abu Dhabi. Salvator Mundi, which sold recently for $450 million at a Christie's auction in New York, will hang on the wall in the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened in November 2017. The museum has not said whether the painting will be on permanent display. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first such named museum outside France, already owns 600 artworks and has displayed 300 other artworks, on loan from other owners.

Massive World Map Whole Again after 430 Years
December 10, 2017
A 430-year-old map that could fill a room is now available in full form online. The 60 individual sheets that make up the 1587 world map drawn by Italian mapmaker Ubrano Monte has for many years been bound together as an atlas; they were intended to be one giant image, however. After painstaking scanning of each page with an eye toward reconnection, geographers can now see the original image as it was intended to be displayed. The map, which measures more than nine feet on a side.


December: 31 Days of Fun and Celebration

It's Christmas and Hanukkah and Advent and Boxing Day and Santa and the reindeer and carols and much more, all rolled up into one.


Rosa Parks Jailed
A long, arduous journey can start with a small step. It can also start with someone refusing to get up. The latter was the case with Rosa Parks, who was jailed on Dec. 1, 1955, for refusing to move to the back of the bus to make way for a white man in Montgomery, Ala. She was fined and put in jail for disobeying the discrimintory law about race separation on the city's buses. The publicity surrounding her arrest added fuel to the drive for civil rights in America.


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