Pharaohs first to use cosmetics: Zahi Hawass

27 Nov 2015
Pharaohs were the first to have discovered cosmetic surgery three thousand years ago and used cosmetics, said former Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass.   Pharaohs used herbs for beauty purposes to...

Titanic menu, JFK limo license plates head to auction block

103-year-old Titanic lunch menu up for auction
08 Nov 2015
A menu from the last dinner served to first-class passengers aboard the Titanic before it sank in 1912 is among a few surviving artifacts from the ill-fated ship's journey that will be auctioned off on Saturday.   The menu will be...

Finnish researcher guides visitors to popular Tanta shrines

Samuli Schielke, a Finnish anthrpologist during a visit to al-Sayyed al-Badawi shrine in Tanta, Gharbiya
05 Nov 2015
Guests at an international poetry festival in the city of Tanta, Gharbiya, made a brief visit Wednesday to the shrine of al-Sayyed al-Badawi, a saint-like figure popular among Muslims in the province.   Since many of the Egyptian...

Alex to demolish 85-year-old villa

The historical Shekorel villa in Alexandria nears demolitions
31 Oct 2015
Local authorities in Alexandria have begun demolitions at a historical villa dating back to the early 1900s, as the current owners of the site are planning a new construction.   The villa, a 1930 construction attributed to a wealthy...

Documentary movies to be displayed at Opera House starting Thursday

Cairo Opera House
29 Oct 2015
The Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, one of the research centers at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, will organize sessions to display documentary films produced by the center at the Opera House's Hanager Center...

Celtic links from pre-history to now at British Museum show

A visitor looks at The Gundestrup cauldron displayed in the 'Celts: art and identity' exhibition at the British Museum in London, Britain in this September 23, 2015 file photo.
21 Oct 2015
 In a darkened gallery of the British Museum, where spotlights catch the intricate swirling decoration of Celtic Iron Age metalwork, visitors are confronted by a face from another world.   It belongs to a 2,500-year-old red...

British Museum of Food to open next month

One of the exhibits at the British Food Museum looks at the role of butterflies as pollinators. 
30 Sep 2015
A museum dedicated to the evolution, history and science of food is set to open its doors in London next month, where visitors will be able to watch what happens to food once it enters the body and learn about the importance of butterflies...

Quran does not predate Prophet Muhammed, Al-Azhar scholar says

Some fragments of the Koran have been discovered by the University of Birmingham; Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making them believe it could be the oldest Quran in the history.
02 Sep 2015
The Daily Mail published an article on August 31 which discussed fragments of a recently discovered Quran scientists believe may predate the Prophet Muhammad but which Muslim scholars emphatically deny.   Two months ago, pages of...

Dallas airport to mark spot where LBJ was sworn in as president

U.S. Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson (C) takes the presidential oath of office from Judge Sarah T. Hughes (2nd from L) as President John F. Kennedy's widow first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (2nd from R) stands at his side aboard Air Force One at Love Field in...
02 Sep 2015
Love Field airport in Dallas will install a brass plaque to mark the spot where Air Force One sat while Lyndon Johnson was sworn in on the plane as president after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, officials said on Tuesday...

Mansoura Red Palace up for sale

31 Aug 2015
The owners of the Eskandar Palace in Mansoura have put the 3-storey palace up for sale, angering several intellectuals and those interested in antiquities in Mansoura who believe the building should be renovated and protected.   The...