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KING’S TOMB OPENED ON THIS DAY IN 1923

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On February 16, 1923, in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter (above) entered the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen.

Because the ancient Egyptians saw their pharaohs as gods, they carefully preserved their bodies after death, burying them in elaborate tombs
containing rich treasures to accompany the rulers into the afterlife. In the
19th century, archeologists from all over the world flocked to Egypt, where
they uncovered a number of these tombs. Many had long ago been broken
into by robbers and stripped of their riches.

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RAMAINS OF A ROMAN FORT UNEARTHED

Derek Evans, of Cotswold Archaeology's Exeter office, said that the discovery is unexpected and the significance made it an interesting project

The remains of a Roman fort which have been discovered during excavation work at the site of Exeter Bus Station. The discovery was made by the Exeter Office of Cotswold Archaeology who are working with Kier Construction to record remains of the city's Roman history ahead of the construction of a new bus station and leisure complex

(FoxNews) – The remains of an ancient Roman fort dating back nearly 2,000
years have been unearthed underneath a bus station in southern England.

The fort, located in Exeter, is a “very important and completely unexpected”
find, according to city officials, who are working on redeveloping the area.

“This is a very important, and completely unexpected, discovery, in an area
that has been heavily changed by previous post war redevelopment," Exeter
City Council member Andrew Pye said in a
statement. "Along with other
recent work in Exeter, it demonstrates just how much of the city’s history
can still survive in unlikely places, despite damage caused by bombing
and modern concrete foundations."

Pottery fragments were dug up at the site as builders and archaeologists swept the area ahead of developments at the old bus station
Pottery fragments were dug up at the site as builders and archaeologists swept the area. Coins and fine tableware
were also found at the Devon site

The remains of a Roman fort have been unexpectedly discovered under Exeter Bus Station (pictured) in a completely unexpected discovery

The dig and findings were unearthed at the site of the Exeter bus station. Further excavations as part of the redevelopment of the area revealed the Roman fort

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SETTLEMENT DISCOVERED ON THIS DAY IN 1911

On July 24, 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look
at
Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the
world’s top tourist destinations.

Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Machu Picchu
is believed to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, whose civilization
was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. For hundreds
of years afterwards, its existence was a secret known only to the peasants
living in the region. That all changed in the summer of 1911, when Bingham
arrived with a small team of explorers to search for the famous “lost” cities
of the Incas.

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Hiram Bingham III
(November 19, 1875 – June 6, 1956)

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ROSETTA STONE FOUND ON THIS DAY IN 1799

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On this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a
French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing
near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly
shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in 3 different scripts:
Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on
the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests
honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More
startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of
identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been “dead” for nearly 2,000
years.

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The Rosetta Stone on display in The British Museum.

"Lithograph image depicting a group of scholars (mostly male, with the occasional female also in attendance), dressed in Victorian garb, inspecting the Rosetta Stone in a large room with other antiquities visible in the background"
"Lithograph image depicting a group of scholars inspecting the
Rosetta Stone during the
Second International Congress of
Orientalists
, 1874.

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REMAINS OF CASTLE UNCOVERED IN EGYPT

(Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, Facebook)
(Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, Facebook)

(Fox News) – An Egyptian archaeological mission has unearthed the ancient remnants of a 2,600-year-old military castle, meaning it dates back nearly
three millennia.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities said in a Facebook post, “The castle was
found in the North Sinai province”.
The government agency said that they
were able to find the North-East Corner Tower and the remains of the South-
East Corner Tower, as well as the extension of the south wall. The castle
was dated to the Psamtik era, which ran from 664 to 610 B.C.
                                                    

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