This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilization

The recent discovery of the grave of an ancient soldier is challenging accepted wisdom among archaeologists, calling into question our most basic ideas about European history.

Source: Smithsonian
Published: Jan 1, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,091 words)

Tutankhamun’s Blood

Researchers have long viewed the mummy of Tutankhamun as the key to ancient Egypt’s secrets:

THE TOMB IS DRY AND HOT. Opposite looms the gowned shape of Hawass, who is scrutinizing Gad’s every move; squeezed into the corner is Discovery’s film crew. Gad tries to hide his nerves. He knows that the others doubt his ability, and for good reason: he has little practice working with mummies. Back in his Cairo lab, he has always been supervised by a foreign tutor. But his very first day pulling DNA without his teacher will be watched by the world, and his subject is the incalculably precious mummy of Tutankhamun.

Source: Matter
Published: Mar 15, 2014
Length: 32 minutes (8,182 words)