How a Changing Landscape and Climate Shaped Early Humans

It should not be a surprise that East Africa was a hotbed of evolution, because over the last five million years everything about the landscape has changed. The extraordinary forces of plate tectonics and a changing climate have transformed East Africa from a relatively flat, forested region to a mountainous fragmented landscape dominated by the…

Archaeologists Discover Another Ancient Sphinx in Egypt

Archaeologists working at the Kom Ombo Temple in Egypt have discovered an ancient sandstone sphinx, the second sphinx discovered in the country this year. Experts believe the statue dates to the Ptolemaic era.

Netizen Report: Online Censorship Roundup

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. What Role Does Facebook Play in Libya’s Civil War? Earlier this week, Facebook was blocked in the Libyan capital Tripoli and surrounding cities, as fighting between armed militias raged. On 3 September, Reuters reported that…

Gender and Age of “Black Sarcophagus” Skeletons Identified

The genders, ages and height of the three “Black Sarcophagus” skeletons found in Alexandria in July have been identified says the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, the team also finding gold chips from badges which are set to be identified. Discovered in July, it was speculated that the remains were likely to have been soldiers or…

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kofi Annan Dies at 80

Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize laureate,  has died in the Swiss city of Bern, he was 80. Born in Ghana, Annan’s association with the United Nations dates back to 1962 when he began work at the World Health Organization before becoming Head of Personnel at the…

Ancient Sphinx Statue Possibly Discovered in Egypt

Experts in Egypt believe that a statue of a sphinx may have been discovered in Luxor. Discovered between the temples of Karnak and Luxor during the construction of the new Al-Kabbash Road, the statue is said to have the body of a lion and the face of a man, the same as the famous Great…

Two New Middle Kingdom Tombs Discovered in Egypt

Two new tombs have been accidentally uncovered in Egypt, both said to be of high-ranking officials from the Middle Kingdom period (c. 2050 BC-1710 BC), and more particularly the 11th dynasty. The tombs were uncovered when a joint Egyptian-Australian mission from Maquarie University were cleaning a tomb at the Beni Hassan necropolis 20km to the…

Taking A Look Inside the Egyptian “Black Sarcophagus”

With tales of doom and disaster proven (surprisingly) to be false and no rampaging return for Imhotep, perhaps it’s finally safe to take a look inside the infamous black sarcophagus recently unearthed in Egypt, a 27 tonne, 9ft by 5ft structure that has remained untouched since its original burial, the largest sarcophagus to ever be…