Egypt to Copyright Pyramids and Other Antiquities

“In a potential blow to themed resorts from Vegas to Tokyo, Egypt is to pass a law requiring payment of royalties whenever its ancient monuments, from the pyramids to the sphinx, are reproduced. Zahi Hawass, the charismatic and controversial head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, told AFP on Tuesday that the move was necessary to pay for the upkeep of the country’s thousands of pharaonic sites.

“The new law will completely prohibit the duplication of historic Egyptian monuments which the Supreme Council of Antiquities considers 100-percent copies,” he said. “If the law is passed then it will be applied in all countries of the world so that we can protect our interests,” Hawass said. He said that a ministerial committee had already agreed on the law which should be passed in the next parliamentary session, while insisting the move would not hurt Egyptian artisans.”

(via AFP and BBC News)

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Mystery of How Pyramids Were Built Solved?

a French architect says that after studying the pyramids for eight years, he has solved the mystery with the help of 3-D computer animation.

Jean Pierre Houdin believes the pyramids were built from the inside out, through an internal spiral ramp.

“This is completely new. Everyone [before] me thought that the pyramid was built from the outside, only the outside,” Houdin said.

Full Story: ABC News.

Egypt to excavate Roman city submerged in sea

Reuters reports:

The Egyptian authorities have given the go ahead for the underwater exploration of what appears to be a Roman city submerged in the Mediterranean, Egypt’s top archaeologist said on Monday.

Full Story: Reuters: Egypt to excavate Roman city submerged in sea

Text might be hidden ‘gospel of Judas’

Associated Press:

National Geographic unveiled an ancient manuscript Thursday that may shed new light on the relationship between Jesus and Judas, the disciple who betrayed him.

The papyrus manuscript was written probably around 300 A.D. in Coptic script, a copy of an earlier Greek manuscript.

It was discovered in the desert in Egypt in the 1970s and has now been authenticated by carbon dating and studied and translated by biblical scholars, National Geographic announced.

Unlike the four gospels in the Bible, this text indicates that Judas betrayed Jesus at Jesus’ request.

Full Story: AP: National Geographic unveils “Gospel of Judas”.

More: NPR.

(thanks to Dale and Bill who sent word of this story almost simultaneously).

New discoveries in Egypt

Ancient war goddess statues unearthed in Egypt.

Granite head of a king with Nubian features discovered.

Haraonic tomb find stuns Egypt


Archaeologists have discovered an intact, ancient Egyptian tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the first since King Tutankhamun’s was found in 1922.

A University of Memphis-led team found the previously unknown tomb complete with sarcophagi and five mummies.

BBC: Haraonic tomb find stuns Egypt

(via Vortex Egg).

Book of Thoth site is now ThothWeb.com

Though it only just launched in March of this year, the Book of Thoth site has gotten something of an overhaul, and now features more conspiratorial content in addition to the usual stuff on Egypt, Magick, and the Tarot:

ThothWeb remains the only site on the internet to exclusively publish never before translated Egyptian texts including the 5,000 year old ?Alchemy of the Soul? which is one of the few texts to survive the destruction of pagan texts by the Roman church almost 2,000 years ago.

The site also has exclusive transcriptions over 140 UFO press clippings that had made headline news over a fifty-year period, from the Foo Fighters, Roswell and beyond. Thothweb has also collated some of the most amazing UFO quotations ever made, straight from the lips of presidents, the military and the government, providing a unique resource for all UFO researchers.

The occult significance of the Scarab

Obsidian Magazine has an article about the significance of Scarabs in Ancient Egypt and modern occultism.

To observing ancients, it seemed the sacred scarab spontaneously generated from the ball of dung, fully grown and capable of self-sustenance.

Obsidian Magazine: Scarabs as Amulets

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