December 11, 2010

If you've been wondering how our team has been able to shoot inside dark pyramids and in the desert after sunset, meet our tactical filming wonder lights made by 4Sevens. Donated by 4Sevens for our trip, these flashlights provide bright, yet extremely compact lighting that we can take anywhere.

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  • Posted by David Noor
    December 08, 2010

    The definition of a pyramid scheme is, essentially, a non-sustainable business model that consumes a gigantic amount of labor and benefits no one but the man at the top. The con game got its name from the pyramid shape, because the structure is the same (with people subbing for stones). But the metaphor works doubly well when you understand the Egyptian point of building pyramids in the first place.

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  • Posted by Elizabeth Botkin
    December 06, 2010

    Most of what is left for us to see of the Ancient Egyptians’ culture is their preparation for the afterlife. And one of the most interesting preparations they made for the afterlife was their mummification of animals. Nicely preserved, their pets would now be able to come with them into the afterlife. But they also believed puppies like the ones above made made nice presents -- not as birthday surprises for children, but as offerings to the gods.

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  • Posted by Victoria Botkin
    December 04, 2010

    Isaac, David, Steven, and Chris explore the environs of the Giza in this behind-the-scenes gallery.

    Posted by Nawelle Noor
    December 03, 2010

    Although the ancient Egyptians are well-known for their skill in preserving dead people, in their day they were also known for their expertise in preserving live ones. Homer called them “a race of druggists,” and the recently discovered proof of a highly advanced medical system there, a full millennium before the Greek Hippocratic School, has astonished academia. But there are two surprising warnings for us in their medical records.

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  • Posted by Elizabeth Botkin
    December 02, 2010

    Catch the first team video blog update from Egypt. While the team rides to Giza in a taxi, Isaac takes the opportunity to remark on Russian socialism and its bumpy outcome.

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  • Posted by Isaac Botkin
    November 22, 2010

    Who transmitted Pharaoh's pronouncements to the masses -- and to future generations? Meet ancient Egypt's upper crust: the few, the proud, the literate.

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  • Posted by Nadia Noor
    November 09, 2010

    *Unless you are homeschooled, in which case you probably learned these facts when you were three, between readings of Ballantyne The Brave.

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  • Posted by Chris Harper