Egyptian tombs depict seldom-seen creatures

By Linda Evans

News from Nature’s Research Highlights

Detailed depictions of ordinary life adorn 12 tombs at the Beni Hassan cemetery, which sits alongside the Nile River south of Cairo and dates to the period known as the Middle Kingdom, from 2050 to 1650 BC. Hoping to reveal obscured details, Linda Evans and Anna-Latifa Mourad at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, examined the artworks with software that highlights trace pigments.

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Linda Evans

I am an environmental historian who explores the relationship between humans and non-human animals in the ancient world as reflected in religious ideas, symbolism, philosophy, and especially art.