4/12/2018

News article: Nubian Stone Tablets Discovered

 
From the article: "Archaeologists excavating a vast and ancient 'city of the dead' in Africa have recovered the largest collection of texts in the mysterious language of the Kushites. Dating back to 2,700 years ago, the find includes extraordinary tablets commemorating the dead. The items hail from a site called Sedeinga in Sudan, known for the ruins of a temple dedicated to the 14th century BCE Egyptian queen Tiye, the grandmother of Tutankhamun. One significant find was a chapel lintel depicting Maat, the Egyptian goddess of law, balance, order, harmony, peace and justice. They also found two commemorative texts dedicated to women of high rank."




(photo copyright V. Francigny/Sedeinga)

4/04/2018

News Article: Women ran things in ancient Peru


From the article: "Women in ancient Peru, far from being marginalized and invisible, were political and economic decision-makers, according to a new study that challenges many traditional takes on the country's history. Historian Maritza Villavicencio sets out the findings that run counter to previous hypotheses that high-ranking pre-Columbian women in Peru were mere "priestesses" in "Mujer, poder y alimentacion en el antiguo Peru" ("Woman, power and food in ancient Peru"). Instead, she asserts, they were monarchs. The book, published by San Martin de Porres University, is the result of the 10 years of research."

 
 
 
(photo copyright Oscar FARJE/ANDINA/AFP)