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Egypt is suspending all cooperation with France's Louvre Museum until it returns 'stolen' Pharaonic steles, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Wednesday.
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The Egyptians started building the Great Pyramid of Giza on August 23, 2470 B.C., according to controversial new research that attempts to place an exact date on the start of the ancient construction project.
A team of Egyptian researchers arrived at the date based on calculations of historical appearances of the star Sothis - today called Sirius.

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Ancient Egyptian astronomers aligned the pyramids due north by using two stars that circle the celestial polar point.
The north-finding stars were Kochab, in the bowl of the Little Dipper (Ursa Minor), and Mizar, in the middle of the handle of The Plough or Big Dipper (Ursa Major).
Nearly 4,500 years ago, the pair was about 10 degrees away from the celestial pole, which lay directly between them. The ancient astronomers, using a plumb line exactly intersected both stars, could find a line that pointed exactly due north when one star was above the other in the sky.
But the alignment was only true for a few years around 2,467 BC. Either side of this date, the stars deviated from true north. Anyone that used this method to plot a direction would have made errors
And it is these mistakes that can be used to estimate very accurately the exact dates when pyramids were built. The orientation errors of earlier and later pyramids faithfully track the slow drift of Kochab and Mizar.
The measurements suggests that the Great Pyramid at Giza was constructed in 2,480 BC. (With an error of 10 years)

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A new study has indicated that ancient Egyptian temples were aligned so precisely with astronomical events that people could set their political, economic and religious calendars by them.
According to a report in New Scientist, the study was of 650 temples, some dating back to 3000 BC.

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A.R.E. Team Finds Ancient Underground Passages and Caves Beneath the Giza Pyramids
Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment reported the following information from their headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia on August 25th 2009: Explorer and author Andrew Collins, funded by Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. Archeological Research Fund, has found and begun exploration of a subterranean network of previously unrecorded chambers and passageways beneath the Giza plateau, home to the Great Pyramid and Sphinx.

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A British explorer has claimed to have found the lost 'underworld of the pharaohs' - an enormous system of caves, chambers and tunnels that lies hidden beneath the Pyramids of Giza.
According to a report by Discovery News, the underground complex, populated by bats and venomous spiders, was found in the limestone bedrock beneath the pyramid field at Giza by British explorer Andrew Collins.

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Egyptian archaeologists digging near the Suez Canal have discovered the remains of what is believed to be the largest fortress in the eastern Delta, Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced.
Located at the site of Tell Dafna, between El-Manzala Lake and the Suez Canal, the remains reveal the foundation of a military town about 15 kilometres northeast of the city of western Qantara.

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For decades, people have marvelled at the bust of Nefertiti. Now, some scholars say it's a fake -- made to hold a necklace. Museum scientists are eager to prove these theories wrong, but the mysterious statue might not be ready to reveal her secrets yet.
Of course they copied her. You can see it clear as day. At the Altes Museum on Berlin's Museum Island, a brief film runs in a silent loop on a monitor. It shows laboratory workers handling a replica of the Nefertiti bust built to test a new portable base for it. The monitor is part of a current display at the museum, one which includes four work stations set up in a large, glass cubicle to show just how complex conserving great works of ancient art is.


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Egypts Supreme Council of Antiquities has announced that it will soon allow tourists inside the inner chambers of the countrys Dahshur, or "bent" pyramid.
The opening of the inner chambers of the 4,500-year-old pyramid comes as the country continues its ''sustainable development campaign'' aimed at attracting more visitors to Egypt.

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Using 21st Century medical computer technology, German researchers have unveiled the "hidden face" below the surface facial features of the famed bust of 18th Dynasty Queen Nefertiti - dispelling once and for all nagging rumours that the bust might be a duplicate made at the orders of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, and that the genuine bust was lost in the chaos following World War II.

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A team of UCLA Egyptologists, digital modellers, web designers, staff and students has built a three-dimensional virtual-reality model of the ancient Egyptian religious site known as Karnak, one of the largest temple complexes ever constructed.

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