News King Tutankhamun was buried with an upright penis in order to portray him as Osiris, the ancient Egyptian god of the afterlife, new research suggests

The ancient Egyptian pharaoh was buried with an erect penis, no heart and covered in black oils to make him appear as the god Osiris, new study claims

How we met: Barbara Cartland & Laurie Johnson

Dame Barbara Cartland wrote her first book in 1923 and now has 704 romantic novels to her name. She is in the `Guinness Book of Records' as the bestselling author in the world. In 1964 she founded the National Association of Health and has campaigned for many causes, including housing for the elderly. Widowed with three children, she lives in Hertfordshire

football: Calculators and fireworks at the ready

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Travel: How not to get the hump in Egypt

The way to get around in Cairo is to toot your car horn, or failing that to hiss loudly. Alison Emmett offers a city survival guide

Television Production Values: Tomb tale cursed by fear of fact

C4's visit to the Valley of the Kings showed how to bury an interesting archaeology story under layers of jokey flam, writes Jim Burge

Egyptian mummy found buried in garden

AN AMATEUR historian investigating a convalescent home for miners has discovered that an ancient Egyptian mummy was buried in the home's garden.

Navy finds the sunken treasure of Charles I

MARINE ARCHAEOLOGISTS will announce today the discovery of what they believe to be the treasure-laden wreck of Charles I's baggage ferry, the Blessing of Burntisland.

Historical Notes: A feathered snake and a man with a beard

LEGENDS SAY that a bearded white man, with fair hair and blue eyes, brought super-knowledge to the Maya. He taught them the mysteries of the heavens, the laws of mathematics and astronomy, and the skills of the artisan. He taught them to build their pyramids and palaces of stone. Above all else, he taught them wisdom; that purification would come though sacrifice, and that immortality awaited the souls of the pure.

Obituary: Freddie Young

THE WORLD'S greatest cameraman, by general consent, and winner of no less than three Academy Awards, Freddie Young was one of the last links with the silent era. He had the longest career of any cameraman.

Interview: Arfaq hussain: Off the wall

Would you pay pounds 47,000 for a bottle of perfume? No? Well, you're probably not one of The Chosen. E Jane Dickson meets Arfaq Hussain, Michael Jackson's costumier and would-be perfumier extraordinaire. Photographs by Dan Burn-Forti

Divided goddess to become whole again

IF YOU CAN'T possess the whole goddess, then get your hands on as much of her as you can. That, at least, has been the principle of many of the world's collectors since the last century - with disputes over rightful possession of ancient treasures rumbling on for decades.

Tutankhamun was a tomb robber

Historical Notes

Touching the seat of power

Are we getting a little too keen on fame - why should anyone want to sit on a chair once sat on by Gordon Brown?

Ancient Egypt on ecstasy

PARTY-GOERS in ancient Egypt could have become induced into an ecstasy-like state of happiness with the help of a sacred plant called the blue lily.

Film: Holy ghostbusters

The horror that turned heads in '74 has been exhumed from movie hell. Chris Darke exorcises its troubled past, while Catherine Von Ruhland gives it her blessing

Travel: City breaks: 5,000 years in one weekend

The Luxor massacre edged Egypt off the tourist map, writes Anna Dedhar, but now's the time to go back. And where else but Cairo can you take in five millennia of civilisation in one brief break?
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