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

When art imitates entertainment

Thousands of us will queue to see the Cezanne, but are blockbuster shows simply about merchandising? Paul Vallely reports

A hit in the making

The Cezanne exhibition opens on Thursday. Set to top the Tate's all-time attendance records, it's also a personal triumph for Nicholas Serota. He tells Iain Gale why it's the most important show he has hung


It's Saturday morning at Kentish Town Library in London. A Falstaffian figure of a man, russet-bearded, trampishly chic, is ensconced in one of the floor-skimming armchairs, concentrating fiercely on Roget's Thesaurus. He's doing a crossword. "Undergrowth... 'Bracken' or 'thicket'. Yes, but that doesn't fit that one, which is 'sprained'... That's a film one - can't find that." Someone suggests an answer. "'Emma Peel'? Where can I find out 'Emma Peel'? Is it a current series?"

Every time the report mentioned death-watch beetle, it seemed to intensify the menace by quoting its Latin name

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THE MOST complex ancient Egyptian tomb ever found has been discovered in southern Egypt by US archaeologists.

Ancient Egypt or bust

Thomas Mann wrote about her. Hitler considered her to be one of the most beautiful women ever. Sigmund Freud speculated that Moses was a follower of her husband, and her brother-in-law was none other than Tutankhamun himself. Although not of royal blood, her beauty and power have been compared with those of Helen of Troy and Cleopatra, but before the beginning of this century, few had heard of her. Most are familiar with her image but are unable to put a name to it.

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Experts divided on tomb

Cairo (AFP) - The Egyptian authorities yesterday supported claims that archaeologists had found the tomb of Alexander the Great, and said the discovery could be as important as the unearthing of the burial site of the pharaoh Tutankhamun.

RLS and the lore of an ass : THE CRITICS : Radio

IN FRANCE, towards the end of 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson acquired a small donkey called Modestine. With her, he wrote, invoking the Psalms, he would set off on his travels "out of which if I do not make a book, may my right hand lose its cunning ". Travels with a Donkey was the famous result, but Stevenson was already the author of at least 600 letters. Alan Cumming has been Reading Aloud (R4) tiny selections of them, written in the 18 months before the purchase of Modestine: they are a joy.

BOOKS / Second Thoughts: Art critic without a clue: Penelope Fitzgerald on the brush with crime that made her decide to go straight

IN 1975 I wrote a mystery story, The Golden Child (Flamingo, pounds 5.99) to amuse my husband, who was very ill at the time, and I think it did amuse him. I really wanted to call it The Golden Opinion because it was partly about the precious reputation, and in consequence the money, which can turn on the judgment of an art critic.

Hunt is on for Ghengis Khan's lost tomb: The ancient conqueror's hidden grave may out-dazzle Tutankhamen's treasure, writes Christopher Bellamy

THE hunt is on for the most spectacular archaeological find of the century - the 13th Century tomb of the world's greatest conqueror, known as the 'chief ruler', or Genghis Khan.

The saints march in: Philip Sweeney gets into the swing of the Festival of Bahia

If you're pursuing an interest in the Afro-based culture of the northern Brazilian state of Bahia - awakened perhaps by the Olodum's thunderous drumming on Paul Simon's Rhythm of the Saints, or by Margareth Menezes' tour cameo with David Byrne - the one thing not to do right now is go to there. Until 2 July, when the Feast of St John unleashes another prolonged bout of partying in the region, London is where it's at.

BOOKS / Treasure for Ransome: True literary 'finds' are rare, but a brown paper parcel that lay forgotten for 80 years has revealed a lost book by Arthur Ransome, a tribute from one great writer to another

FORGET Tutankhamun and the face of Agamemnon. For me, a brown paper parcel tied up with thin blue string was the lost ark, a literary missing link that coupled two of the greatest romancers in English literature: Arthur Ransome and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Pembroke: Gambling chief deserts the desert

HAS THE monumental Luxor casino in Las Vegas fallen victim to the Curse of the Pharaohs? William Paulos, the general manager of the huge pyramid complex, resigned unexpectedly yesterday, saying he was moving to Australia. This follows reports of fatalities during the construction of the dollars 375m Egyptian-themed casino hotel last year, and inexplicable opening day problems with the elevators that descend from guest-rooms to the tomb of Tutankhamun on the burial-chamber level.
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