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A New Queen Discovered in Egypt
Saqqarah
By Florencemassena
21 May 2015

At Saqqara, the site of Abu Sir has been closed to the public for two years for rehabilitation. Meanwhile, a team of Czech archaeologists has unearthed a funerary complex composed of several tombs and pyramids. The latest discovery to date is the tomb of Queen Khentkaus III, a kind of missing link of the Fifth Dynasty, which may fill the gaps in archeologists' knowledge of the Fourth and Fifth Pharaonic Dynasties. With the researcher Jaromir Krejci, we were able to access this site, still not accessible to the public, and that still holds many secrets.

Pictures by Vinciane Jacquet

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Une nouvelle reine découverte en Egypte

A Saqqarah, le site d'Abou Sir est fermé depuis deux ans au public pour réhabilitation. Pendant ce temps, une équipe d'archéologues tchèques a mis à jour un complexe funéraire regroupant plusieurs tombes et pyramides. La dernière découverte en date est celle de la tombe de la reine Khentkaus III,une sorte de chaînon manquant de la cinquième dynastie, qui permet de combler les lacunes sur les connaissances de la quatrième et cinquième dynasties. Avec le chercheur Jaromir Krejci, nous avons pu accéder à ce site encore non accessible au public, et qui livre encore bien des secrets.

Photographies de Vinciane Jacquet

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. La quatrième tombe doit toujours être fouillée, ce qui permettrait de parvenir a des résultats archéologiques finaux.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The fourth grave still must be searched, which would help complete the final archaeological findings.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. Elle fait partie d'une nécropole de trois tombes attenantes a la pyramide du Roi Nyuserre (2445-2421 avant J-C), reliée a celle d'un officiel, et serait probablement sa femme, la mere de son successeur le Roi Menkauhor, enterre au Nord de Saqqara.

March 25, 2014. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. It is part of a necropolis of three adjacent graves at the pyramid of King Nyuserre (2445-2421 BC), connected to an official's one, and would probably be his wife, the mother of his successor King Menkauhor, buried in Northern Saqqara.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. Les archéologues ont découvert une inscription sur la tombe : "Femme du Roi et mère du Roi". Cela permettrait aux chercheurs de combler un vide dans la connaissance de l'Histoire de l'Ancien Royaume.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The archaeologists discovered an inscription on the tomb: "Wide of the King and mother of King". This would enable researchers to fill a gap in the knowledge of the History of the Old Kingdom.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. La tombe de la reine Khentkaus III, appartenant a la cinquième dynastie, a été découverte a l'automne 2014 par une équipe d'archéologues tchèques sur le site d'Abou Sir, a 25 km au Sud-Ouest du Caire, dans le site historique de Saqqara.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The tomb of Queen Khentkaus III, belonging to the Fifth Dynasty, was discovered in the fall of 2014 by a team of Czech archaeologists at the site of Abu Sir, 25km southwest of Cairo, on Saqqara's historical site.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. La tombe inachevée du Roi Neferefre (2419-2416 avant J-C) a été découverte en 1994.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The unfinished tomb of King Neferefre (2419-2416 BC) was discovered in 1994.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. Elle fait partie d'une necropole de trois tombes attenantes a la pyramide du Roi Nyuserre (2445-2421 avant J-C), reliee a celle d'un officiel, et serait probablement sa femme, la mere de son successeur le Roi Menkauhor, enterre au Nord de Saqqara.

March 25, 2014. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. Part of a necropolis of three adjacent graves at the pyramid of King Nyuserre (2445-2421 BC is connected to an official's one, probabaly that of his wife, the mother of his successor King Menkauhor, buried in Northern Saqqara.

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Saqqara, Egypt
By Vinciane Jacquet
25 Mar 2015

25 mars 2015. Saqqara, Le Caire, Egypte. La tombe inachevee du Roi Neferefre (2419-2416 avant J-C) a ete decouverte en 1994.

March 25, 2015. Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt. The unfinished tomb of King Neferefre (2419-2416 BC) was discovered in 1994.

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Hasake
By TTM Contributor 33
23 Jan 2015

Funeral of Kurdish YPG fighter Mohamad Turk, held in Hasake, northern Syria on January 23, 2015. Turk was killed the day before in clashes between Kurdish fighters and Syrian pro Assad soldiers.

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Hasake
By TTM Contributor 33
23 Jan 2015

Funeral of Kurdish YPG fighter Mohamad Turk, held in Hasake, northern Syria on January 23, 2015. Turk was killed the day before in clashes between Kurdish fighters and Syrian pro Assad soldiers.

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Hasake
By TTM Contributor 33
23 Jan 2015

Funeral of Kurdish YPG fighter Mohamad Turk, held in Hasake, northern Syria on January 23, 2015. Turk was killed the day before in clashes between Kurdish fighters and Syrian pro Assad soldiers.

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Hasake
By TTM Contributor 33
23 Jan 2015

Funeral of Kurdish YPG fighter Mohamad Turk, held in Hasake, northern Syria on January 23, 2015. Turk was killed the day before in clashes between Kurdish fighters and Syrian pro Assad soldiers.

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Hasake
By TTM Contributor 33
23 Jan 2015

Funeral of Kurdish YPG fighter Mohamad Turk, held in Hasake, northern Syria on January 23, 2015. Turk was killed the day before in clashes between Kurdish fighters and Syrian pro Assad soldiers.

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Hasake
By TTM Contributor 33
23 Jan 2015

Funeral of Kurdish YPG fighter Mohamad Turk, held in Hasake, northern Syria on January 23, 2015. Turk was killed the day before in clashes between Kurdish fighters and Syrian pro Assad soldiers.

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Hasake
By TTM Contributor 33
23 Jan 2015

Funeral of Kurdish YPG fighter Mohamad Turk, held in Hasake, northern Syria on January 23, 2015. Turk was killed the day before in clashes between Kurdish fighters and Syrian pro Assad soldiers.

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Hasake
By TTM Contributor 33
23 Jan 2015

Funeral of Kurdish YPG fighter Mohamad Turk, held in Hasake, northern Syria on January 23, 2015. Turk was killed the day before in clashes between Kurdish fighters and Syrian pro Assad soldiers.

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Hasake
By TTM Contributor 33
23 Jan 2015

Funeral of Kurdish YPG fighter Mohamad Turk, held in Hasake, northern Syria on January 23, 2015. Turk was killed the day before in clashes between Kurdish fighters and Syrian pro Assad soldiers.

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Hasake
By TTM Contributor 33
23 Jan 2015

Funeral of Kurdish YPG fighter Mohamad Turk, held in Hasake, northern Syria on January 23, 2015. Turk was killed the day before in clashes between Kurdish fighters and Syrian pro Assad soldiers.

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Hasake
By TTM Contributor 33
23 Jan 2015

Funeral of Kurdish YPG fighter Mohamad Turk, held in Hasake, northern Syria on January 23, 2015. Turk was killed the day before in clashes between Kurdish fighters and Syrian pro Assad soldiers.

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Hasake
By TTM Contributor 33
23 Jan 2015

Funeral of Kurdish YPG fighter Mohamad Turk, held in Hasake, northern Syria on January 23, 2015. Turk was killed the day before in clashes between Kurdish fighters and Syrian pro Assad soldiers.

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Another Sky: An Uruguayan journey 30
Plaza Independencia, Montevideo, Uruguay
By Francesco Pistilli
20 Jan 2014

Jose Gervasio Artigas is considered by many the father of Uruguay. Soldiers still guard his tomb in Montevideo's Plaza Independencia, a tribute to the man who fought to free the country. Artigas' life and victories are portrayed on the walls of the mausoleum alongside images portraying events in Uruguayan history. Today national identity is a historical blend resulting from the struggle to maintain freedom from Spain and later from Argentina and Brazil; gaucho culture; African slave roots; political caudillismo; and European cultural and intellectual models.

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Celebration Of Sayeda Zeinab
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
04 Jun 2013

Cairo, Egypt As traditional songs intermingled with prayers blared over loudspeakers, thousands of Cairenes took to the streets the evening of June 4th to celebrate the birth of Sayeda Zeinab, the granddaughter of the Prophet Mohamed.

Cairo, Egypt As traditional songs intermingled with prayers blared over loudspeakers, thousands of Cairenes took to the streets the evening of June 4th to celebrate the birth of Sayeda Zeinab, the granddaughter of the Prophet Mohamed.

While Cairo is the site for Sunni pilgrimage, Shi'a Muslims believe that her tomb is located in Syrian town of Set Zaynab. This difference in belief accurately captures the dogmatic divide between the two sects.

The tomb of Sayeda Zeinab is nestled in the heart of Cairo and boasts a stunning mosque enveloping the holy site. The celebration, which draws people from all walks of life in Cairo, is a decadent mix of carnival and piety. Sellers hawk plastic children’s toys beside merry-go-rounds, while the devoted flow in and out of the mosque.

Typical of Sufi mysticism, the men will twirl for as long as they can, with many succumbing to the inevitable dizziness that follows. The devout writhe and spin to the music, eyes often glossed over as they transcend the music in an attempt to make a spiritual connection.

Exhausted from both the stifling heat and the journey, hundreds of the pious Muslims lay asleep on the carpets inside the mosque. Many have taken the traditional pilgrimage of 7 days from villages in Upper Egypt to visit the tomb of Sayeda Zeinab. Beside the tomb as the hundreds clamour to touch it, perfumes are sprayed in the air and camera phones waved about in an attempt to photograph the holy site. The room holding the tomb is packed with people and sweat drips from the brows of every individual. Much of the practices during the celebration of Sayeda Zeinab’s birthday, like the perfumes and the goods for sale, are more cultural traditions than Islamic prescriptions.

The tens of thousands that flock to the street may seem standard to Cairo's image (forged through conflict and civil unrest) but the sense of revelry and celebration is a breath of fresh air to the stagnant summer heat of Egypt's political situation.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippines
Ifugao, Philippines
By U.S. Editor
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon and Hungduan exhume their death as form of love and respect to their departed family members and relatives. They feast, celebrate and offer prayers to the dead for three days…

Despite Christianity had penetrated the sacred mountains of Ifugao and most Ifugaonons are converted to this dominating religion in the Philippines, they still practice this taboo and bizarre ritual and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during the “Bogwa”.

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Bogwa: A ritual of Exhumation (19 of 21)
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
12 Mar 2013

On the last day of Bogwa, a carabao is butchered to feed all attendees.

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Bogwa: A ritual of Exhumation (20 of 21)
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
12 Mar 2013

On the last day of Bogwa, a carabao is butchered to feed all attendees.

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Bogwa: A ritual of Exhumation (18 of 21)
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
12 Mar 2013

On the last day of Bogwa, a carabao is butchered to feed all attendees.

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Bogwa: A ritual of Exhumation (14 of 21)
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
11 Mar 2013

Relatives of the exhumed arrives and pray and sing infront of it.

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Bogwa: A ritual of Exhumation (12 of 21)
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
11 Mar 2013

The cleaned and sun dried bones are wrapped in white cloth and Ifugao's native costume and place it on his favorite place which will serve as the altar during the Bogwa celebration.

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Bogwa: A ritual of Exhumation (16 of 21)
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
11 Mar 2013

Bogwa is celebrated for 3 days and everyday, the organizer of the festivity will butcher pig to feed the entire village.

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Bogwa: A ritual of Exhumation (17 of 21)
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
11 Mar 2013

Bogwa is celebrated for 3 days and everyday, the organizer of the festivity will butcher pig to feed the entire village.