YA author Bruce Coville, who found himself trapped in Egypt by the current unrest, successfully left the country with his wife, Kathy, and arrived in Frankfurt, Germany on the first leg of their trip home on February 1. Coville’s travel may be disrupted by the storm that lash across more than 2100 miles of the United States on February 2, but he is safely out of Egypt.
Author Bruce Coville arrived in Egypt on January 21 along with author Elizabeth Levy to spend a week at Alexandria’s Schutz American School. Their plans were sidelined on January 25 with protests broke out. On January 28, Coville reported they were safe in Giza and trying to secure a flight home. The authors are apparently scheduled for a US chartered flight on Wednesday, February 3.
Archaeologists have unearth a series of protective walls built around the Sphinx at Giza in Egypt. According to ancient texts, the walls were built to protected the sculpture from blowing sands after Pharoah Thutmose IV (1400-1390 BCE) had a dream in which the Sphinx complained blowing sand was choking it. The Sphinx is believed to have been built more than 1100 years earlier than the protective walls.
German scientists performing a CT scan on the bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti have determined that there is a thin layer of stucco on the bust’s face and ears. According to the scientists, the hidden features indicate that the mask is, in fact, a representation of Nefertiti, instead of a depiction of an ideal or generic woman.