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Ancient Women Are Confusing

September 16, 2013

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At least, they are when they show up in positions of power. On Wednesday September 11, Fox News published a report, originally by the AFP, about the discovery of the tomb of Shangguan Wan’er, a Tang dynasty imperial bureaucrat in the Chinese court of Empress Wu Zetian. AFP is the credited source for Fox. But […]

Collateral damage: Egyptian archaeology

February 5, 2011

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What are we to make of reports that “one of the few ancient Egyptian tombs devoted solely to a woman”, the tomb of Maia, wet nurse to Tutankhamun, was “completely destroyed”? First, I would not want to over-react, or be drawn into what is essentially a reactionary script that elevates the importance of things over […]