The Brain Scoop:
Why did King Tut have a flat head?

Ah, body modification: a tale as old as time. Artificial head binding has been practiced all around the world and for thousands of years. In the case of high status figures in Ancient Egypt, often this tradition was carried out in secrecy in order to perpetuate conceptions that such royalty were godly figures. We sat down with Dr. Robert Martin, curator of human evolution at the Field, to talk more about this custom.

If you want to learn more about Dr. Martin’s work, you can read his blog.. here!

reconstruction of Thonis-Herakleion, city next to Alexandria and sunken in the Mediterranean Sea during the VIII century CE.

“The city of Thonis-Herakleion (the Egyptian and Greek names of the city) lies 6.5km off today’s coastline. The city is located within an overall research area of 11 by 15 km in the western part of Aboukir Bay. Franck Goddio has found important information on the ancient landmarks of Thonis-Herakleion, such as the Grand Temple of Amon and His son Khonsu (Herakles for the Greeks), the harbours that once controlled all trade into Egypt, and the daily life of its inhabitants.
The objects recovered from the excavations illustrate the cities’ beauty and glory, the magnificence of their Grand Temples and the abundance of historic evidence: colossal statues, inscriptions and architectural elements, jewellery and coins, ritual objects and ceramics - a civilization frozen in time.
The city extended all around the Temple and a network of canals in and around the city must have given it a lake dwelling appearance. On the islands and islets dwellings and secondary sanctuaries were located. Excavations here have revealed beautiful archaeological material such as bronze statuettes. On the north side of the Temple to Herakles, a grand canal flowed through the city from east to west and connected the port basins with a lake to the west.”