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The Pyramids of Giza, the only remaining ancient world wonder, have stood for nearly 5,000 years and have watched countless visitors come and go. For many, visiting the Pyramids is a lifetime goal to be crossed off the bucket-list. Yet, as a result of economic or other concerns, visiting the world’s oldest man-made wonder is not always possible. In an attempt to bring ancient Egyptian history to the comfort of your home, Google’s Street View now allows you to take a ‘virtual walk among the stunning monuments and rich history‘ of the ancient Egyptian civilization. Google’s Street View now allows users to not only virtually visit the Giza Necropolis, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world housing the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, but also covers the world’s first Pyramid, the Pyramid of Djoser in the ancient burial ground of Saqqara. However, while ancient Egypt has captured the imagination of many across the globe – from school children learning about the Pharaohs to everyday museum-goers and academics – Egypt’s history extends far beyond the ancient civilization. In a testament to Egypt’s vast history, Street View’s virtual tour now also features Abu Mena, one of the oldest sites of Christianity in Egypt; the Hanging Church, one of the oldest Coptic Christian churches in the world; the Cairo Citadel, a medieval Islamic fortification and historic site; and the Citadel of Qaitbay, a 15th-century defensive fortress on the Mediterranean coast in Alexandria. Source: Egyptian Streets
He looks almost Byzantine or Greek, gazing doe-eyed over the viewer’s left shoulder, his mouth forming a slight pout, like a star-struck lover or perhaps a fan of the races witnessing his favorite charioteer losing control of his horses. In reality, he’s the “Bearded Man, 170-180 A.D.,” a Roman-Egyptian whose portrait adorned the sarcophagus sheltering his mummified remains. But the details of who he was and what he was thinking have been lost to time. But perhaps not for much longer. A microscopic sliver of painted wood could hold the keys to unraveling the first part of this centuries-old mystery. Figuring out what kind of pigment was used (whether it was a natural matter or a synthetic pigment mixed to custom specifications), and the exact materials used to create it, could help scientists unlock his identity. Article continues here.