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A wall painting, dating back over 4,300 years, has been discovered in a tomb located just east of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The painting shows vivid scenes of life, including boats sailing south on the Nile River, a bird hunting trip in a marsh and a man named Perseneb who’s shown with his…


A Mixtec funerary mask from Grave No. 7, Monte Alban, Mexico.

Courtesy of & currently located at the Regional Museum of Oaxaca, Mexico. Photos taken by Anagoria via the Wiki Commons.


Mars, Mapped 

The USGS has just released a gorgeous new geologic map of Mars, combining data from four separate spacecraft to paint a rainbow-like spectrum of terrain and texture upon the red planet.

See those four bulges on the left side of the spherical projection? Each of those four mountains, Olympus Mons, Ascraeus Mons, Arsia Mons, and Pavonis Mons, are taller than any mountain on Earth, including Mauna Kea (which rises more than six miles from the ocean floor).

Learn more at Wired’s MapLab blog, and view the incredible high-res annotated version at the USGS website

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Hendryk Siemiradzki (1843-1902),  L’Exemple des Dieux.

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Detail from Triptych: The Crucifixion, Rogier van der Weyden, 1443-1445

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Frida Kahlo, Without Hope, 1945

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The Stela of Pakhaas, 2nd-1st century B.C.E., made of limestone.

The central vignette here features a unique combination of two types of stela illustration. Normally the deceased is shown offering to Osiris, lord of the underworld, or to another deity. Alternatively, the deceased and his or her spouse receive offerings from their family. At first glance, the stela seems to fit the second category. The dead person, Pakhaas, accompanied by his wife, Nesihor, who stands behind him holding a sistrum, or rattle, enjoys the oblations of his son, Pakhy (a nickname, in effect, Pakhaas, Jr.).

This scene, however, is hardly conventional. Pakhy’s censer and Nesihor’s sistrum rarely appear in scenes of offerings to humans, and Pakhaas is not depicted as a mortal. The small image of the god Osiris that sits on his knees indicates that Pakhaas has become that god. Pakhy thus becomes Horus, who offers to his dead father, Osiris, and Nesihor is Isis. (BM)

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Golestan Palace
Tehran, Iran


Elaborately carved grave slab atShebbear (Devon, England) showing a skull sprouting flowering shoots, as a symbol of resurrection