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Could the pharaohs read hieroglyphics?

New research suggests that Egyptian royal children were educated and could probably read and write. "Relatively late sources suggest that even one of the first rulers of Egypt - Aha - mastered the writing skill. He was believed to be an author of a few medical treaties, although the reliability of

Roman-era school uncovered in Egypt

A school dating back 1,700 years has been found in Egypt's Dakhla Oasis. The school — which contains benches that students could sit on to read, or stand on and write on the walls — dates back to a time when the Roman Empire controlled Egypt, and Greek was widely spoken. In

Will studying archaeology soon be a thing of the past?

The Guardian has posted an interesting op-ed piece by Michael Braddick, a professor at the University of Sheffield, where he looks at the potentially bleak future of the study of Archaeology. Despite the value and interest of what they do, archaeology departments up and down the country are now facing difficulty.

Virginia history textbook full of errors

A Virginia history textbook is being closely scrutinized after a number of glaring errors were found in its pages. Among the mistakes: the claim that 12 states joined the Confederacy, not 11, and that 6,000 soldiers died during the Battle of Bull Run during the Civil War, instead of 22,000. Three

Five fictional history stories you were taught in class has compiled a list of five fictional stories you were taught in history class as being fact. #5 Paul Revere's Midnight Ride In Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, little children are told a fantastic story of patriotism and late night horse riding. In the

Ancient Greek to be taught in English schools

Ancient Greek is set to be taught in three schools in England in an attempt to boost children's language skills. Lorna Robinson, charity director, who will be teaching the one-hour lessons every two weeks, told the Times Education Supplement: “People can be daunted at the idea of learning a language

University erases all English history before 1700

In an odd move, Sussex University has decided to scrap teaching English history before 1700. Under plans, research and in-depth teaching into periods such as the Tudors, the Middle-Ages, Norman Britain, the Viking invasion and the Anglo-Saxons will be scrapped, along with the Civil Wars. The university will also end research into

Virginia school won’t teach full version of Anne Frank’s Diary

A lot of people don't seem to realize that there are two versions of Anne Frank's diary. There is the standard edition, which most people are familiar with, and a more recent "Definitive Edition" which has significantly more content. Removed from the first edition were passages where Anne talks badly