Saturday, January 26, 2008

Grim secrets of Pharaoh's city
Evidence of the brutal lives endured by some ancient Egyptians to build the monuments of the Pharaohs has been uncovered by archaeologists.

Skeletal remains from a lost city in the middle of Egypt suggest many ordinary people died in their teenage years and lived a punishing lifestyle.

Many suffered from spinal injuries, poor nutrition and stunted growth.

The remains were found at Amarna, a new capital built on the orders of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, 3,500 years ago.

It seems to be similar to sorts of pathologies found on skeletons from Giza. Though they weren't slave labor, it certainly wasn't an easy existence. It also mentions an epidemic that may have killed a lot of the people.