The most famous archaeological relic in the world has been damaged during a botched cleaning attempt. After being knocked off, the blue and gold braided beard on King Tut's burial mask was "hastily" glued back on with an inappropriate adhesive, damaging the item even further.
Thousands of years ago, a minority of ancient Egyptians set a majority to work building some of the oldest human-made structures in the world. It seems like we've been debating about how they did it ever since: Water? Animal labor? Magic? A team of researchers thinks they've found the best explanation yet.
While reading Sarah Murray's excellent book, Making An Exit—a global travelogue that explores rituals of dying around the world—I learned that you can actually be mummified by a private company in Utah. They're called Summum, they're based in Salt Lake City, and their process is patented. It involves rubber.