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The first issue of the History Bytez Magazine has just had a final edit, and will be released very shortly. The first issue is 68 pages long and includes feature articles on the Italian Sahariano tank that never made it beyond prototype stage and the first eyewitness recorded battle, Megiddo we also test drive a Roman tuna recipe and lots more.

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Restoration of Tut’s beard video

You might remember a story we put up some time ago about the mask of Tutankhamen being damaged and the beard breaking off as a result. Continue reading “Restoration of Tut’s beard video”

48 BC – Pompey the Great killed

28 September – On the Day

Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus better known as Pompey (the Great) was one of the major figures at the end of the Republican period first as an ally of Caesar and Crassus and later as Caesar’s greatest rival. Continue reading “48 BC – Pompey the Great killed”

Egypt has approved the search for Nefertiti’s tomb

After recent reports that Nefertiti’s tomb might be hidden inside Tutankamen’s tomb Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Continue reading “Egypt has approved the search for Nefertiti’s tomb”

Tutankhamen’s Tomb set to close in October

The tomb of the famous boy pharoah will be closed in October according to the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry. Continue reading “Tutankhamen’s Tomb set to close in October”

The Battle of Megiddo (15th century BC)

The 15th century BC Battle of Megiddo between Thutmose III and a coalition of Canaanite vassal states. There is debate about the exact year of this battle with 3 common suggestions being 1457, 1479 and 1482 BC. This battle is particularly important as it is considered the first battle to have been recorded with any acceptable level of detail. Our source for this battle, as is often the case, is the victor’s account. Thutmose ordered the war to be recorded and depicted in the Hall of Annals in the Temple of Amun-Re at Karnak, Thebes which illustrate the pharoah’s 14 campaigns in the Levant. This account would have been based on the daily journal kept by Tjaneni, Thutmose’s scribe.



Thutmose assembled an army of between 10,000 and 20,000 troops primarily made up of chariots and foot soldiers the Egyptian army marched to Yehem at an average daily pace of 20 km/day. Yehem was a small city located just before a chain of hills west of Megiddo. The King of Kadesh raised an army of between 10,000 and 15,000 Canaanites which he had stationed in Megiddo.

Although, apparently safer routes were available to Thutmose, the pharaoh chose the quicker more direct route even though it was deemed more dangerous. Luckily for Thutmose, the King of Kadesh had stationed large forces to protect both of the easier approaches to Megiddo ignoring the route Thutmose had actually chosen.




The morning after his arrival Thutmose attacked and routed the Canaanite forces, lack of discipline allowed many of Egypt’s enemies to escape back into the fortified city leading to a prolonged siege, the city was besieged for seven months and the King of Kadesh was able to escape. The Egyptians built a moat and a wooden palisade and eventually forced Megiddo to surrender. The city and citizens were spared. A number of other cities in the Jezreel Valley were conquered and Egyptian authority in the area was restored.

Recovered Egyptian artefacts to be displayed

Artefacts recovered from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea Continue reading “Recovered Egyptian artefacts to be displayed”

Egyptian Goddess – Isis

The Egyptian goddess Isis was the representation of the ideal mother and wife and the patron of nature and magic. Continue reading “Egyptian Goddess – Isis”

Anubis – the Egyptian god of the dead

This Egyptian god, portrayed as a jackal-headed man, was the protector of the dead, embalming and funerals. Continue reading “Anubis – the Egyptian god of the dead”

Archaeologists estimate Egyptian catacombs contained 8 million dog mummies

One of the gods worshiped by the ancient Egyptians was the jackel-headed god of Death Anubis. Continue reading “Archaeologists estimate Egyptian catacombs contained 8 million dog mummies”

Egyptian Mummies buried beneath McDonalds Restaurant

A McDonalds in Tamworth England has two mummies buried beneath the floor.
Continue reading “Egyptian Mummies buried beneath McDonalds Restaurant”

Tutankhamun’s mask to be restored after damage

The famous mask of Tutankhamun has suffered inadvertent damage since it was excavated by Howard carter in 1922 from misguided attempts to polish the gold and lapis. The most recent, and most significant damage Continue reading “Tutankhamun’s mask to be restored after damage”

Overfed Kestrel indicates active breeding in Egypt

A group of researchers trying to determine the reason for the number of mummified birds of prey found in Egyptian tombs are one step closer after recent research. Continue reading “Overfed Kestrel indicates active breeding in Egypt”

Forensic facial reconstruction of Mummy

A group of international scientists have used forensic reconstruction techniques to determine what the oldest mummy at the Egyptian museum of Florence actually looked like when he was alive. Continue reading “Forensic facial reconstruction of Mummy”

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