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Archaeological Excavation
Archaeology is the scientific discovery, documentation, and study of material remains and artifacts from the past. Archaeologists study and interpret this information, giving us meaningful insights into past civilizations and cultures, and providing a broader historical understanding of human behavior. It is through the work of dedicated archaeologists that we have learned a great deal about life — and death — in ancient Egypt.

It may seem unlikely that whole civilizations can simply become buried under centuries of dust, sand, and debris, but they do. How can complete societies be erased from local memory and slip silently into the mists of time? The answer is both simple and complex. The simple answer is that Egypt is a very, very old culture, prone to varying degrees of prominence.

The more complex response is to see Egypt as a unique society whose age is almost incomprehensible. Across 5,000 years, Egypt has seen its population subject to pressures rarely experienced elsewhere. It sits astride one of nature’s mightiest forces, the Nile River, with the great Sahara desert at its back. And so, the sands shifted, the winds helped build up layers of new soil, and the centuries swept by, burying once-vibrant settlements. With the advent of archaeological field work, however, the tantalizing riddle of the ancients can be answered.  

Dig it!
Send a Mystery Message for a friend to excavate. Your words will be inscribed on an ancient tablet and buried deep in the desert sand. Your friend will be challenged to unearth it using a series of real-life archaeology tools.

Mystery Message Excavation

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