This Week In History News, Mar. 29 – Apr. 4

Published April 3, 2020

Ancient Egyptian lust spell uncovered, mystery of Alexander the Great's tomb closer to being solved, last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade identified.

1,800-Year-Old Egyptian Lust Spell Uncovered On A Piece Of Ancient Papyrus

Egyptian Love Spell Papyrus

University of MichiganThe ancient papyrus containing the lust spell of an Egyptian woman named Taromeway.

Researchers just uncovered an ancient Egyptian lust spell cast by a woman to drive her would-be lover mad with desire. The spell, written on an 1,800-year-old piece of papyrus, comes complete with explicit drawings and descriptions of the man’s anatomy.

Though these spells were not uncommon in ancient Egypt, this is a rare example of one created by a woman seeking a man. Though little is known of the woman, named Taromeway, and the man, named Kephalas, this vivid document of her lust for him remains striking even after almost two millennia.

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Two Archaeologists Believe They Have Located Alexander The Great’s Tomb

Mosaic Of Alexander The Great Riding A Horse

Wikimedia CommonsArchaeologist Liana Souvaltzi is confident that Alexander the Great’s tomb is in the Siwa Oasis in Egypt.

Alexander the Great died in 323 B.C., but his remains have been missing since 392 A.D. Two competing researchers now believe they have located his tomb, and they both have found compelling evidence to back up their theories.

“I have no reservations about whether this is Alexander’s tomb,” said Liana Souvaltzi, one of the two researchers. “I want every [fellow Greek] to feel proud, because Greek hands have found this very important monument.”

Next, discover more about both the search for Alexander the Great’s tomb and the disturbing story of his death.

Researchers Identify The Last Survivor Of The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Portrait Of Matilda Mccrear

Public DomainMatilda McCrear married a German man and had 14 children after her enslavement in the U.S.

Only a year ago, Newcastle University’s Hannah Durkin identified the last known survivor of the transatlantic slave trade as former slave Sally “Redoshi” Smith. The girl was kidnapped at the age of 12 and brought aboard the Clotilda, the last slave ship to arrive in the U.S. in 1860. She lived in Alabama until her death in 1937.

Now, however, Durkin’s latest research no longer shows that to be the case: Another woman named Matilda McCrear was actually the last surviving slave captured in Africa. McCrear was captured in Dahomey (now Benin) and lived three years longer than Smith — dying in Selma, Alabama in January 1940.

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