Sadigh Gallery

Magical Powers Egyptians Believed in Servants for the Afterlife

One of the most interesting and collectable artifacts from ancient Egypt is the ushabti, the magical statue found in tombs. Magic played an important role in the daily life of the ancient Egyptians. Part of their magic was the belief that amulets and stat... Read >

Insects in Amber

Paleontologists believe that an insect alighting on a blob of sticky resin seeping from the trunk of a cone-bearing tree would struggle vainly to extricate itself only to sink deeper into the goo. Eventually suffocating, this unfortunate and tiny creatur... Read >

Mound Builders Pottery

In North American archaeology, "Mound Builders" is the name given to those people who built mounds in a large area from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Mississippi River to the Appalachian Mountains. The greatest concentrations of mound... Read >


The Phoenicians were enigmatic people, who left little in the way of written records. Much of what we know of them from ancient times was recorded by Greek and Roman historians who mentioned their seamanship and shrewd business dealings.

Napoleon III p... Read >

History of the Atocha

Spain has gone to great lengths to preserve her written history. The Archive of the Indies, in Seville, is one of its most important repositories. Forty thousand bundles of preserved and guarded documents- 50 million pages- reveal the history of Spain's e... Read >

Ancient Egyptian Writings

The scribes of Egypt used three distinct scripts in their writing: hieratic, hieroglyphic and demotic. The hieratic and demotic are merely cursive derivatives of hieroglyphics. By the Roman period, the Coptic, a fourth script was used, which was based o... Read >

Ancient Egyptian Coins

In a society where most of the population made a living from agriculture and surpluses were small, trade was limited. The needs of the farming population were basic: grain for baking bread and brewing beer, dried fish, vegetables, some linen for a simple ... Read >

Book of the Dead-Ancient Egyptian Guide into Afterlife

The Book of the Dead is the name given by Egyptologists to a group of mortuary spells written on sheets of papyrus covered with magical texts and accompanying illustrations called vignettes. These were placed with the dead in order to help them pass throu... Read >