As much as we complain about our commutes, it doesn’t ruin our joints like it did the ancient Egyptian workers who toiled at the famous royal tombs. They had to cross the steep Theban Hills to reach the royal necropolis at the Valley of the Kings. Recent findings by Egyptologists show these workers developed osteoarthritis, or OA, in their ankles and knees.
About 3,500 years ago, royal tomb workers lived in Deir el-Medina in what is now modern Luxor. Researchers recently sorted out their bones and looked for signs of OA, which is the wear and tear that comes from overuse... More »