Sunday, December 03, 2006

Archaeology News

I think I deserve points simply for spelling archaeology correctly.

Interesting news on that front. In Kashmir, CNN-IBN reports that the remains of a previously unknown civilization dating back 2000 years has been reburied and unanalyzed due to lack of funds. The artifacts and ruins were discovered only a year ago. Story

In Egypt, Reuters and other news outlets tell us that after a 50-year court battle, bulldozers have begun razing mud-brink homes in the Theban hills. The homes sit over an ancient necropolis. The 3,500 families (which is maybe 15,000-20,000 people—a guess?) who lived in those homes will be resettled. The description of the pagaentry accompanying the demolition sounds like it could have been scripted by Kurt Vonegut. Story

Meanwhile, the tiny island of Gozo (Malta) debates whether to allow extensive tourist resorts to expand along its coast so that more tourists can impact the local economy while frolicking among the ancient stones of Gganitja. Ggantija is well worth visiting—but go now, before they decide to build a theme park there.

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