Lifelong Learning- Recent Archeology News Articles

Four Recent Archeology News Articles (from DIGSIGHT Newsletter Fall 2009 p8)

THE VANISHED ARMY: SOLVING AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MYSTERY (Time Magazine)

In 525 BC, the Persian Emperor Cambyses dispatched 50,000 of his soldiers to lay waste to an oasis temple in the Sahara because its oracle had spoken ill of his plans for world domination. The punitive expedition proved to be one of antiquity’s most dramatic episodes of imperial overreach.  . . Click here to read more

ISRAEL DISPLAYS COINS EXCAVATED FROM JEWISH TEMPLE SITE (USA Today)

Israel displayed for the fi rst time Wednesday a collection of rare coins charred and burned from the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple nearly 2,000 years ago. About 70 coins were found in an excavation at the foot of a key Jerusalem holy site. . .Click here to read more

2012: SIX END-OF-THE-WORLD MYTHS DEBUNKED (National Geographic)

Th e end of the world is near—December 21, 2012, to be exact—according to theories based on a purported ancient Mayan prediction and fanned by the marketing machine behind the soon-to-bereleased 2012 movie. But could humankind really meet its end in 2012 . . .Click here to read more

DIGITIZED INSCRIPTIONS REVEAL ANCIENT MESSAGES (San Francisco Chronicle)

Four thousand years ago, a government bureaucrat in Mesopotamia jotted down a tally of slave laborers on a clay tablet. Th e bureaucrat left behind the count in wedge-shaped symbols that proved hard to fully decipher with the naked eye. Until now. Researchers at the University of Southern California’s West Semitic Research Project have helped uncover its hidden narrative. . . Click here to read more

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