Monday, February 27, 2006

I guess this isn't technically outdoor recreation oriented, but I like this story because of what it says about the world: even in the era of Google Earth there is still a lot to be discovered out there.

A story from the A.P. this morning said archaeologists discovered an ancient Egyptian temple to the sun under an outdoor marketplace in Cairo. Initially, I thought this might be a fairly minor discovery, but descriptions say diggers found "a royal head weighing two to three tons and a seated 5.1 meter (16.7 foot) statue were also found, with cartouches, or royal name signs, of Ramses II on the side of the seated statue."

Even in a very sandy country, how do you misplace a 16.7-foot statue? It boggles the mind. What else is out there?

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