These days you hear more about the many NATURAL floods that it diverts
ones attention from the MAN-MADE floods which are SLOWLY but SURELY
burying history, a greater atrocity.
Interestingly enough, I came across a web site after having seen a DVD
I rented on the exploration of the Roman Empire (French GEO magazine).
I hadn’t heard a great deal about the dam(n) business in the Middle East until recently.
Too many question-marks have surfaced. to search for more answers,
which these DVDs (have you noticed?) don’t ever give answers.
And to surf the Net only confuses oft…
1.Is it true that French archæologists weren’t aware of Zeugma’s whereabouts before 1987,
(coordinates 37°03.5′N, 37°51.95′E) and that they only started excavating round about 1995?
In this DVD I saw they claim they’d had only five years in which to retrieve any remains.
Besides the fifteen no-doubt outstanding mosaics, lavish baths, impeccable irrigation system
along the holy river and, last-but-not-least, digital mapping of a segment of the acropolis,
what actually is there to reveal?
2.Isn’t it IRONIC that some 223 pyramids (tombs?) have been submerged by Lake Assad, drowning its past.
3.What about the rare Roman burial masks found at Pupput? What do they really signify?
One mask was found on top of another. Why?
Before the days of the telescope, maybe, gazing up at the stars behind one of them coffins,
pyramids, or whatever, being fed through a hole by relations, one could contemplate ones origins…
until, of course, an invasion, an irruption, or landslide cause you to DROWN, SUFFOCATE.
Sometimes I think an archæologist is like a dog who has buried its bone; only the dog isn’t as
dim-witted to forget why it put it there in the first place.
In Islam, some of the hadiths of Muhammad suggest that the Euphrates will dry up,
revealing unknown treasures that will be the cause of strife and war.
What do you think of that? DRAUGHT or DROWN?
Building a dam is a damn-good human feat. Perhaps humans will want to “pull the plug”
that the waters wash away the earth and mud from these regions, uncovering lost cities,
which have anyway been carefully digitally mapped out by our current archæologists.
One more ‘question’: JUST WHAT WILL WE THINK OF NEXT?