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(Live Science)   Archeologists discover 3000 year-old statue of a warrior king in Turkey. Apparently--it was just as surprised as they were   (livescience.com) divider line 75
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2012-07-31 10:31:43 PM
i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-07-31 10:44:19 PM
Caption: I need some Ex-Lax....bad...
 
2012-07-31 10:45:05 PM
I see others already said it while I was deciding what font to use in GIMP, but I might as well post it:

i.imgur.com

/probably should have removed that checked scale marker
 
2012-07-31 10:47:45 PM

antron: [i48.tinypic.com image 643x322]


cue the Nostradamus quotes...
 
2012-07-31 10:56:57 PM

Dr.Zom: "The two pieces appear to have been ritually buried in the paved stone surface of the central passageway," Tayinat Project director Tim Harrison, a professor of archaeology at the University of Toronto, said in a statement.

The passageway and gates seems to have been destroyed in 738 B.C., when Assyrian forces conquered the Neo-Hittite city. The area then appears to have been paved over and turned into a courtyard.


"Ritually buried" or "Hey, dude, we really need to fill this hole with something. How about Bug-Eyes over there?"


Welcome to favorites!
 
2012-07-31 11:06:28 PM
Someone needs to make a," I'd Hittite that"
 
2012-07-31 11:14:36 PM

Isildur: I see others already said it while I was deciding what font to use in GIMP, but I might as well post it:

[i.imgur.com image 666x1000]

/probably should have removed that checked scale marker


Cannot be unseen... EVER.
 
2012-07-31 11:21:25 PM
Hmm....

new.assets.thequietus.com

/hot
 
2012-07-31 11:35:31 PM

Cpl.D: My name is Ozzymandius, King of Kings. Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains.

Ancient braggarts were the best braggarts.


Evidently.

"Sire, your statue is done! Biography inscription, anime eyes and all!"
"I see. Looks superb. Now bury it."
"What? Then no one will see it!"
"Bury it very carefully, so it won't be damaged. Someone will dig it up and read about and see me thousands of years from now."
 
R3
2012-07-31 11:39:54 PM
I wonder what kind of artifacts would survive our current civilization (provided we don't blow ourselves up into oblivion) and what would the archaeologists 3000 years from now think about us?

/still profoundly shaken after reading "A Canticle For Leibowitz"
 
2012-07-31 11:54:29 PM

R3: I wonder what kind of artifacts would survive our current civilization (provided we don't blow ourselves up into oblivion) and what would the archaeologists 3000 years from now think about us?

/still profoundly shaken after reading "A Canticle For Leibowitz"


Oh, you should check out what the Scientologists are doing to preserve their legacy through buried tomes encased in protective layers. You should maybe consider your own plan. I mean, if you care at all. I'll not be lambasted as someone that didn't also consider your beliefs as equally valid to archaeologists 3000 years from now.
 
2012-08-01 01:30:12 AM

WordsnCollision: Counter_Intelligent: Fascinating. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't most other Mesopotamian depictions of humans have them wide-eyed?

[farm3.static.flickr.com image 500x296]

/agrees


Nice.

i46.tinypic.com

TMBG earworm for anyone that doesn't know of it
 
2012-08-01 01:42:32 AM

R3: I wonder what kind of artifacts would survive our current civilization (provided we don't blow ourselves up into oblivion) and what would the archaeologists 3000 years from now think about us?


I've never been able to find anything about it, but my father once told me of a story. Thousands of years in the future archeologists uncovered many monuments that mentioned a great army commended by a leader called McDonald. Each of these monuments mentioned the thousands upon thousands who had served in McDonald's army.

I only mention this because I'd still like to find the story my father was talking about. Does anyone know anything about a story like this?
 
2012-08-01 02:45:55 AM

Philbb: R3: I wonder what kind of artifacts would survive our current civilization (provided we don't blow ourselves up into oblivion) and what would the archaeologists 3000 years from now think about us?

I've never been able to find anything about it, but my father once told me of a story. Thousands of years in the future archeologists uncovered many monuments that mentioned a great army commended by a leader called McDonald. Each of these monuments mentioned the thousands upon thousands who had served in McDonald's army.

I only mention this because I'd still like to find the story my father was talking about. Does anyone know anything about a story like this?


Maybe the David Macaulay book Motel of The Mysteries (1979)
 
2012-08-01 03:22:30 AM

Guuberre: 23FPB23: Guuberre: Was it in Istanbul?

or Constantinople?

That's no one's business but the Turks...


*accordian solo*
 
2012-08-01 04:31:06 AM
Back in college, I did a research paper on statues like this. It's been about 15 years, so my memories are a little sketchy, but if I remember correctly the reason behind the big eyes was religious. People believed that a physical representation of themselves could share their souls, so they would have votive statues made for themselves and then placed inside temples staring at their patron city-god. That way, in a sense, they were always praying to their god. The eyes were big because the way to a soul was through the eyes and by making their eyes as large as possible, it enhanced the prayer and made it that much more earnest. Likewise, one of the ultimate punishments was to blind someone, because they were forever cut off from their god.

I used to know so much more, but I've forgotten most of it.
 
2012-08-01 07:35:13 AM

The Dogs of War: Lou Reed would like to meet this guy


Wrong king. He looks neither inscrutable, nor benign. Surprised, or about to fly into a rage, maybe.
 
2012-08-01 08:57:14 AM
Conan?.
 
2012-08-01 09:33:58 AM
Its the "I'm not saying its aliens, but its Aliens" guy
 
2012-08-01 09:49:06 AM

antron: [i48.tinypic.com image 643x322]


Exactly what I thought as well.
 
2012-08-01 10:29:46 AM
Margaret Keane, the early years....
 
2012-08-01 11:11:28 AM
Filthy Gozer worshipers.
 
2012-08-01 08:59:17 PM
Archaeology rocks!

P.S. I've always wanted to be an archaeologist... *sigh*
 
2012-08-01 10:12:14 PM

Mr. Shabooboo: Maybe the David Macaulay book Motel of The Mysteries (1979)


That looks like it could be the one. It seems to be in the ballpark themewise. Thanks!
 
2012-08-01 11:12:41 PM

Mr. Shabooboo: Philbb: R3: I wonder what kind of artifacts would survive our current civilization (provided we don't blow ourselves up into oblivion) and what would the archaeologists 3000 years from now think about us?

I've never been able to find anything about it, but my father once told me of a story. Thousands of years in the future archeologists uncovered many monuments that mentioned a great army commended by a leader called McDonald. Each of these monuments mentioned the thousands upon thousands who had served in McDonald's army.

I only mention this because I'd still like to find the story my father was talking about. Does anyone know anything about a story like this?

Maybe the David Macaulay book Motel of The Mysteries (1979)



Hey, isn't that the guy who wrote "The Way Things Work"? I LOVED that as a kid. I think I still have it somewhere. In the days before the Web and Wikipedia, it was awesome to suddenly be able to easily find out (with the aid of mammoths, no less) how so many things worked.
 
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