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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
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2012-07-31 10:31:43 PM  
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2012-07-31 10:13:15 PM  
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/3,000 year stare
2012-07-31 08:32:32 PM  
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And the Muslims will promptly blow it up as soon as they can.
2012-07-31 08:31:44 PM  
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Prof. Harrison taught my 3rd year class in Near Eastern archaeology. I'm all excited for him - this is a big find, and he's a super nice guy.
2012-08-01 04:31:06 AM  
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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 02:45:55 AM  
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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)
2012-07-31 09:24:41 PM  
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My name is Ozzymandius, King of Kings. Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains.

Ancient braggarts were the best braggarts.
2012-07-31 08:32:11 PM  
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+1 subby

Of course, you'd have that look also if you took a shovel to the ass
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