Along the same lines at the Giza pyramids or the Tower of David in Jerusalem for their cheesy light shows, the island of Rhodes will be recreating the Colossus of Rhodes out of melted down weapons and lights according to The Guardian. At 100 meters in height, once completed this
will be the largest light sculpture in the world. All I wan
t to know is, how will 100-meter-tall beams of light affect, say, passing planes or other aircraft? Will the space station see it? Sounds more like the largest culprit of light pollution! At any rate, here is a fun 18th century engraving of the Colossus as imagined by the artist. Once one of the "Seven Wonders of the World" the statue collapse from an earthquake in the 226 BC.
As a sign of our times, Libya is slowly opening up to tourists and archaeologists alike according to Reuters. In case you don't know, there is a wealth of archaeological material in that country including tons of Roman sites. While they are opening their doors to foreign archaeologists, I wond
er what they are doing to improve the skills, training and funding for Libyan archaeologists?
Scholars from the Oriental Institute in Chicago are analyzing an inscribed flat stone or stela from Iron Age Turkey (1st millennium BC) that shows early evidence for belief in a "soul" that is separate from the body. They presented these findings in Boston this weekend, but unfortunately I missed out for one reason or another. At any rate, the inscription on the stela reads as follows:
"I, Kuttamuwa, servant of Panamuwa, am the one who oversaw the production of this stele for myself while still living. I placed it in an eternal chamber(?) and established a feast at this chamber(?): a bull for [the storm-god] Hadad, ... a ram for [the sun-god] Shamash, ... and a ram for my soul that is in this stele."This is not all that surprising since it has long been known/hypothesized that statues and other objects in the ancient Near East did not just represent the individual or god, but was actually the god. This exciting new find I guess solidifies our assumption! Congrats to a new acquaintence I made this weekend, Virginia, who actually found this thing.
Finally I will leave you with something pretty. Inside a Thracian tomb in Bulgaria that is 1,800-years-old archaeologists uncovered a bronze-plated four-wheeled chariot. Score.