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  • Oliver D. Hoover
    Forwarded from another list, but no doubt of interest here. Oliver D. Hoover
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 7, 2007
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      Forwarded from another list, but no doubt of interest here.

      Oliver D. Hoover


      Begin forwarded message:


      >
      > BBC 8/7/07:
      >
      > "Alexander's Gulf outpost uncovered"
      >
      > "Alexander the Great's awe-inspiring conquest of Asia is drawing
      > archaeologists to a desert island off the shores of Iraq.
      >
      > Greek government experts are going to Failaka - a Gulf outpost of
      > Alexander's army, now governed by Kuwait.
      >
      > The island's bullet-holed buildings tell of a conflict still fresh in
      > people's memories - Saddam Hussein's brief occupation of Kuwait in
      > the early
      > 1990s.
      >
      > Beneath the sun-baked sands of Failaka, archaeologists hope to
      > unearth the
      > secrets of an earlier conquest - a settlement established by
      > Alexander's
      > general, Nearchus, in the 4th Century BC.
      >
      > The excavations will focus on the ruins of an ancient citadel and
      > cemetery,
      > the general secretary of the Greek culture ministry, Christos
      > Zahopoulos,
      > told the BBC News website."
      >
      > More:
      >
      > http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6930285.stm
      >
      >
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