Fwd: Alexander in the Persian Gulf
- 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
> Beneath the sun-baked sands of Failaka, archaeologists hope to
> unearth the
> secrets of an earlier conquest - a settlement established by
> general, Nearchus, in the 4th Century BC.
> The excavations will focus on the ruins of an ancient citadel and
> the general secretary of the Greek culture ministry, Christos
> told the BBC News website."