Friday, January 08, 2010

Possible Discovery of Lost Army of King Cambyses II Makes Top Ten List of 2009

I see the possible discovery of the lost army of King Cambyses II of Persia made the Brit's top ten list of archaeological discoveries of 2009.  I truly hope the brothers Castiglioni are able to prove their claim.  It would be almost as exciting as Schliemann's  discovery of Troy!  The Castiglioni shouldn't be too discouraged by scholarly naysayers.  They didn't believe Schliemann either!!

 [Image:  Cambyses at Pelusium]

The complete list:

1.  The Staffordshire Hoard  (7th century Anglo Saxon stash of gold weapons, jewelry, etc.)
2.  Bone Flute and Erotic Figurine at Hohle Fels (Germany)
3.  Bronze Age Burial Cist at Forteviot (Scotland)
4.  The Lost City of Bathonea (Turkey)
5.  The Stirling Hoard (of gold neck torcs - Scotland)
6.  World's Oldest Flax Fibres (Republic of Georgia)
7.  Earliest Evidence of Chemical Warfare (Dura Europos, Syria)  
8.  Ida - the 47-million-year-old fossil thought to be the missing link in human evolution (Germany) 
9.  The Emperor's Private Amphitheatre at Portus (Italy)
10. The Lost Army of Cambyses II of Persia (Siwa Oasis, Egypt) 

The Lost Army of Cambyses   The Staffordshire Hoard   The Discovery of Dura-Europos