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Posted by: Amaral Vanished Persian Army Said Found in Desert The remains of a mighty Persian army said to have drowned in the sands of the western Egyptian desert 2,500 years ago might have been finally located, solving one of archaeology's biggest outstanding mysteries, according to Italian researchers. Full article: http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/cambyses-army-remains-sahara.htm
Posted on: 28/09/2013 07:41:00

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Posted by: Nightbird
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Joined Date: Saturday, 4 January 2014
Great news!!
Posted on: 28/09/2013 07:46:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
Total Posts: 51
Joined Date: Saturday, 6 July 2013
I hope this is true. If so it is the biggest find since the Terra Cotta Army. However, if it is true, in a couple of years time Osprey will have to think about revising their old Elite on Achaemenid Persia. It was first published in 1992 and the author states in the introduction that it is inadequate because of the paucity of information. Also the illustrations are somewhat below Osprey's current standard. When the archaeological record is published this find will be "hot news" just as the Terra Cotta Army was. There will be a spike of interest in the ancient middle east, so perhaps Osprey should start to clear the decks now?
Posted on: 28/09/2013 08:31:00
Posted by: Nightbird
Total Posts: 1
Joined Date: Saturday, 4 January 2014
Is it possible that we can have a decent view of Persian chariot?
Posted on: 28/09/2013 17:53:00
Posted by: ospreyfan1
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Joined Date: Monday, 22 October 2012
I remember when Discovery and some other news outlets ran this same article in 2009 (I think the story even made the TV news). Then it was dropped. There were rumors of hoax, and the credibility of the alleged discoverers - the Castiglioni brothers - has since been found wanting. Zahi Hawass, the Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Antiquities, issued a statement saying the story was unfounded. I don't think any further inquiry has been made since then, unfortunately. Its a shame; I too would love to see the army found.
Posted on: 29/09/2013 01:57:00
Posted by: william
Total Posts: 3
Joined Date: Wednesday, 28 January 2009
I'm afraid http://rogueclassicism.com/2009/11/13/cambyses-lost-army-found-dont-eat-that-elmer/ unpicks this story rather comprehensively. Pity! This would be such a wonderful find....
Posted on: 29/09/2013 16:42:00
Posted by: Amaral
Total Posts: 200
Joined Date: Friday, 8 March 2013
That's sad...
Posted on: 02/10/2013 06:22:00
Posted by: .George Washington
Total Posts: 164
Joined Date: Friday, 21 June 2013
How would there be anything left of them? that was a couple thousand years ago!!
Posted on: 16/11/2013 13:53:00
Posted by: scratchbuilder
Total Posts: 51
Joined Date: Saturday, 6 July 2013
GW: The Egyptians didn't invent mumification. It occurs naturally in hot desert environments, as the body dehydrates faster than it can decay. The Egyptian morticians just improved on what nature had already taught them.
Posted on: 19/11/2013 18:52:00

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