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  • Mystery Surrounding Lost Army of Persian King Cambyses II May Have Been Solved

    06/21/2014 7:05:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Sci-News ^ | June 19, 2014 | Enrico de Lazaro
    According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Cambyses II, the oldest son of Cyrus the Great, sent his army to destroy the Oracle of Amun at Siwa Oasis. 50,000 warriors entered the Egypt’s western desert near Luxor. Somewhere in the middle of the desert the army was overwhelmed by a sandstorm and destroyed. Although many scientists regard the story as a myth, amateur as well as professional archaeologists have searched for the remains of the Persian soldiers for many decades. Prof Kaper never believed this story. “Some expect to find an entire army, fully equipped. However, experience has long shown that...
  • Archaeologists May Have Found Remains of Lost Persian Army

    11/12/2009 11:19:30 AM PST · by FromLori · 15 replies · 1,279+ views
    Boing Boing ^ | 11/10/09
    2,500 years ago, an army of 50,000 men left an oasis in western Egypt and were never heard from again. Now, archaeologists think they may have uncovered the missing troops, who were probably killed in a sandstorm. ...the team decided to investigate Bedouin stories about thousands of white bones that would have emerged decades ago during particular wind conditions in a nearby area. Indeed, they found a mass grave with hundreds of bleached bones and skulls. "We learned that the remains had been exposed by tomb robbers and that a beautiful sword which was found among the bones was sold...
  • Legendary Lost Persian Army Found in Sahara

    11/09/2009 5:18:05 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 59 replies · 2,721+ views
    FOXNews ^ | 11/9/09 | Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni
    Herodotus wrote of a 50,000-man strong army that set out on foot into the Egyptian desert in 525 B.C. and was never heard from again ... until today.A pair of Italian archaeologists have uncovered bronze weapons, a silver bracelet, an earring and hundreds of human bones in the vast desolate wilderness of the Sahara desert. Twin brothers Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni are hopeful that they've finally found the lost army of Persian King Cambyses II. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Cambyses II and his armied were buried by a cataclysmic sandstorm in 525 B.C. He wrote, "a wind...
  • Adventurer crosses sands that conquered a king

    01/27/2006 11:33:56 PM PST · by Tyche · 25 replies · 888+ views
    The Times Online ^ | Jan 28, 2006 | Martin Penner
    INSPIRED by the legend of a Persian king and his lost army, Stefano Miglietti, an Italian adventurer, completed a 340-mile hike through the most isolated and arid part of the western Sahara yesterday. The route that Signor Miglietti followed through the so-called Great Sand Sea — from the Farafra oasis in southern Egypt to the Siwa oasis in the north — has always been considered impossible for a man carrying his own food and water. According to legend, Cambyses II, the Persian king, foolishly tried to take the same route in 523 BC, setting off with a 50,000-strong army. Herodotus,...
  • Swallowed by the Sands

    08/21/2004 8:26:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 1,152+ views
    Discovering Archaeology (Wayback Machine) ^ | August 2000 | Michael A. Stowe
    "The Persians set forth from [an] oasis across the sand," Herodotus wrote. "As they were at their midday meal, a wind arose from the south, strong and deadly, bringing with it vast columns of whirling sand, which entirely covered up the troops and caused them wholly to disappear." Recently, however, human remains, daggers, metal arrowheads, and other objects likely associated with just such an army were accidentally discovered by a group of geologists working in the northwestern desert. Now a multidisciplinary team of archaeologists, geologists, and surveyors has been dispatched to determine whether this remote site is the graveyard...
  • Tourists To Look for Ancient Persian Army

    02/16/2004 2:37:05 PM PST · by freedom44 · 17 replies · 288+ views
    Discovery Channel | 2/16/04 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Feb. 12, 2004 — Tourists traversing Egypt's desert may solve a mystery that has puzzled archaeologists for centuries: what happened to the 50,000-man Persian army of King Cambyses. Set up by tourist operator Aqua Sun Desert, the Cambyses project will comb the desert sands using four-wheel-drive vehicles packed with paying tourists eager to find the remains of the lost army swallowed in a sandstorm in 524 B.C., according to the account of the ancient Greek historian Herodotus. "The project is approved by the Ministry of Tourism after the agreement of Ministry of Antiquities. Any evidence will have to be reported...
  • Is this the legendary lost Persian army

    11/09/2009 8:05:43 PM PST · by Charlespg · 14 replies · 1,134+ views
    Daily mail ^ | 10th November 2009 | Cher Thornhill
    The legend of the lost Persian army has survived over two and a half millennia - despite a blatant lack of hard evidence. But now two Italian experts believe they have found its remains. Twin brothers Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni uncovered hundreds of human bones, weapons and jewelery in the Sahara desert, west Egypt, that they believe belonged to the 50,000-strong army.