Wednesday, November 11, 2009

2500 year-old Persian Army Discovered in Sahara 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.

Bronze weapons, a silver bracelet, an earring and hundreds of human bones found in the vast desolate wilderness of the Sahara desert have raised hopes of finally finding the lost army of Persian King Cambyses II. The 50,000 warriors were said to be buried by a cataclysmic sandstorm in 525 B.C.

"We have found the first archaeological evidence of a story reported by the Greek historian Herodotus," Dario Del Bufalo

Archaeology cools me right out!

According to Herodotus (484-425 B.C.), Cambyses, the son of Cyrus the Great, sent 50,000 soldiers from Thebes to attack the Oasis of Siwa and destroy the oracle at the Temple of Amun after the priests there refused to legitimize his claim to Egypt.

After walking for seven days in the desert, the army got to an "oasis," which historians believe was El-Kharga. After they left, they were never seen again.

"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," wrote Herodotus.

Dooooon't mess with those Egyptian priests!

1 comment:

DP said...

"Dooooon't mess with those Egyptian priests!"

I dunno--Moses came off pretty well against them. Then again, he had the Best. Trump. Card. Ever.

Come to think of it, the Zoroastrians really took it in the shorts throughout history. The Egyptians, Alexander, Heraclius, and finally, What's-His-Beard.