Wednesday, September 14, 2005

BRITISH MUSEUM'S NEW SHOW ON THE PERSIANS... SEE SOME OF THE ARTIFACTS ON LINE...

There's an interesting and somewhat controversial new show at the British Museum: "Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia." The show runs through January 8. There are some 450 ancient objects, from stone reliefs and lapis lazuli heads to gold statuettes and jewelry. Most of us can't get to London but do check out nine artifacts at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/4223246.stm
The New York Times has a review(Sept. 14) as does The Guardian (Sept. 8)http://ww.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,1564733,00.html

All kinds of interesting political interpretations are being bandied about (check Google) that are too long to go into in Archaeology Briefs. Do your homework on line! But ironically the Persians, yes now Iranians, are building the Sivan Dam that is threatening to flood more than 100 archaeological sites including Cyrus' tomb in Pasargard. A group set up a table outside the British Museum with laminated posters of Cyrus' tomb with the words of his epitaph "Grudge me not this humble monument."

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