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Remains of 'end of the world' epidemic found - Ancient Egypt

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by ABQCOWBOY, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Remains of 'end of the world' epidemic found in ancient Egypt
    By Owen Jarus
    Published June 17, 2014

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    Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an epidemic in Egypt so terrible that one ancient writer believed the world was coming to an end.

    Working at the Funerary Complex of Harwa and Akhimenru in the west bank of the ancient city of Thebes (modern-day Luxor) in Egypt, the team of the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor (MAIL) found bodies covered with a thick layer of lime (historically used as a disinfectant). The researchers also found three kilns where the lime was produced, as well as a giant bonfire containing human remains, where many of the plague victims were incinerated.



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  2. BigStar

    BigStar Stop chasing

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    Cool article ABQ. I don't want to get into politics but it is interesting trying to relate the two empires (Western EU/US and Roman Empire) and the variables that lead to their downfall. Overextension, disease, war, political/economic/social strife, etc.

    "While the world, of course, did not end, the plague weakened the Roman Empire. "It killed two Emperors, Hostilian in A.D. 251 and Claudius II Gothicus in A.D. 270," wrote Tiradritti. It is "a generally held opinion that the 'Plague of Cyprian' seriously weakened the Roman Empire, hastening its fall."
     
  3. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    No matter the time period there are people out there who think the world is ending.
     
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  4. ABQCOWBOY

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    Fortunately thou Josee, not everybody......


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  5. BigStar

    BigStar Stop chasing

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    Casualties or sun bathers?:D
     
  6. ABQCOWBOY

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    End Of The World fanatics so yeah...... Both.
     
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  7. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    Smart move by to use the lime and burn the bodies though.
     

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