Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bada-big boom.

The deal done, Forbin set out for Thebes, and Belzoni received another visitor to the consulate. He was a Major Moore, who was pausing in Cairo while carrying dispatches from India to London. To entertain him, Belzoni took the major to the top of the Great pyramid and while there discussed the enigma of the neighboring second pyramid. "What a pity it was," he said, "that in an intelligent age like the present, it had not been opened, so that the interior remained quite unknown." Others thought so too. Several Franks living in Cairo had proposed launching a subscription to raise [20,000 pounds sterling] to fund blasting into the pyramid with gunpowder...
--Ivor Noël Hume,
Belzoni: The Giant Archaeologists Love to Hate

Ho-ly crap.

It was a hell of a romantic age, but damn. They had very different ideas of how to do archaeology.

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