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Saturday, June 26, 2004

News of the Past

The Hunley:
Scientists will X-ray the valves to determine whether they are open or closed, which could tell whether the crew was attempting to pump out water that may have spilled in, McConnell said.

Experts think the crew ran out of air.

"The question is, 'How did they get into that shape?' " McConnell said. "Did the weather get rough that night and every time they replenished air with the hatches open did they take on water?"


Cedars of Lebanon:

However, despite its small seven hectares, the forest, called Arz al-Rab - Cedar Forest of the Lord - did not lose its power to enchant. Very much believed to be sacred, it has been and still is today a site of international pilgrimage.

Before the forest became fully protected in the 1980s, locals used to gather every Aug. 6, celebrating Eid al-Rab, or Day of the Lord (transfiguration of Jesus), with dancing, singing, reciting poetry and lighting bonfires.

Pool of Siloam:
Archeologist Eli Shukrun said that two millennia ago, Jewish residents would use the pool to gather water for their homes, as a meeting place, and also possibly as a mikve.

After lying untouched for 2,000 years, archeologists first uncovered one step, and then several more leading down to the pool, whose water came from the nearby Gihon spring.

"This find is of major importance to the archeological world," Antiquities Authority director Shuka Dorfman said Wednesday at a short ceremony at the site, where excavations are ongoing.

Bactrian Gold:
Now, what is known as the Bactrian gold - 20,600 pieces of gold jewellery, funeral ornaments and personal belongings from 2000-year-old burial mounds - has emerged from hiding intact, a shimmering example of the heights scaled by ancient Afghan culture.

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