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Lost cities found beneath sands of the Sahara

By T.K. Randall
November 10, 2011 · Comment icon 46 comments

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Ruins from a long-lost civilization have been revealed beneath the desert sands of the Sahara.
Evidence of the advanced Garamantes civilization had remained mostly undocumented due to the strict regime of Colonel Gaddafi, but now due to recent events in Libya archaeologists have a chance to finally investigate in full the secrets of this long lost ancient culture. "It is like someone coming to England and suddenly discovering all the medieval castles," said Proffessor David Mattingly. "These settlements had been unremarked and unrecorded under the Gaddafi regime."
Satellite images have revealed the ruins of a long-lost civilisation which existed in what is now the Sahara desert in Roman times and before.

Source: The Register | Comments (46)

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Comment icon #37 Posted by jbefumo 11 years ago
No doubt that, given the chance, fundamentalists will blow them up, as they did those Buddhist statues...
Comment icon #38 Posted by 747400 11 years ago
This is nothing new. IN 1984 one of the space shuttles used radar to map the Sahara desert. The radar penetrated several feet in the gound and reveraled many ancient rivers and man made structures. So 27 years have passed since those radar pictures were made and what has happened? Practically nothing. Why? Very simple. The academic system (the same one that gives us Penn State and their perverts) did not want to do anything. They can blame the late leader of Libya, but that is an excuse. There is no doubt that if all these ruines were opened the history books will have to be rewritten and that... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by Paracelse 11 years ago
Just found this, unfortunately it's written in French but it's posted on the site, Kabyles being the first inhabitants of the Sahara. Oupsss it would have helped to place the link
Comment icon #40 Posted by Jajusha 11 years ago
Edit: I misread it, these are "200 B.C - 700 A.D." ruins? These are quite "young" then, phoenician and greek settlements in north africa go back to 600 B.C, and Garamantes presence goes back to 1000 B.C.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Mr.Gooding 11 years ago
I like discoveries like this How exciting
Comment icon #42 Posted by third_eye 11 years ago
if there is some sites of possible potential high yields of natural resources /gold/oil/rare earth/coal anywhere within two hundred miles of the area, for certainty there won't be any possibility of further research and much of what is now excited interest would be reduced to an insignificant, unimportant rubble of no historical or cultural value. The big corporations will see to that, they pay most of the bills for research, the say the final say...
Comment icon #43 Posted by Damian Bâthory 11 years ago
If they keep digging they'll find Jesus.....or what's left of him....
Comment icon #44 Posted by chiole 11 years ago
Can this be the Lost Atlantis of the Sands?
Comment icon #45 Posted by encouraged 11 years ago
Whatever happened to that satellite archaeologist find on the Arabian Peninsula of that old legendary city right near the sea there?
Comment icon #46 Posted by -M7 10 years ago
All that sand...whats under the rest of it all.

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