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Remains of ancient Persian army found buried in desert

The remains of the army of Persian king Cambyses II, buried by a sandstorm in 525 B.C., have been found in the Sahara desert.

“We have found the first archaeological evidence of a story reported by the Greek historian Herodotus,” Dario Del Bufalo, a member of the expedition from the University of Lecce, told Discovery News.

According to Herodotus (484-425 B.C.), Cambyses, the son of Cyrus the Great, sent 50,000 soldiers from Thebes to attack the Oasis of Siwa and destroy the oracle at the Temple of Amun after the priests there refused to legitimize his claim to Egypt.

After walking for seven days in the desert, the army got to an “oasis,” which historians believe was El-Kharga. After they left, they were never seen again.

“A wind arose from the south, strong and deadly, bringing with it vast columns of whirling sand, which entirely covered up the troops and caused them wholly to disappear,” wrote Herodotus.

2 thoughts on “Remains of ancient Persian army found buried in desert

  1. based on the proximity of the skeletal remains to each other it would be best to not ask or tell.

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