This week in Luxor


February 26, 2013 Luxor hot air balloon crash   Wikipedia

  Egypt suspends Luxor balloon flights after deadly crash   BBC - February 27, 2013

A History of Balloon Crashes   National Geographic - February 27, 2013





Ellie takes the Hot Air Balloon Tour - December 10, 2000

I was told before I left for Egypt, that it was important I take the Hot Air Balloon Tour, which proved to be a humorous mystical experience for me. Never did I worry about the balloon catching fire or an impending accident, but "shit" happens. Read about my account of the day the balloon landed in fertilizer and a man on a donkey came to my rescue. :)




Lost and Found: Ancient Shoes Turn Up in Egypt Temple   Live Science - February 26, 2013
More than 2,000 years ago, at a time when Egypt was ruled by a dynasty of kings of Greek descent, someone, perhaps a group of people, hid away some of the most valuable possessions they had - their shoes. Seven shoes were deposited in a jar in an Egyptian temple in Luxor, three pairs and a single one.

Two pairs were originally worn by children and were only about 7 inches (18 centimeters) long. Using palm fiber string, the child shoes were tied together within the single shoe (it was larger and meant for an adult) and put in the jar. Another pair of shoes, more than 9 inches (24 cm) long that had been worn by a limping adult, was also inserted in the jar. The shoe-filled jar, along with two other jars, had been "deliberately placed in a small space between two mudbrick walls," writes archaeologist Angelo Sesana in a report published in the journal Memnonia.

Whoever deposited the shoes never returned to collect them, and they were forgotten, until now. The date of the shoes is based on the jar they were found in and the other two jars, as well as the stratigraphy, or layering of sediments, of the area. It may be possible in the future to carbon date the shoes to confirm their age. Why they were left in the temple in antiquity and not retrieved is a mystery.

Photos: Ancient Shoes of Egypt





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