Iram of the Pillars
Guy Lochhead, 05/09/10
Iram (or Irem, Ubar) is a lost city on the Arabian Peninsula. It was a rich city on Frankincense tradelines, and is mentioned in the Qur’an as having “lofty pillars; the like of which were not produced in all the land”. In 1992, the lost city was found, using remote sensing data. I love the way science has made this myth an actuality. It is so much more exciting. I will include the radar image of the lost city in some way (tablecloth?!), as an example of the awesomeness of science and archaeology, and of the ability of things to become ‘lost’.

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