New New Orleans?
In Bulgaria archaeologists have discovered a long stash of Thracian gold. These finds are dated to somewhere between 2000-1000BC. How such items do undiscovered for all this time is quite bewildering. There could be as many as 15000 of these tombs where the gold was found.
I'd imagine the country could really turn around its economy if they put some good resources towards unearthing these ancient treasures.
What archaeology always gettings me thinking about is how on earth cities and civilizations end up being abandoned and left to ruin. The current situation in New Orleans does make this sort of occurence a lot more feasible. A rather cold hearted unattached set of words follows. Naturally I have a great feeling of sympathy for all the citizens, but have decided to keep them away from this particular blog.
If 80% of the city is underwater and the damage is estimated to be $26,000,000,000 I'd really like to know what the hard cash value of New Orleans. For the amount of damage done to it I do wonder whether is not a better idea to move on. 70% of the city's area is naturally below sea level, this is something that gets me wondering when the newscasters say the water is going to reside.
Some predictions from meteorologists would signal doom for such cities once the real effects of Global Warming kick in going forward a couple of decades. In the short term there is expected to be a heavy amount of activity of the waters of the Gulf. Reports are that there are going to be up to six more major weatherfronts before the hurricane season is out in November.
If the fears regarding the patterns of our weather are true then this may be the ideal time to move a settlement to a more sensible location. There are of course other settlements that have been leveled. 90% of Biloxi and Gulfport buildings are reported destroyed. Opportunity is there to start small I guess.
Disclaimer: Figures have all been acquired from BBC and ITN news coverage.