Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Modern Archaeology

[posted by Callimachus]

Check out Perim, a strategic island in at the mouth of the Red Sea that once was an important coal-fueling station for the British. But it is a barren volcanic rock with no fresh water, so permanent habitation never has been possible. Now, all you can see are rubble and sunken barges and scars of roads that look, from space, perhaps like a vast alien airstrip.