July 30th, 2007

Indy Says Study History

Random: Archaeology of Alexandria; Rowling on the Future of Characters

A few articles of recent interest. The Rowling one has major spoilers, so don't read it if you're not ready!

Evidence of City Beneath Alexandria
Jul 26, 2:37 PM (ET)

By KATARINA KRATOVAC

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Alexander the Great founded Alexandria to immortalize his name amid his quest to conquer the world - but his was apparently not the first city on the famed site on Egypt's Mediterranean coast.

A Smithsonian team has uncovered underwater evidence pointing to an urban settlement at the site dating back seven centuries before Alexander showed up in 331 B.C.

The city he founded, Alexandria, has long been a source of intrigue and wonder, renowned for its library, once the world's largest, and the 396-foot lighthouse on the island of Pharos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

But little was known about the site in pre-Alexander times other than a fishing village called Rhakotis was located there.

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Rowling answers fans final questions
By LINDSAY TOLER, Associated Press

Just because J.K. Rowling has stopped writing about Harry Potter and his friends and foes doesn't mean she has stopped thinking about them.

She told fans Monday what she thinks happened to many of the book's characters after the final installment.

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