Herodotus, as many readers know, gets picked on all the time (the “Father of History” is called the “Father of Lies”). Breaking news today might put a W in the right column for Herodotus, though. It appears the lost army of Cambyses may have been found. Here’s the first paragraph of this link:
The remains of a mighty Persian army said to have drowned in the sands of the western Egyptian desert 2,500 years ago might have been finally located, solving one of archaeology’s biggest outstanding mysteries, according to Italian archaeologists. Bronze weapons, a silver bracelet, an earring and hundreds of human bones found in the vast desolate wilderness of the Sahara desert have raised hopes of finally finding the lost army — 50,000 strong — of Persian King Cambyses II, buried by a cataclysmic sandstorm in 525 B.C.
This would be pretty cool if it pans out.
On a less optimistic note, Archaeoblog notes: “The team communicated their finding to the Geological Survey of Egypt and gave the recovered objects to the Egyptian authorities. ‘We never heard back’.”
Looks like Zahi Hawass will be injecting himself in this one, too. Don’t forget, according to Zahi, there’s nothing left to be discovered in Egypt, unless his hand-picked teams do it.