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You ever notice how the really wonderful things in the world are in the most dangerous places?
From the age of Alexander the Great to the Mongol conquest, Central Asia was a more important center of commerce and knowledge than Europe. The minarets, madrassehs, and mausoleums of Uzbekistan's beautiful cities (Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva) are part of the world's cultural heritage and hallmarks of a great medieval civilization. But the soil of this fascinating corner of Asia hides even more fascinating evidence of long-gone, mysterious civilizations.
In the future, archaeologists will discover many more fascinating objects in Uzbekistan. We may even learn the origin of the two-headed sphinx.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
unbelievable...to think those russians tanks rolling thru and just crushing everything.
I found this blurb at the bottom of the article fascinating:
"They left some very special papers," said our guide excitedly. "We found them in sealed jars."
"What did they say?" I asked.
"Oh they said that we too lived here."