Virtual hacking is cool but place hacking makes it core again, brachiating across scaffolding to get the shot on your Digital SLR that maximizes your flickr stats, raking in the google adsense cash and conforming to a zerowork ethos if we get pro at it. Sleep in ruins, sell your photos of disgusting shit to tourists. Rinse off in a petrol station sink and repeat. We are the nerds that finally walked away from their computers and we are behind that scaffolding covering the building you ignore everyday when you walk by it going to work, we just loved on that place like no one has in 20 years. We are psychotopological terrorists and we will shove that masterlock up your ass.
A "reformed archaeologist" talks about exploration of urban ruins
. Modern urban ruins.
documents and digitally reconstructs "one of the largest temple complexes in the world." The site includes digital models, photographs, a "time map" (allowing you to see alterations to the site under different pharoahs), and video. For projects devoted to more specific areas of the temple complex, see the Karnak Great Hypostyle Hall Project
(University of Memphis) and the Mut Precinct
is in the news.
The modern city
is small, but built on the colossal ruins
of the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate
. Google Earth
reveals amazing details
of the ancient city, one of the largest archaeological sites
in the world.
are some pictures
of ruined cities
and a few sanctuaries
. (3rd link is to geocities)
Iraq is full of fabled ancient ruins
, many in bad shape
, but which still fire the imagination. Some highlights: Ur
, birthplace of Abraham
, still contained many beautiful artifacts
when it was last excavated in the 1920s. Then there is vanished Cunaxa
, near Baghdad's airport, where the Ten Thousand, a group of Greek mercenaries, fought their way back to Greece in a 1,000 mile, two-year-long retreat described by Xenophon
in the Anabasis
(and which served as the inspiration for cult films/games
and bad science fiction
alike). The ruins of the city of Nineveh
were discovered in the 19th century just across the river from Mosul, containing art
confirming elements of the Biblical account of the conquests of King Sennacherib. Most famously, the ruins of Babylon (not much to look at
, the best bit
being in Berlin) have seen much abuse, from Saddam's awful rebuilding of the palace of Nebuchadnezzar
to reports of recent damage by coalition troops
Frightening Archaeology: Dark Passage
is scarier than Infiltration
; less cosy than Lost America
; and more disturbing than Ruins of Detroit
or any other ruination already investigated on Metafilter. In fact, it's probably the extreme incarnation of the thriving world of websites about abandoned buildings
, full of spooky mental asylums, echoes of depravity and twisted archaeology - like a spaced-out online version of Brad Anderson's Session 9
. Or the real thing
. To make matters worse, it also falls disconcertingly into the "What's this all about?" category. Brrrrr.... [QT/WM required for the last link only - please disregard "Purchase" title and enjoy Nine Inch Nails soundtrack. Via Linkfilter.
just the remains of another four thousand year old city discovered on the ocean floor. This one is Harrapan
of the Indus Valley which was home to the largest
of the four ancient urban civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China. The ruins extend for 9 kilometers and located around 40 metres below the water surface. "Due to geological processes and tectonic events, the entire [Gulf of] Cambay was faulted — taking down with it the then existing part of the river sections and the metropolis"