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However, the story of Pharos Lighthouse does not end here. In 1962, a young diver searching for fish at a depth of 24 feet, spotted fragments of an immense statue, one piece alone measuring more than 20 feet in length. Egyptian naval divers, together with expert from Alexandria's Greco-Roman Museum were summoned to the area and verified the young man's report, concluding that the sculpture was a fragment of the colossal statue of Poseidon. Then, in the fall of 1994, a team of archaeological scuba divers under the direction of Jean-Yves Empereur, also located very large blocks of stone that are believed to have been a part of the lighthouse, though there is a profusion of objects superposed from different periods. Some of this material came from structures in the Nile Delta and from Heliopolis and may have been used in the lighthouse, though there is a growing notion that the Pharos might have been a part of a greater complex with both civic and religious functions.




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However, it is known that, after the Cypriot king, Pierre I de Lusignan, sacked Alexandria over two days in 1365, the Mamluk rulers of Egypt attempted to block the entry to the eastern harbor by jettisoning rubble from the crumbling ancient city. This fact might have provided a partial explanation for the wealth of remains lying in this patch of sea but it was not sufficient to account for the presence of certain massive blocks weighing between 50 and 75 tons. Furthermore, the disposition of the largest blocks, running in a north-easterly line from the foot of the fort, firmly suggested a monument of considerable size and height falling in to the sea. This has convinced researchers that they have indeed found the remains of the lighthouse. Some of the remains, including sphinxes, columns, capitals, colossi and fragments of inscribed obelisks, together with two massive segments of the lighthouse, are now on exhibit in an open-air museum near Kom el-Dikka in Alexandria.


We've reproduced conditions that approximate those around the black hole. We've found that the fragments we recover cycle between states, in ways that should be impossible - as if time were oscillating. We can derive energy from this - although there are worrying changes to local spacetime.


'Despise me if you must, but I live in truth. My way is your way. Even the mightiest immortals fail, and all that remains are the fragments of the greatest lie, the lie called 'life'. We are but puppets to the spinning darkness, and my mighty bone dragon rises to play that role until the end of days. Mightiest of all undead, let envy be your strength and break the living. Breathe blight upon all that fear and hate, and tremble before my beloved mistress Death. Fester. Corrode. All succumb to her call.'


A self-described 'lover of things', Mark has long been fascinated by the idea of the collection and by the peculiar and wonderful taxonomies of objects and their display offered by the Wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities. In 1999, Dion and a team of local volunteers combed the shore of the Thames for objects and fragments, which were then presented in a mahogany cabinet as part of Tate Modern's pre-opening programme. In 2012, he completed an installation in the Brody Learning Commons at John Hopkins University for An Archaeology of Knowledge, a Wunderkammer, which comprised a vast laboratory cabinet housing over 700 objects from ancient Roman inscriptions to glass pipettes and a vintage university library card. Expanding this approach further, for his Theatre of the Natural World at the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2018), Mark burrowed through rainforests and rubbish dumps to highlight the wonder and fragility of life on earth. 041b061a72


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