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Just across the Syrian border, archaeologists recently discovered a buried metropolis sprawling over 2 sq.
km (500 acres) and speckled with 6,000-year-old ruins.
They either quickly dig out a ruin or lose it forever.
National Science Education Standards Grades 5.8: ability to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans * science as a human endeavor Grades 9-12: geochemical cycles * science as a human endeavor * historical perspectives Resources "Dam in Turkey May Soon Flood a `Second Pompeii,'" The New York Times, May 7, 2000 p.
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Cross-Curricular Connection Social Studies: Pick one of the ancient cities described in "Buried Cities"--Herakleion, Zeugma, or La Gran Saposa ("El Dorado")--and write about the people, their customs, and religion. * Ancient pig and goat teeth found near human remains are often indicators of animal domestication, an important part of farming and agriculture.
* In France, 30,000-year-old cave paintings predate any sign of organized civilization.
* In some cases, damming rivers has helped archaeologists by creating a "dig or lose" situation.
Having studied Spanish colonial history, he immediately speculated his discovery could be the fabled El Dorado, one of seven "golden cities" sought by Spanish explorers in the 16th century.
Savoy used handwritten maps from Spanish colonial times to guide him to his find.
"The face of a pharaoh was absolutely perfect," he says.
What astonished Goddio even more was a sunken world of intact houses, columned shrines, and even gold coins and jewelry.