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    Alexander the Great's Gulf Outpost Uncovered
    History; Posted on: 2007-08-07 14:02:13 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    The Greek and Kuwaiti governments are co-operating at the site

    By Neil Arun
    BBC News

    Alexander the Great's awe-inspiring conquest of Asia is drawing archaeologists to a desert island off the shores of Iraq.

    Greek government experts are going to Failaka - a Gulf outpost of Alexander's army, now governed by Kuwait.

    The island's bullet-holed buildings tell of a conflict still fresh in people's memories - Saddam Hussein's brief occupation of Kuwait in the early 1990s.

    Beneath the sun-baked sands of Failaka, archaeologists hope to unearth the secrets of an earlier conquest - a settlement established by Alexander's general, Nearchus, in the 4th Century BC.

    The excavations will focus on the ruins of an ancient citadel and cemetery, the general secretary of the Greek culture ministry, Christos Zahopoulos, told the BBC News website.

    Earlier work by French archaeologists has uncovered the remnants of a temple to Artemis, the Greek goddess of hunting, as well as several Greek coins and idols.

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