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MUFONET-BBS GROUP - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 11:07 Wed Feb 05 EXP: 11:00 Sat Feb 08 쿝ESEARCHERS LOCATE "ATLANTIS OF THE SANDS," ANCIENT CITY IN 쿘IDDLE EAST 쿗OS ANGELES (FEB. 5) UPI - Researchers, using special radar 퀂cans from the space shuttle for guidance, located the lost 쿬ity of Ubar, a magnificent city that was the center of the 쿪ncient frankincense trade in what is now the Middle Eastern 쿬ountry of Oman, reports said Wednesday. 쿟he team of Los Angeles archaeologists believes Ubar 쿬ollapsed into a large limestone cavern over which it had 쿫een built. They already have excavated the remains of an 쿮ight-sided structure, a fortress with 10 foot to 12 foot 퀇alls 2 feet thick and 60 feet long. 쿐ach corner of the structure had a 30-foot tower, which were 쿪 distinguishing feature of Ubar as described in the Islamic 쿴oly book, the Koran. 쿎alled ''the Atlantis of the sands,'' Ubar was built some 5,000 years ago and was a thriving trading capital for the 쿴ighly valuable resin. Its rulers became wealthy, and - 쿪ccording to Islamic legend - so wicked that God allowed the 쿬ity to be swallowed up by the desert. 쿢bar was located in what now is Oman, in an area known as 퀃he Empty Quarter because it is so barren, said the Los 쿌ngeles Times. 쿏etails of the finding were to be reported at a news 쿬onference in San Marino, Calif. 쿟he archaeologists engaged the help of NASA scientists, who 퀅sed a radar device on the last successful mission of the 퀂huttle Challenger to pick out features of the geology 쿫eneath the desert sand. 쿢sing this technique, they located ancient trade routes, 퀇hich were packed down into a hard surface by the passage of 쿺any camels. Once an area where the trade routes converged 퀇as identified, researchers on land were able to begin 쿮xcavations. ''After four days of digging, it was clear we had hit pay 쿭irt,'' George Hedges, an organizer of the expedition, told 쿟he New York Times. 쿛revious researchers attempted to locate Ubar, with one of 퀃hem, Bertram Thomas, apparently coming close about 60 years 쿪go. At the time he observed the ruins of a ''rude fort'' 쿫ut judged it to be a few hundred, not thousand, years old. =END=


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