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A lot of people collect stones from their holidays and when they return home, the stones are being forgoten somewhere on a shell in the basement. I personally find the stones somehow… cold and inexpresive, even if they are picked-up from a spot of a great importance. But it’s a matter of taste that for me a grain of sand has a much stronger meaning, maybe also due to its reduced size. It looks like a big portion of human history has been squeezed in one single cubic milimeter.
Well, there are samples and samples… Most are coming from common places like a small river or a regular beach at the sea side but some are loaded with hundreds and thousands of years of history. That’s how I’ve got the idea of picking-up the samples originating from special locations such as archeological sites or ruins of glorious civilisations and list them on this blog. Once I’ll get a new samples it will be added here so please check this article often to see the updates.
To easy identify the sample’s location, I will describe each sand using the sample number in my collection (e.g. 921), the ISO code of country and first order administrative division (e.g. TH-PA), followed by the full description: Country, Region, City, Location, GPS coordinates. So here it goes:
Thailand, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya, Wat Mahathat, 14°20’43″N 100°35’40″E
Thailand, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ayatthuya, King Naresuan The Great Palace, 14°20’43″N 100°35’40″E
Ayutthaya is the ancient capital of the Siam kingdom, founded by the king U-Thong in 1350 and distroyed by the Burmese army in 1767. The ruins of the ancient city form now the Ayutthaya historical park, which I visited on the October 30, 2008. The park is huge and due to limited time available, I could visit only 4 temples in a half-day trip by bus from Bangkok, with Wat Mahathat being the final stop:
Turkey, Antalya, Side, Site of Apollo Temple (Pamphylia), 36°45’50″N 31°23’14″E
Algeria, Tipaza, Tipaza, Ruines of old city, 36°35’42″N 2°26’38″E
Yemen, Ma’rib, Baraqish, Ma’een ancient city, 16°1’6″N 44°48’16″E
Peru, Amazonas, Chachapoyas, Ku?lap ruins (Andes), 6°25’6″S 77°55’23″W
Lebanon, Beqaa, Baalbeck, Old temple ruins (Bekaa Valley), 34°0’25″N 36°12’12″E
Israel, HaDarom, Massada, Walls of fortress (Dead Sea), 31°18’60″N 35°21’15″E
Israel, Haifa, Caesarea, Roman Hypodrom, 32°29’53″N 34°53’25″E
Caesarea was a city and harbor build by Herod the Great about 25-13 BC in honor of Emperor Caesar. The ruins of Caesarea Maritima (ancient name, called also Caesarea Palestina) lie on the shore of Mediteranean Sea in Israel betwen Haifa and Tel Aviv.
Jordan, Ma`an, Petra, Archelogical site, 30°19’19″N 35°27’39″E