By Ernst Diez
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55 . The Ancient Worlds of Asia been so much injured that we can scarcely trace the subject upon them. Further on there are no traces of wall, although a deep trench has been opened. The opposite side of the hall has also disappeared, and we earth. examining it attentively, On only see a high wall of we can detect the marks of masonry; and we soon find that it is a solid structure built of bricks of unbaked clay, now of the same colour as the surrounding soil, and scarcely to be distinguished from it, from their original position, been we tread in the midst of a and have, however, raised; "The slabs of alabaster, fallen maze of small bas-reliefs, representing chariots, horsemen, battles and sieges.
Butlo! here comes a Frank from many days journey off, and he walks up to the and he takes a stick, and makes a line here, and very place, makes a line there. Here, says he, is the palace; there, and he shows us what has been all our is the gate beneath our feet, without our having known anything about it. Wonderful! Wonderful! Is it by books, is it by magic, is it by your prophets, that you have learnt these 1 things? Speak, O Bey; tell me the secret of wisdom. says he, ; lives * music and dancing to celebrate the success of on all night long.
The merest fragment of pottery is kept for examination by the competent specialist. Each new layer of civilisation is photographed and described in the greatest detail as it comes to light. The soil is sieved and the remains are ancient assembled and classified before the earth is cleared ready for the excavation of the next layer. Compared with modern ex cavators Layard and his contemporaries might almost be said to have been pillagers like our ancestors who rushed to exploit the richest seams in the gold mines and abandoned whole shafts and galleries which today still yield considerable treasure to who are patient enough to sieve and wash the earth.