Saturday, 30 April 2011
The Ancient World's Equivalent to Blood Diamonds
Through this narrow hole in an Egyptian mountain, the Romans lowered slave labourers on a rope to hack emeralds from an underground cavern. Anyone hauled up with insufficient gems was summarily executed by cutting the rope so that the victim would fall to his death on the rocks below.
Photo: Profoundly Superficial, Wadi el Gamal