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

3 comments:

✠ Lisa de Paris said...

..Etrange photo.. ..de très belles couleurs et quelle fascinante profondeur où s'engouffrer..☯

Susan said...

The perfect solution to the world's unemployment problems?

Diana said...

Those Romans were a nasty peace of work!