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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:21 pm    Post subject: Film Location Archaeology Reply with quote

I just happened upon some old pictures I thought were lost, and found this. I know it's crappy resolution, but this is me in California many years ago, in the desert west of Yuma, AZ (very close to Mexico) where they filmed the sail barge sequence for Return of the Jedi. The picture was taken by my then-girlfriend (now wife). We didn't stay too long because it was over well over 100°.



This is my only visit to a Star Wars film location (and my only visit to California). Has anyone else been to any film locations?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've ridden around the pyramids of Giza at a full gallop, I've drank out of my cupped hands from the shores of Loch Ness, and held an Atlantean sword in my own two hands. But I have never been to an actual Star Wars location. One of these days I'll get there...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TauntaunScout wrote:
I've ridden around the pyramids of Giza at a full gallop

Awesome! Riding a camel?

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I've drank out of my cupped hands from the shores of Loch Ness

Ew, gross. I couldn't stop thinking about all the microorganisms I'd be drinking. See any lake creatures?

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and held an Atlantean sword in my own two hands

Atlantean? As in from the mythical Atlantis?!

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But I have never been to an actual Star Wars location. One of these days I'll get there...

You probably will, but I doubt any Star Wars filming location will ever top Giza.

I think it'd be nice to go to Redwood in Northern California someday and see Endor. If it hasn't burnt down by then (knocks on wood).
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, a horse. I don't like camels.

The sword was a Minoan Crete blade, nothing more than a large dagger as swords were in the bronze age. I had, at that moment, already long subscribed to the historical theory that Minion Cretan civilization was/is the origin of the Atlantis myth.

I don't worry too much about microorganisms drinking from one lake one time.

I did see a lot of boat wakes, which probably account for most "monster" sightings. Loch Ness is weird, chemically and geographically, and the wakes from passing boats come in waves of dark oblong blurs that appears to move just below the surface then "submerge". Though they aren't submerging, they're dissipating.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not many people like camels. Hell, camels don't like camels.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TauntaunScout wrote:
The sword was a Minoan Crete blade, nothing more than a large dagger as swords were in the bronze age. I had, at that moment, already long subscribed to the historical theory that Minion Cretan civilization was/is the origin of the Atlantis myth.


As far as I know, Minoan Crete is still a likely contributor to the Atlantis myth (not the sole origin, but one of the contributors). You don't think so anymore?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I still do. It was an island regional superpower. And it was "destroyed" (more likely, weakened out of superpower status) by a natural disaster. And according to modern archeology it matches up pretty close to the description of "Atlantean" society.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the side topic of Atlantis, I read an article not too long ago (and watched a video) that talked about Atlantis and how they are now placing it in a plateau area in Africa. It has the concentric ring remnants, ghost remnants of buildings in the centeral area, and the depressed rings show signs of sea water as recent as 2000 years ago meaning it could have been a livable area back then.
https://youtu.be/oDoM4BmoDQM
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool. I think there were multiple real Atlantises that contributed to the myth.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You also have to recall that right off the bat, there's a Greek getting his info from an Egyptian. Who knows what details were mistranslated.
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