Finding Stories Everywhere Part 3

I can’t resist a news story that starts like this:

High in the skies over Kazakhstan, space-age technology has revealed an ancient mystery on the ground.

 Satellite pictures of a remote and treeless northern steppe reveal colossal earthworks — geometric figures of squares, crosses, lines and rings the size of several football fields, recognizable only from the air and the oldest estimated at 8,000 years old.

I love the specific, quirky details:

  • The search that led to the discovery was inspired by a Discovery Channel program, “Pyramids, Mummies and Tombs.”
  • The earthworks were spotted using Google Earth.
  • The discovery was made by Dmitriy Dey, described as a Kazakh economist and archaeology enthusiast. (All the best stories about the discovery of Ancient and Mysterious  Ruins start with an “amateur enthusiast,” don’t they?)

And this is the kicker:

The so-called Steppe Geoglyphs remain deeply puzzling and largely unknown to the outside world.

That leaves plenty of room for a writer’s imagination to fill in the blanks….

Finding Stories Everywhere Part 3