Buried Beneath the Sand, The Ziggurat of Jiroft May be Largest and Oldest of its Kind in the World

The Ziggurat of Jiroft, known also as the Konar Sandal Ziggurat, is an ancient monument located in Jiroft in the southern Iranian province of Kerman, a place that some say is Iran’s cradle of civilization. This ziggurat was discovered in 2002, and it has been reported that it is the second ziggurat to be found in Iran, the first being the Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat. According to some sources, the Ziggurat of Jiroft is the largest and oldest structure of its kind in the world.

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Thomas Jefferson’s tombstone lists several of his greatest accomplishments, but leaves out the fact that he was President of the United States.

Jefferson wrote out specific instructions for a monument to be erected at his grave site, and described the exact text to be displayed by saying:

“On the faces of the Obelisk the following inscription, & not a word more

HERE WAS BURIED
THOMAS JEFFERSON
AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
OF THE STATUTE OF VIRGINIA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
AND FATHER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA.

because by these, as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered.”

He died months later, on the 4th of July, 1826 - coincidentally the same exact day John Adams died. Adams’ last words were “Thomas Jefferson survives,” which was incorrect, because he’d died 5 hours prior.

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