Midburn Damaged Ancient Site

So maybe when an archaeologist tells you not to remove coals manually, and not to burn the temple to the ground on an ancient site of antiquity from the Middle Paleolithic period, you should listen.

It also had 2 unexploded bombs that needed to be defused during the event.

All in all, sounds like a party. Maybe chill with the Temple burn on a site of antiquity next time.

Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man

Image: The Guardian Image: The Guardian

So much for Leave No Trace. Apparently Midburn damaged, perhaps even destroyed, a cultural site  150,000 years old. Ironically, they erected their Temple right above the site.

From Asssociated Press:

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Antiquities Authority says revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man.

Archaeologist Yoram Haimi says organizers of Midburn, an Israeli affiliate of the Nevada carnival, burned a wooden temple Saturday on a hilltop scattered with flint tools from the Paleolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods.

The site was discovered 30 years ago by an Israeli archaeologist. The area is not marked with signs and it is hard to see the ancient remains. He says the extent of the damage is unclear.

Eyal Marcus, Midburn spokesman, said antiquities officials only approached organizers in the middle of the festival.

“We are sorry,” Marcus…

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